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PlayStation Home Gets Its First Free-To-Play RPG, Mercia: Fractured Realms

Cade Peterson's Avatar + Posted by Cade Peterson on Aug 27, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

Note: PlayStation Home’s content update is scheduled for Thursday this week instead of its usual Wednesday publish window.

This Thursday, August 30th, Home’s very first RPG opens its gates — and it’s free-to-play. Lockwood’s Dream Island floats into view, LOOT’s Active EOD (Entertainment On Demand) TVs arrive in a variety of sizes, and much more. Here’s the list of what’s new and happening in PlayStation Home:

1. Mercia: Fracture Realms

Unique to PlayStation Home, Mercia: Fractured Realms is a free-to-play RPG that opens up the possibility for huge worlds and a depth of narrative that have yet to be explored on the platform.

  • What type of warrior are you? Choose between Ranger, Fighter and Defender – customise your armor, weapons and spells to suit your play style.
  • Look forward to a free to play RPG adventure with a detailed XP system and rewards as you progress.
  • Explore the vast world and dungeons, fighting beasts, collecting items and completing quests. Discover the Guardians who will guide you on your journey.

2. Lockwood – Dream Island + Gift Machine Update

Visit the Dream Island Open House to check out this incredible tropical paradise. Explore the beautiful natural surroundings, admire the innovative architecture and discover hidden wildlife. It will be available in three different value packs, with a selection of hidden rewards and an exclusive store updated with new designer clothing.

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Make someone’s day with PlayStation Home’s first “giftable” apartment, the Sunlit Meadow, available from the Lockwood Gift Machine.
Send a gift like no other—this beautiful outdoors environment is perfect for a relaxing picnic for two or a party in the woods. Let yourself go and the power of nature will make you feel alive! Find the golden butterfly to unlock a hidden reward.

3. PlayStation Home Mall Update
Magnus is back in his 55th volume of the Virtual Item Showcase. This week he showcases things from a new Pinafore dress to leather jackets to a musically inclined new companion. Tune in now for all the details.

4. Heavy Water – Avalon Keep Peasant Pack

You’ve seen the Keep and the gorgeous wares made for each Noble house of Avalon, but maybe you didn’t want to spend too much money right away. Now we have the Peasant Furniture Pack — 10 basic furniture pieces that are just as good as any other furniture in the sense that it functions as it should. Even the most common denizen of the Avalon Kingdom can afford one piece of furniture from this line up!

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5. Granzella – Stylish Suits

The Stylish Suit from Granzella has arrived! The Stylish Suit provides a slim silhouette for a man, and are also available women seeking the fashionable pants suit look.

Available this week in Black, Grey, and Black Stripe.

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6. LOOT – Active EOD TVs

The LOOT EOD TVs have arrived. Watch full-length movies, TV episodes, live shows and more with your friends in PlayStation Home on flat screen models in various sizes: 22”, 40”, 60”, 80”, 140” and a whopping 240”! The LOOT Entertainment On Demand TV will work in any private space unless the space comes with a video screen you can’t turn off. Want to test run the technology? The FREE LOOT EOD TV plays the LOOT Channel, allowing you to demo the TV first. If you can’t decide on one size, we have the solution for you. The LOOT EOD TV Bundle comes with all TV sizes in both flat screen and wall-mounted styles! That’s 12 TVs for one very low price. We’re even throwing in four TV stands and the free wall mount to help you decorate! So now, not only do you have to decide what to watch, but also where to watch it.

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7. Konami – Horse Masks

Want to wear the zaniest thing to your next gathering? Ever wanted to be a UNICORN? Say no more—Konami to the rescue! Choose from black, brown or the rainbow-infused, mythical unicorn mask and bring the “Haaaaaaay!” (get it?) to the party! Head to the Konami store this Thursday and select your very own.

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8. nDreams – Street Moves Update + Chameleo Furniture Collection

Ever had trouble deciding what color furniture to choose? This week nDreams presents The Chameleo furniture range. A unique range of modern furnishings that automatically cycle through different glowing colors and textures depending on the range you purchase. The Chameleo range is split into three variations: Glow, Moods and Motif. Within each Chameleo bundle you get a chair, sofa, carpet, picture frame, table and a bookshelf. Pick one or pick them all!

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The Street Moves crew danced their way into Home last week and blew everyone away with their dancing abilities. Now get ready to meet the next set (although it looks like someone’s dad has come along for the ride).

Broadway Star, Swingin’ Sister and Boogy Boy are joined by the Embarrassing Dad as they are looking to show off their dance moves in Home this week. You can pick up the next set of the Street Moves collection at the nDreams store or at any commerce point in Aurora.

