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Champions Online: Blood Moon Rising

Champions Online‘ has recently relaunched itself as a hybrid-F2P title under the moniker ‘Champions Online: Free For All’.  To be honest, I have never been a fan of the whole F2P movement, and have always hated most of the things associated with it, things, such as like in-game item shops and XP potions.  However this one time, I find myself strangely in support of, and indeed applauding Cryptic’s switch to the hybrid-F2P model.

Instead of doing the obvious today and talk about ‘Free For All’, I thought I would instead bring to your attention, the return of the ‘Blood Moon’ event from 2009.  This special event heralds the return of one of the worlds most evil villians – Takofanes, the Undying Lord!

“There is a chill wind blowing through Millennium City.  The moon has taken on a sinister aspect, staining the sky a bloody red.  The superhero Witchcraft, of the Champions, warns that this is a dire portent of an approaching mystical threat.  There have been sightings of strange creatures emerging across the world, those of savage werewolves and flesh-craving zombies.  Even worse, they bear with them the tidings of a great evil returning to the world… Takofanes, the Undying Lord!

When Takofanes last strode across North America he killed all who crossed him to swell the ranks of his undead army.  The first attempt America’s superheroes made to stop him resulted in the death of half a dozen of them.  A second more concentrated attempt managed to drive Takofanes from the battlefield, but he could not be defeated.  Now Takofanes has returned once again with hordes of his minions, citing prophecies of doom and proclaiming his coming reign over humanity!”

This was by far one of my favourite MMO events of all time.   It came with an interesting background story, and was amazingly atmospheric, with graphical changes which affected the entire game world.  The event offered perks and activities across all the zones, and was available for players of all levels.  Not only that, the event also made some permanent additions to the game, including the introduction of an exciting new powerset, as well as a brand new PvP mini-event that featured zombies (and hey, who doesn’t love zombies?).   This truly was an amazing event, and I look forward to its return- infact, at the time of this posting, this event should already be live.  Currently the event is scheduled for two days only, but is set to return as a regular monthly event.  With ‘Free For All’ relaunch, and now the return of ‘Blood Moon’, there has never been a better to try out (or return to) the exciting world of ‘Champion Online’.

NOTE: Blood Moon will start at 4pm PST / 7pm EST on Friday, February 25, 2011 and will end at 11:59pm PST / 2:59pm EST on Sunday, February 27, 2011 and should return with each full moon for one day.

You can check out ‘Champions Online’ at <http://www.champions-online.com/>.


Champions Online F2P Announced!

Yet another MMO have gone F2P, with the latest being Champions Online.

While I am not normally a fan of the P2P-to-F2P conversion, I actually do believe this is a good move on Cryptic’s part.  Unlike other recent conversions like Everquest 2 and Lord of The Rings Online, Champions Online’s game-play designs and mechanics are actually well suited to the F2P model.

Champions Online, in case you did not know, is a super-hero MMO based on an old pen and paper RPG, and was developed by the folks who made the original City of Heroes.  Champions Online is a fast paced action RPG of sorts, set in a rich comic book world, with an insane amount of customization options.  Costumes options are limitless, with thousands of costume pieces on offer, and with new parts and pieces being unlocked or added to the game constantly.  Powersets too are completely customizable, offering players the option to mix and match powers from different sets, allowing complete freedom as to how your characters develop.

And then there is the Cryptic Store, their excellent ingame item shop.  Their shop offers affordable and mostly customisational items which help enhances the look and feel of your characters, but in ways which does not demean or punish those without.  This, in my opinion, makes their item shop one of the few have been done correctly, and is the perfect foundation for when their F2P system launches early next year.

The game will switch to the F2P model beginning in Q1, and will offer two membership levels, the Gold, and the Silver.  Gold will retain the current $14.99/month subscription, but will offer free adventure packs and updates, among other perks.  Whereas Silver will be driven by sales of adventure packs, costume pieces, item slots, and other perks such as unrestricted chat and veteran rewards.  All this might change of course prior to launch, but at this stage it is nice to note that there will be no level, zone, or major gameplay restrictions for Silver members, so F2Pers can enjoy most of the content alongside their Gold member friends.

For more info check out their official site at: http://www.champions-online.com/f2p


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