Anarchy Online

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Anarchy Online
File:Anarchy Online Coverart.png
Developer(s) Funcom
Publisher(s) Funcom
Designer(s) Gaute Godager
Engine Dreamworld Engine (Randy 3.1)
Version 18.1.3
Platform(s) Windows
Release date June 27, 2001
Genre(s) Sci-Fi MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
Media Download, CD

Anarchy Online is a science fiction-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) published and developed by Funcom. Released in the summer of 2001, the game was first in the genre to include a science fiction-setting, dynamic quests, free trials, and in-game advertising. During its first month of release, many stability, registration, and billing issues hurt public perception of the game. This troubled launch, often echoed by modern reviewers, contrasts with the generally positive critical reception of the game and its expansions. Not least was the Shadowlands expansion in 2003 that earned several Editor's Choice awards.

The game's ongoing story revolves around the fictional desert planet Rubi-Ka, the source of a very valuable mineral known as "notum". Fighting for military and political power on Rubi-Ka are the Omni-Tek corporation (owners of the planet's one thousand-year lease), the separatist Clans, terrorist groups, aliens, and ancient civilizations. The narrative was developed to be played out as a series of virtual role-play events over the course of four years, influenced by the actions of those playing the game. Players assume the roles of newly-arrived colonists to Rubi-Ka, represented by a persistent 3D virtual world. With no specific objective to win the game, they improve their characters' skill and status over time. This free-form progression leads to social networking, cooperation, and conflict with other players.

After 8 years, Anarchy Online has become one of the longest-running games in its genre. Its "free play" program, started in 2004, allows new players indefinite access to the original game in return for viewing in-game advertisements. Vital to the game's continued operation, the program created 400,000 new subscriptions in its first ten months, and had generated US$ 1,000,000 in advertising revenue by 2006. Funcom is currently in the process of upgrading the game's 3D rendering engine to a more modern version, the same engine used in their 2008 MMORPG Age of Conan.


[edit] System requirements

[edit] Minimum system requirements

[edit] Cheat codes

[edit] Communication

say allows you to speak to the vicinity tell "character name" allows you to whisper to someone shout allows you to be heard by all players nearby me "action" can be used to express actions, like "me laughs out loud"

[edit] Easy targeting

Self - F1 Cycle nearest enemy targets - Tab Cycle nearest friendly targets - Ctrl+Tab Teammates - F2-F6

Once you've targeted yourself or someone else, you can press T for more information.

[edit] Easy follow

Once you've selected an enemy or player that you'd like to approach, type:


You might also find it useful to create a macro icon for this command, as follows, and place it in your shortcut bar.

macro fo /follow

[edit] Self-termination

If you experience a bug that doesn't allow you to proceed or escape from a zone, then you can kill your character by typing the following:


[edit] GM petition

If you require GM assistance, you can petition for help as follows:

petition X A standard petition command might look like the following:

petition Help me, I'm stuck in Omni-1, and my character's left arm has disappeared! I don't know where I dropped it, or that I could drop it.

Show frame rate - Ctrl+Alt+F Submit bug report - Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F9

[edit] Take screenshots

To take a screenshot, press F12. They're saved to the Screenshots folder located in the Funcom/Anarchy Online directory.

[edit] Create macros

To create a macro for a commonly used command like /pet attack, type the following:

[edit] macro pa /pet attack

This will create a small, selectable icon that can be put into your shortcut bar for easy use of the pet attack command.

[edit] Completing "live-with" missions

To complete this type of mission, once you've found the objective NPC, simply target him or her, and stay within the vicinity for a short period of time. Registering the mission as complete can take as little as 10 seconds, and has on some occasions taken us up to 4 minutes.

[edit] Creating implants

Select the nanocluster you want to insert into the implant by left clicking it, then hold it over the implant and shift-right click to combine the two. You can then go to a surgery clinic to install the implant, if you meet the requirements. Nano-programming skill is required for creating implants.

[edit] Team looting

As team leader, you can select how loot is divvied up by the team. The most common choice is alpha, where the spoils can be picked up by characters in alphanumeric order. To enable this, type:

team loot alpha

Other choices include "/team loot leader" and "/team loot FFA"

[edit] New player advice

New players can take advantage of the newbie chat channel, where GMs and players of up to level 6 can chat about game mechanics and starting strategies. To un-squelch the newbie chat channel, click on the friends icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and uncheck the box next to the channel listing. You can also reach the shopping channel this way.

[edit] Killing untargetable NPCs

The game may glitch in some live-with missions, where the objective NPC will become stuck behind a wall, and thus cannot be targeted. He may appear briefly, but you will not be able to maintain a lock on him. Walk towards the wall and enter the /kneel action to see through the wall. You can then click and target the NPC to complete your mission objective.

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