Are you ready for the next evolution of multiplayer sandbox games?

Realm Explorer will be a computer game about creation in the fantasy universe of Gnostaria; your creations. In perhaps the most dynamic sandbox world yet to be conceived you will be able to dig the soil and mine ore, precious metals and gems all in a beautiful and dynamic 3D world. The terrain will shape and form to your actions. Drive a shovel into the ground and watch the earth give way. Heave your pickaxe into a cave wall and see the stone disintegrate before you; revealing the treasure beneath. Go on adventures alone or with friends via internet multiplayer and craft weapons, armor, tools and other items. How you play is up to you. The possibilities are limitless.

A new Realm rises from the Sand

At its core we didn't want Realm Explorer to be just another "sandbox" - we wanted it to be a true sandbox RPG. Character customization and development are just as important to the game design as being able to mine and dig. To start you will be able to completely customize your character's appearance. From hair and skin color for both male and female characters to facial hair and other details you can make a character that looks the part. With so many options for customization your character can truly be unique.

A New Type of World

We've also gone to great lengths in creating a world in which nearly everything you wear can be visually represented on your character. Backpacks and belt pouches don't just sit as icons in your inventory; your character wears them for everyone to see. Each piece of armor or clothing is also visually represented and individual pieces can be mixed and matched for utility or style; it's entirely up to you. If you're wearing a chainmail shirt and cloth pants you will see the different pieces visually in the game. You can even go so far as to wear a different boot on each foot or a different glove on each hand.

In most games you can only use your imagination to envision what your character might look like with all of his different equipment; in Realm Explorer it's a lot more fun to actually see it with your own eyes.

Don't just mine and craft; experience a rich fantasy roleplaying game

What would an RPG be without character advancement? Not only can you dig for resources like iron and gold or diamonds and rubies and then craft items from them; your character will also gain skills as he performs different actions. The more you play the more powerful your character will become. This will allow him to create better and more interesting items or fight more powerful monsters. Your ability to craft different items is based not only on what resources you have collected but also how far you've advanced your character's skills. Keep mining, digging, building, crafting and fighting and your character will continue to grow as you play.

You're going to need a lot of shovels and buckets for this one...

Now, before the hardcore sandbox fans get too concerned we've already got you in mind as well. You will be able to completely configure the game to your desired play style. If you simply want to mine, dig, collect resources, craft items and build structures you'll be able to do so. You can configure your realm to exclude various RPG elements, including hostile enemies, skill gain and even death and damage if you so desire. Realm Explorer is designed with features that go above and beyond the basics of what we normally think of in a sandbox game but you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful visuals without the risk that adventure elements bring if you so choose.

Realm Explorer blends Fantasy RPG elements with a Sandbox World

  • Generate unlimited unique worlds. Explore vast and interesting procedurally generated sandbox worlds set in the fantasy universe of Gnostaria.
  • Play online with friends via internet multiplayer or enjoy a single player world.
  • Built in server browser. Find other games or host your own.
  • Persistent game worlds. Play now and come back to the same world later, just as you left it. Multiplayer games can be hosted indefinitely online for public or private worlds.
  • Shape the terrain. Dig anywhere using shovels and pickaxes. Mine resources from natural caves, raise or demolish hills and mountains or construct tunnels.
  • Cut down trees to clear land and collect lumber.
  • Craft and create any item in the game. There are hundreds of weapons, armor, clothing and more. If it's in the game you can make it. Use the resources you gather to make new and better items.
  • Unique crafting system. Use a combination of "hand tools" (e.g. hammers, scissors, saws) in your inventory and "craft stations" (e.g. forges, anvils, looms, tanning racks) to construct different items.
  • Complete character customization. Change facial features, hair style, facial hair, skin color and more. Choose between either male or female characters.
  • See what you wear. Armor and clothing are visually represented on your game character on a piece-by-piece basis. Mix and match armor and clothing pieces for utility or style. You can wear a different boot on each foot or a different glove on each hand. Your character will look like what you are wearing.
  • Visible backpacks and belt pouches. Additional inventory-extending containers like backpacks, rucksacks, belt pouches and belt packs can be worn and are visually represented on your character.
  • Expand your inventory slots. Different types of containers will give you more usable inventory space.
  • RPG elements including character skills and character development. The more you perform actions the more your skills related to those actions increase. For a pure sandbox experience players can turn off skills and focus entirely on gathering resources and building.
  • Drop items. Pick them up later. Items you drop on the ground appear and can be seen or taken by other players (or NPCs).
  • Physics. Realm Explorer makes use of a physics engine for various gameplay elements.
  • Future game modes including multiplayer co-operative "Defense" mode, where players work together to hold off waves of incoming enemies, are planned.
  • Smash and destroy almost any item in the game.
  • Real-time action-oriented combat mechanics. One click = one swing.
  • Battle fierce enemies. From the common wolf or the mundane rat to incredible golems and horrifying undead.
  • Jump between offensive and defensive stances to block and parry attacks. Perform defensive maneuvers like kicks and shield bashes.
  • Wield hundreds of different weapons and use different weapon styles; swords, axes, maces, hammers, spears, javelins, bows, crossbows, daggers, knives, one handed weapons and giant two-handed weapons. If one weapon isn't enough why not use two? Dual wield any two one-handed weapons for double the fun.
  • Find and collect rare items and artifacts.
  • Interact with friendly and hostile NPCs.
  • Participate in dynamically generated quests.
  • Experience a breathtaking dynamic weather system and dynamic day and night system.
  • Enjoy a brief, optional story campaign "Gnostaria: Golem Wars" and take part in the exciting story of golem-kind throughout the realm. Can a golem really have a heart of gold?
  • And much more!

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2 comments by realmsource on Jan 20th, 2014

Greetings Realm Explorers!

Realm Explorer is on the verge of releasing its largest and prettiest alpha update so far and I look forward to keeping the community supplied with regular updates and answering any questions you have.

The Dev team have recently completed unifying the server executable/process to allow both single and multiplayer to run the same basic server.
Previously in Realm Explorer 0.20.0a the UI-based server was dedicated for multiplayer servers and the basic server was just used for single player.
Now by default, single player games will generate normal realms and also allow us the ability to drop custom realms in and play them locally.

The server can still be run standalone and is currently looking impressively speedy.
To replace the old standalone server UI, we are working on a new C# library which allows others to develop their own server interface in addition to our own.
This has been a big decision regarding design time but it allows further portability and, hopefully when we get enough community backing to go cross platform, it will make that transition easier.
Our revamped server interface:

As with previous versions of Realm Explorer, items can be customized on realms/servers.
While we want gamers to easily enter a single player game and start enjoying it, we want to optionally allow you to grow into modding and trying others' work.
So on the Realm Explorer client, now that the user interface can also be modded, you can change an item's appearance in your inventory.
Some of the new inventory items that have been added for use in the upcoming update:

Stay tuned in for more details at

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Herotigo Nov 26 2013, 12:14am says:

whens the next patch coming out?

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 26 2013, 7:59am replied:

Hi Herotigo,

We're working very hard to get a new patch out by the end of this year. Once this new patch is complete we will be able to add new things very quickly in the future.

Since we haven't shown too much lately I've just uploaded a few screenshots of the new female character. She's still a work in progress but she's starting to take shape.

Take a look and let us know what you think!

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Herotigo Dec 2 2013, 4:05pm replied:

looking good so far!! i cant wait, seems females still need a little work but its coming along greatly i cant wait for the new update, You guys at realmsource are the best and are great dev's, keep it up guys and ill buy anything u release :D

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Crlsdmc Nov 27 2013, 12:04am replied:

Thanks for showing us this promising work on the female characters, I love to see the work you've been doing, atleast if it's only a little bit, I would like to ask for more frequent updates, no matter how small they are, I'm sure a lot of us tracking this game will appreciate it a lot!

Keep it up!!

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r4gegaming Nov 17 2013, 4:19pm says:

I really wish falling through the floor glitch was fixed!

Btw how do i make better backpacks (better than leather)?

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 17 2013, 4:46pm replied:

Hi james2314,
Tons of things have been fixed and the game performance will also be improved in the next update.

As far as craft recipes, the website has been doing a great job of making all of that information available!

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r4gegaming Nov 18 2013, 10:52am replied:

Will I loose my realm? I worked hard on my realm but what took me so long is how hard it is to build its like this to make a wall
# wall

# # not ###

So it gets annoying can you fix this?
I also cant place a spinning wheel or any other thing but its huge in my hand it was kinda funny and also when I choose for example grass the bag is floating behind my hand.

But it is still a awesome game for alpha and also made in unity! Good luck there isn't many people/devs that listen to people that ask questions and people that recommend better features!

Btw isn't that terrain engine already made?
Oh yea I made a video around 5-6 months ago.

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Crlsdmc Nov 15 2013, 9:18am says:

Like I've said lots of times, keep up the good work guys!!

My only wish is to get the update before new year's eve.

Ride on guys.

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 16 2013, 7:29pm replied:

Hi Crlsdmc,

Thanks for the support! We're doing everything we can to make a big 2013 release happen in December!

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glyth Nov 3 2013, 2:51am says:

hope they add female chars, and how i actuly gather resources i made plenty of holes and tryed both pickaxe and shovel all i did qwas make a hole no resources

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 4 2013, 10:37am replied:

We have a customizable female character that is currently undergoing a style update just like the male character (to improve overall appearance).

As far as picking up resources you will need to press the "i" key to open your inventory. Collected resources automatically go into your inventory (rather than to your action bar slots on the bottom of the screen).

You also need to make sure that you completely dig out a voxel. If you dig just a small amount you won't collect any usable resources. You have to continue digging until the spot is completely empty.

Hope this helps!

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YuriIvanovx Oct 26 2013, 6:30pm says:

C'mon guys, why are you all doubting this game, The game is very cheap for such an awesome product, stick with it, and when the updates come prepare to be amazed! I swear next paycheck i get im purchasing this.

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Dralel Nov 2 2013, 12:45pm replied:

And when was the last update? Come on, if this was AAA developing these devs wouldn't make it. The problem with lack of updates is that funded money will eventually run out, meaning the entire project will need to be abandoned. Regular updates keeps customers happy, less refunds, more publicity, etc.

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 2 2013, 1:20pm replied:

Hi Dralel,
The money made from sales at this point has not significantly contributed to our operations and does not impact whether the game will be completed or not. We are not presently trying to seek any publicity as the game still needs more work before we present it to a larger more mainstream audience. This is why we are the Alpha Funding platform. We primarily self-fund out of our own pockets by having other full time jobs.

As far as updates go there have been updates every day to the game -- they just aren't in a state that is ready to release to the public. We also reply to questions and comments as soon as possible here on Desura, on, via email and IRC (which is usually less than 24 hours).

Thanks for your concern but we've been self funding RealmSource for much longer than Realm Explorer has been on Desura (which is less than a year at this point) and will continue working on the game until it is done!

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_Motoki_ Nov 2 2013, 9:01pm replied:

Is there any way that we can opt into/try out some experimental/alpha/not quite ready for prime time builds even knowing full well that they may be unstable?

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Nov 4 2013, 10:41am replied:

Hi _Motoki_,
Things have been in a state of major change which is why we haven't released a publicly playable update. Our goal is to have a big update before the end of this year and start moving towards beta by early next year. Around that time frame we will start rapidly releasing more updates as we work towards a "1.0" release.

Much of the changes have been "under the hood" type work that aren't necessarily immediately noticeable to the players but they are important to get us out of Alpha. The code is taking on a much more mature and final form (not to mention we've been continuously adding and improving the artwork and graphics as well).

With this big push nearly complete we will be in a great position to move forward on completing the final game in the coming months!

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Highest Rated (13 agree) 10/10

Ever since the first footage of this game got released, I've thought that it had great potential. Now that I have gotten my hands on the Alpha, I am sure about this. If I look at it correctly, I can tell that in the realm explorer as how it's planned to be in the future, you can do whatever you please to do whenever you want to do it. If we look at future plans, we can tell that server administrators have endless possibilities to shape their realm. Settings will allow you to create your ideal realm…

Dec 4 2012, 6:35am by IvarX

Lowest Rated (11 agree) 4/10

I wrote my first short "review" of this game in January 2013. At that point the game was FAR from ready. Most notably in single player mode. UI issues, world issues and not much to do. Quite alot of bugs and other things not that good. But it showed promise of something a long way away in the distance... It has now gone a full year. It is december 2013 and I try this again. The UI issues remain (but are being worked upon). The single player world has gotten very much improved. You actually have…

Jan 1 2013, 11:04am by Proteus123

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