The Dungeon Runners Beta
some friends of mine and i are in the dungeon runners beta — and, it’s pretty cool. the game is entirely worth playing for two reasons:
- it’s crazy cheap (free or $5 a month)
- the “go to” feature.
the game is basically like a cross between dungeon siege (the controls) and diablo (the mechanics) with a few of the very most basic wow mmo features. it’s pretty much just bash the shit out of stuff and head back to town to sell your phat lewt.
tho, as we’re all only around level 8, we really don’t have much else to go on.
did i mention the “go to” feature already? yeah. it rocks.
all you do is right-click any of your group’s portraits (also, the groups are persistent — logged in or logged out. like a mini-guild.) and click “go to” to be instantly teleported to where they are. it’s all kinds of crazy-convenient. for me, i’m always lost (remind me to tell you about the time i got lost in an olive garden — yes, the restaurant.) so i just warp to my buddies wherever they happen to be. for our friend kameron, it’s all about warping into a fight to “help out.”
probably another feature i should mention — drops are all pre-owned. as in, you whack some badass mob, he drops 10 things, 5 are yours, 5 are your buddy’s. you can’t pick his stuff up. he can’t pick up yours. you can, however, pick it up and then drop it again and he has access to it. totally takes the stress out of worrying over group loot hogs.
pretty much, it’s a grinder’s game. it’s accessible. they took some of the most painful parts about group grinding and added some fun features to help.
that being said, the game is still skewed and off-balance. for example, the skill prices (you buy, not earn new skills — it’s a grinder’s game, remember?) don’t scale right. i’m a few xp short of a level 8 mage and i just now have enough gold to buy a level 2 spell.
it’s fun. it’s easy. it’s pretty pick-up, put-down. it won’t break the bank. it’s easy to draft along with your friends.
oh, and i should mention that it’s hella funny. as you walk away from a merchant after selling some stuff, he says “if you see a bitter woman, send ‘er over here!” from crazy weapon speed descriptions to “of the liger” suffixes for items, there’s some really pretty funny stuff in there.
i like it so far. it’s a keeper.