Warhammer Online lives on thanks to a free-to-play private server

    
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Our own Justin Olivetti jokingly referred to our site as “Massively Emulated” in private chat for what should now be patently obvious reasons, so I suppose this story is pretty much extending that gag: The star of Warhammer Online shines on with help from a private free-to-play server.

The Warhammer Online server, subtitled Return of Reckoning, reportedly has all of the original trappings of the classic MMORPG, with realm vs. realm conflict between the factions of Order an Destruction, 24 classes in total that can further be improved with three specializations for a total of 72 class subtypes, and an apparently welcoming and friendly community, all on a single server to allow for massive 500-player battles. There’s also PvE stuff to do for those who are gunshy about PvP, including dungeons, epic quests, and 24-player public quest raids.

If all of this sounds like a good time to you, then you can head over to this link for all of the details and downloads you’ll need — we usually don’t link to emulators here, but this game appears to be in that comfortable victimless crime area that Star Wars Galaxies emus inhabit. Beforehand, though, you should get acquainted with the game’s former legacy thanks to Justin’s rundown in The Game Archaeologist.

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John Mynard

I will say this: This game is the only time I’ve enjoyed PvP in any game. Sure I might do it in WoW every so often, but get me in a solo situation and I’m toast(or in my case a whole loaf of toast). My reflexes and build preferences don’t lend themselves to the kind of min-maxing that PvP and high-level PvE usually require.

But this game, at least in the level 10 lake, was a really good time presuming you had enough peeps. I can’t speak to the later areas, but dancing around and chasing each other around the northern part of the humie starting area was grand.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I asked this server’s dev on reddit how much working content is there. He said about 91% so not bad. Land of the Dead is the only zone that isnt finished yet

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Zepidel_

There are 3 Servers.

RoR is the original, but the people running it are not at all the original devs. They are basically the gm team who took over and throigh being total dicks ruined the servers progression for years to the point that the code was leaked so another server could be made.

That server is APOC, however due to the relatively small population intrrested in the game it never took off. RoR sucks but at least they have population for now.

The original project lead of RoR left (causimg all the mess in the first place) came bsck after APOC to try and help them but the people who took over basically shit on him and now he and the 2 other major source coders from RoR are working on a 3rd server that has a very good chance of wiping RoR out due to thr proven ability of tjese guys who did almost all tje work on RoR (almost nothing came oit for years after they left initially).

If you want to play WAR now RoR is the only option, but if you can wait there will be better options.

Sorry for spelling phone posting

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Solaris

I’m going to have to step back in to a tower battle or two.

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tiltowait

It is the best private-server of any MMO. PvP is very active, loads of battlegrounds (you can and should queue up for them from level 1 while you go questing). Good RealmVsRealm battles all over. Classes are fun and varied. Server is stable, and very smooth and lag free. PvP in battlegrounds is normalized at lower levels, so you can jump right in without twink gear.

While PvE exists and there’s a lot of it, it’s a PvP centric game and you should enjoy that to play it. Well worth a try.

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shadanwolf

Some questions:
Is there player looting ?
How deep is crafting ?
How good is siege warfare…siege engines ?
Comments on realm balance ?
Player housing in the game ?
Solo pruriently opportunities of strong group orientation ?

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draugris

1) no
2) very basic, only consumable and talismans (like enchantments for armor and weapons)
3) you have rams and siege weapons like cannons, catapults etc. pretty fun i would say
4) depends, there is definitely x-realming and winning team joining
5) no
6) i would say group oriented. you can solo roam but i would not recommend it unless you have you have good gear and high renown rank.

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Bruno Brito

6) i would say group oriented. you can solo roam but i would not recommend it unless you have you have good gear and high renown rank.

Also your class.

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PanagiotisLial1

Our own Justin Olivetti jokingly referred to our site as “Massively Emulated” in private chat

That is a fair thing to say considering the amount of news related to emulators lately, lol

You could however make a collumn on emulated projects of shutdown games(only)

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Bruno Brito

Also, now all i need is a Allods Vanilla server without P2W.

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PanagiotisLial1

Seems I am not the only one who liked Allods after all

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Bruno Brito

The first interaction of Allods? It was a improved WoW. My god, that game was fucking good.

It needs a classic server without any cashshop whatsoever, and a XP boost at midlevels, because the leveling process was ridiculous at the midpack.

I’m quite tired of only PvP russian Allods pservers on 4.0 being shitshows of corruption and p2w cashshops ( yet they’re even less problematic than the retail game. )

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PanagiotisLial1

On official P2W and lag spikes was the problem really. Met some nice people though during my short time there and I liked the game overall

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Bruno Brito

The people are incredible, the game management is the toxic part. Too bad the pserver scene for allods is completely abandoned.

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Oleg Chebeneev

>The first interaction of Allods? It was a improved WoW.

LMAO ahahah

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tiltowait

I really liked it for a while. With how the leveling worked though, it was SOOOO SLOW, which means I spent a lot of time in the various zones, not sure I’d want to go back and do that again.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’d get into that!

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Bruno Brito

Heads-up on whoever plays RoR:

The server is relatively custom given certain stuff. They’re trying to balance the game better than Mythic did.

The developers of this pserver are EXTREMELY touchy about discussions. I’m not joking. I respect them for upholding the stuff they think it’s the best for the game, but they’re not known for being open for debate 24/7.

Overall, great server. I can recommend, if you’re not the kind of person who cries on the forums for any small change.

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snacky

At this rate, I won’t have any time left for AAA games! Loving the blast from the past that these games offer.