Lords Online, the hit browser-based flash game and first game solely created by IGG has just released their first version upgrade, “Lords Anarchy v1.5!” We were excited to take a look at the game, and see just what was in store for the new and existing players. If you aren’t familiar with the game, you should know that it utilizes the classic combat rules set down in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. You will also be pleased to hear that at its heart it is really two different games seamlessly woven into one epic fantasy adventure. The game blends elements from two different, but very popular browser games and presents the best features of both styles with elegant precision. It claims to be the “2nd Generation of Free Browser-Based Strategy Games.” If you’ve played Evony or NapWar in the past you’ll be no stranger to the user interface, but the depth of play and structure surrounding the Heroes reflects strongly from titles like Heroes of Gaia. [YOUTUBE]JSPvQs3Vaow[/YOUTUBE] Play For Free Now! The background is set in the Mu, a mystic land filled with terrible dangers and difficult challenges. On this continent, several races look for survival amid constant turmoil as they fight for supremacy. Players will start out constructing buildings, generating resources, and then move on to creating military troops and heroes. Expeditions must be led by heroes which will appear on the world map as they travel and with the superb graphics and landscape imagery and animation the game is extremely engaging. Later in the game players will find they are able to attack one another’s cities and heroes to plunder them for wealth. Lords Online includes an assortment of heroes, items and battles, providing far more flexibility in play-style. Players will start out constructing buildings, generating resources, and then move on to creating military troops and heroes. Expeditions must be led by heroes which will appear on the world map as they travel and with the superb graphics and landscape imagery and animation the game is extremely engaging. Later in the game players will find they are able to attack one another’s cities and heroes to plunder them for wealth. Lords Online includes an assortment of heroes, items and battles, providing far more flexibility in play-style. New Features Here’s a glance at some of the version 1.5 additions. Dungeon System In dark, mysterious dungeons lurk hordes of monsters and amazing treasures. In addition to giving players a place to level up their heroes more quickly, the new dungeon system lets them explore an exciting world under the surface of the Mu continent. Titles and Ranks System Players can obtain titles by finishing Rank Quests and having enough Civilization points. Gaining specific titles will increase your resource production and provide extra bonuses for your military. As you improve, you can also receive considerable amounts of resources as part of the daily raffle. The higher a player’s title, the more advantages received for handling government affairs and military matters. Titles also improve standings in an Alliance. Kingstown Battlefield Players who love group combat will love the new Kingstown Battlefield system. During Kingstown wars, players fight alongside their brethren to capture an NPC castle that provides your group with tons of resources and riches. PVP Arena The new PVP Arena gives players the chance to participate in hero versus hero combat. If you defeat your opponent’s hero in a duel, your hero will earn both skill points and experience. Achievements System As you grow and advance as a Lord, the specially designed Achievements system records your progress in a "Dark Era" calendar. You can copy your list of achievements and show them off to your friends or rivals for the ultimate bragging rights. FEATURES - High Quality Graphics; The exquisite graphics featured in Lords Online form a fantastic game world that you will spend countless hours roaming and conquering the land. Among other browser based games, Lords Online stands out as particularly good, with fine detail included in the verdant landscape. - Creative movable maps; Currently, most browser based games available are very static and do not allow for much movement or action. However, in Lord’s Online, players have many features that cannot be found anywhere else. • Hero led troops can be seen on maps. • Troops must navigate around various landforms and natural barriers, adding a sense of realism to army movement and strategy. • Heroes can settle at any spot on the map. • Heroes can attack one another. These features provide the following advantages over other BBGs: • They intensify player interaction. • They encourage hostile encounters such as siege war, and hero interception. • Produces in game hostilities and actions that simulate reality. Such as befriending distant states and attacking unruly neighbors. - Strong Alliance system; The specially designed alliance system enables players to ally with others and fight against their enemies together, which enhances player interaction and fosters the growth of a passionate player community. - Governing isn’t as easy as it looks on CNN; Lords Online takes a realistic approach to governing, giving players the ability to deal with various political affairs, such as comforting citizens after attacks and disasters, collecting taxes, producing resources for military and economic use and so on. Can you manage the