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Dragon's Prophet Launch Is Here: 10 Reasons to Become a Dragon Lord

With fast paced combat, deep lore, intricate crafting, and thousands of dragons, there is little to hate about Dragon's Prophet. Here is why you should give it a go.

Yes it is true--Dragon's Prophet, a fantasy MMORPG in development by RuneWaker Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment has been in an open beta/prelaunch state for a few months now, but the time is now upon you future Auratians to rise up and open those gates to the #SuperMetal world that is Dragon's Prophet.

Whether you are a new or old player, you may not be fully up to date with all the changes that have been made over the past few months to prepare for the imminent launch. Luckily for you, we here at GameSkinny have been covering the game and all its eccentricities for quite some time. 

Nearly a month ago, Max and I were able to meet with the Dragon's Prophet producers and Max even snagged an interview which can be seen here. If you haven't had a chance to try out this game or are still unsure of whether try it out, here is why you should.

The 10 Top Reasons Why You Should Try Dragon's Prophet

Dragon's Prophet may seem a bit generic when looking at it from the outside but let me assure you, it has its moments and they are quite grand!

1. Combat: Despite whether our proverbial need to slam a large stick into someone's skull is enough to be a main feature of a game, combat is one of the main ways we currently interact with online worlds. For years now, games have focused on bringing forth new combat models and abilities to entice players to experience something new and exciting. Dragon's Prophet is a game that succeeds in doing so.

Get ready to blast your way through Auratia with intense combo-based abilities that will make you utilize your keyboard. The only thing that can get annoying while playing is the auto-target mechanism in the game. You will often pull more mobs accidentally than on purpose, but it's also a reason to be careful whilst tredding the paths laden with the blood of dragons (okay, maybe a bit too dramatic there).

2. Crafting: Are you a player that sees combat as a nonsensical past time? Would you much rather evoke your inner Monet or Frank Lloyd Write to create rather than destroy? These next two items on the list are for you!  

Crafting in Dragon's Prophet is fantastic. It may require just a few clicks and is far from a mini-game experience, but the level of intricacy in the system is something that has us still baffled. Players can create the usual myriad of items but the difference here is in the pudding. Leveling up is centered around creation and breaking down of items but what you will quickly find out is that there are many ways to enhance the items you are making. The great thing about crafting in the game is the fact that, if prepared correctly, the crafted item in question can stand toe to toe with those items dropped by mobs.

The crafting in the game deserves a lot more than a short snippet on a top-ten list. If you are interested in learning more about the game's craft-tastical abilities then be sure to check out this wonderful guide at TenTonHammer.

3. Housing: Everyone loves becoming virtual architects and realtors, and don't tell me the idea hasn't crossed your mind. It's the reason for Rift's Dimensions and the reason EverQuest II launched with such ability years before. Dragon's Prophet loves the idea of housing too it seems, and while it may not be as expansive as Rift's, it is still a great way to pass the time and build your own home in the virtual world.

Housing comes in two forms. If players want, they can join one of the many housing islands in the game (soon to be incorporated with the Citadel system). These lands will cost a premium to own but are incorporated in the world with other houses on the island. For those who want a little more privacy there are apartments for rent which are a tad bit cheaper.

4. Intricate Pet System: It wouldn't be right if Dragon's Prophet wasn't all about dragons, and thankfully there are plenty of dragons around. The game takes collecting pets to a new level as you can now collect and train hundreds of dragons at a time. Each dragon will offer unique advantageous during combat situations and some can even grant your character new abilities. 

Dragons are more than just tanks or damage dealers too. Not only can you use your dragons to collect resources for you (yep, boring harvesting is now out the window) but your dragon is also your main mode of transportation. Also, coming with launch is the Inartia Rising update, which will add a form of mounted combat. Check #7 on our list for more details.

5. Guilds Matter: Want to succeed in Dragon's Prophet? Join a guild! Guilds are more than just social tools when it comes to exploring the dangers of the world. Guilds can offer you perks for joining and even have the ability to break down dragon flutes and spawn ultra rare dragons for you to capture and tame. 

I am always an advocate for joining guilds in MMORPGs simply because these are meant to be social experiences. Sure, you can solo your way up to max level, but why would you want to? Guilds will not only get you some great perks but will help you have the most fun in Dragon's Prophet.

6. (Coming at launch): Citadel PVP: Coming with launch is the newest update: Inartia Rising. The update plans to finally implement the much talked about Citadel PVP. New to the game are alliances and high lords, in which players will be able to ally their guilds and form factions. Those alliances can then battle over the housing islands and take control over the land. Check for our write-up on the Citadel PVP system later this week.

