The Types of Items in Item Malls
Elite Weapons and Armour
For the price of the commodities, players can forge their own weaponry and armour. But cash shop weapons in an MMO give players an extra edge, sometimes even altering a character’s stats! Iron Realms games call these items artifacts. (Or in Achaea, artefacts.) Artifacts not only reset to their owner’s inventory, but also they never decay! Even if a player goes dormant, they can return knowing their artifacts are still in place.
Single-use items disappear after a player uses it only once. They can include potions, scrolls, or items that alter a character’s physical trait. Several MMORPGs produced by Iron Realms sell a Dagger of Reincarnation, an artifact item allowing characters a single reincarnation to change their race. Lusternia features the self-explanatory Bubble of Gender Switching, and an artifact called a dimensional anomaly which increases the size of a player’s rift (a type of storage area) by 50%! Additionally, Lusternia, Aetolia, and Imperian all offer a one-time use artifact that gives an XP bonus over a certain number of hours, whether logged in or in general. While other conditions apply, for those without an Iron Elite membership it is a great way to enjoy a short-term bonus.
Loyal MMO Pets, Customized by You
While not part of the standard MMO cash shop in Iron Realms games, all five MMORPGs they produce offer players the opportunity to purchase a loyal pet by special request. While not very useful in combat, pets add a unique element to Iron Realms games. A base price includes a fully custom description, unique name, and a few other standard things like simple commands. Admins prefer unique pets to copycats of mythological, legendary creatures. For an extra fee, add-ons lend distinct personality traits and other reactions to pets -- their limits hindered only by the player’s imagination.
Regardless if it’s called a house, an aetherspace, or an estate, all five Iron Realms MMORPGs offer a form of virtual housing. In Achaea, a special MMO item mall designated just for furniture allows players to buy everything from chairs and couches to rugs and tapestries -- and almost everything in between. While Midkemia restricts furniture to room descriptions, statues and other decorative items are available to enhance the look and interactive qualities of a player’s personal Midkemia estate.
Not Enough Vanity Items? Create Your Own Unique Clothing
Developers of Iron Realms games let their imaginations run wild when creating this type of wares for MMO item malls. This type of item could relate to leisure or vanity. It might offer convenience or repeatedly produce special items. An example is a bracelet that removes a player’s need for food or sleep, a wand that creates portals for quick travel, and a drinking horn that magically refills with booze! In Aetolia players with a clockwork craft gnome artifact can perform all crafting activities from anywhere in the realm, as opposed to others required to visit a crafting office. Achaea takes the MMO item mall to a new level with their Shop of Wonders, where all items sell for Mayan Crowns, the most expensive commodity in the MMORPG. One item sold there that makes life easier for characters is a pair of Landstrider’s Boots, that make it possible to quickly traverse certain types of wilderness areas that otherwise slow movement.
While MMO item malls are important to the structure and life of a MMORPG, without an assortment of items that appeal to the needs and wants of the players they’re doomed to fail. Iron Realms takes into account ideas and comments from players when crafting new wares for their item malls.
What artifact wares from Iron Realms are your favorites? What game do you think has the best choice of artifact items? Your comments are welcome in the spaces below!
Author: Mitch O'Hara