Runes of Magic gets a new lease on life with Steam


Yes, it’s still running. And yes, it’s now on Steam.

Runes of Magic used to thrive by its slavish copy of World of Warcraft’s format and a free-to-play model before such was common in the west. Nowadays, it’s largely forgotten about due to market saturation in both areas. This situation may be changing, however, thanks to yesterday’s debut on Steam. In fact, Runewaker is anticipating enough of a crowd that it opened up new servers in North America and Europe to handle the demand.

It’s a good time to check out or return to Runes of Magic, as dual summer events are running. There is the Wisdom of the Masters event, which basically is a trio of two-hour buffs that you can apply at the start of your game session, as well as the Summer Treasures event that pays out in extra loot from dungeon boss fights.


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Markey Straub

Runes of Magic is what got me to first fall in love with Elves and I play Elves in all the fantasy and sci-fi games, including Vulcans. I’ll never forget that game.

Alexandre Thibeault

I use to play this game a lot, even more then i played World of warcraft but i stopped playing for the same reason i stopped playing most mmos. bad graphics, repetitive bashing on enemies for no reason other then loot and xp. RoM might have a surge with its steam release but it wont last long.

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Jack Pipsam

Best of luck to them.

Castagere Shaikura

From what i hear the game still has all the crashing issues its had for years. As soon as you get to the main city good luck keeping it running. You start to get those running out of ram messages scrolling across your screen.


It is fine to start the game as a look & see type play session. But… My extended time in ROM showed that while it is possible to advance by endless grinding, it is not really practical. This puts ROM squarely in the Pay-To-Win bucket, in my opinion. It is not so much that you have to buy stuff from the store to advance, it is that you need a TON of in-game currency to advance. And the only practical way to get that is to buy the tokens from the store, and then sell those directly, or buy stuff from the store and then sell that to players. This need does not show up until well into the game, so be aware.

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I played Runes of Magic way back when to see what this new-fangled “Free-to-Play” was all about. It’s what sold me on Free-to-Play.

Back in the days when Free-to-play wasn’t a scam.

Wilhelm Arcturus

Or has its last gasp on Steam, depending on your point of view. The reviews a day later are already “mixed” and it is buried in the list of the 200 or so releases Steam has already had this week.

The fresh server thing might be interesting if you have never experienced the game.