9. Digital Leisure – Casino Update

There are two exciting updates in The Casino this week. First, there’s an all-new Tier Reward for those who have reached Tier 8. Come by and pick up your fully interactive Hot Tub! You and three friends can enjoy a dip this week in this gorgeous addition to any private space. Next, they’ve updated the Lucky Fountain reward! Don’t worry , the mini fountain and sparkler reward have not been retired. The new additions are some sweet shades, perfect for keeping that poker face straight at the tables.

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10. Tuscan Villa Personal Space and Clubhouse

Ever wondered what it would be like living in a rustic, yet grand Italian countryside villa? Now you can. Bring some friends and share the experience with the gift of food (the Villa has a gift of pizza for guests), and lounge the evening away. Also offered is a matching furniture bundle to properly deck it out. Available this Thursday in the Estates store!

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11. Midway – Ca$h Carnival Update
This week you’ll have the chance to win yet another prize at the Midway Ca$h Carnival Sweepstakes! Go to the Hot Zone in Midway 3 to sign up for the Midway Ca$h Carnival Sweepstakes. Every green ticket you purchase to play the Midway games earns you an entry into the weekly drawing for a special prize—this week, it’s a Sony Handycam 16GB HD Flash Memory Projection Camcorder and $1,000.00 cash prize!

Every weekly entry counts toward the Grand Prize drawing for $15,000! Real prizes! Real money! Real fun! For official rules, click here.

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12. Community Theater Update

Join us this week in the Community Theater. Replay with Doc introduces his newest co-host, and they share their coverage of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Darksiders II, The Walking Dead and more!

See you in Home!

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36 Comments   12 Replies

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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on August 27th, 2012 at 5:56 pm said:

People will absolutely love mercia. Its an awesome game with lots of rewards to earn. Any teasers to anything exciting that will be hitting Home in the next few weeks besides the Granzella stuff?


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 6:46 pm said:

    Lots of awesomesauce is scheduled, but I can’t share anything more at this time. Keep your bookmarks saved and checking back weekly!


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+ SnakePlissken2K on August 27th, 2012 at 5:58 pm said:

Sooo, looking forward to the Loot EOD TV’s (I’m buying the bundle…lol) and that hot tub at the Casino looks pretty cool! Home just keeps getting better….and better!!!!!


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+ TRIAD–NOMAD on August 27th, 2012 at 6:00 pm said:

whats the price going to be on the TV’s and will the DREAM ISLAND be in X7


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    + Cade Peterson on August 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm said:

    LOOT Active TVs will be priced as follows:

    Demo TV = FREE
    Individual TV $3.99 – $7.99
    240″ Bundle (incl. 240″ flat screen, wall mountable version and TV stand) = $11.99
    Bundle with everything = $14.99

    The Dream Island is $7.99 and the furniture ranges from $0.99 – $1.99 with various bundle options. It will be available to the public via the open house that opens on Thursday.


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+ SnakePlissken2K on August 27th, 2012 at 6:07 pm said:

@ TRIAD Loot EOD Bundle is $14.99


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+ SnakePlissken2K on August 27th, 2012 at 6:14 pm said:

@ TRIAD individually they are…..

THE TVs:
240” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen (comes with matching stand) 11.99
140” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 7.99
80” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 6.99
60” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 5.99
40” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 4.99
22” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 3.99


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+ crazy_kracker1 on August 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm said:

The dream island looks very cool once again the winner for my money is LOCKWOOD. LOL


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+ Jacked-Assassin on August 27th, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

1. Mercia: Fracture Realms
Time for a plausible Mercia & Granzella Shopping Spree!

4. Heavy Water – Avalon Keep Peasant Pack
I’ll pass…. Those just make me feel poor….

6. LOOT – Active EOD TVs
I’m afraid if I buy the Biggest TV a BIGGER one will come out…. Still want Biggest TV….

7. Konami – Horse Masks
I should be happy more Anthro Masks are coming out. However being surrounded by Bronies is a little scary.

10. Tuscan Villa Personal Space and Clubhouse
I’m going to pass on buy. I’ll explain right about now.

I’ll be changing how I shop on PS Home come October 25th 2012. Part of this is due to needing to save money for other stuff. Some months I’ll probably just spend $3.96 at most. I won’t stop supporting PS Home like I originally planned by March 2013. But will still complain about VM’s NML until they stop messing with my head.


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:

    BRONIES!!! (wait, is it still the same thing if it’s a unicorn head?)


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+ ChronosViper on August 27th, 2012 at 6:21 pm said:

I’m liking those speakers and dance floor decorations in the background of the street moves videos..


