Enter a world of danger and adventure with Dungeons & Dragons Online® based on the beloved RPG that started it all.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2012

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October 10

Update 23: The Mark of Death

Armor up for the latest update to Dungeons & Dragons Online: Update 23, The Mark of Death! Battle the forces of the cunning lich Vol, and prevent her from invoking the ancient powers of a lost Dragonmark!

Armor Up!

Crush the forces of evil with a range of improvements to melee combat and the Paladin class! Shrug off damage in the heat of battle as it rolls off your shield and armor. Plow through enemies and deliver vicious shield attacks with the Vanguard Enhancement Tree, available for Paladins and Fighters!

Introducing: Harper Agent

Be a versatile operative with the new Harper Agent Enhancement Tree, available in the DDO Store and compatible with any class. Use your intelligence to master a variety of skills and abilities. Free for VIPs!

Epic Adventures

Defy the forces of the Emerald Claw, and face their terrible master, Erandis Vol. She's half dragon, half elf, and all lich! Epic level adventures have been added to the Necropolis, Part 4 adventure pack for CR 29-30! Free for VIPs!

  • Explore the lush landscape of the Epic Orchard of the Macabre, with new monsters to battle, new journals to uncover, and randomized encounters!
  • Confront the vampiric High Priest of Vol in Epic Desecrated Temple of Vol.
  • Stop the creation of Flesh Golems for the army of evil in Epic Flesh Maker's Laboratory!
  • Eliminate the Doomsphere ally in Epic Ghosts of Perdition.
  • Defeat a powerful Cinderspawn seeking to align with dark forces in Epic Inferno of the Damned.
  • Interrupt a terrible ritual that could bring about the power of the Dragonmark of Death in our brand new epic level raid, The Mark of Death.

Introducing: Mirror of Glamering

Like the way a particular armor or helmet looks? Use this magical mirror to make a cosmetic copy of it! You get to keep the original item, and the created cosmetic item is Bound to Account. Available in the DDO Store and Daily Dice.

Check out the Update 23 release notes by clicking here!

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June 20

Update 22: Pirates of the Thunder Sea

Set sail in the latest update to Dungeons & Dragons Online: Update 22, Pirates of the Thunder Sea! Face off against deadly pirates, plunder treasures, and bolster your guild as you swashbuckle your way to glory!

Three-Barrel Cove is now Epic!

Explore the lush landscape of Three-Barrel Cove as you battle new monsters, hunt for new explorer journals, and lay siege to enemy airships seeking to bombard you! Now supports Epic level play, and includes an all new finale dungeon. This adventure pack is free to VIPs!

New Bard Enhancement Line

Foil your enemies with the all new Bardic enhancement line, Swashbuckler! Deftly evade your foes as you use your finesse to critically strike at any who dare oppose you.

Guilds & Airships

Take your guild to all new levels of power and prestige with the updates to guilds and guild airships, available with Update 22!

  • Guild level cap has been increased to 200!
  • New airship conveniences, like the "Amenity Bar," which gives you all your airship buffs with one click.
  • Earn or unlock all new permanent amenities - no more "rentals" - and use them as often as you like!
  • Two new airship styles available with even more room for amenities.

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Reviews

“this is the ultimate group game”
8/10 – Eurogamer
“The goal of D&D Online: Stormreach was to recreate the heady thrill of a well-sculpted dungeon crawl in mom's basement, and to that end, Turbine has succeeded beyond expectations.”
Worthplaying

About This Game

Enter a world of danger and adventure with Dungeons & Dragons Online®, the free, award-winning, massively-multiplayer online game based on the beloved RPG that started it all.

Key Features:

  • Experience the Best Action Combat of Any Free MMORPG: Take control in combat and make every move count. Leap past deadly blade traps or dodge poison arrows. Whether fighter, sorcerer, or rogue, every move is your move as you block, tumble, cleave, and more on your way to glory and power.
  • Play for Free: Experience the action, danger, and intrigue of Dungeons & Dragons Online for free! Play as much as you want all the way to level 20.
    Exciting Adventures with Iconic D&D Monsters: Come face-to-face with a dragon, defend your sanity from a Mindflayer, or get roasted by a Beholder as you delve into the deepest and most treacherous dungeons ever imagined. Test your skill against a monstrous number of iconic Dungeons & Dragons foes in your pursuit of power and glory.
  • Adventure alone or with friends from all over the world: Set out on an adventure of your own, create a group with friends or join a guild to meet new people.
  • Create a Unique Hero: Craft the characters you’ve always wanted to play with deep character advancement that offers nearly infinite possibilities. With 8 races, 13 classes and nearly limitless traits and character abilities, it’s possible that no two characters may ever be the same!
  • A Rich & Beautiful World: Explore the sun-drenched, magic-powered city of Stormreach, the gathering place for countless DDO players from around the world any time of day or night. See the iconic locations of Dungeons & Dragons brought to life like never before! The world of DDO is yours for the taking.
  • Enhance Your Experience: Shop in the in-game store for extra quests, powerful gear, experience boosts, buffs, and more. You choose how little or how much you spend.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows® System XP SP2
    • Processor:P4 1.6 GHz or AMD equivalent with SSE
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB Hardware T&L -compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:11 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:*Note: Due to potential game changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows® System Vista64/Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or better
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 18 GB of available space
    • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • DirectX®: Not Required (OpenGL)
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
    Recommended
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 18 GB of available space
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 650M or better
    • DirectX®: Not Required (OpenGL)
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
Helpful customer reviews
99 of 123 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,253.1 hrs on record
It was fun when it started, then it slowly began it's ascention into the obscure. Straying too far from it's origins, it began to evolve into somthing far too similar to every other game in this genre... too much pay to play content. You eventually get to a point and have to ask yourself, what the hell am I doing with this.

