Runes of Magic: First Ten Levels

Outside Varanas

My Mage, pictured above standing outside the city of Varanas in the free to play MMO Runes of Magic, hit level ten last night after questing in the Howling Mountains region.

This game has been a pleasant surprise for me thus far, perhaps due in no small part to the complete lack of expectations I had for it.  The first ten levels have been fairly standard as far as MMOs go.  I’ve killed various creatures for their various parts for whoever wanted them for whatever reason.  No new ground has been broken here, but still, I’m enjoying it.

One of the more unique aspects to Runes of Magic is the dual class system.  When you reach level 10, you can choose a secondary class which will give you access to certain skills and spells from that class in addition to all of your primary class skills.

As it stands right now, that’s about all I know of the dual class system.  Because I jumped into this game blind, not knowing much about it, I need to research the mechanics of it a little more in depth.  I’m not entirely sure which class I’ll choose for my secondary.  I’m leaning towards Priest at this point, but that may very well change after I do some reading.  Aside from the dual class system I’m not sure if I’ve been making good choices with my skill progression upon level up.  With each level increase you receive talent points that can be spent on upgrading your skills.  So far I’ve just been maxing out all of my existing skills, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there are probably skills that don’t need to be maxed.

After ten levels in the game there are a few things that stand out for me.  I really like the graphics and it performs well on my aging computer.  The server population seems quite healthy too, as I was running into people all night.  I’m not going to go crazy and suggest that this game can replace one of the triple-A titles out there, such as WoW, but as far as free to play MMOs go however, Runes of Magic looks like a gem.

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