From the game's official site:
Ashen Empires is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). It's a free-form game - there are no limits to what you can do or learn with your character. It is similar to classic pen and paper games where your attributes (Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Constitution) determine how good you are at certain activities - there are no classes or restrictions. You can spend time hunting with friends, exploring the world, honing a skill or craft, or completing quests.
This is a free to play with VIP subscription options. The VIP subscription package also allows you access to certain game expansions, including the Construction package, which lets you build an in-game house. There's also an in-game microtransactions system, operated via Pixel Mine.
- Adventure in an AD&D style fantasy setting.
- Sail the seas! Try not to get eaten by whales.
- Alignment system, which ranges from Divine - you goody-two shoes, you - straight through to Worse Than Hitler, ie. Scourge.
- Did you offend the town guard? Go to Jail. Go directly to Jail. Don't expect to get out without a pardon, or serving time.
From the game's FAQ:
Long ago, before the thinking races had tamed the horse or built the first cities, the rune-guardians of Ashen Empires mastered the magic of the runes, learned to control animals and plants and perhaps even weather... and then vanished.
Centuries later, the peace they had fashioned still endured. Food was plentiful, customs were calm, and people had no ancient hatreds to blind them. The thinking races - humans, night elves, orcs, and other folk - did not wage war upon one another. Wise rule, hard work, and brisk trade ensured prosperity. Knowledge was shared, dangerous beasts kept outside the frontiers, and all the land was a single nation.
It was a golden age...
But golden ages do not last forever.
You play as a human, night elf, or orcish hero, trying to dig yourself - and your people - out from under the Age of Ash, in which many bad things happened. Those of you who remember Ultima may get a twinge of nostalgia from the top-down view and simplistic graphics. There's a fairly crunchy skills, abilities and feats mechanic grinding away under there, allowing you to develop your character as you see fit. There's also a detailed sailing mechanic, allowing you to sail the ocean blue in your Junk or Galleon, menacing the high seas with your cannon.
The city siege mechanic should please the would-be world conquerors out there. The cities in this fantasy world can be attacked, and captured, for your faction; once captured, the enemy can't use its shops or trainers, and risk attack from its guards if they try to get in. However, capturing a city is a daunting task; you'll need an army to get in and knock out the Golden Guardian.
- Windows 98 or more
- 128 MB RAM
- 100 MB Memory
- In other words, not much.