RuneScape maker Jagex has today begun the closed beta for new strategy game 8Realms.
Take part by singing up at the 8Realms website.
8Realms is a settlement-building game that ploughs through ancient, classical, feudal, renaissance, imperial, industrial, modern and future eras of history. The beta offers all but the future era.
The idea is to gather stuff to build stuff to train stuff and then expand. The hook comes from all the other real people building their settlements online at the same time. This will create a "highly political" atmosphere of careful negotiations and fraught alliances. Apparently both hardcore and casual fans will be pleasured.
It'll likely be free-to-play when launched.