Rogue Server Roundup: Toontown Rewritten, Chronicles of Spellborn, and SWG Legends

    
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Emulators, pshards, rogue servers: Whatever you want to call them, they’re buzzing with confidence right now. I mean, we legit got a properly formatted press release from a player-run server yesterday. This is a world where a whole lot of AAA studios don’t even bother with competent PR. This is amazing.

Anyhoo, we’ve got news today from three emus you might want to keep an eye on. As always, we’re doing our best to limit our focus to rogue servers for sunsetted titles – we’re not trying to put any live studios with live games in the ground here.

Toontown Rewritten

Disney shut down Toontown Online back in 2013, but Toontown Rewritten picked up the torch almost immediately with a solid genuinely free-to-play emulator and community big enough to host its own convention. Most recently, the developers have released a limited-time event dubbed Operation: Crash Cashbot Headquarters. “Toon Resistance has infiltrated Cashbot Headquarters and turned the boring shipping yard into a wacky area to explore with all of the silliness you’d expect from an attack operation led by Toons.” It’s live through May 31st.

Chronicles of Spellborn

Chronicles of Spellborn is a Danish MMO from the late-aughts with a troubled history thanks in large part to a messy launch and monetization scheme, but as our own Game Archaeologist has written, it was beloved by those who gave it a chance and managed to play before the company went bankrupt and the title ultimately went offline in 2010. But players have now brought it back to life after nearly a decade of restoration work. Earlier this May, the game’s Spellborn Reborn rogue server came online in open beta, meaning you can go check it out right now in person. (Thanks for the tip, Joseph!)

SWG Legends

Finally, there’s SWG Legends, probably the most popular NGE version of the fleet of Star Wars Galaxies rogue servers online right now. We’ve covered it in detail since last summer, but this week the devs ran a lengthy live Q&A session with the playerbase all about upcoming development on the game.

Development Q&A [Monday 20th May 2019]

Development Q&A our with lead developer Elour! Answering your questions. #SWGLegends #StarWarsGalaxies

Posted by SWG Legends Staff on Monday, May 20, 2019

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What a time to be alive.

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Solaris

I’m kind of psyched to see Spellborn again.

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Khrome

Spellborn was Dutch, not Danish.

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Kris Coko

i hope the wizard101 game is treated the same way when it dies eventually. genuinely great and creative, but was killed from the start by extreme capitalism.

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Joseph Meyer

:D

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Darthbawl

That Chronicles of Spellborn video, the song “The Howling” was sung by a group called Within Temptation with Sharon den Adel as the lead singer. Wow, she has an incredible voice! 😍👍

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xpsync

I know swg isn’t everyone’s cup, but i really wish they could experience how well the SWG Legends server is run.

I can honestly say i’ve never been more impressed with how a game is managed. Their professionalism and love for the game knows no bounds, and for everyone to feel what it’s like to be part of a real mmorpg community/home again.

It’s something you simply don’t get anymore, or ever maybe; thinking about it now, this is an entirely new sphere, plateau of calling a game your home, legends is, more home than any other mmorpg has ever been to this day, including the golden years of mmorpg’s as well. It’s a rare experience in itself.

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sigtyr

Spellborn had a great Art design, very good core ideas. But it was never finished. Almost no itemization at all, very hard to find new outfits (as the clothing system initself was before its time) . Many meh questlines. I played it too, remember I played a long time before getting a very minor trinket as a quest reward. But what could have been, spacetravel, housing and on and on. I will definitely revisit it.

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terminallynerdy

This just goes to show that a solid community that loves a game will not let the game be destroyed, forgotten, or left in the dust.

Companies can try to kill the games because “its not profitable” but the community will clearly revive those properties they loved, one way or another.

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Kevin Petit

Spellborn is actually Dutch, not Danish..