questionswhat is a good mmporpg game to get started on for…

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I know RuneScape is free, There is also a free level on Everquest now. I thought Guild Wars was free to play too but I can't seem to find anything to back that up now.

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I used to play runescape back when it first came out. It was always extremely activating and fun. Might be worth looking into!

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IDK. I spend too much time here. :)

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There's this awesome one called "the outside" - it's free to play, and you don't even have to register... you simply leave your home, and everyone is involved. Kind of an open ended game however...

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@goatcrapp your right outside is awesome, but I am talking about playing after my children are in bed for the night. I spend 10 to 13 hours outside working Monday through Friday in temps over 100 degrees so a little time inside not moving on a Saturday is very nice.

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There are lots, and lots of MMOs that are now free to play so it's just a matter of trying them out and seeing what you guys like.

Also keep in mind that since they are free, there will be restrictions placed on what you can do, such as what races or classes you can play as, as well as content.

One MMO I've been playing for years, Everquest 2 is a good place to start I'd think.

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@gideonfrost I thought Guild Wars was a game you bought then played for free online. I will look into some of those mentioned here thanks for the input.

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I used to play MapleStory. It's free to play, but has changed so much recently where having money is truly the only way to have the best character. Plus, they added too many different classes with too much power, and I just lost interest. It's not super high graphics or anything, but it was entertaining. I have some geek/nerd friends and my cousin that play WoW, and the pretty much made fun of me for playing this though. I know there are some adults that do play, a lot of my friends were, but I think there are also a lot of 'kids' on the game as well. Good luck finding something fun to play. I might try a few of these as well, I kind of miss hanging out and gaming online with others.

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Can't you get a free month of WoW? I'd try that out and see if you like it, if you can get a free membership for a limited time.

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I'd have to say the bigger free to play games not yet mentioned are the likes of Lord of the Rings Online, City of Heroes, Champions Online, DC Universe Online, Age of Conan. I play Star Trek Online sometimes, it's okay but not the best by far. Most of them will offer you item shops for perks, mounts, new character classes, or maps...that is how they pay their bills. Some games will pressure you or make you feel like you need these things more then others. I can say from personal experience that I was able to reach the level cap in Star Trek without the aid of paid items at all and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.

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@captainsuperdawg: WoW is now free till level 20, unlimited amount of time but your level gets locked at 20 and a lot of features are locked such as guilds, mail, chat channels. I believe you can also get a 7 day trial with out level cap and restrictions, but after the 7 days any characters over the free level 20 cap will be inaccessible unless you subscribe.
It will give you a little taste of the game but most of the fun is at end game which requires a big investment and subscription.

Aion recently went free to play. It's pretty grindy but for free it's worth checking out and fun for awhile.

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My son is hooked on League of Legends. He used to play Sword of the New World and loved that as well. LOL seems to be the new thing though.

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@goatcrapp: Tried that one a while ago. The graphics hurt my eyes, and the 3d-ness gives me a headache.

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I really enjoyed Runes of Magic for quite a while.

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League of Legends has become so much popular nowadays. I haven't played it myself though, but I do know that it's addicting.

Some sites I used to follow were MMORPG.com and ONRPG.com. It really just boils down to what your tastes are.

I'd also go from the game companies website such as gpotato.com, gamescampus.com and aeriagames.com just to name a few. If you were me though, I would check out Target, Walmart, or CVS for "game cards" and you'll see the types of games out there and they're usually pretty good (hence the advertisings). Just be forewarned though, even though it's free-to-play.. you're going to be heavily tempted into buying in-game items/services with physical cash no matter where you go.

Honestly, a lot has changed since I've last looked into the news of MMORPGs so there are definitely a lot of new (and pretty good) games out there.

[Was a big MMORPG gamer all throughout middle and high school.]

If Woot starts a small MMORPG clan, I wouldn't mind joining them. :)

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@goatcrapp: I went outside to play it, and the Contrast and Brightness were too high. I could afford the magical sunglasses of dimming cause im a n00b and I couldnt find the settings menu so I RQ the entire life thing.

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@teenracer6: I tried the lame outside game.
#1 it is not free.
#2 Way too slow. It takes 6 minutes to dig 1 hole and there are never, and I mean never any treasures.
#3 My character overheated, not to mention when cutting trees for wood, there are NPC called cops that will stop you from cutting trees in the map called park. I think they wanted to play FPS.
#4The character named Caffeine_wife would not let me make any changes in the yard map.

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If you're willing to stray from the RPG style games I would like to recommend trying Gunbound. Very fun ballistic combat style game with nearly zero learning curve but still has a high skill mastery potential. The down sides are fairly terrible music, very cutsie chibi style graphics and the website and any support is poorly translated from the original korean.

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I've been playing an MMORPG on Facebook (scoff if you will) called Cloudstone. It's fun and can be played completely free (micro-transaction based). It's only been around for a few months now, but I feel it's starting to mature nicely.

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I'd skip the totally free games. They usually either suck or have hidden fees.

Just find a game that doesn't have a monthly fee. Maybe there are some leftover deals from the steam sale or something?

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Thanks for all the input. I am checking some of the games out and appreciate not having to navigate through hundreds to make a selection. Since this is a group of 30 something men with families and jobs that will be playing some of concerns about the free parts limiting your game play won't matter much because we won't be putting in massive amounts of time and hitting the bench marks anytime soon. If we really like the one we pick there may even be real money spent at some point.

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@asahel01: Look into Combat Arms. It's free to play, and I've actually been able to play it and (according to me, at least) become a top player, without paying a cent. There are options to spend money, if you'd like to, but it's definitely not necessary. It has a lot of options, as far as game play go, but it is all FPS based, so I'm not sure if that's what y'all are looking for. You can play with up to 16 people at once for most of the games, so if you're looking to play with more than that, then this would not be your cup of tea. Just thought I should mention it though.

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Hands down, drop the 60 bucks to buy guildwars 2, its free to play just need to purchase. So you get the quality and support of a first class developer without the monthly scrips.

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So, I'm late to this thread, but will add my $.02 anyway, as I've tried many, many MMORPGs. The best F2Ps I've played so far are Lord of the Rings Online (completely free to play, but pay-to-unlock-content past about level 15) and RIFT (completely free up to level 20, subscription-only after).

LOTRO would be my choice for those new to RPGs, as it has a really friendly community and you likely already know the setting, and it does a good job of explaining how to play.

RIFT is more complicated, though an experienced RPG player will do fine, and in my opinion it is a fantastic game. But the community is, uh, not so forgiving, and level 20 is only enough to get your feet wet - if you like it, you will want to subscribe.

These are both fantasy-themed games; if you prefer other settings, there are (unfortunately) not many good options right now. Star Wars: The Old Republic is going F2P soon, and although its reputation is mixed right now, I'd bet it will be revamped by the time it does.