Building An Astral Ship From Scratch
Of course, the real highlight of the game is not with the very diverse character class system for a free-to-play MMORPG but it comes in the form of the very neat Astral ships. To move about and between the allods players will need to acquire an Astral ship of their own, complete with a crew, in order to venture about the vast universe in the game.
Players will start building their ship after level 35 and will be able to venture out after finding a crew to man it. The neat part is that the entire crew is mostly composed of other players, so adventuring throughout the world becomes a more community-oriented affair rather than a lot of players taking the solo route for discovering treasures and items. One of the major roles assigned to players on the Astral ships is that of a Navigator; the Navigator can see the entire surrounding area of the ship and can plot the course for either engaging an enemy, strategically getting into position for battle or finding a nice escape route to avoid danger.
In addition to the Navigator other players will take on the role of ship-hands to man the turrets or spot out the best course for maneuvering the ship. However, the Astral ships aren’t simply limited to players navigating and shooting cannons, it’s also possible to engage in ship-to-ship battles or use long-ranged magic and abilities to attack opponents. The team worked hard in ensuring that players could still use some of their abilities while stationed on the Astral ship to fend off monsters or fight against other players on opposing ships.
The Weight Of Loot
The flying Astral ships aren’t just for war and exploration, however, they also serve one other very imperative purpose for a player’s travel: storing loot. As players make their excursion through the Astral they’ll undoubtedly gather lots of treasure, gold, loot and equipment. When the items become too much to carry on a player-character the booty can be stored on the Astral ship until it’s time to part ways from the allod. One other thing to keep in mind is that the size and quality of the ship will also determine how much loot can be stored on it…meaning that players will need to make several trips around the Astral planes to recover treasure if they’re using an inadequately small ship. But the gathered items from the allods can always be put to good use, such as buying more storage space for the Astral ship.
Mini-Games And Goblinoball
The game not only has standard-fare play and the whole Astral ship function, but it also has additional gameplay contained within mini-games. One of the recently revealed game modes include “Goblinoball”, in which players venture to Competition Island, an allod all about nurturing the competitive side of adventurers, and engaging in some six-on-six soccer using a goblin. There are even special character themes and settings used in the arena to help bring out the spirit of sportsmanship, including sports-themed head paint and clothing logos.
Nevertheless, for those of you who fear you might get bored easily of a game where you grind, loot for treasure and discover vast new worlds to explore, rest assured that there is still plenty to do in Allods Online. With over 1,500 quests to take on, a sprawling universe of allods to explore and plenty of warring factions to keep the action spicy and lively, it’s tough to ignore Allods Online as a potential breakout hit of the year in the free-to-play arena.
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