The City of Steam dev team has given us 500 Alpha keys so you can get in on their Alpha weekends! If you want an N4Ger's perspective on the game, check out Sephris' blog: http://n4g.com/user/blogpos...
HOW TO GET A KEY:
1. Leave a comment below
2. Bonus entry if you change your avatar to something from the game and/or tweeting a link to this page with the hashtag #CityofSteam
3. Winners randomly chosen from the pool of entrants at the close of 24 hrs. Key sent via N4G PM.
HOW TO REDEEM YOUR KEY:
1. After getting your Alpha key, head to the City of Steam website here ( http://www.cityofsteam.com/ ).
2. If you would like to support the development further and get some cool swag, head to the Support Us ( http://www.cityofsteam.com/... ) sectoin of the website.
The Alpha test will run on the weekends of July 20-22, July 27-29 and August 3-5, starting on Fridays at 19:00 PDT (22:00 EDT) and lasting until Mondays at 00:00 PDT (03:00 EDT) Keep your key in a safe place if you’ve received one early. Alpha starts soon!
Each weekend will be chock full of events and activities that will give players a chance to win cool swag and honorary titles. This is an Alpha version, so be sure to help out the developers by reporting bugs on the forum and getting into the strong community. City of Steam relies heavily on community-driven development which results from feedback from players like you!
If you would like to support the development further and get some cool swag, head to the Support Us section of the website.
Note: One account can only activate one Alpha key code.
OVERVIEW OF ALPHA EVENTS As most of you already know, the Alpha test will be spread out over 3 weekends, possibly more depending on how things go along the way. Each weekend will focus on different aspects of the game, which we will notify you of in between weekends, so be sure to keep an eye out for what to look for. We’ll also send you a questionnaire to fill out after each test weekend, so please be sure to fill them out to help us refine the game. Your feedback is needed, and very much appreciated! We’ll also be adding content each weekend. Indeed, all the more reason to keep coming back to see what’s new! New features, quests, contests to win prizes (keep an eye out for more announcements on this), and more! Probably the most notable addition will be for races, they will be added on gradually, as follows:
July 20-22nd – Human Debut We will be testing the four human races in City of Steam and making sure everything is nice and smooth. Play as an open-minded but downtrodden Heartlander, strict and patriarchal Aven, Ostenian with conflicted loyalties, or a harsh but proud Stoigmari!
July 27-29th – Elven Elite Elves enter the mix: play as a stylish and charismatic riven or a cautious and withdrawn draug!
August 3-5th – Greenskin Incursion (Saving the best for last, eh?) Finally! This alpha test weekend you’ll be able to play as any of the greenskins – meddlesome goblins, gruff hobbes and burly orcs. Bringing the total to 9 playable races! So don’t forget to come back each weekend for a very new experience and be part of the collaborative effort to make sure City of Steam is a great game that you’ll enjoy. Don’t forget to head to our forums and tell us about any problems (bugs) and/or suggestions you may have.
ABOUT CITY OF STEAM: City of Steam, a full-featured, browser-based 3D MMORPG, transports players to an industrial metropolis that has fallen from grace. Emerging from the ashes of ages past, heroes versed in swordplay, divine harmonies, and the arcane arts seek their fortune in a world beset by countless foes, from dangerous factions to mechanical horrors.
Key Features: While not all of these will be perfectly working during this sneak peek we hope they will be apparent for future tests and give a taste as to what’s to come. • Graphics! Sets a new audiovisual standard for browser gaming • Lightweight! Play from any computer without bulky client installation • Big World, Tiny Footprint! Intricate, immersive scenes take up mere megabytes • Gameplay! Hardcore or casual, ten minutes or ten hours • Teamwork! Go it alone or adventure with friends • Flavor! Even the smallest detail is suffused with the history of an ancient world • Customization! Augment weaponry with visible components • Abilities! Each class wields a unique array of stunning combat effects • Backgrounds! Each character has a personal history to explore • Monsters! An extensive bestiary balances raw power with intelligent tactics
Why City of Steam: A New Epoch in Browser Gaming - City of Steam brings a world of industrial age fantasy to life in your web browser with the powerful Unity3D pluginAccommodates any schedule or play style! - Knock out a quest stage in 10 minutes, adventure with friends for hours, or simply explore our richly detailed environmentsExplore the mysteries of an ancient world - City of Steam offers a deep and engaging backstory reinforced by dialogue, historical documents, and mythic enemiesVisuals that scale to any configuration - Environmental effects, real-time shadows, and positional audio sources immerse players with even modest hardware in a new world.
(History & Culture) City of Steam is set on the World Machine, a vast and ancient system of interlocking gears powered by unfathomable energies. Long ago, a race of ingenious conquerors called the Paragons sought to claim those energies for themselves, and destroyed themselves in the attempt. They left behind a shattered world and a complex legacy. Even now, millennia after the Era of Myth, that legacy continues to affect the course of history on the World Machine.. To the races that already inhabited the mechanism - humans, goblins, orcs, and hobbes - they added the charismatic riven, insular draug, and half-mechanical dwarves. Life on the Mechanism has been revolutionized by the study of the Paragons' lost technologies. Airships soar overhead, robotic steamtoilers patrol the streets, and great factories produce weapons wielded by heroes and villains alike.Four great human nations have emerged since the fall of the Paragons: the confederated city-states of the Heartlands, the allied kingdoms of Ostenia, the patriarchal Republic of Avenoss, and the harsh Empire of Stoigmar. At the site of the Paragons’ fall lay the City-State of Nexus, a once-great industrial center whose connection to the Era of Myth continues to attract attention from across the Mechanism. Rumor has it that something deep within Nexus has awakened - a secret that will change the world forever.
(Avens Character Art) During the Sneak Peek players will be able to choose from the following classes and 4 races: Draug, Riven, Aven and Goblin that were chosen by a player vote on the City of Steam forums. In the future there will be many more races and several additional classes available.
(Ostenians Character Art) Warder: Heirs to an ancient martial tradition, Warders meet their opponents with righteous fury. They are united in a common focus on personal Duty, unflinching Leadership, and swift, punishing Judgment of enemies.
(Heartlanders Character Art) Arcanist: Armed with state-of-the-art aetheric manipulators, the Arcanist wields the fury of the elements against any enemies foolish enough to approach. A variety of Fire, Ice, and Lightning abilities provide them with a wide array of tactical options.
(Draug Character Art) Gunner: Regardless of whether they stalk individual targets with the art of Sharpshooting, conjure occult effects with Trigger Magic, or utilize the varied abilities of Support Fire, Gunners prove that modern firearms have incredible potential on the battlefield.
(Goblins Character Art) Channeler: Whether they draw from ancient Church hymnals or perform their own compositions, Channelers’ powerful melodies move the Mechanism to bring their allies into martial Harmony, restore them with Faith, and punish the unworthy with blinding Radiance.