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+ tonydamiani on August 27th, 2012 at 6:29 pm said:

Nice Update! Lots of stuff to buy :D w00t

Now…. Shut up! and take my money! >:D


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+ Iced-Tea-Bagger on August 27th, 2012 at 6:35 pm said:

looks like i might be getting back into home


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on August 27th, 2012 at 6:43 pm said:

Im sorry but after No Mans Land my expectations or Mercia are LOW.. I was expecting a REAL game.. instead all I got was a game you had limited control over (i.e you couldnt manually move from position to position instead you clicked on the point you wanted to go to and your character ran there and took cover automatically).. so yeah Im expected Mercia to be no different unfortunately.


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

    Mercia doesn’t use a cover-based movement system (which I personally like), so go for it! It’s free-to-play too, and nothing to lose. Plus the Oracle needs your help!


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+ crazy_kracker1 on August 27th, 2012 at 6:49 pm said:

Question is it ghost winning the prizes for the midway thing….


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 7:00 pm said:

    Nope, ghosts are disqualified. I’m sure it’s written somewhere in the official rules. ;-)


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+ bronxsushi on August 27th, 2012 at 6:52 pm said:

I have a question. If I buy the Loot EOD TV and put it in my clubhouse, would friends be able to watch movies in the clubhouse, even if I am not online?


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 7:09 pm said:

    That’s a good question. Lemme check on that and get back to you. I’ll update this with a 2nd comment once I have the answer.


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+ retro25 on August 27th, 2012 at 6:54 pm said:

Why thursday this week instead of wednesday? Loot TV looks awesome and I can’t wait for Mercia to come this week lol. No wolves costume,companion and/or mask?? hahahahahaha!!!!!


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 7:06 pm said:

    Home is a global publish and this week one of the regions has a holiday that gets in the way. So we bump it a day and accomodate our buddies on the other side of an ocean.

    If you want more animal masks, speak up about it in our forums and maybe Konami will hear you!


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+ MisaToiletSeat on August 27th, 2012 at 7:06 pm said:

“Don’t worry , the mini fountain and sparkler reward have not been retired.”

The mini fountain was already retired. So dat mean it’s coming back?


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+ WaveLightning777 on August 27th, 2012 at 7:19 pm said:

Just the stylish suits. While EU gets that new beach. If it wern’t for Mercia, that’d make this update feel VERY underwhelming. But Mercia’s present. :3


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 7:26 pm said:

    Glad this (heavy) week will suffice! Don’t worry, there’s a tidal wave of Granzella stuff scheduled to arrive in the near future.


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+ DarkOne_PR on August 27th, 2012 at 8:07 pm said:

not gonna go back to pshome until my avatar its shown next to my gamercard….


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+ Tarazuma on August 27th, 2012 at 8:15 pm said:

According to Granzella, the fossil museum was supposed to come “late august” so I figured I’d check the blog after a month, but nothing! This is why I have all but quit home entirely. If we got weekly GZ content like EU, I’d have spent hundreds by now. No GZ=no $ from me, unless it’s something huge worth even going on home for.

Since WHOEVER is in charge of releasing GZ items in NA has so “GRACIOUSLY” decided to allow NA the “privilege” of buying GZ items, I think I will buy 2 of the womens suits when I get around to logging on.

Dream Island may be nice, but an open house with no option to purchase annoys me to no end. I guess you guys think it builds “hype”, but for people like me with 0 patience, it takes so long to come out I lose interest and don’t buy it when it does!

A THURSDAY update? I don’t feel like waiting, so I may spend my money elsewhere. It’s due to some BS EU holiday (NA holidays are BS too), so of course all regions have to suffer. Can’t do something sense making like having each region update separately? You guys keep letting EU run the show, and you will continue alienating ex-mega-spenders in NA like me. See you in a month (or longer) when/if the fossil museum and Island expansion comes!


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    + Cade Peterson on August 27th, 2012 at 8:33 pm said:

    Ah, but this week the Dream Island will be purchasable by everyone directly in the open house. Come check it out! As for Granzella stuff, unfortunately the original announcement by them is incorrect, but it’ll be out *very* soon. (Pinky swear promise!)


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on August 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm said:

umm its an RPG of course it doesnt used a cover system.. the point I was making is most of the game is “click here and your character runs there on its own and do everything FOR you” I want a game that i completely control… for example If I want to get from Point A to Point B I want to Physically walk from A to B instead of just Clicking on B (or pressing once in Bs direction) then my character walks there on its own.


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+ KIDamazin on August 27th, 2012 at 8:43 pm said:

When will there be a space for PS+ members only? I think that would bring more people to PS+. Specially the people who live in Home.


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on August 27th, 2012 at 11:15 pm said:

@20 not gonna happen since thats pretty much what that Club 7 thing is..


