- Ashen Empires
title = Ashen Empires
developer = Doug Gesler (Zarquon), David Reese, Bill Money (OneEye), Denis Loubet
publisher = [Pixe Mine] (current),
Iron Will Games(former), Asylumsoft Inc.(original), TKO Games(former)
released = vgrelease|Beta|Beta|September 2002
March 10 2003
modes = multiplayer
platforms = Windows
media = Free Download
Ashen Empires, formerly known as "Dransik", is a two-dimensional
MMORPGcreated by Jason "Lothgar" Ely and now owned by Iron Will Games. It was released for a free, open beta in 2002 and later officially released in 2003.
The original "Dransik" game, now known as "Dransik Classic", was built in honor of
Ultima Vby Jason Ely, one of the developers. In fact, its graphics closely resemble the tiles used in U5, with an SVGAfacelift. [ [http://reconstruction.voyd.net/index.php?event=project&typeKeyword=inspired Ultima: The Reconstruction] ] "Dransik Classic" is still available for play using the Pixel Minelauncher. The modern game was originally known as "Dransik", and was an upgraded version of the original Dransik game, which utilized an older graphics engine. The game was first launched through an open, free beta in September, 2002 [ [http://www.mpogd.com/news/?ID=399 Dransik Open Beta] , Multiplayer Online Games Directory, accessed October 4, 2007] , by its original publisher, Asylumsoft Inc.[ [http://www.ironwillgames.com/about.htm About IWG ] ] . After the beta-testing stage was complete, the game started following a pay-to-playmodel on March 10, 2003. [ [http://www.dransikdnm.20m.com Dransik Navy & Marines] , Dransik Navy & Marines, a Dransik guild, accessed October 4, 2007] At that time, a monthly subscription fee was required to play (a business model seen in many MMORPG's, including World of Warcraftand EverQuest). At a later date, however, Iron Will Games, the company which now owns Ashen Empires, decided to allow users to play for free, but with a limited experience. Until early 2008, players could only receive 10% of all experience gained, were limited in tradeskills they can use and couldn't perform certain tasks such as using the party system, trade table, pickup and drop objects/items to the ground or loot certain mobs. In early 2008, these restrictions were relaxed so that: nonsubscribing players now receive 50% of all experience gained; can party with other non-subscribers; can table trade freely with other non-subscribers; can table trade with subscribers but only to receive, not give items. This limitation is in effect until a subscription is purchased, and this is the subscription model currently used.
Accounts on Ashen Empires are able to contain up to four characters per server. When creating a character, the player can choose one of three races: human, night elf (also known as Astari), or Orc. [ [http://www.ashenempires.com/races.aspx Races] , Ashen Empires, accessed October 4, 2007] As with most
MMORPG's, the player can also choose his or her character's appearance and gender, and can give the character a name.
The game sets itself apart from other
MMORPG's with its large number of diverse skills. There is currently a total of seventy-one skills in the game; these skills include armed and unarmed combat, magery (spellcasting), and trade skills. Specific examples include Mining, Iron Forging, Baking, Planting, Harvesting, and Large Blades. [ [http://www.ashenempires.com/skills.aspx Skills] , Ashen Empires, accessed October 4, 2007]
* [http://www.ashenempires.com Official website]
* [http://www.aeauction.com AE Auction] , a website which allows Ashen Empires players to buy and sell in-game items for in-game currency (gold)
* [http://ae.wolfbound.com/wiki/ AEWiki] , an Ashen Empires
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