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Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted
Dragoniade Oct 22, 2013 @ 5:19am
What's the gain of putting this game in Steam?
I still fail to see how we would benefit seeing this game on Steam.

Would it become a pay once, play forever game? It doesn't seem so.
They already provide a download utility to install the game.
After that, all the management is done on their side. Steam has nothing to do with it.

Other than being another installing software, unless Vitrium plan to add paid contents such as Purchasing the game, DLC for lair, DLC for plot, DLC for improved model, DLC for playing a race, I don't see the point of adding it on Steam.
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Valarian Dec 28, 2013 @ 7:02pm 
I think it's less about providing a platform for the game and more about getting the word out. They desperately want a bigger community.
Dragoniade Dec 29, 2013 @ 3:57pm 
Well, as an ex horizons player, if they want a bigger community they need to a few things to justify the 15$ per month:

Horizons is a very old game. 15$ for a 10 years MMOPRG that hasn't evolved is a lot. Sure, they added a few quests and added some map area, but...

They need to refresh the graphic. With today's game and other MMORPG, the graphics are outdated. Even an HD pack for the playable characters would be a start to give the game a new start.

Give dragon more adventure class. Old dragon players like me got bored at being stalled at level 100. So far, they added 2 extra crafting classes, but mining get boring for adventuring player. But when you reach level 100, it's over. No multi class to have your experience worth something.

Lower the price. 15$ is a lot by today's game standard. The 'Free to Play' being limited to a human character only isn't enough to attract people. They could 'auction' random item for people to buy with real money (or tokens). They could auction special plot for money, But without some added content other than 'you can play a dragon' the 15$ is barely justifiable for a 10 years old game.

Steam may help attract people, but if they want to keep them, they need to give the game a new look.
daulnay Sep 2, 2014 @ 1:33pm 
I'm an ex-Horizons player, too. This is the only game I've played that I've supported past when I'd moved on to other games. It has unique and interesting mechanics for crafting and character progression, and I've come back again and again to it, after playing each new variation on the WoW mmo theme. Dragons are interesting and fun, but imo the depth of the game comes from the crafting and the character progression for non-Dragons. And that is something you can (partly) experience as free-to-play. I also like the huge open world, and the weather effects (something many recent MMOs still lack).

This game is worth supporting, even if you don't play it, or wince at the antiquated graphics, or can't stomach the 2nd-generation grindiness. My 6 months subscription ran out recently, and I'm going to put down another 6 months, even though I probably won't play this next 6 months either. (And no, I don't have a lair or plot or any of the things you lose if you stop subscribing.) It's important to support truly unique games, and keep them around if possible. I regret never being able to play Star Wars Galaxies, and I miss City of Heroes. I'd hate for Istaria to follow them.
Bazil Grimstride Nov 25, 2014 @ 5:56pm 
@dragoniade im going to stop you there on the 15$ a month gig. apparently your not an ex istaria player if you diddent read what the subs are.

1st sub is 9.99$ (noplot) a month Litterly no plan no sneakiness.. litterly as it says there.

the 2nd sub is with a plot and its 14$ a month.

So really you should stop complaining. its been this way and its a good monthly. i dont want a lair i just want to play. so the 9$ plans good enough for me :F


Dragoniade Nov 25, 2014 @ 7:42pm 
You don't want a lair, but some does.

And yes, I know about the 10$ basis subscription. and for being an ex-Horizons, losing a lair would be downgrading. Especially when I had to go through months and months watching bipeds working on their plot without a lair of my own, relying on bipeds or an alt to work on a biped plot I luckily managed to get.

So Bazil, get your head out of your cloaca before insulting older players who disagreee with the current status of the game.
Tathar Aug 23, 2015 @ 9:24am 
Originally posted by Bazil Frostilicus:
@dragoniade im going to stop you there on the 15$ a month gig. apparently your not an ex istaria player if you diddent read what the subs are.

1st sub is 9.99$ (noplot) a month Litterly no plan no sneakiness.. litterly as it says there.

the 2nd sub is with a plot and its 14$ a month.

So really you should stop complaining. its been this way and its a good monthly. i dont want a lair i just want to play. so the 9$ plans good enough for me :F
I'm a current Istaria player, and I've had a recurring plot/lair subscription (two currently) since 2005. I can confirm Dragoniade used to play.

That said, after playing the dragon race a lot early on, I've discovered that the real depth of the game lies in the biped content. There really should be more dragon schools, especially for adventuring. That's not an easy thing to do though, and a Steam release would greatly help with getting the word out enough to make it possible to do.

Still, if you want your ideas heard, the forums are a good place to start. I did that regarding the misplacement of resources on Abandoned Island a couple months ago, to find that they had already been rearranged by the next time I went back in-game. A graphical rework is unlikely at this point, since doing that would pretty much require resources devoted to an entire re-release, but things that can be done with the current system are within reason.
Darkhog Jan 24 @ 5:33pm 
Originally posted by Valarian:
I think it's less about providing a platform for the game and more about getting the word out. They desperately want a bigger community.
How about making it properly f2p then? F2P can be done good, path of exile and neverwinter comes to mind. Otherwise they shouldn't cry "we can't pay bills and put food on our tables" while using an outdated and quite frankly harmful business model.
Oh good news! The plots aren`t free still but the game got an upgraded free access. You can have a character of your choice and play that for free. There is a lvl cap of 15 but if you pay a sub and lvl more you can still use that character and log into it after the sub runs out. You just can`t lvl further. The money has to come from somewhere i guess.
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