Dawnspire: Prelude

Dawnspire: Prelude is a team-based online action-rpg set in an original fantasy world. The game focuses on teamplay, tactics and player skill, all put into a frenzied and exciting mix to bring a new angle to the gaming experience you normally find in action-rpg's.

The RPG backbone of the game is equally straightforward. After registering a free account, you go through a quickie character-creation process where you think up a name, pick from a traditional D&D-style crew of classes that includes stand-ins for the tried-and-true cleric, mage, thief, fighter, and barbarian, and then dole out skill points among standard stat categories like health and mana. Combat is fairly simplistic for the most part, too, although in addition to melee battles with traditional fantasy accoutrements like swords and staves, you also need to astutely use a handful of class-specific special powers like the templar's clericlike heal and angelic armor, the seeker's barbarian-style berserker fury and bullrush, and the witch's nature's wrath and plague of weakness spells. All of these skills are chosen during character creation, either by custom-selecting them or by picking from two or three default loadouts.


Essentially, this is the sort of click-to-kill game you can pick up and get playing in about five minutes. But even though it has been designed for action fans who always select their RPGs from the light menu, the confined, island-style maps and rock-paper-scissors interaction of the character classes can add a lot of intensity and strategy to matches. Teamwork is vital, as characters left on their own can get shredded. You need to think of teams as you would standard D&D parties, which means that a witch needs the brute force of the melee-fighting reaver on her side, a templar requires healing and buffing skills whenever sending a seeker or a shadowblade assassin into battle, and so on. Forget this basic rule and you can get into trouble fast. You really don't want to leave a templar alone against a reaver, especially when he gets his whirlwind attack going.




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