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Thorns of War - A Free Browser Based MMORPG

Updated on August 18, 2014

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Thorns of War is a fun and free online RPG. It's a modern browser based MUD that's also an MMORPG. The game is open with no pre-determined script or set of quests for you to follow. Nearly everything in the game (roads, buildings, weapons, etc) was built, and continues to be built, by players out of dense forest. The players control the destiny of the game.

Role playing is a huge part of this game. You'll join one of two human races that inhabit a land known as The Gelod. The native Gaeldor are based in the northern regions and the seafaring Thular, looking for new lands to inhabit, have begun settling the south. The woods are also filled with animals and strange creatures.

Warning: This game is addictive.

Game Features

Thorns of War has a lot of features to keep the game fun and interesting. Here are a few key features...

  1. No Ads - Thorns of War is free and doesn't fill up your browser with ads.
  2. Chat With Other Players - There are several ways to communicate with other players in Thorns of War. There's a game wide chat window that all players can join. You can send private messages to any player in the game. Talk to the other players in your same location or shout to players in your general area (what you can see on the map). If you are a member of a clan, there's also a clan chat feature to chat with all other clan members.
  3. Multiple Ways to Play - You're free to develop your character as you wish in Thorns of War. There's no pre-defined path. You decide which survival, crafting and combat skills to develop. You can become a merchant, a warrior, a builder or any combination you want.
  4. No Download - There's no software to download to your computer. Simply play in your web browser.
  5. Everything Is Built By Players - All of the buildings, forts, paths and other structures you find in the game have been built by other players. Most of the armor, weapons and other clothing items are also crafted by players. The only exceptions are items recovered from creatures. Start crafting and you can create stuff, too.

5 Tips For New Players

Like any new game, there's a learning curve to playing Thorns of War. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Practice - Every combat, crafting and survival skill in the game requires practice. It will be slow at first but your character will get better with practice.
  2. Get Leg Armor - The first NPC creatures you'll fight are giant rats. They only attack your legs so get some leggings or other armor to protect your legs.
  3. Get Copper or Bronze Weapons - Metal weapons are much stronger than the stone or wooden weapons. Upgrade as soon as you can by shopping in the shops or crafting your own. Same goes for your armor, but leather armor is better than nothing.
  4. Be Friendly - Most people playing Thorns of War are very friendly and helpful towards new players. Ask questions if you can't find an answer in the Help menu. To participate in the game wide chat, type /chat followed by your message. To talk to someone in your space, just type and press enter. To shout to everyone on the visible map, type /shout followed by your message.
  5. Avoid Getting Killed - Everyone dies eventually. But three things happen when you die in Thorns of War: First, you go back to your race's spawn point. Second, all of the weapons and armor you're carrying get damaged. It costs ruks to repair your gear so this can get expensive quick. Your gear can get damaged beyond repair and disappear if you're not careful. The third thing that happens is your combat skills take a small hit. To avoid dying, you can try to flee a fight if your health (the red bar) is getting low by running away. If you're fleeing an aggressive creature (red dot), try to run into an open tower or building and close the door. Once you've fled, sit down so your wounds will start to heal and your health can recover.

Thorns of War Screenshot - Map of Idavale

Above is a screen shot of the map displayed on your screen. It shows the village of Idavale near the center of the Gelod lands.

You can see the buildings, paths, towers, walls and even a bridge over the stream that have all been built by other players.

The white dot in the center is me. Green dots are items...doors, gates, weapons, furniture, food, a chopped down tree, etc. The blue dots are non aggressive NPCs such as hirelings, rats or forest creatures you can hunt for food and skins.

Other players would show as a yellow dot and aggressive creatures (ones that will chase and attack you) are displayed as red dots.

Above the map is the name of the area your character is in, the type of ground you're standing on and your sense of the danger level in the area. Don't rely on your Spidey sense too much, I've been attacked in "No Real Danger" areas and traveled "Grave Danger" areas without seeing any hostile creatures.

The status bars below the map are your stamina level (green) and task points (blue). Task points are needed to craft and help speed up actions like digging clay or foraging for food. Below the status bars is a short cut list of key commands.

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Player Account Options

Free vs. Paid Accounts

Like many other online games, there are two options to play Thorns of and paid accounts.

A free account allows you to do everything in the game except build buildings and hire NPC hirelings. All of the combat, crafting and other skills are open to you. You may even advance your skills faster since you're not distracted by gathering resources to build and maintain buildings.

