MMOWatch Feature: Allods Online Impressions
Allods Online is the online successor to the Rage of Mages series and promises intense combat between ships that float in the Astral space; Myrthos brings us back impressions from GamesCom:
Once you've created your character, you'll find yourself aboard a ship that floats through the Astral space. These ships look nothing like the spaceships we know from Star Wars - they are more like flying Spanish galleons. This part of the game acts as a tutorial where you will have to defend the ship from attacks and will get your first quests. After a while, you'll leave the ship and continue on one of the 16 available Allods to level your character up in order to get to the most interesting part of Allods Online: building and owning your own ship.
This will take you 2 to 3 weeks depending on the amount of people you can convince to help you in achieving your goal and it involves a lot of questing. Once the ship is finished you will need 6 persons as a bare minimum to operate it; there is no soloing when you have a ship. Things will be easier if you have a larger group of people assisting you but there can never be more than 20 persons on your ship. The teammates on the ship have to select a captain - this does not necessarily have to be you as the owner of the ship; anyone can take the role of captain on a ship, just as you can take any role as well. The captain gets a special visor that allows him (or her) to see the space around the ship and navigate the ship through the Astral. Then there is the helmsman who actually steers the ship and you'll need a few gunners to operate the canons and torpedoes. In case the ship is damaged, you'll also need someone who is in charge of the repairs.