Text Games: Five Iron Realms Tools Worth Discovering!
By Ben Gorlick & Christina Roper
Christina and I recently discovered that Iron Realms has built incredible new tools to make text gaming easy, for the avid role-playing gamer like myself, to tap into no matter where you are. I discovered the first new tool while attending a local Miss America based beauty pageant with Christina who is a former contestant herself. It all started when my eyes started to blur over during a not-so-exciting dance routine; the idea popped into my head to try to sneak into Achaea from my cell phone. I was delightfully surprised to find that Iron Realms had built an Android application for connecting to the Iron Realms text games that was easy to access. I was downloaded and logged into Achaea before the performance was over. While a contestant was attempting to impress me by doing some Irish dance heel jump kick, I knew in Achaea that a Monk could do better than that! I had escaped the joys of reality and was in text-game bliss!
Of the many tools that I’ve found post-pageant, these five stand out amongst the pack:
- Iron Realms Android App
- Iron Realms Firefox Toolbar
- Iron Realms Chrome Browser Extension
- Iron Realms Facebook App Beta
- GMCP Functionality http://www.ironrealms.com/gmcp-doc for Iron Realms games
As many of you have already surmised by my introduction, Iron Realms Entertainment has been working diligently to make their online text games more accessible on the go. The Android application is exactly that, allowing users, like yourself, to access your favorite role playing game from your cell phone. I’ve even heard very credible rumors that an iPhone app is in the works too!
The Firefox & Chrome Extension Toolbars are especially cool, adding a new toolbar to the top of the Firefox browser just below where you type in your weblink. From there you can see your characters credentials, the updated news board content, updated events that are happening in real time, online players, and links to the flash and nexus clients providing easy instant access to the text games.
The Iron Realms facebook app is great for those who sit around on facebook all day, like us, and want to explore their character and the online role playing game directly from their browser inside the comforts of their cozy facebook account. Here you get a sweet snapshot of all the latest news, what is happening live, rankings, achievements and more. This is in the early stages but it has great potential and is a fun way to share Iron Realms Games with your friends!
Lastly, GMCP which deserves an entire blog post in itself is a protocol that adds a layer of accessible information to your mud client experience. If you have a client such as Mudlet, that supports GMCP protocol, you can instantly access all kinds of neat information about your character without the need of grabbing that information via triggers and such. At this time, the majority of what GMCP can be used for in IRE games is capturing your characters skills, items, communication channels, room information, rift information, and a few other neat features. A lot can be said on this topic and I am still learning my share, so if this is over your head, it is still largely over mine as well, but I’m sure we can all agree that something useful, neat and cool exists and that warrants us learning more about it!
On the horizon of Iron Realms gaming, I have some insider information that a couple tools are in the works. Amongst those as I mentioned earlier are an iPhone app, an iPad app or at the very least a simplified tutorial on the main site for getting online using an iPad, continued support and increased functionality for the Java & Nexus clients and further development for the Facebook app.
Ben Gorlick & Christina Roper are text game enthusiasts who play the best role playing games at Iron Realms!