Dungeon Runners is ‘reborn’ as a fan emulator that’s coming in 2019

    
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Anyone remember Dungeon Runners? NCsoft’s quirky action-MMORPG never was a massive hit, but it did garner its fair share of loyal followers. The game, which launched back in 2007, was shuttered back on New Year’s Day in 2010 and has remained as such… at least until now.

Those loyal followers we mentioned are doing their best to bring back this decade-plus-old MMO as Dungeon Runners Reborn. This emulator emerged last week, so it still looks like the whole project is in its early stage and will require a measure of patience. Plus, there’s a reasonable concern that NCsoft might take notice and try to get it shut down.

There isn’t a lot of news about the details or timeline for this emulator, other than that it is supposed to come to PC in early 2019. The volunteer team said that Dungeon Runners Reborn will be free forever, with no monetization, loot crates, cash shops, or microtransactions.

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Jack Pipsam

That’s pretty awesome!

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Aaron Weddle

This they do but tabula rasa still doesn’t have a private server

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MilitiaMasterV

Interesting. I was one of the people who actually paid them monthly subscription money (This was back when I was first able to start affording/getting into MMO’s..so I was doing Runescape and other $5/month type games.) to have it shortly afterwards disappear due to ‘lack of funding’ (Not enough other players.).

I’d been looking for something new that had Diablo’s style and enough snark/smarmy comments/quests in it to keep me entertained and stumbled on this. Sadly the actual game-play was a bit stifling/hard to get used to, but what little I did get to play through was fun.

Also, being able to brain things with weapons that looked like musical instruments among other things was a plus. Was definitely unique.

Would I play it again…especially as an emu? Probably not. But the memories of it are still fond/fun.

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King King

OMG !!!!!!! BEST NEW YEARS NEWS EVER !!!

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StonerMk2

Holy cow this was one of my favorite ARPGs back in the day! Wish that team luck and looking forward to playing again

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Jack Kerras

I -really- liked this game.

I seem to recall having found a magic axe with the property ‘From the Flipside’ which just absolutely murderated everything I found.

Then they just absolutely plastered ads all up and down DR and it wrecked the thing completely. SO much screenspace disappeared under advertisements. :/

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cursedseishi

NCSoft just… murdered that poor game. It was horribly monetized, and I always got the feeling they were just wringing whatever they could before squeezing it off and letting it drown. I’m also probably one of like… ten people who even remember this game and loved it, even near the end when everything was getting charged for.

Wish this game all the luck, and hopefully NCSoft keeps out of it and lets this go up and running.

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Jack Kerras

NCS has never been all that good at monetization.

It seems pretty clear to me that they were mining all the money they could out of the game in preparation for shutting it down; it never looked like they wanted something that would work, they just wanted -something-.

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Indigo Salma

DUDE OMG!!!
I so missed this game , i only got to play it when it went free to play for a moment and i absolutely loved it.

Cant ever forget the voice-line
“Bet your mom and dad thought you were a big mistake.”

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agemyth 😩

I always said the world could use more Bling Gnomes and Dungeon Runners delivered. (I never said that)

The only thing about this game that stuck was that dumb little pet that followed you around eating trash loot and farting gold coins.

https://kotaku.com/5020825/bling-gnome-pays-visit-with-golden-offering/

I believe there was also a terrible t-shirt sent to media folks that had the caption “Blingin’ with my Gnomies” on it, and I would like to see a picture of that but it doesn’t turn up on any image searches.

Anyway, it is always nice to see a dead game get enough love that spawns a functional emulator project.

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Sevenwinds

I so hope this emulator has the Bling Gnome.

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MolleaFauss

NCsoft cease and desist in 3… 2… 1…

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deekay_000

ncosft’s efforts to shut down pservers of their games have been entirely impotent for like 16 years.

what makes you think ncsoft has the will to stop this let alone the power?

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Utakata

Sometimes I wish NC ceases and desists. Just saying.

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deekay_000

i remember gamestop shelves being full of boxes of this game for months when it came out. keeping in mind this was well into the hey day of gamestop not giving a fuck about pc gaming, made me wonder how much ncsoft had spent on marketting for the game.

in the end it was a really shit game with an even shittier monetization system (gear that dropped as loot you needed to pay real money to be able to wear, no joke) and i think once it had launched it barely lasted a week in being mentioned even on ncsoft fan forums like the exteel forums.

like ye i’m pretty sure exteel had a bigger playerbase than dungeon runners and i have no illusions about the size of the exteel playerbase at the time lolololol