Runes Of Magic Item Shop Is Open For Business

There's a reason Frogster America's free-to-play MMORPG Runes of Magic is free, and that reason is the Runes of Magic Item Shop, now accepting cash in exhchange for items that make your grind easier.

The Runes of Magic Item Shop is just that - a shop that lets you spend real money in order to outfit your character with the latest weapons, armor, spells, and other bits and bobs neccessary to climb in rank at a faster rate.

“Runes of Magic is a free-to-play game, and we want to ensure we are creating a game that appeals to the widest possible audience,” said Sean Kauppinen, president and CEO of Frogster America, Inc. “Many players don’t have the time to wait for randomly dropped items that could enhance their overall gameplay experience. For those players, and players that have their heart set on a specific item, we have opened the item shop and are looking forward to delivering a fun, immersive, and social online game that appeals to the widest possible audience.”

Let me know how the shop is, because I am never, ever going into it. I know myself. I'd be the highest level homeless guy in the game in no time flat.

Frogster America Opens Runes of Magic Item Shop

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SAN FRANCISCO – January 20, 2009 – Frogster America, Inc. today announced that the item shop for Runes of Magic, the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the standard for free-to-play titles, is now open and players have the option of purchasing items that will enable them to achieve their goals in the game world faster. With an exciting and engaging story, more than 1,000 quests at launch and 30 character class combinations, Runes of Magic is the most immersive, content-rich, free-to-play MMO game ever created. The item shop will allow players that are interested in a specific item, or too busy to wait for random item drops, to quickly upgrade their armor, weapons, spells and more.

“Runes of Magic is a free-to-play game, and we want to ensure we are creating a game that appeals to the widest possible audience,” said Sean Kauppinen, president and CEO of Frogster America, Inc. “Many players don’t have the time to wait for randomly dropped items that could enhance their overall gameplay experience. For those players, and players that have their heart set on a specific item, we have opened the item shop and are looking forward to delivering a fun, immersive, and social online game that appeals to the widest possible audience.”

Runes of Magic went into the open beta in December with English and German versions, and more than 300,000 players have already entered the world. Anyone interested can now download the game for free at: www.runesofmagic.com.

About Runes of Magic
Runes of Magic is the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the standard for free-to-play titles. With an exciting and engaging story, more than 1,000 quests at launch and 30 character class combinations, Runes of Magic is the most immersive, content-rich free-to-play MMO game ever created. More than 300,000 people have already signed up and entered the world with hundreds of thousands more expected as word of the game’s features and community spread each day. Already a winner of multiple awards for its content and overall gameplay, Runes of Magic is expected to be a major international hit in 2009 and beyond. For more information, please visit: www.runesofmagic.com

Runes of Magic features

· Free-to-play: no monthly fees, free download
· Extensive dual class system (six primary and secondary classes)
· Versatile spell- and attack-combinations
· Enthralling background story
· More than 1,000 quests and quest series on launch
· No zone boundaries thanks to seamless architecture
· Dungeons: Instanced and tile based as well as persistent
· Individually developable skills and spells
· Armor sets with special bonuses
· Dynamic item system with hundreds of runes for upgrading
· Optional PvP system with arena battles and guild wars
· Ranking system with player-ranking lists
· Multitude of unique mounts
· Epic crafting system with the chance to improve existing items
· Personalization of player houses through individual furnishing
· Reputation system
· Customizable user interface with the option to use Add-Ons
· Map and radar system to find dealers, resources and quests easily
· In-game auction houses for trading items
· Teleport-Runes for instant travel
· Mouse and keyboard controls for movement
· Regular updates with new content
· Cross-server fights in three-server-battle in development
· Guild houses in special zones in development