The biggest drawback of the free account is that you can't build a place to safely lock up your stuff or a shop to sell your items in. You can still sell things directly to other players but not in a shop manned by a hireling that players can buy from even while you're offline.

The paid account is about 4 USD per month depending on how many months you sign up for. This gives you the ability to make a bigger impact on the game's landscape with buildings, paths, bridges and forts. It also allows you to claim panning and felling rights in the area around your buildings.

My recommendation is to try Thorns of War with the free account for a while then decide if you want to build buildings and upgrade.

Have you played Thorns of War? What do you think of it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ok some please help. i'm stuck there just forest every where. no town to start in nothing. how do you pick a race? there is no option on screen any where? what have i done wrong?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I guarantee the person who voted Complete Rubbish didn't play longer than 3 minutes or even figure out how to move off the bridge/dock.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I started playing a week ago and the people are friendly and helpful. none of the usual spamming WTB blah for 4mill stuff you get everywhere else. There's so much to do I haven't found any limits to the depth and realism yet, and haven't even scratched the surface of the crafting, from making your own tools, armour, even weapons and regular house items like chests and stools, enchanting weapons too, butchering animals for meat, sinew and feathers. Mines to explore and fur rugs to make. The list is far too big to say here but I'm loving it so far and with everything craftable including huts, halls, tower, walls, furnace I'm sure I'll never get bored.

      It's a little tough to learn at the beginning because it's more realistic than most of the limited browser games out there but as I said earlier; everyone is helpful and friendly, always willing to answer questions. I'm still practicing my stalking right now but I've gotten pretty good with a bow and I'm gathering items to make some arrows between butchering corpses for pelts and taking copper from down the mines to make some armour.

      If you want a game with no 'click quest - click follow - click complete quest' boredom, but real open world where you can make your own empire... try this game out, I'll see you in there ;]

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love playing Thorns of War! Its an ever changing world built by players. When I'm not playing the game, I am thinking about playing the game. Once you get started you won't want to stop. I've made some really good friends playing the game as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been playing for around 2 years consistently and I have no other game even close to this one, to be fair u need to be a certain sort of gamer to appreciate the depth of this game but once u have invested the time and got to know a few of the other players u will be hooked

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been playing this game's got to be 3 years now? Tried other browser games but kept coming back to Thorns of War, because it's got some fabulous elements. You're pretty unlimited in the things you can do and the way you develop your character, so you can pretty much do almost anything.

      Most things you can find in the game can be used in one way or another, even the most basic trees, rocks and clay. Develop your crafting skills and sell the products to other players, or be a hunter, supplying harder to obtain fur and skins to the NPC traders or to other players for cash or services (negotiated with other players).

      One small note. ToW is more for mature players, who like the environment and interacting with similar mature players. Being a game where interaction with other players is high on the desirability scale, this is not a game for people who run around pestering other players for hand outs. It's also not graphically fantastic (yet), although the designer has made great strides since I first started playing the game.

      The game menu is simple and intuitive, there are things to do for all levels of skill and even people who play for free can achieve a lot. So give this game a try, play for a few weeks at least before making a judgement call, because ToW grows on you - it really does.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thorns of War is fun when played with the right people and can keep you busy for hours. Its one of the best games I have ever played.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been playing this game off and on for over a year now. There is something this game has that other guys don't. Freedom It's like playing a game as it is your own life. You create your background, you do what you want to do and at the pace you want to do it in. The game is updated quite frequently and the designer works with the community on game improvements. Further more everyone that plays is quite friendly and always willing to explain or help out when they can.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this game is so addicting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: ToW has players from 3+ years ago who still log in every day and still have big plans. When you first enter it seems confusing, because it's unique. But seriously... learn to move, click on the map, and click on items and NPCs. Takes a few minutes of poking, and then it all becomes clear. Don't miss out on this awesome game because you were intimidated by something that really isn't difficult... just different.

      As long as you're into games with deep mechanics rather than flashy graphics, nothing else will ever really do it for you after this. And new features about weekly keep it exciting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this game!!!! there is a new wiki started for it @ No boring storyline that some programmer thought was cute.... no boring quests.... the only limit is your imagination!!!

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      kevingomes13 lm 6 years ago

      Giving this a try. Im bored so hopefully this can hold my attention for 30 minutes.