situation at home while also engaging in battles against foreign enemies? - Cultivate heroes to fight for your kingdom; Lords Online is a browser based strategic war game, but it also includes many aspects of RPGs, which is the leveling and cultivation of heroes. Heroes are a crucial part of an army, as they are on the front lines providing leadership and guidance to troops. For their part, heroes can earn experience, increase stat points to upgrade skills and be equipped with various kinds of armor, not to mention the special skills and magic that are available. - Rich array of military units means more intense strategies; Each of the three races in Lords Online has 10 military divisions. With 30 military divisions, the unique siege war system, legions of heroes, reinforcements, scouts, and plundering there are countless strategies to master and an almost limitless variety of choices for attacks. Fight with hand to hand, or with ranged and mana based spells or send an armada to wipe out the opposition. It’s all up to you. - Player controlled combats; Lords Online inherits all the qualities of a traditional SLG but breaks the mold of traditional browser based games. With features that include cultivation of heroes, equipped armor, legions of military units, plundering , alliance building, and governing functions, Lords Online provides players with a truly memorable experience that will keep them coming back for more. Experience the browser based game that plays like an MMO today! [YOUTUBE]bmqDxTA1aic[/YOUTUBE] BACKGROUND It happened not so long ago; a raging flood came from out of nowhere and devastated the world as we know it submerging buildings and sweeping people away in its swirling chaos. Prince Coss scrambled to gather all of the survivors together and flee with them to the safety of the Mu Continent. A place hidden deep in the depths of the ocean purported to be peaceful and richly endowed. The people of Clude welcomed Prince Coss and his people with open arms and generously offered them a piece of their abundant land. Unfortunately the peace there wasn’t destined to last for long; the Silver Dragon Costa soon approached with it’s thousands strong army and invaded the plain. They were driven by their greed and hatred for all that is good… The war was fierce and bloody; with many a good man losing his life. Prince Coss and his loyal supporters finally overcame Costa and defeated him. But not before Costa was able to put a deadly curse on Coss’s sword, (Silver Dragon Wings). With no other choice available to him Coss had to destroy his faithful weapon. The craftsman, Bathory was chosen to do the deed but the temptation proved to be too much for him, instead of smashing it he refined the mighty blade into a small crystal and stole it away into the night. The plain that was occupied by Coss and his followers became know as God’s Favor. On its vast and spacious plains they set up the country of Flange and Coss was crowned the King. But the peace on the Mu Continent was not to last. The Beard tribe made plans to split the land of Clude into two separate kingdoms – Shaba; which advocates power and discipline and Alec; which lives under the rule of magic and peace. But the Beard didn’t stop there they also summoned legions of deadly blood sucking leeches to help them invade. But worse than that, they managed to get their hands on the Silver Dragon Wings. With the weapon and the leeches on their side they launched a sudden and violent attack on Alec and declared unholy war on Shaba. But even in these trying times a small glimmer of hope shines… The humans, their robots and Shaba’s giants have all joined forces to get rid of the accursed Beards. Even the peace lovers from Alec are ready to take arms and join the fight. This war has been casting its terrible shadow over the gentle people of Mu. Trouble is brewing and you, little suzerain, must prepare yourself for what is to come… CLASSES Human Kos country stretches out among the fertile flatlands of God’s Favor Plain and is home to the humans. Without the strong bodies and powerful mana skills of the races, they are considered to be a relatively weak class, but their wisdom and intelligence are often overlooked, and is the principle reason they have come to dominate the plains. They were also the first races to unite and fight together and the first to create mechanical weapons. Shaba With their tall, strong bodies, it is easy to write them off as mere labor or warriors. In fact these people have a long history and a culture that prizes bravery and glory in battle. When the Bilde attacked Alec and started the war that has consumed the continent, the Shaba mobilized their fearsome warriors and began preparing for war. Alec The people of Alec broke away from the Shaba tribe centuries ago and have since grown into a strong community that prizes magical knowledge above physical strength. Much more peaceful than the Shaba, they have absorbed the curiosity and wisdom of the humans and used it to enhance their mana skills. Sensing possible weakness, the Bilde attacked the Alec first, hoping to wipe them out before confronting the Shaba. However the Bilde underestimated the power of the Mages in Alec, and what was supposed to be a prelude to war has devolved into the bloody front lines of an enduring conflict. If your interested in Fantasy, or one of those old Heroes of Might and Magic fans this game is worth checking out! Play For Free Now!