Planet Calypso – An Introduction to an Alien World



By Narfi, OnRPG Guest Writer

This year MindArk and Planet Calypso celebrate their 10th anniversary. In the cut throat industry of MMOs where studios are going under every day, Mindark has not only survived by vastly improved their product. They have done this despite the fact (or perhaps because) they are not a mainstream game and have not catered to the typical gamer profiles.

The Platform
Calypso is just one of the planets in Entropia Universe, the platform run and maintained by MindArk. Ten years ago Calypso was the only planet, and they have developed the idea and platform up from that. They now sell franchises in the Universe which are called Planet Partners.

A Planet Partner is a separate development studio which creates a Planet to be placed in the Universe. Players can travel between planets and use the same character on each one, their progression and wealth carries over with them wherever they go.

Planet Calypso Franchising

Entropia Universe is a Sci-Fi 3D MMORPG which utilizes both first and third person views. A player’s activities take place on the surface of the planets, flying above the surface, and flying between them in Space.

The main activities revolve around hunting monsters and/or robots, mining for resources in the ground and crafting components and usable items from both hunting loots and mined resources.

Other ‘Professions’ or activities include:
● Beauty Professions (Makeup/Hair stylists as well as face & body modifications)
● Tailoring (both the manufacture of clothing as well as the coloring and texturing of it),
● Pilot/Transporter (either locally with small jets and helicopters, or through space with larger ships)
● Medic (very useful when out in the field)
● Trading (the game revolves around money)
● Event Coordinators (events with large prizes are pretty popular in the game as well as smaller daily events)
● Landowners/Managers (big investors make some nice profits), etc.... Really your imagination is the only limit to what you can do
● Pet Taming (not yet re-implemented)

A couple of years ago their graphics were getting a bit dated so they switched over to using Cryengine 2 which required a lot more system resources than the previous engine (gamebryo) but also made for much smoother animations and beautiful scenery in the worlds.

 Planet Calypso CryEngine2

What really sets this game/platform apart from most is that it uses a Real Cash Economy (RCE). The game is free to download and free to play, but if not played wisely can also be one of the more expensive experiences you have had with an MMO.

The in-game currency is called PED and can be deposited into the game or withdrawn back out to your Real Life bank account at an exchange rate of 10-1. (10PED = 1USD)

Because there are activities you can do in the game to earn PED, it is possible to play completely for free, but most players choose to deposit about what they would for a subscription. (some put in none, and some put in 1000s, but the average player only puts in $10-50 per month)

MindArk has provided ‘investment’ opportunities over the years as a way to get players more involved as well as making the Headlines more than a time or two. (and of course bringing in more funds for the developers)

● Treasure Island for $26,500 in 2004
● The Asteroid Space Resort "Club NEVERDIE" for USD $100,000 in 2005
● Crystal Palace Space Station for $330,000USD in 2009
● Club NEVERDIE for at total of $635,000USD in 2010 and
● Calypso Land Deeds for a total of $6,000,000USD in 2011/2012

Then earlier this month they sold ‘The Moon’ to a group of investors through the in-game auction for $150,000.
While all of these sales sound outlandish, the truth is that the players who made those purchases are currently drawing in incomes from them.

Virtual Tycoon
While the game is run from a PC client, there is also an app you can download from Google Play called Virtual Tycoon. This app allows you to go through your inventory and storage, buy and sell on the auction and even access the crafting interface.

There are no chat options in the Android app, and you cannot use it to hunt or mine either, those activities are only available on the PC client.

 Planet Calypso UI

Some interesting facts to know about Planet Calypso that make an ideal starting point for new players:

● First Planet developed for the Entropia Universe
● Most populated planet in the Entropia Universe
● Most stable Economy in the Entropia Universe
● Longest lasting storylines in the Entropia Universe
● Most land mass of any planet in the Entropia Universe

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Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Stanaway/100000808348317 Edward Stanaway

    Thanks Narfi. Good intro and overview of the game stages. For those who are interested in a persuasive argument on why if you like MMORPG’s you should maintain an EU account, this is a link to an article I wrote not too long ago.

    http://www.entropianetwork.com/magyar/2013/02/08/why-every-mmo-enthusiast-should-have-an-entropia-universe-account/

  • http://entropiaplanets.com/ EntropiaPlanets

    Good one, Narfi. Enabled by in-depth understanding of the game it’s more comprehensive and factually right than most other articles about the Entropia Universe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/razer.entropia Razer Entropia

    That indeed a very nice review there Narfi. Good to finally see one that does not kick down the game without trying to play it for a few months first.

