Silkroad Online is the popular free to play massively multiplayer title developed and published by Joymax. It is a fantasy adaptation based on the historical Silk Road trade route that ran between China and Europe. The gameplay reflects a core conflict dynamic that involves three diverse roles. Merchants venture out across the world in search of profit, while thieves look for opportunities to attack them and plunder their riches. Hunters protect the former and track down the latter. Having vowed to vanquish any enemy who threatens the shifting balance, they struggle to maintain a reasonable sense of structure and order.