Good community, fair system for combat and actions, the quests get a little redundant after so many hours. The voice acting can be abominable, but it's self awareness add a bit of campy charm.

It's free to play so what the hell. Try it out. If you're a DnD veteran and a stickler for tradition, you'll be sadly disappointed.
Posted: July 4
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
Good, solid MMORPG. Don't download on steam though. skip the middle man and download from official site. had a load of issues with the steam version plus there are more download options on the DDO site.
Posted: May 6
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
492.6 hrs on record
My favorite of all the available MMOs after playing these games for about five years now. Much closer to pencil and paper D&D than Neverwinter Online and a much better game as well.

PROs

* Extensive content after eight years of updates and expansions (since 2006) with two major D&D campaigns: Eberron and the Forgotten Realms.

* The original quests are focused on group play and are similar in layout and tone to pencil and paper D&D modules.

* More detailed character customization than any MMO that I know of. You can play a halfing ninja assassin (dark monk), a drow elf wizard / fighter, or a warforged artificer / ranger, among many other combinations.

* True Reincarnation system which allows a single character to start again at level one with a new class and/or race and become more powerful each time. Indepth replay ability for this reason.

* A mature, dedicated player community that wants to expand the community.

CONs

* Ongoing bugs / exploits that are being slowly addressed by Turbine - but this doesn't make the game unplayable.

* The graphics and some other features are aging when compared to very new MMOs.


Posted: July 31
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
If you are someone who enjoyned pen and paper D&D v3.5 then this is the game for you.

A couple of suggestions:
1. Play with friends or make them in game. Soloing is not easy.
2. Become a VIP member (it unlocks almost all of the content).
3. The game is exceptionally complex in mechanics, so do a bit of research and be prepared to run quests several times looking for the optimum loot drops.

Overall, this game can be a lot of fun and very nostalgic for D&D players. Many dungeons are superbly crafted in story/humor/presentation and are easily one of the strong selling points.
Posted: August 28
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
221.8 hrs on record
It's above average.
I think that every fan of D&D should at least give it a shot, even if they wont like it and for fans of character building and people who like to play around with different class combinations and numbers: it's an easy buy. The game supports 6 players in a party to go into dungeons and co-complete quests and areas, and I definately enjoy that. The game is also a pay-to-win and ridiculously so, but since you are able to gain the "DDO-coins" in-game, it gives a decent feeling of satisfaction after long grinding. If you have an active group of friends or are social and dont mind doing some counting, this game is definately for you.
7/10
Posted: July 16
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879 of 984 people (89%) found this review helpful
442.9 hrs on record
As you are reading my review please consider that I have played DDO since the beta. Not the beta for F2P either, we're talking 2005. I only downloaded it on steam because I discovered I could multi-box that way but 99% of my hours playing this game are not on steam. Yes, this reminds me I need a life bad because I realized I have 440 steam hours as well at this time.

First I must say I have a bitter love/hate relationship with DDO. I am a huge PnP D&D fan and have been since I was a kid. The quests in DDO are second to none. The way it blends classes and makes rogues feel like a real class is simply amazing and gameplay is simply fun. To date it's one of the best combat systems I've ever used and I have played a LOT of MMO's. Since it's not heavy PvP it's one of the games you can max the graphic settings out and realize it was designed very nicely and not be gimped. I have level capped so many characters and honestly if you know how to build a character in real D&D you'll have a huge advantage over other players. I've never had a character I felt was anything less than spectacular and have always felt emerged in my characters. Though I feel strongly about all my characters, the artificer (one of the semi-newer classes) has really created one I enjoy. As I said, I've got a love hate relationship with this game and even though as of now I no longer really play the game, this was my favorite game of all time and I regret the actions of turbine that made me decide to leave.

