MMOs you’ve never heard of: Swordsman X, Grounds of Glory, Dekaron, KAL Online, and Apsis Online

    
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Howsabout another fun roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve never heard of – or have totally forgotten about? Let’s do it.

Were you bummed when Swordsman sunsetted last year? You can get your Wuxia on again someday as it turns out, since Dream Game Studio is bringing it back as a mobile game dubbed Swordsman X, at least in China.

If you’re not a Chinese mobile gamer for some reason reading Massively OP, but you still want some martial arts action, take a peek at KAL Online, a 2004 MMORPG with a heavy focus on PvP. Yes, the international server is still going!

I haven’t heard about “extreme action MMORPG” Dekaron in years, but as our tipster pointed out, it’s still going under Papaya Play. It even got a patch last week. (You might remember it from when it was called 2Moons!)

Then there’s Grounds of Glory, which is billed as an “online arena-based PvP game” with “destructible elements, proper projectile collision and reactive spells and abilities. Its fast-paced and action-packed combat is heavily dependant on positioning, reaction speed and aiming your projectiles.”

Finally, a game called Apsis Online dropped in our inboxes this week: It’s apparently an ASCII “minimalist MMO” based on a single-player game called First Paradise (which you can play from inside Apsis). Here’s how the developer described it to us.

“The premise revolves around the idea of a decaying but advanced human society [that] is forced to deploy its military elite to find other star systems and in turn planets to settle in order to save the species. Some features include walking around your ship (which is important to me at least), genetic engineering (because life in space sucks without it), surface deployement, fiunding settlements and growing them into a governable and player-owned colonies. Diplomacy, trade etc. The game is currrently in V1 and in an open testing phase for Linux users. The project will be Unix oriented with Windows builds being scheduled for a later date.”

Spy anything else we’ve never covered? Let us know! We’d love to include it in this irregular column!

With thanks to George and Panagiotis!
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Aaron Weddle

i played KAL a long time ago many many moons ago when Xfire was still around

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PanagiotisLial1

KAL was one of the first 3D type mmos I tried, not the first though. I played mmos since 1997 but hadnt touched a 3D one till 2003. Like most oriental fantasy mmo games back then it was p2w but with fun combat system, especially for the time it released.

2 moons/dekaron had great looking flawless animation for the attacking moves. Combat was and is tab targetted as the free attack type wasnt so common back then. Along with 9 Dragons was my 2 favorite F2P games back in their best days

As with most asian origin games I didnt like the level of customization on them

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Castagere Shaikura

Wasn’t surprised when Swordsman shutdown. It was a PVP gankbox when you leveled past 30. The setup for picking your school was really fun and I liked most of them.

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PanagiotisLial1

Storyline was cool though

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Grave Knight

You should watch the 2001 version of Smiling Proud Wanderer. Though there is a 2013 version that might be a little bit easier to watch (the 2001 is pretty dated and the 2013 one is a tie in to the Swordsman game) but is overly reliant CG effects, there is also a 2018 version I know nothing about but it looks they tone down the CG (they seem to use it for visual effect and less for the actual martial arts).

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Mendoras

Wow… 2Moons … that closed beta … that was 12 years ago? … ríght? .. I am old :(

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Easy Rider

Apsis Online looks strange but interesting at the same time.

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Grave Knight

Pretty sure people who liked Swordsman Online aren’t going to like Swordsman X. Swordsman X is a battle royale that has very little to do with “Smiling Proud Wanderer” (the story Swordsman is based on, written by Jin Yong).

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Vorender

Swordsman X doesn’t look too shabby for a mobile game. Something to keep an eye on I guess. You never know. :)