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|Developer(s)||Jirko Cernik alias Sotrax|
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Freewar // (short FW) is a browser-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed by a German software developers team, which since 2003 by a team led by the initiator of the "hobby" project, Jirko Cernik (nickname Sotrax). In total there are 14 to 17 different servers and more than 100,000 registered accounts. Freewar is one of the most popular German-browser games. The game is set in a medieval fantasy world. There is a similar browser game called Darkfleet, which plays in the same universe, but set 10,000 years later. The game is available in two languages, German and English.
The game, which is designed in the fantasy style, consists of a variety of landscapes in a virtual world with names like Konlir or Lorania. The players moves from room to room gradually on a card made up of square boxes, and can then play against other players or non-player characters (NPCs). They fight, gain experience, and earn gold to drive to solve quests. Characters can buy, use, sell, or trade weapons, spells and objects (items).
Freewar runs in real time and is a role-playing video game. You can either travel the world (for example, as a trader, fighter or tissue researchers) or residence (for example, as a stockbroker). The character played can learn skills that will enable him to pay for certain services, such as more gold received for completed orders. Players can join to form clans and small groups in order to defeat stronger enemies. Furthermore, there are buildings with special features, such as an auction hall, a stock exchange, a market hall, more stores with varying prices, and buildings that regularly produce raw materials.
Game chat is integrated into various "channels". One can, for example, communicate internally within a clan, converse with another player on the same field, or talk to people on their friend lists.
Registration and participation are free. By so-called sponsorship (a payment of €10 for 4 months and before 5 months and first six months) you can purchase special features, for example in the form of a queue for the time-based nature of learning skills, the possibility to change to a different race or even to change his nickname and the sex in the game. It is possible, to purchase sponsorship by other players using virtual money. The operator places a high value on benefits such as sponsors obtaining higher attack values.
In addition to the traditional game, there is an RPG World (often abbreviated to RP), with special rules. Thus, for example, names that could disrupt the role-playing experience, demanded by the moderators and speaking only in character, without reference to real life is encouraged. The moderators or guards of this world provide people with unique quests to ensure that the well-known pen-and-paper RPG-style quests must be solved by the players. This is different to the tasks in other worlds in terms of duration, content and rewards. The RPG world is unlike the standard version of the game fee.
Furthermore, there's a world for Freewar called Action Freewar (commonly shortened to AF), which is currently reset every 5 months. It is different to normal Freewar because it has a higher respawn rate of NPCs, and more money is gained from killing these enemies.
The name Freewar is derived from the domain freewar.de, which Sotrax had originally registered in 2003 as an attempt to intercept requests from people on the Internet for Freeware-programs. However, he made a typo when registering the domain. Later, he noticed that the name fitted well with an unnamed game he had recently programmed. He ran the Alpha version of the game under the domain freewar.de. The name became permanent, and finally Sotrax kept Freewar as the name for the game. This name has been a trademark at the German Patent and Trade Mark Officesince 2006(registration number 30631611).
To promote social contact between the Freewar community outside the virtual world and to organize dedicated players, for several years Freewar meetings have taken place. These are usually held twice a year at different locations in Germany and are enjoying increasing popularity. Several dozen regular players from Germany, Austria and Switzerland travel to the meeting.
The most recent meeting was in Heldrungen in June 2010 in deposits. It had registered about 100 players.
- http://www.freewar.de/ worlds, an international, English-language servers, the RPG World and Action Freewar.
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