Now, on to the reason why I don't recommend this game anymore. Also why after bringing everyone I know and game with to DDO, they all left too. I'll spare you the trial and error details as this game has been forced to change and evolve. Despite many of those changes coming too late after they've lost tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of players. All of these changes were not enough to drive me away (for good anyway). Many people left because of things that were later fixed like the lack of ability to solo or lack of content. Issues I don't find so much in the current game if you're a subscriber, but that's where it ends and the problem begins.

Turbine has apparently gotten VERY greedy. As they've become short staffed, under budget, and now owned by big brother warner they've gotten outright insane with their cash shop and try to leech every player for everything they can. I'll start on this with their subscription plan. Lets just say if you don't have this they will punish you. You're availability of content will start off good up to level 6 and by level 15 become almost unplayable. I always subscribed for this reason but even as a subscriber you're punished because you lose all the F2P players to group with and run the paid content. They have "guest passes" but seriously, how long will you go paying peoples way into groups with your wallet before that gets old? (answer, not long). Beyond content you're also unable to open dungeons at higher than normal difficulty until you've completed the lower ones. This wouldn't be so bad except the bonuses for "Bravery streaks" (playing content first time on elite @ level) are huge and you miss soooo much experience not being able to do it. When you suffer from the lack of content F2P players have losing 50% of your potential experience just doesn't feel right.

Now even this is not enough to push me away. So I kept playing and yes in time I will admit I dumped thousands into the cash shop. Yes, thousands of dollars and no, not paying to win because those options came later. We're talking buying buffs for my guild ship, buying guest passes, buying friends and family content to run with me, buying expansions, buying character classes, unlocking storage, character slots, and so on.

Yes, that's right, even if you are a subscriber, you still have to pay for access to expansion content. You still have to buy certain character classes and so much other stuff it'll drive you insane. Yeah, you can live without it but you will feel the pressures of not having it. For example, F2P players don't get shared account storage. This game has tons of "Bound to Account" gear that you can pass to other characters on your account, but only through that storage.

This was not enough to deter me, so I gamed on! Emptying my wallet into a game that got MUCH more expensive after it went free to play, I still loved DDO and couldn't stop playing. Then they added the hard core cash shop content. Books that add perma experience boosts per character, supreme stat tomes that don't exist in game and getting them the hard way would be a fortune and take forever, and eventually, the ability to buy levels. Yes, that's right, you can "buy" levels.

It started with "vet status" to start at level 4 instead of 1. Then the new vet status lets you start at 7. However you take these level boosts on an airship and you can access the cash shop before taking them. You can buy all the cash shop exp buffs and instead of starting at level 7, you end up over level 8. This becomes a big deal because there is a cash shop item a level 8 character can use that makes them level 16 and gives them gear! Now, you can buff up hard, cash shop some more and instead of 16, end up level 18+ well on your way to 19 (maybe even with new stuff end up 19?). So for a game where you true reincarnate at level 20, you can start the game around level 19!? Talk about Pay to Win? I spent years leveling my characters now people can start off almost ready for TR? Regular levels cap at 20 before you hit epic levels that only go to 28. Which by the way you can't ever see without paying. Not only do F2P players not get access to the epic destiny feature, but there's almost no free to play epic content.

By the way, even this wasn't enough and I played on! Figured it would at least bring some noob high level players to run content with (it didn't). Then the game killer for me came. After tolerating my favorite game becoming pay to win, they drew the last straw for me. DDO has had astral diamonds (cash shop currency for in game purchases) for years. You use them often for ship upgrades for your guild. There are few other things they could be used for, but nothing game killing. Then they did it, they added "astral shards". Astral shards, much like diamonds are cash shop currency. However they are everywhere. Need a buff? You can buy one. Want free stuff? Toss dice rolls for free stuff with it like craps. You name it and it has astral shards now and the big winner... the astral shard auction house! (seriously, wth!?).

Now games like Diablo 3 (which blows hard) have a real money auction house, so what's so bad about this? Well, in diablo 3 big brother Blizzard takes a cut, then gives the money to the seller which you can then do what you want with. With astral shards, your real money auction house only makes them money. They take a shard cut from your sales, give you the change, you use it to pay for in game micro transactions (different and in addition to cash shop).

So Turbine wants you to subscribe for $15/month (I paid $99/year as better deal).
Pay for new content even though subscribers are supposed to get it as part of their deal.
Then drop buckets in the cash shop.
And now buy astral shards to pay for everything in game with micro transactions including the auction house.
(yes, it has made platinum almost worthless)
In game point rewards too small to do much with. You can buy very little.

I'm sorry to my beloved DDO.
I still visit from time to time, but I cannot play this game anymore.
I decided originally as punishment for their greed, Turbine could not have any more of my money.
Now I see a fraction of what F2P players see.
As free to play, the game is not worth it.
Sadly, this is the most expensive F2P game I've ever played.

Although if you're a true D&D fan and have buckets of money to spend and not care.
This otherwise would be an amazing game second to none.
Posted: January 22
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