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Can you believe that Istaria will be 10 years old in December? Well, technically the game was called Horizons way back when, and while the name has changed, the focus on playable dragons has not. Virtrium community manager Amarie Ancalimon has penned a new dev diary that features some exciting news...

October 16th 2013 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Before anyone asks in the comments section: Yes, Istaria is still around. I've noticed that many players seem to think if something is out of their sight, it's out of every other player's mind too, but the truth is that there are many, many smallish and indie MMOs in existence that not only conti...

May 23rd 2012 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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A few days ago we told you about some sandbox games that are worth your time, money, and in most cases, both. We're also ashamed to admit that we overlooked one of the more unique free-form MMORPGs in existence. That MMORPG is Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted, and the devs have recently dropped...

September 9th 2011 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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For a lot of gamers, Istaria's main point of fame is the fact that it's the game in which you can play as a dragon, which is a bit reductive of the game as a whole, a game that underwent significant changes and improvements over the past year. A retrospective was recently put together by the deve...

March 4th 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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You'd think that with all the fantasy MMOs out there, opportunities for players to don the skin of a dragon in their favorite virtual worlds wouldn't be so few and far between. Istaria still has the market cornered on that bit of coolness, however, and the long-running title is also gearing up to a...

February 15th 2011 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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If you're a fan of Istaria, times have been quiet for far too long, even with unique race selections. Luckily, that longstanding silence has been broken with the game's newest content update, a major patch that delivers a complete loot overhaul and several changes to the game's underlying mechanics...

January 18th 2011 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Elves. Dwarves. Humans. Halflings. Gnomes. Hobbits. Dark elves. High elves. Half-elves. Wood elves. Keebler elves. Elvish impersonators. Are you as tired as I am of the endless regurgitation of stock fantasy races in our MMOs? It seems inconceivable (I do not think that means what you think it mea...

January 13th 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Last week I was able to hand off some questions to Amarie, the Community Manager for Virtrium and Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted -- the game formerly known as Horizons. While the game might be getting a little long in the tooth, it's important to note that development is still a priority and tha...

November 24th 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Each week Rise and Shiny asks you to download and try a different free-to-play, indie or unusual game, chosen by me, Beau Hindman. Some of the games will be far out of your gaming comfort zone, and some will pleasantly surprise you. We will meet each Tuesday and Friday night at 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. C...

July 25th 2010 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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The nice thing about One Shots is that it gives us a great chance to look at worlds we don't often get to see, much like today's dark image. This One Shots comes from a game called Istaria (previously known as Horizons) which is an indie title that has a very devoted player-base. This battle shot w...

July 28th 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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We've been told that we're lacking the love for some great games out there, so we opened up One Shots to hearing about/seeing some games we normally haven't covered. We've had a couple of people take up the call, so today we're bringing you a MMOG off-the-beaten-path. This game was (until recently)...

July 20th 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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For most fantasy MMOGs, the basic classes you can expect to be playing aren't too hard to predict. Whether you're a stalwart warrior with shield in hand, a crafty mage raining fiery bolts of destruction, a sneaky rogue with poison on his knife, or a benevolent cleric healing the wounds of his all...

April 18th 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments