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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Lumarious Sep 30 2013, 8:41pm says:

I'm longing for an update, even if its just about how things are going I'm super exited for whatever is next! Thanks for you dedication to this project and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FULL RELEASE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Oct 1 2013, 12:30am replied:

Thanks! We're hard at work but it's taking longer than we anticipated (as these things often do). We're excited about what's been in development and we think it will be worth the wait!

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Crlsdmc Oct 2 2013, 3:13pm replied:

I'm pretty sure it will, keep doing an awesome work guys!

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YuriIvanovx Sep 24 2013, 9:51am says:

Are options available in the full version? Or is the feature not available yet?

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Sep 24 2013, 12:11pm replied:

Options will be available in the next patch. The current download of the game doesn't have working options (aside from changing quality / resolution in a window that pops up before the game starts). We've implemented a ton of options (including key binding / mouse sensitivity) for the next update. The entire main menu has been replaced actually.

You can see a screenshot of the updated options window here:

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YuriIvanovx Sep 24 2013, 8:21pm replied:

Ah Excellent! Thank you realmsource was just curious :)!

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Johnnydjent Sep 13 2013, 2:14pm says:

Just stopping by to say great work! Last time I played the alpha was almost right after the kickstarter - which sadly didn't get funded - yet you guys continued making the game even if you didn't get the cash. THAT's impressive. Like the new menu and see that the world gen is looking better, character customization too! For one of the games that didn't get funded on kickstarter - ironically you are one of the projects that proved kickstarter worked for me (the other one being Shadowrun Returns) keep up the good work guys. To those who haven't already gotten this, try the demo. This is a gem, and has a lot of potential. It's worth your time to check it out if you are into sandbox games with RPG influence. This game deserves the support.

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Sep 15 2013, 3:44pm replied:

Hi Johnnyjsj,
You are indeed correct about Kickstarter. Unfortunately our Kickstarter campaign last year did not succeed but we've continued developing the game regardless. Our team is really passionate about the idea behind the game and we are doing everything we can to make our vision a reality. We hope it's something all of the fans can enjoy! We haven't yet achieved our final goal but we won't give up until it's done.

Thanks for the support! We're working hard on Realm Explorer every day and we hope everyone will be as excited about it as we are as we continue to make progress!

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YuriIvanovx Sep 24 2013, 9:56am replied:

That is dedication right there! Wish more gaming companies were like you guys :) awesome work!

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r4gegaming Sep 27 2013, 1:48pm replied:

I agree developers don't stay if they don't get money all most devs want is money money money but realm source don't give up when I get some money ill buy this but its rarther buggy but realmsource has my support!

My friend said this doesn't even deserve a 2 I like this game just the building is crazy hard.

Link to that video with my friend said its crap (r4gexcreepzz is me)

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r4gegaming Aug 31 2013, 1:06pm says:

Finally Maybe Try get this on steam soon i think you may get that far!

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r4gegaming Aug 31 2013, 10:29am says:

But overall graphics really good but i want to play with knowing the controls they wont work btw just a screen saying options with a white screen

Btw keep it up its a great game ill support you as much as i can!

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Sep 3 2013, 2:00am replied:

Hi r4gegamingstudios,
The control configuration screen that appears before the game launches is not currently functional. We've created a completely new in-game control binding system for the next patch. You can see a screenshot of it here:

Thanks for your support!

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r4gegaming Sep 6 2013, 12:07pm replied:

Thanks i hope that gets released soon!

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Bluetane Sep 5 2013, 12:31pm replied:

Your game is hardly even a game, more of a fancy tech demo, 7 months since I bought this game and it's still stitting here dead in the water.

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YuriIvanovx Sep 24 2013, 9:57am replied:

They are adding things, perhaps not at the pace that a gamer would enjoy, slowly but surely they are adding things which takes time, Patience.. Don't down on the company they are working hard surely. and deserve credit.

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Johnnydjent Sep 13 2013, 2:19pm replied:

Not defending here, but I'm just wondering if you wouldn't mind elaborating for those who are considering purchasing this. I haven't been paying a attention too much as this is still in alpha, but I am noticing improvements though, there is change since the kickstarter days. What do you dislike?

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megaflux Sep 22 2013, 4:46pm replied:

doesnt help that they keep deleting the posts we make that explain exactly why this "game" sucks. just stay away to be on the safe side.

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realmsource Creator
realmsource Sep 24 2013, 12:30pm replied:

Hi megaflux,
We don't delete any posts that are critical of the game or that have complaints. We do moderate posts that are hateful or attack other commentators or our development team. There is a difference between being critical of a piece of software and attacking people.

Less than 10% of nearly 500 comments here have been deleted (most of these have been duplicate posts including our own duplicates). The game is still in Alpha (hence being on Desura's Alpha Funding platform) and we make no claims otherwise. It will continue to evolve and improve.

We are always willing to offer a full refund to anyone who isn't happy with the state of the game so far and we make every attempt to respond to questions, comments, complaints and technical problems that people post here on Desura, on the forums at, on Facebook and directly to us via email.

We simply ask that people posting in any of these communities be respectful to other people.

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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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