Clash of Kingdoms is a browser-based MMORPG set in the war-torn plains of Ancient China, where players collaborate in developing cities, raising armies and waging epic battles to elevate their kingdoms to absolute sovereignty above all nations.
The Three Kingdoms
In the year 184 AD, a clan of southern barbarians known as the Yellow Turbans launched a rebellion that would signal the imminent downfall of the mighty Han Empire, which had reigned over the boundless territories of China since before the birth of Christ. In the aftermath of the empire’s fall a new stock of heroes emerged, visionary generals, fearless warriors and lawless revolutionaries, each dead-set on the conquest of the fallen emperor’s throne. What followed was a period of total warfare, a series of battles so immense in scale, so profound in the magnitude of their struggle, that they permeate the modern eastern mind even now, forever etched in the myths of their culture. This time has come to be known as the Three Kingdoms Period, referring to the Wei, Shu and Wu Kingdoms that figured prominently in the Chinese literary classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
In Clash of Kingdoms, players are thrust square into the midst of the struggle that defined the Three Kingdoms. Beginning as an upstart general with a small parcel of land in one of the kingdoms vying for power, each player must develop his resources to raise armies that will fortify and manage cities on the home front and participate in large-scale battles to capture enemy cities abroad. The job of nation-building and warfaring is not, however, an individual pursuit, but rather the collected effort of all the citizens of the Kingdom working in tandem.
The spirit of collaborative participation in battle and nation building is a concept that distinguishes Clash of Kingdoms from all other games of its kind. Whereas other games simply pit player vs. player or player vs. NPC in individual, sealed and static gaming environments, the drama of CoK plays out in the dynamic tension of a living, breathing kingdom where players must interact and coordinate to ensure victory and domination over the enemy.
Clash of Kingdoms boasts three innovative systems – Elections, Legions and Kingdom Warfare – that facilitate collaboration and bring the thrill of ancient history to life.
Just as in real life, CoK Kingdoms are actual political entities that elect citizens to lead the country into battle and carry out domestic policies at home. Each citizen in the kingdom votes to elect a Premier and Ministry from a pool of the kingdom’s top players. The elected candidates, the premier and his two ministers, become the chief tacticians of the kingdom, determining their nation’s course with domestic and martial strategies which they broadcast on the world map and in chats. When citizens act together, their collective power is formidable to any enemy who should stand in their way.
As Kingdoms grow in power and size, fighting multi-front battles and developing at rapid speeds, it is easy for individual players to get lost in the bare immensity of the task before them. For players who desire an even stronger sense of community – a tight knit group of players within a kingdom who work towards smaller-scale, tangible goals – Clash of Kingdoms also offers a legion system. Legions have their own private mailing system and forum for discussion; they offer players the opportunity to sound off on their opinions, trade strategies and brag of their accomplishments. They are often highly selective and comprised of elite players whose collected efforts effect serious change within the game. Regardless of level, the Legion system offers an exciting chance for friends old and new to interact in the game and rewrite Three Kingdoms history!
The Kingdom Warfare system is Clash of Kingdoms pièce de résistance. Battles are fought on a massive scale, with some containing as many as a million soldiers. With flash-animated real-time battles and a diverse array of troop types deployed by individual players, the Kingdom Warfare system is far more realistic than any other web-based MMORLG of its kind. For those who crave the thrill of war, the joy of camaraderie and the glory of victory, the Kingdom Warfare system is the place to be.
History in the Making
Clash of Kingdoms is set in one of the most exciting periods of history China and the world has ever known. It was a period where aboriginal warriors often triumphed over high-ranking generals, where ingenious strategies and esoteric Chinese philosophies overcame pure manpower; a period of magic and whim. Clash of Kingdoms has created an environment where players can experience the wonder of this epoch firsthand. As players develop their resources and research technology they will have the opportunity to recruit elite historical Heroes (Epic Heroes) to lead their armies in battle and in city development missions. Each Hero has certain strengths and weaknesses and comes with a set of personalized skills, attacks and abilities based on actual historical accounts of the Heroes’ exploits. In the Arena, players can also participate in Historical Campaigns: battles that situate the player and his army in actual historical situations. If history isn’t your thing, the Arena also hosts PvP battles and small-sides battles for those looking for a more individual battle experience.