Back in the 2000s, I played a turn-based RPG war game called Lords of Legend. I never got into World of Warcraft, Runescape, or Guild Wars for various reasons but Lords of Legend was my jam and way more accessible.
In Lords of Legend, you competed against thousands of other players and joined clans to become the lords of legend (I guess? I never got that far). It was free to play and you could choose a race for your character such as Human, Elf, Dark Elf, Dwarf, Orc, Troll, Undead, Draconian, and Fangolian. Each race its own advantages and disadvantages and you couldn’t change race until the next game reset which happpened once a clan reached a combined power of 28,000,000.
You could also build your own army, develop a settlement, and recruit new mercenaries, soldiers and weapons.
Every game turn lasted 30 minutes and you’d get an attack point and earn money (there were ways to farm money and grow more depending on your setup). Attacking an enemy used attacking points and the number of attack turns you used determined how much money you could plunder if you won. There was also a leaderboard which let you see who was the strongest and who you could fight to get ahead. The stronger the opponent, the more money you won but if you lost, your rank dropped further and you lost more money.
As LoL was text-based, it was easier to play. You clicked a lot of links and the graphics were rudimentary but it fulfilled my requirements of a fantasy RPG. But as I got older, I stopped playing those kinds of games and forgot about the site until it shut down and returned as the home of a completely different mobile game.
Did you play Lords of Legend or any similar text-based fantasy RPGs? Let me know in the comments.