Anarchy Online is a science fiction MMORPG developed by the Norwegian company Funcom. The game takes place in 29475 on the planet Rubi-Ka and its twin in another dimension of Shadowlands.
In Anarachy Online, players have the opportunity to choose the gender, race, appearance of the character, name, and the side of the conflict: Omni-Tek, Neutral, Clan. The final stage of character creation is the choice of profession (class) from the offered range: Adventurer, Agent, Bureaucrat, Doctor, Enforcer, Engineer, Fixer, Keeper, Martial Artist, Meta-Physicist, Nano Technician, Shade, Soldier and Trader.
Each profession has its unique skills and nano programs. Anarchy Online has one of the most developed skill systems. All abilities are available to anyone, regardless of race/profession. However, development of these skills depends on the chosen profession.
Omni-Tech is one of the most successful and influential corporations in human history. They see the individual as a small spot on the back of huge profits. Omni-Tech now has the rights to operate ten solar systems, and Rubi-Ka is one of the controlled planets.
The main population of Rubi-Ka resides in the cities. This world is a scorched desert at the edge of the galaxy. Omni-Tech values this planet so much because it is one of the few places in the universe where you can easily mine Knotum. This mineral actively used to unique power nanotechnology. Omni-Tek started colonizing Rubi-Ka many thousands of years ago, but still, only a small part of the planet is inhabited. The temptation to take Omni-Tek's side is excellent: they offer affordable equipment, which is often much better than the insurgents.
The rebels are poorly organized; they live in the Rubi-Ka regions which are not controlled by Omni-Tek, and since colonization has not been completed, many of them die because of the radiation. Most of those who live on undeveloped land are members of clans opposing Omni-Tek. They destroy employees of the corporation and propagandize against it.
During the character creation, you will have to choose one of the available races called breeds. They differ visually and in terms of the skill costs such as strength, agility, stamina, intelligence, perception, and psychic. Otherwise, everything depends on the profession chosen. Of course, it is preferable to select suitable races and encounter the preferred specialization.
Solitus are descendants of humanity. A universal path for the undecided. Uncertainty, however, leads to nothing good. The main peculiarity is that Solitus can be any profession and its necessary skills are equal in value to the fundamental values.
Opifex is a race of stealthy mercenaries black market, hackers, secret agents.
Nanomages are the most excellent specialists of nanobots and all kinds of nanotechnology. Nanobots are small machines that live in the host's body and the air. The colonists are surrounded by a permanent energy field, controlled and connected by their nanobot control units (NCUs). This field looks like a luminous halo on which it is possible to distinguish those who use nanobots at the moment. The laws of nanotechnology are too hard for the majority of the population, so it's considered as witchcraft.
Atrox is a race of creatures with incredible strength and endurance. They are the best soldiers and miners on the planet; these characters have an in-born talent for martial arts and can withstand various dangers.
After choosing a race, you have to give your hero personality traits. You have three tools to do this: change the physique (thin, medium, heavy), height (high, medium, small) and choose the facial features. After you've decided on the appearance, the game begins.
If you have read the history of Ruby-Ka, you probably know about mini-robots, which are controlled by the programs. There are different types of formulas—offensive and defensive—but they all require a specific skill and the presence of energy. Every character has nano energy, but its quantity heavily depends on race, profession and characteristics (psyche - 70%, perception - 20%, intellect - 10%).
Anarchy Online has a rich set of nano formulas. Many nano-formulas can be used only by representatives of a particular profession, but there are formulas for everyone: usually, these are programs that improve skills. Up to 120 level, many recipes are sold in supermarkets, where they are all divided by professional affiliation. It is impossible to tell about all nano-programs, there are too many of them. The basic ones are attack, defence, an increase of skills, creation of robots or other creatures, mental programs and several others.