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+ strider367 on August 27th, 2012 at 11:18 pm said:

Why would anybody buy this stuff. When you can get a big screen with a better EOD that has music as well and an entire personal space for less?

@ TRIAD individually they are…..

THE TVs:
240” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen (comes with matching stand) 11.99
140” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 7.99
80” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 6.99
60” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 5.99
40” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 4.99
22” LOOT™ EOD TV – Flatscreen 3.99


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    + Cade Peterson on August 28th, 2012 at 2:52 pm said:

    More options, I suppose. Personally, I would love to have a big screen in my Chamber apartment or my Ratchet & Clank personal space.


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+ Razer11099 on August 28th, 2012 at 12:30 am said:

When’s the Home Tycoon game coming out?


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    + Cade Peterson on August 28th, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:

    No date is set yet, but it’s not far out!


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+ KIERROK on August 28th, 2012 at 3:31 am said:

I’m personally looking forward to this update… only question I have about the RPG game is, is it a trade off of attack? Like you attack they attack you miss they attack twice etc. OR is it press say square and your guy freely moves and slashes. Either way I’ll play just wondering I’d prefer the later but still I’ll try.


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    + Cade Peterson on August 28th, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

    It’s not a turn-based combat (taking turns), so don’t let yourself get cornered or ganged up on! You can swing your sword or cast as fast as you can.


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+ ABTR on August 28th, 2012 at 3:50 am said:

FINALLY a Home game with XP POINTS!!!!! well done guys how to think that :)
I mean i m a huge Home fun for the first day and i never disappoint all this years until when i saw games like mini robots and No mans land.
Those two games is PAY TO WIN! why i pay something to has only one stage and no xp point ? is boring and the best think about it, is a new map for No mans land and tell you to pay it 2$!!! Again, why i pay 2$ for a map i don’t know if they has players to play with it? i feel developers for those games fool us!!! Look the aurora place has a thousand gamer visit every day because there a something to do there! Win xp points level up and win staff for your apartment and your avatar!
Never again makes PAY TO WIN Games for Home if you want keep people inside ps Home!


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+ daniel3334 on August 28th, 2012 at 5:49 am said:

I’ve been beta testing Mercia for a couple months now. And I can tell the doubters and naysayers that the game is great! If you’re a RPG fan then you’ll definitely wanna play Mercia. Its a very fun do as you want RPG.


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+ Ryumoau on August 28th, 2012 at 8:25 am said:

Why is this free to play rpg being wasted on the PS Home where most users don’t go? Why not also put it properly on the psn store where everyone can try it?
This makes me think it isn’t good enough for that.


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+ Lord_Rinja on August 28th, 2012 at 8:30 am said:

Mercia is the best thing to happen to PlayStation Home since sliceed bread. And thats the bottom line because Lord_Rinja said so.


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+ ABTR on August 28th, 2012 at 10:05 am said:

@ Ryumoau Because is a game especially for Home. You never visit Home to see how those games works? They use your avatar in real time to play, is really cool games like that, play with your favourite avatar! They has change a lot tnings for the first day when Home cames out, you must check it. Now home has a lot tnings to do there a really awesome games for free and many people visit Home every day, except Sony continue to fool us with games like no mans land, a pay to win game, pay do nothing, really annoying!!


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+ Ryumoau on August 28th, 2012 at 11:03 am said:

@29 oh okay. i haven’t tried Home in years so i might check it again today.


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+ Rapturesassassin on August 28th, 2012 at 1:59 pm said:

Nice stuff for home. But after today i refuse to spend another cent on Playstation Home till Sony does something about the freezers. I’ve been frozen 7 times today in 3 different places. Its pathetic anymore. Sony needs to bann freezers on the spot and ther ip permanently banned and there avi & id name left on the spot for a month.


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+ iiGeTMoNeY23 on August 28th, 2012 at 2:09 pm said:

Why are these games released only on Home and not PlayStation Store?


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+ LordRaoh on August 28th, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:

Mercia has caught my eye, looking forward to checking it out.

I can imagine that eventually, HOME as a service in the future, could start to deliver PS1/PS2 quality games. This makes me think how awesome a champions of norrath game would be great for HOME.

On a side note.

Any chance of having a sequel to Everquest Online Adventures for Playstation/PC w/VITA companion app?


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+ xX-Revan16-Xx on August 29th, 2012 at 7:21 am said:

finally a good update.. cant wait to see the new dream island


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+ meucakesTM on August 29th, 2012 at 10:56 pm said:

..lawl’ing @ the Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace style Street Moves.


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+ EXQUISITEEMPRESS on September 21st, 2012 at 4:12 pm said:

I’ve never used Home now might be the time to check it out and maybe give Mercia: Fractured Realms a chance.


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