It is widely agreed that MMORPGS (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) are a lot of fun, but it is well known that they can also be very expensive. Finding an MMORPG (or even just an RPG) online can be a hunt, unless you know where to look. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to find a fun online RPG for free.
- Know what kind of RPG you're looking for. Are you looking for a serious game? There are always about 20,000 people playing the popular MMORPG Runescape. Are you looking for something sillier? The Kingdom of Loathing is one of the highest rated free online RPGS around. Make sure you know what you're looking for--there are more choices than you might think.
- Search the Internet. Obviously, you'll get nowhere if you don't start looking. Using Google to search for "free online RPG" along with any keywords you might want to throw in can yield a few results. You can also use various websites to help you find free online RPGs. OnRPG is a website that hosts a comprehensive listing of online RPGs, free as well as subscription-based. There you can find not only a listing of free RPGs, but tools to help you make your own MMORPG, game reviews, free trials of subscription-based RPGs, a listing of free games that are not RPGs, and a Top 50 list of MMORPGs. There are other websites that offer similar services. It's up to you to find them!
- Sign up. Once you find the free online RPG of your choice, you will probably be asked to sign up for the service. There is rarely any risk in doing so, as long as you do not give out important information (social security number, credit card number, mother's maiden name, etc.). The game that you are playing does not need this information; do not give it out if asked. Once you sign up for the game, you will most likely have to download the software for the game and any necessary patches. This can take quite a while, so it is useful to have a high speed internet connection, or download the software on a high speed connection and burn it to disk for your home computer. You will probably need to keep downloading patches, so be ready to spend time doing so. Though some MMORPGs require these downloads, others, like the two linked in Step 1, are played in a Java window. These are good alternatives for players on a 56k or lower modem.
- Learn about the game. You should know what kind of items the game features, how the experience system is set up (if there is one), how to fight enemies, and the rest of the basics within your first few hours of gameplay. If you study these things a little beforehand, you'll save yourself a lot of confusion.
- Make friends. If you are playing a MMORPG, one of the most useful things you can do is make friends. This people will not only be fun to talk to, but they can travel with you on game quests and give you advice about the game you're playing together. Many MMORPGs are very complex, and without friends to help you out, you may find yourself lost with an inadequate FAQ. People already immersed in the world of MMORPGs will also probably have advice for you on how to find other free online RPGs.