||Game Title: Renaissance Kingdoms|
|Genre: Browser-based, RPG|
|Developer: Celsius Online|
|Publisher: Celsius Online|
|Official Site: http://www.renaissancekingdoms.com|
Renaissance Kingdoms is a browser-based MMORPG which set in Europe in the time of the Late Middle Ages. Players lead their character from a humble beginning to a place of fortune and influence by navigating the worlds of production, trade, thievery, politics, education, religion, and war. Game play takes place primarily in the browser-based interface, but much of the behind-the-scenes decision-making takes place on the official forums.
In Renaissance Kingdoms, you can not play alone. It is just impossible, such as it is impossible to live alone in the real world. You need to eat, and for this you need to buy food from other players. Even if you are a pig farmer and a butcher, you will need to buy a knife from a blacksmith in order to slay your pigs and eat them. And the market is fully driven by the law of supply and demand. Same thing with all other aspects of the game: you can not take the power without being elected by thousands of players or without gathering a army of several hundreds players.
Game characters need to eat every day if they are to gain various attributes, or to survive. If players wish to get a higher Strength/Charisma/Intelligence level then they must buy a specific type of food. They also need to buy fine clothing to advance in society, they also can buy weapons, and raw materials and tools for their trades. Game players can own only 2 fields and have only 1 workshop to play their trade, so they must buy and sell in the town market to obtain what they need.
Most players choose to work every day. There are a limited number of jobs available in the county mines for a set wage, or in the town orchard/lake/forest for the chance to produce goods which they may then sell. Most towns also hire guards to prevent revolts and pillaging of the town treasury.
Players may also work in their own fields to grow crops or animals, or may offer to pay others to do the work, there is a preset minimum wage by the County. Players can gain reputation points by hiring others to work on their fields, by working in the church, by donating money to the town beggars, or by another player giving them trust points.
Both labour and good pricing is set by the players according to the levels of competition, with some limits set by government and the game-interface.
Each town is led by a mayor, who is chosen by election by the town's residents. The mayor can influence market prices, and controls the town's inventory, taxes, and treasury. The counties are led by a county council. County residents vote for player-formed lists. They involve management of the county's day-to-day functions, including trade, defense, and law.
Elections are often proceeded by debates and campaigns on the official forums. Also on the forums are the national politics within a player created Parliament, which has led to debates over national powers vrs. county powers. Politicial debates are, for many, the heart of the game and forum play allows for a wide range of topics to be considered.
Each town has a parish church and belongs to a specific diocese. A parish is run by a local priest who sets up masses each week, performs baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Each diocese is overseen by a bishop who has the authority to appoint and dismiss priests from the various parishes in his diocese.
These parishes belong to the Universal and Roman Aristotlian Church. The Aristotlian religion is a religion that was created for the RK universe. Other religions are planned for the future, but have not yet been implemented. A small amount of players have begun to explore the Jewish religion by forming a synagogue in their town forums.
The In-Game newspaper, Acilion Agency Press (AAP) hires players to write articles about current events in the RK. Then serveral Chief Editors review articles and decide if they are newsworthy and accurate. before publishing them. The AAP articles are broadcasted from the AAP website and also by a scroller on the log-in screen.