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I am no developer, nor do I have dreams of one day becoming one. I absolutely love having the ability to write about what I like and to interact with those who enjoy (or hate) what I write. Developers have their hands and tongues tied much of the time, and often the indie developer gets no credit...

May 18th 2011 at 5:00pm 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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There's never enough credit given to the indie MMO developers. These are the teams that usually put it all on the line with the hope of making a darn good MMO for people to play in. They don't have the budgets that the big teams do, and sometimes they don't have the graphics, but what they always h...

October 9th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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A little while ago we asked players what some of their favorite ways to get around were. This response from Holth, who plays a grand dragon in Istaria, gives us a great look into a game we sadly don't get to see that often. Our dragonic reader writes in: How do I get around? It's easy! I fly! This...

October 8th 2009 at 2:03pm 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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Virtrium LLC, the new stewards of the MMO Horizons: Empire of Istaria, announced that Horizons will now be known by the name Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted. Virtrium President Rick Simmons explained in a press release blurb and also in an interview with RPG Vault's Jonric that the name was chang...

April 15th 2008 at 10:30pm 0 Comments