Avalon - text based game world

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What is Avalon?

A text based game ahead of its time ever since it began in 1989 as the first multiplayer roleplaying game online.

A fantasy game world of magnificent proportions unfolds before you: it is the heavy sea-town air of Mercinae, the sound of waves crashing against Parrius, great dark spires piercing the sky of Thakria. This roleplaying game, which existed before the Internet and was the first online RPG ever, thrives because of its unique world. Great sorcerers, war that can tumble years of real life history in a day, magic that can see beyond time, rituals and vast events that raise mortals to become gods! Avalon's scope is nearly infinite and anything within its walls is possible. As a text-based RPG, it will exceed all expectations: adventurers, merchants, politicians, fighters, forest-loving druids, all cohabitate in this rich, vibrant and brutal world.

Avalon is a text based game that has always been ahead of its time. It innovates in the most remarkable ways, inventing new mechanics that you will not see anywhere else for years. Above all else, Avalon is a fair meritocracy. You may quicken your pace but you cannot achieve excellence without deserving it and excellence in any area takes time. It is an environment unlike any other, where players decide the course of history. Find any online roleplaying game today that can match Zaphod of Avalon, who 25 years ago and still sometimes today, will be in Meeting Place sharpening his axe and preparing for battle. Players today do the same as he, building on a monolithic saga to write their own names into this legendary world.

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PVP combat beyond the machine

Text based games and online RPGs of all kinds lack the complexity of Avalon that lets you do anything to anyone. Worse, they suffer from the plague of automation. "NO MORE," wrote Avalon in the sand. It invented balance-based combat and now it invents human-favoured combat. It has countless mechanics to invite innovative fighting by the talented player versus automation. The world of fighting alone juggles over 2000 abilities not to mention all the general abilities and shared runes, potions, herbs, poisons, and magical items available to everyone. Afflictions, health, mana and movement create an infinitely complex arena for the bloodthirsty PVP combat lover.

  • balance/equilibrium-based PVP combat
  • over 2000 abilities in 50 skills across 9 professions
  • anti-automation combat rewarding human decision-making
  • real combat trainer NPCs with advanced AI
  • each profession with its own specialisations with its unique style
  • powerful abilities that affect areas, control people or spy on the world
  • in-game system for macros, aliases, triggers and variables
  • standard settings for defence available to everyone
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It is the longest running online RPG in gaming history, with some 222,600 hours online since its launch in the late 1980s

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Strategic warfare to conquer, plunder and destroy the world

Besiege the forts and city next door to take control, seize their sphere of influence and destroy their tributes from controlled territory. The warlord in Avalon uses legions trained and equipped by their city or guild to wage war on others for dominion. Take the reins of history and conquer or even destroy towns or whole cities -- it has been done before, Springdale of 10 real years was razed to the ground at the hands of Thakria.

  • more cerebral competition and aggression
  • legions for cities and guilds with 50 unique skills
  • legion training, equipment, formations, sizes
  • terrain, elevation, line of sight
  • runners and carrier pigeons for remote control and reconnaissance
  • complex tunnelling and trench warfare
  • fortifications to defend and besiege with siege engines
  • arrows, catapults, battering rams, flaming oil cauldrons
  • plundering fields and commodity sheds for resources
  • razing anything to destroy historic buildings and even cities over 20 real years old
  • player based alteration of the world and its history

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Continuous player-driven history since 1989 (a world record)

The fantastic history of this unique world stretches back before the Internet, to 1988 when it was called Lands of the Crown, and formerly a modem-based game in England. Back then, even with only 32 kilobytes of space for the game, there were spells and PVP combat for those with fire in their bellies. It has come a long way since, with decades to expand its domain to include a long history that are no less legendary than the Ancient Greeks and Romans are to us today.

Fantasy is not complete without its legends, heroes, villains and gods. The world of Avalon has these in plenty. Those who are ready, join its chorus and begin their fantasy life fresh with plenty of opportunity, as all have, to carve out their own history. The realism of Avalon is without parallel though not simply because of its age. Oh no!

It is because of the passion of its players and the beauty of the fantasy world around them, that engages them so deeply as it were not a fantasy life but real, with its obsidian swords, mineheads of gold ore, cattle raising, fields of soybeans and manure, forests chirping with birds and growing trees becoming living ents, the skies parting with the power of Skymasters, great Seers controlling the invisible influence of their palantir over the world, and so much more.

There is only one way to know, though, and that is to write your own history in this fantasy world.

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Latest Appointments

DateAppointment
6th of Mournsend 1382Appointment: Arbos gains the title Minister for Trade of Silverfalls.
28th of Eleuthral 1382Appointment: Niun gains the title Minister of Justice of Thakria.
28th of Eleuthral 1382Appointment: Adaryn gains the title Ambassador for Foreign Affairs of Thakria.
11th of Eleuthral 1382Appointment: Vithellia gains the title Minister for Public Relations of Mercinae.
11th of Eleuthral 1382Appointment: Necrophona gains the title Field Marshall of Thakria.
10th of Eleuthral 1382Appointment: Phaith gains the title Minister of State of Thakria.

Forthcoming Events

DateEvent
The Emerald QuestDetails: Contended late Spring / early Summer of 2016.
The Cornelian QuestDetails: Saturday 25th July, 10PM Avalon / 5PM EST / 2PM PST. Pure combat contest in undisclosed, brand new quest format.
July's monthly quizOn Saturday 11th July, 10PM BST / 5PM EST, the summer quiz will be presided by none other than Genesis himself; guaranteeing a competitive, challenging contest of knowledge with prizes like no other!
The Ruby QuestDetails: The Ruby League shall commence on Saturday 15th August, 10PM Avalon / 5PM EST. The quest for the gem of War will take place over two consecutive weeks in a search to find the land's greatest fighter.
August's monthly quizAugust's quiz will take place at the end of the summer on Saturday 29th August at 10PM / 5PM EST.
The Moonstone QuestDetails: The quest for the divine Moonstone will take place on Saturday 19th September at 8PM by the Avalon clock / 3PM EST. The contest for the gem of Justice will be full scale warfare skirmish on the Battleisle; testing the land's knowlege of warfare to determine the Supreme Commander.