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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 8:19PM Saker said

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"like a Free Realms on acid. ", well I'm hooked! :)

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 9:28PM (Unverified) said

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Awesome, I hope you can keep finding these hidden foreign gems for us. It really does seem that much of the innovation in the MMO genre is being done by these "smaller" foreign publishers. As an anime fan, the fact that many of them have opted for the anime look is a double bonus for me :)

Not that western publisher can't/aren't innovative (they are), but I think too often they get blinded by WoW's success and in turn feel that they can't stray too far from the WoW model. Hopefully with the continued rise of PWI, some these risk taking F2P gems will get the budget and polish they need to really shine.

Not sure if it's proper to link the address of another site or not, but I've found http://steparu.com/ to be a really good English site for covering foreign MMO's, many of which have little to no NA marketing.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 9:36PM Beau Hindman said

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@(Unverified) Yeh there are so many, but I really need to learn to speak some other languages. My life would be simpler. lol

Beau
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:38PM Twisvel said

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Ah, Lager.

They have a really old game called Fairyland Online, wonder if they are working on a direct sequel. Was a pretty cool game for it's time, turned based seperate screen battles with pets. Had simple tradeskills and crafting. Quests, all the works. Think it is still being serviced albeit with a low presence.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 1:33AM cinderb0y said

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Fairyland 2 (or Funtasy Online in Taiwan) is a really nice turn-based game. I was invited by Lager to do a review on it as I could speak the language some time back:

http://www.onrpg.com/MMO/Funtasy-Online-Chinese/review/Funtasy-Online-Dont-Judge-A-Game-By-Its-Cover

As for XAOC, I have quite some info in my blog as well:

http://www.mmoculture.com/search/label/xaoc

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 5:13AM Beau Hindman said

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@cinderb0y Cool, thanks. I've received a sort of guide from the developers, so that will help me as well. I've been putting some time into it, mostly because it has several systems that seem to do things differently.

Thanks again --

Beau
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Posted: Jun 16th 2011 1:51AM Cirocco said

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Thanks! I'm always on the lookout for online treats that are off the beaten path...never know when you discover a diamond in the rough.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 6:01AM (Unverified) said

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I'm pretty interested to see how the mix of social and "kind-of-hardcore"-RPG works out.

Lagers last game in the US (King of Kings 3) was pretty hardcore in it's mechanics.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 6:04AM Space Cobra said

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I've always been interested in games from Asia and bought/imported lots of them for my game consoles (and some PC ones).

But yeah, Taiwan, Japan, China, Malasia...they ALL have various games and as much as I'd like to sift through all of them, it's just too much! I will jump in from time to time and, while I don't really speak the language, I know the cultures. But, even though I used to guess in-game menus and write them up, the more complicated games get, the harder it was to stay excited about them (for example, quests and/or dialogue by NPCs and figuring out what they wanted me to do!).

And it is interesting you should mention other parts of the world. I know Germany has some offerings and a few Russian companies are breaking into the American scene. I've seen some lite games from India, too. It's basically, many of these countries have their own infrastructure so they will make their own games for their own populace.

I haven't heard much from South America, but I KNOW there are gamers down there, particularly Brazil and Argentina. I haven't heard much from France, even though they love to revel in their own thing. I think I may've heard about Belgium, but mostly one-player PC stuff.

I admit, I am a bit out of touch now. When I find time (and get bored of the games I currently play) sometimes the "itch" appears and I start searching. I still have a bit of patience with "hunt and peck" in games and not knowing what is what, but I had more a few years ago.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 10:05AM Pingles said

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There are definitely challenges to bringing these games to different markets. Each Closed Beta that I've participated in has had a bunch of "features" key to the Eastern market that didn't jibe with the Western markets. PvP stuff in most but also grinding (I remember one quest asked me to kill 48 mobs).

I find it all fascinating and enjoy closed beta challenges.

Posted: Jul 10th 2011 10:06PM FunkAy said

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just wondering has there been any news English publishers that are going to port this over to NA or Europe?

Posted: Jul 10th 2011 10:09PM Beau Hindman said

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@FunkAy I haven't heard much more. It's still a neat game, but I've only played on the server for press, so there aren't many people around.

It's definitely different.

Beau
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Posted: Jul 12th 2011 6:06PM FunkAy said

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well thx for the reply and if you do hear any news on it, id be greatly appreciated. cuz i was a long time Fairy Land player :)
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