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Yeah, we really didn't see this one coming. It was funny, too. The day that it was announced on the iRO website, they already had the server up. However, it wasn't yet officially launched; apparently the official launching date for Valkyrie is September 30. It didn't stop me from getting a ton of notifications about it, though!

iRO's Valkyrie might share the same name as pRO's free server, but everything that I've heard says that it's patterned after kRO's free server (Baphomet). There are some tweaks that the iRO staff added, though, and comparisons to a typical legit main server are available on the iRO website for viewing. I have some doubts as to whether or not Valkyrie will really take off; I always viewed this kind of thing as a sort of "late stage tactic" in the life of an online game, but iRO has been doing alright for a while. An F2P system like the one Valkyrie has is great for those times where I don't have the money to pay for a subscription and want to hang out on RO, and it also removes the excuse of doing such things with friends who haven't played RO in years due to the inability to find the time to get their money's worth out of paying to play. It seems more likely that Valkyrie is a way of getting the free trial spambots off the main servers since they won't be able to spam for free now. I wonder if they'll pay close attention to goings-on in Valkyrie and try to keep the bots under control there; at least they'd all be in one place.

Damn, Trist, that battle maiden is all over you. I'd be really jealous, if it weren't for her diamond-hard breastplate. That's not the most comfortable thing to have caving in your chest!

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