World of Tanks
is a free-to-play MMO that combines simulation and RPG-esque experience building mechanics in battles between a multitude of armored vehicles from the 1930s, 1940s, and very early 1950s, including a great many that never existed off of paper.
It's developed by a little company called Wargaming.net
, based out of London and a country you may never have heard of, but recognize some names of rivers if you've played STALKER
It's BELARUS. Or BYELORUSSIA, as the old spelling is. Not RUSSIA. And while it is no matter of life or death, you will be corrected if you make the mistake. Quake in fear.
The gameplay combines experience building with things like armor penetration, deflection rates, explosive power and other features, which are distributed among over a hundred different armored vehicles. Having selected your vehicle, its engine, turret, armarment and other features, you're placed in third/first-person battles pitting two teams of 15 players against one another. There are two ways to win: obliterate the other team, or hold their base long enough to capture it. For winning, each player is awarded research experience and credits, the primary in-game currency.
The game has recently left beta, but is, however, still free to play--all you need to do is register
and download the client
. Additionally, since the end of the Beta, there is also a purchase system
which can be used to purchase the secondary in-game currency gold, which does various things from speeding up crew training to buying certain "premium" shells and tanks. Gold is also rewarded in various in-game contests and special events, so keep your eyes peeled.
But on the exciting part: the tanks! Tanks
are currently distributed between four countries (the Soviet Union
, the United States
, German Reich
, and most recently the French Republic), encompassing mass and limited production models, prototypes, and theoretical tanks, and, with the exception of premium tanks, are researched through each nation's tech tree. Within a tank, its upgrades--cannons, engines, suspensions, turrets, and radios--can be researched and equipped to your tank to use in combat, Silent Hunter III
Actual gameplay footage
High-speed sports cars not included
While all of this might seem a little daunting, the Wargaming.net has put together a very comprehensive Wiki
which covers every facet of the game, including tactics. It is very easy to get into (in literally a battle or two, you can get set up with a very pleasant-to-drive light tank, and fight almost exclusively against similar tanks), but very difficult to master (the competition in the higher tiers of armour is vicious by comparison). While you can play in battles immediately, and join other platoons for free, to actually host your own, you must purchase "Premium time" (starting to see a theme here?). It isn't necessary, however, to join a clan or existing platoon. Tank company battles can also be organized, but they tend to be overwhelmingly staggered to the highest two tiers, and primarily consisting of heavy tanks--at this moment, Wangpanzers doesn't really have much in that area in its inventory.
We have a WoT in-game Channel! PennyArcade, Password: wang
The PA clan is the aptly-named , whom can usually be found playing in the evenings and communicate through PA's vent channel (IP 188.8.131.52, port number 2377). Our current roster is on Google Documents here
In the meantime, if you'd like to join, be sure to post your in game name, and your primary tank or two.