This is a spiral.
This is a knight
This is the crazy-ass world in which Spiral Knights
I mean seriously. Take a good look at that
That is some crazy stuff there. It is a planet made of bits of stuff that also appears to be an actual globe, or an astrolabe, or one of those goofy things that steampunk cosplayers stick on their headgear.
That is Cradle. Cradle is a planet that is pretty damn rad. The entire subterranean surface is a complex arrangement of gears and platforms and all manner of doohickies known collectively as the Clockworks, which hosts robots, and demons, and zombies, feral creatures, and slimes and stuff.
Layer after layer of this stuff. There's ruined cities with decrepit skyscrapers and overgrown vegetation.
There's lush grasslands, frigid cooling units, graveyards, even a less than figurative corporate hell.
Oh also those guys I mentioned earlier? The robots, and zombies and slimes and stuff. They totally wanna ruin your day.
That's cool though.
Cause this is you
Okay. Maybe that's not you. Maybe you're not that cool, and you don't have a pony tail. But that is someone very much like you.
You are a robot who is also a knight. Your ship has crashed on Cradle, and you and your buddies are ready to delve into the Clockworks and beat the crap out of them for their precious bodily bits so you can make neat stuff for yourself, figure out just what's at the core of Clockworks and get home.
But why would you want to go home. This game is super fun. It plays like a cross between Zelda, Diablo, and Phantasy Star Online.
That last bit shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that it was a collaborative effort between Three Rings Design (the folk that made my favorite MMO of all time, Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates) and Sega, who made PSO and some game called Sonikku or some shit.
Also the art lead is Ian McConville, from some webcomics
you may or may not have read. You should though cause they're pretty great. Even though one is over and the other updates about as regularly as VGCats.
So how's the game work?
Basically you run around and hit stuff till it dies, then you pick up the delicious remnants. There's some caveats though.
You see, nothing on Cradle seems to work without "Energy." Something about thermodynamics or whatever. Energy comes in two forms. Mist energy, which you slowly absorb from your surrounding, at a rate that seems to be 100 arbitrary units per day. You are only able to store 100 arbitrary units on your person at a time, as in its gaseous state Energy is very unstable and prone to stripping off it's clothes in the supermarket. It also comes in a crystalline form which you can carry any amount of.
Anyway, you need it to do stuff like power elevators, which is how you get to places where you haven't yet slaughtered the local fauna. Or open some special gates. Or assemble your various ears and bones into jewelry to adorn your heathen body and aid you in battle.
The first one and to a lesser extent the third thing are the real kickers. Running out of the ability to do stuff
kind of sucks. Fortunately, you can purchase more of it with the in game currency (crowns) or real world bucks.
There's another type of currency, tokens, which can be found by opening certain boxes and I believe killing certain enemies, which some vendors will take off your hands in return for various goods, in a fashion similar to WoW's badges.
You can arm yourselves with swords, guns, and bombs, all of which have their uses though I can't say I enjoy bombs very much yet. Enemies seem to be much better with them than me.
You can also equip head and torso armor, and a shield. There are slots for head and torse for cosmetic stuff, if you like the stats of one thing, but the looks of another.
There's also an arena type Brawl thing you can do with 4-8 players, but it's not up yet. I think it has rankings and they're gonna let the game warm up again before starting the season.
That's probably enough of me rambling for now. I've created a guild in game name Clawshrimp.
If you want a guild invite post here, or send a tell or in-game mail to Tofystedeth, Carmofin, Viridian, Bethryn, Avynte, Olliedag, Skulkraken, Scosglen, or Frem.
Let's get together and kick some butt. And have fun.
PA Vent Info:
The Big List of Players
Players with stars are heathens who don't want in the guild.
Eponymous players: Tofystedeth, carmofin, Kyanilis*, Avynte, Scosglen, Zandracon, garthor, olliedag, some lurker named Baske*
Chocobolicious = Warkster
Riokenn = Kittan
Witchdoctor, DBM = Beatryx
Grobian = Bren
Skullkraken = Skulkraken
Delphinidaes = Delphin
Amikron Devalia = Amikron
kime = kime
Aunsoph = Viridian