I admit I’ve been distracted. I’ve been building Radishtown, otherwise known as Newport. I stumbled over the web browser game, Anno Online. The goal of Anno Online is to build a trading empire, a seafaring power and glorious city. It’s a resource management game; keep your citizens fed with bread and milk, make sure they have clothing, entertainment and fire stations, so they can hang the calendar of hunky fireman on their walls, and the citizens of Radishtown are happy.
It’s a perfect game to play with dimensions or for doing the housework, schoolwork, money earning work, without being too distracting. It’s a gentle game, failure doesn’t seem likely so long as play is slow. The community is nice, the game ensures we make friends by giving us the ability to buff each other’s production houses. The main interaction between players seems to be the ability to trade, once your town can build merchants, and the drive-by buffings from friends. The only frustrating thing I’ve come across is the inability to rename our towns. Newport is the default name and can’t be changed. Still, in my heart, I know Newport is really Radishtown.
If you are needing a little refresher break from Rift and dimensions, then Anno Online might be just the distraction you need. Be warned, quite a few hours can be wasted watching the little people running up and down the streets of Radishtown, delivering goods, visiting the market or just hanging around.