Dragon’s Prophet First Thoughts

Dragon’s Prophet is an up-coming free-to-play action-based fantasy MMORPG developed by Runewaker Entertainment, the makers of the free MMORPG Runes of Magic, and published by Sony.  In this game you can train a variety of dragons which will then help you in combat, provide your character with enhancements, and which you can also use as mounts.

Different dragons have different abilities.  Some dragons, when used as mounts, will increase your movement speed, while others will let you fly, and so on.  Not all dragons fly in this game.  The lore of this game world defines almost any large reptilian creature as a dragon.

The game uses an action combat system similar to Neverwinter, while the graphics look very much like they’re based on Runes of Magic, though they’ve certainly been enhanced.  Nevertheless, the fonts, icons, and especially parts of the UI look like they were inspired by Runes of Magic.

Many people like Runes of Magic so the fact this game is made by the creators of that game holds some promise.  But there’s also some concern about the game being published by Sony.  So far, it seems Sony doesn’t have any idea how to do free-to-play properly.  The majority of their free-to-play games are completely pay-to-win, where they really want to force you into getting a subscription.  For instance, in many of their games, if you want to use higher-level gear you have to pay real money to be able to equip each and every item.

Personally, if a game does free-to-play right, I have no problems giving them some money every now and then to show my appreciation and to support the developers.  But if a game does free-to-play wrong, like Sony tends to do, I won’t play the game at all.

This game does look interesting and could have some potential, but with Sony in the mix, I’ll remain skeptical.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

A promo for the new TV show Agents of SHIELD was recently released on YouTube.  The TV show, which will air on ABC, follows the exploits of the SHIELD group from the Avengers movie.  The preview labels the show as being “from director Joss Whedon”.  Whether that’s just an acknowledgement that he made the movie the TV show is based on, or whether that’s saying he’s actually going to be directing the TV show, I’m not sure.

Either way, from the preview, it looks like it should be quite enjoyable.  It looks to be full of action and it looks like it will probably have a different, self-contained story every week.  As long as it doesn’t go the incredibly slow soap opera route of Once Upon a Time it should be quite enjoyable.  If Joss Whedon actually is directing it, that will bring even more to the table.

This seems to be an up-coming TV show to watch for.

Hasbro and the Dungeons and Dragons Movie

Recently, Warner Brothers announced that it was working on a new Dungeons and Dragons movie.  Because of the recent popularity of fantasy with Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, they intend to put all their resources and attention behind it, so it could turn out to be very good.

However, now Hasbro, who owns Wizards of the Coast and in turn owns Dungeons and Dragons, has claimed that they in fact have the rights to make a Dungeons and Dragons movie, and they want to make their movie with Universal.

First, if Warner Brothers is putting all their resources and attention behind the movie, I think they have a better chance of making a good movie than Universal does.  And second, especially if Warner Brothers is going to do a good job, Hasbro should quietly let them make the movie.  Even if Hasbro doesn’t directly get a piece of the movie profits, it’ll raise awareness of Dungeons and Dragons even more and it’ll get more people to buy the game to try it out, so Hasbro would still make money off of it.  It’s essentially advertising for them.

Pass the GM

Time for another fast, light, simple, and free RPG.  Pass the GM is a role-playing game which can be used with any setting where you can trade back and forth who plays the part of the GM.  It can also be played in a more traditional fashion with one person always playing the part of GM.  Check it out.  After all, it’s free.

Pass the GM