Free-to-play MMOs have been around forever and with the exception of Guild Wars – which technically isn’t really free since you have to buy the client – none of them really drew my interest enough to make me want to play for more than a few minutes.But just last night, a friend of mine who has been playing in the open beta for a new free-to-play MMO Runes of Magic had mostly good things to say about it (“It feels just like WoW!”) so I thought I’d try it out.
The sign-up process on their website was quite painless. I got registered and accepted into the open beta within seconds of filling out the form. Okay so I go to the download-the-client link and there are about 10 sources listed. As I am wont to do, I picked the last one on the list (that’s exactly how I ended up on the Zul’jin server in WoW!). The download was sloooow so I got into Warhammer and did some quests in Altdorf, trying to get my character up to level 24 (different story which I’ll talk about next time).
Surprisingly, the download ended before I even logged off from WAR. Not suprisingly, the file was bad. After a few more unsuccessful tries, I decided to say buh-bye to MMOSite and start over.This time I picked Gamer’s Hell because it was the first on the list and seemed to be the only other English site. The download manager said it would take 5 hours so I left it running overnight. I have no clue what time it stopped downloading but when I tried to unzip it this morning, I found out that the file was bad…. again!
Time for drastic measures. I checked the forums and found a thread on bad downloads with a GM response. Yay! Here’s what the GM says:
As darklordiyy said, use a download manager like Flashget, and you can alternatively download the game by parts (some of the mirrors), which means you’ll download the 3.5GB in 5 different files that you then install together This way you can use IE or Firefox as well.
Forget download managers. I’ve always had a bad suspicion bordering on paranoia that they spy on me and secretly upload stuff from my computer when I’m not looking. Which really leaves me with only one other choice – go for the 4-part downloads which are being offered by some of the German sites. I don’t speak/read German but fortunately, they used numbers instead of words so I managed to figure out that it was a 4-part download.As I write this, part 1 is downloading with 1 hour and 34 minutes remaining.
Wish me luck!