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Runes of Magic adding player relationship system

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In the next major update, Runes of Magic will be adding relationships: marriages, family, and friendships.

Players will be able to marry the spouse of their choosing (including same-sex couples). Getting engaged begins by sending a Love Letter to your lover, and marriages will take place in a new wedding chapel, complete with all the accessories the players will need for their ceremony.

Players will also be able to declare themselves family or friends by exchanging special items found in Varanas. In addition to one marriage, players can have up to 20 other relationships with other players. Relationships offer special bonuses, examples including a boost to statistics or drop rate; characters related to each other will also get special bonuses in battle when their partner’s health drops below a certain percent. Relationships are improved on a special 10 level scale as characters battle together. Ending relationships is as simple as removing someone from your friends list.

Runes of Magic Marriage Screenshots:

The Original Press Release:

Build stronger ties in Runes of Magic

Update 3.0.3 will bring formal relationships to the massively multiplayer game

Berlin, 9th July 2010: In an Internet era where the number friends on your Facebook accounts determines how popular you are, with its next update Runes of Magic will introduce a relationship system that allows two players to commit into a partnership. Depending on the relationship, players will then be rewarded with special in-game bonuses.

Lovers are at the centre of this new feature: players can now get engaged by sending a Love Letter, and finally even marry one another. Frogster will provide the two lovebirds, whether they are straight, gay or lesbian, all the necessary decorum for such an important event. The union of marriage can then be celebrated in a romantic new wedding chapel, where they are going to walk down the aisle in one of two new wedding suits and exchange rings in front of all their friends and guild members.

Besides love and married couples, update 3.0.3 will implement several other types of relationships, including Family or Friendship. Two players can declare themselves family members or best friends simply by exchanging a special object that can be bought in Varanas, the capital city of Runes of Magic. A character can then link up to 20 other avatars through these relationships with, of course, just one marriage.

Relationships grant players bonuses when they are together in a group which can for instance raise one of their statistics or the chance to get a rare object when defeating monsters. In addition, characters bound together will be granted a special bonus when their counterpart’s health drops under a certain level. Family members will respectively see the damage they inflict increased, when two Friends will see a part of their health restored. These bonuses get more and more efficient as the link between the two characters becomes deeper, as defeating foes together grants them relationship points and help them to go through the ten different levels of this system.

Obviously, and as sadly as in real life, all links between characters can be ended very simply just by removing them in the Friends interface of the game. To find out more details about this new relationship system, please pay a visit to the official web site of Runes of Magic:

Update – New Pet system
In order to help players to get familiar with the new pet system introduced with patch 3.0.2, Frogster has just published a tutorial video explaining all the secrets of this new feature. They are available at this address:

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