Runes of Magic Reveals Man-to-Man Combat

February 26, 2009


New Arena System for Award-Winning
Free-to-Play MMORPG Unveiled

Frogster America, Inc. today unveiled a new arena
system for man-to-man combat, in Runes of Magic, the Massively Multiplayer
Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the standard for
free-to-play titles. The publisher plans to introduce the one on one arena
system in early March. After the release of the patch, the best players in the
arena system will have the opportunity to win an exclusive mount. Runes of Magic
officially launches on March 19, 2009.

“Our goal is to continue to add innovative
features that bring new dimensions to the game and make Runes of Magic a
free-to-play game unlike any other,” said Sean Kauppinen, president and CEO of
Frogster America, Inc. “Man-to-man PvP combat, leaderboards and a ranking system
are features that make Runes of Magic a game that should appeal to fans of
fighting and FPS games in addition to casual and MMO gamers.”

In the heart of Dust Devil Canyon lies the
Obsidian Bastion, capital city and fortress of the NPC faction ‘The Order of
Dark Glory’. The city’s central square holds an arena in which mercenaries can
gain combat experience and measure their powers against rivals. To guarantee a
balanced contest, players register with the Arena Master, who automatically
assigns opponents with similar statistics. The arena will act as a tool to teach
players how to control their avatars: how their character should be equipped,
the skills required for PvP and how dual classes should be personalized for
their own style of play. During every three minutes of combat, a magical seal
appears which when touched, releases a random effect – such as a healing or
strength enhancing spell.

Players receive credits in the form of arena
coins for points scored each week. Overall and weekly points will be tracked in
a ranking system to show the world who is the best among one on one combatants.
When these are totalled at the end of the month, the best players will receive
an exclusive mount for one month.

Following the release on March 19th, Frogster
plans to further expand on the arena system. Then among other things, certain
items will also be on offer to players to earn through man-on-man combat.
Players can find out more about the one on one arena system on the official

Runes of Magic went into open beta with English
and German versions in mid-December 2008. Anyone interested can now download the
game and enter the world after creating an account for free at:

About Runes of Magic Runes of Magic is the
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the
standard for free-to-play titles. With an exciting and engaging story, more than
1,000 quests at launch and 30 character class combinations, Runes of Magic is
the most immersive, content-rich free-to-play MMO game ever created. More than
450,000 people have already signed up and entered the world with hundreds of
thousands more expected as word of the game’s features and community spread each
day. Already a winner of multiple awards for its content and overall gameplay,
Runes of Magic is expected to be a major international hit in 2009 and beyond.
For more information, please visit:

Runes of Magic features

  • Free-to-play: no monthly fees, free download
  • Extensive dual class system (six primary and
    secondary classes)
  • Versatile spell- and attack-combinations
  • Enthralling background story
  • More than 1,000 quests and quest series on
  • No zone boundaries thanks to seamless
  • Dungeons: Instanced and tile based as well as
  • Individually developable skills and spells
  • Armor sets with special bonuses
  • Dynamic item system with hundreds of runes for
  • Optional PvP system with arena battles and
    guild wars
  • Ranking system with player-ranking lists
  • Multitude of unique mounts
  • Epic crafting system with the chance to
    improve existing items
  • Personalization of player houses through
    individual furnishing
  • Reputation system
  • Customizable user interface with the option to
    use Add-Ons
  • Map and radar system to find dealers,
    resources and quests easily
  • In-game auction houses for trading items
  • Teleport-Runes for instant travel
  • Mouse and keyboard controls for movement
  • Regular updates with new content
  • Cross-server fights in three-server-battle in
  • Guild houses in special zones in development