  • xenon

    so rude to delate people comments.anyway gl to all new players all game is player vs player

    • http://EntropiaPlanets.com/ Narfi Willem

      Not sure what you had deleted, but figured I could comment on what I do see :D
      There are areas of the game that are pvp, but a majority of the game is PVE and safe from other players. I am not a PKer and still feel that the balance between the pve and pvp areas is pretty well done.

  • Wollongong

    Nice read Narfi!

  • MindStar9

    Excellent job Narfi, the best I’ve seen so far, bar none, and I appreciate the effort you put forth to develop this informative piece of work. Your content is straight forward without a lot of fluff, and I have to agree that it gives great understanding of Entropia Universe, even though we know there is so much more to explore. You’ve given a great introduction, and hopefully it will inspire many to explore the possibilities.

  • MitchySirMoo

    Great article Narfi, and great to see my vid up there too! I hope it inspires :)

  • Sbinortz

    Very nice review indeed Narfi :) I could have wished for more action in the video sequence but other than that I am very impressed.

  • Pontus Björk

    Nice article!

  • salty

    The article is well written and factual. The game has so many opportunities for individuals as well as investor groups. I have played the game continually for the past 3 1/2 years. I have done all three of the main professions (crafting, mining, & hunting) and feel that hunting is a great place for a new player to start out with their avatar. From this profession you can talk with others, join a society and learn about mining and than crafting. Some activities in the game will cost PED (project entropia dollars) and some will earn PED for you. More than likely you will need to find a balance to fund your activities but rest assured your visual experience, social activities and interest in the game dynamics will keep you coming back time and time again.

    I am part of BIG Industries and Entropia Life http://universe.entropialife.com We have created this site as a guide to help new players enter the game and learn the complexity of what Entropia Universe has to offer players from around the world. The possibilities are endless and we are pleased to announce a player sponsored event where we are giving back $100,000 Project Entropia Dollars (PED) to Entropia Universe players. May 1st – June 15th 2013. The $10,000 USD that is being given out in PED is a direct result of hard work and dedication to the player base that gives so much to the community. We hope to see everyone from seasoned veterans to new avatars enjoy everything that this game has to offer!

    Thanks to Narfi again for a great article. Good Luck out there and hope to see you all soon in game!

    Grimyth Salty

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Bekkerman/587609625 Alex Bekkerman

    Let’s put it this way, this is a game you should play if you have a ton of money and don’t know what to do with it, if you are broke however walk away now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/razer.entropia Razer Entropia

      well Alex, there you are wrong. This game can be played for no or little money. If you put the money you would pay for playing some other MMO out there with a monthly subscription into the game, it is very possible to play and enjoy this game. It is however very different then any other MMO out there and you should not expect to have uber skills and gear in a few weeks (or even months or years). Sure people put a lot of money into the game if they have it, but there is a playing style for people that don’t do that as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Bekkerman/587609625 Alex Bekkerman

        Actually razer I’ve played this game for years, and you can play it without money ONLY if you want to sweat for literally years, and after that still have nothing to show for it, because there is nothing else to do, if you try to go somewhere you will keep getting killed because you have no armor, or alternatively if you had armor burn up all your money trying to repair it for the same reason. When you say something make sure you actually know what you’re talking about because clearly in this case you don’t.

  • cacalips

    Pay to grind in shitty gameplay. Try and kiss elit payers ass… No thanks. Probably the most pathetic gaming community alive. Eve takes second and PWI third.

  • Frank

    My only dismay about the game is the amount of times I have dropped bombs in mining is that I have as yet to h it any thing worth while. I started playing this game 10 years ago when only Calypso was the one and only planet. I have put a lot of my own money Into this game and would like to know a reason for my incapability to hit anything of value when I see so many others hit it big not just once but many times. The question is what am I doing wrong. How can a new player hit it big and I ,an active player, get nothing. Frustration is setting in and can’t believe the bad luck I have had playing. The answer must be somewhere.

  • Fifth

    Best review i’ve read so far!

  • Deathstart

    The game is a scam. Very boring. loooooooooooots of bugs. and there is hardly anyone playing it anymore. Don’t waste your time on it.