The Realm Online

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The Realm Online
Developer(s) Sierra On-Line (previous), Codemasters (previous), Norseman Games (current)
Publisher(s) Sierra On-Line (previous)
Designer(s) Stephen Nichols
Platform(s) Windows
Genre(s) MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

The Realm Online, originally known simply as The Realm, is a second generation MORPG (multiplayer online role playing game).

The Realm was launched in December 1996 for Windows PC[1] It was designed in the tradition of graphical MUDs,[2] before the popular usage of the terms "massively multiplayer" and "MMORPG".[3]

Originally published by Sierra On-Line, it was abandoned by that company because of its unfavorable comparison to Ultima Online and EverQuest.[4] It was next taken up for a short time by a company called World Opponent Network which was also owned by Sierra On-line, then Codemasters, and presently is a Norseman Games production.[5]


The Realm Online uses turn-based combat, which makes it different from other MUDs of its generation,[3] and is convenient for players with a bad Internet connection.[6] it has been credited to be the first virtual world to use instances, with every battle taking place in a special room outside of the open world.[7]

The game has been criticized for its unforgiving character creation: a character that hasn't been created optimally can't reach maximum potential.[6]


In the game's first year, 25,000 user accounts had been made. In 2008, the server would still reach an online population of 100 to 200 players during peak hours.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Lynn, Casey (2008-11-17). "RPG Nostalgia: The Realm". Geeks are Sexy. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
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  4. ^ Bartle, Richard (2003). Designing Virtual Worlds. New Riders. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-13-101816-7. 
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  7. ^ Horn, Daniel Reiter (2011). Using a Physical Metaphor to Scale Up Communication in Virtual Worlds. Stanford University. p. 11. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Map of the Realm
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