7. (Coming at launch): Mounted Combat: A long with the Citadel PVP system comes a new way to take to the skies in this draconian adventure. Soon your dragons will be, excuse the pun, leveling up with new air combat abilities. These abilities will be determined by breed and might not be extensive at first. We will have something to say after the launch. Be sure to check back.

8. Dungeons Galore: Are you the spelunking type that just craves endless dungeon runs? Well, good news--Dragon's Prophet  has nearly as many dungeons as it does dragons and they are great for both solo and group play. There are 2-3 dungeons (instances) per main zone and they often flow with the storyline, so grab your sword and take part in the loot-grabbing--I mean.. story.

9. Lore: Though at times, the story is presented quite roughly,  the lore of Auratia is deep and intricate with sugar-coated nerdgasms to sink those teeth in. Each zone and quest within is inundated with more than you can eat story line. If you can get past the problems that come with translations and some times dry writing, you will definitely enjoy the story a long the way. I is an unpolished diamond for sure.

10. Constant Updates: One thing that I can fully attest to is the passion of the development team in charge. Bi-monthly updates have been steadily increasing the experience and have no sign of stopping. If you treasure online experiences where the developers are active, friendly, and as passionate as the players that play it, than you will probably be hooked. You may come for the game, but you will, without a doubt, stay for the community.

Published Sep. 18th 2013
  • Hammer_Fist
    My wife an I play and we love it. Just hit the new map a few days ago. I like having a house and I love the PVE aspect of it.

    Crafting:I have noticed that the game depends on crafters. Most of the armor and weapons you find in the AH are crafted. This is the first game I have played where crafted items are better than drops. At least I have not had a drop better than something crafted. If someone has I would like to hear about it and find out where it dropped.

    Dragons are everything and having the right dragon for the job is so important. Also as you level up you will learn some painful lessons that will help you understand that you really need to level up your dragon.

    Housing. It started off bad and through a few updates it is now very good. They took a really dumb idea and actually made it work. It was dumb to put the housing in the PVP area where you are attacked at the end of the day when you are tired and just want to put your avatar away. They fixed that problem so now you can actually get to your home and high level no longer get to just camp low level houses and apartments. That because a real problem at first and now it is much better. Houses are expensive and houses you could not get to was totally useless. I am glad they fixed this.

    The dungeons are fun and can be hard to solo or even do with 2 people. But they are challenging and most of the time you only run into serious trouble with the last boss.

    Resistance is not futile in this game. Magic resistance and other resistance is really important when you get past level 60. At 69 I have found that I really need to beef up my magic resistance as bosses do a lot of magic damage.

    Your weapon and armor is your best friends and you can upgrade both. You can add shards and you and increase damage and protection through the Soul Cast Artisan. This way you can keep your armor longer and make your weapon do more damage. It is a bit expensive. You can use real money or game gold. Either way it will cost you. But it is also well worth it.

    I have no issues with the graphics. I think they are really good. The game is a memory hog though and you really NEED a good graphics card and processor to play. If you have an i3 or below and anything less than a GeForce 660 you really need to upgrade. You will not enjoy this game on an i3 unless you are very patient. personally I think it is better on a 64-bit OS as I often run out of memory on 32-bit windows.

    The story line is good although I mostly skip the story in most games. I do stop and read the books I find around the game world from time to time. There are plenty of letters and books lying around or given to you by NPCS to keep you going if you like that sort of thing.

    The one and only complaint I have is the way dragons are leveled. They get no XP fro fighting. All leveling and training is done at the lair. The good part is you can train your dragon while you sleep. I would rather train my dragon in the field as it fights beside me, BUT I really do not mind training the dragon off line so much. Since I play for extremely long periods at a time it would be faster to level my dragon by having it fight at my side. However forcing me to put it in the lair does mean I get to eat, blank, shower, and sleep.

    So I would say try this game. To me it is more geared toward a mature players who is there to play the game and not some moron who only enjoys harassing other people. It has a heavy focus on crafting, selling and buying, dragons and dragon based combat with a very interesting style of PVP. Targeting is good and you can actually dodge attacks and arrows do not magically track you. I love skill based combat. I love games where I can choose to PVP or simply not choose to by not entering a pvp area. I love dragons and I love weapons and armor that is crafted by myself, my wife and other players. I really hate having to roll for drops that come around only once in a month of Sundays because I always lose the roll. Here I can make my own weapons and armor that is just as good as everyone else. So the game comes down to the skill of the player not the luck of a roll.
  • Artination
    The game's graphics is pretty good. my friends and i love it. We are looking into making a guild for the game pretty soon.

    im not sure if any of you are looking for nice sig makers or guild site hosting, but ill just share this great site that offers free services for hosting and sig making. http://www.enjin.com/dragons-prophet

    hope all guild leaders can save money in doing that instead of paying someone to do it for you.

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