The game is a sort of a mix between Civilization (you turn a certain number of rounds per day) and HoM&M (training your heroes, conquering lands, casting magic). You don't need to install anything; all you need is a browser and it doesn't matter whether it's from home, school, an internet café or from work.
Each day you are given your number of turns and at midnight, the system evaluates your spells and attacks. After you log in in the morning, you shall find you whether you have conquered more lands and your income of gold and mana has risen or on the contrary whether your enemy conquered your most developed land or - God forbid - has slain your beloved hero.
Dark Elf is a game which won't give you the pleasure of constant action as for example Call of Duty would. Dark Elf requires a bit of patience because the results of today's effort can't be seen sooner than tomorrow… yet still - if you're suffering from lack of adrenaline or suppressed emotion, be assured that this game will help you get rid of both. It's an internet drug!
So what makes Dark Elf so unique? The most important factor would be the huge map of the game world which provides basic game information through small graphic icons. Beginners should check the manual to see what they can find in the map. This map-based system is what distinguishes Dark Elf from other Czech online games, where you can basically attack anyone whereas here you are limited by your position on the map, mountains, rivers, seas etc. You can attack the overlords which you don't share borders with, but only by magic. This requires a quite high level of cooperation in your alliance (clan).In registration you choose a league, the race you want to play with, your nick and a map area in which you begin - in a poor land with just a handful of soldiers. One by one, you conquer neighboring lands, you gold income grows and soon you clash with other overlords. There is no greater pleasure than pacifying you enemies with a barrage of deadly spells followed by your legions led by a well-trained hero.
Everything depends on your skills - whether you manage conquer you enemies and possibly even the mighty Dark Elf, ruler of the world. You must have a feeling for strategy and economy, be a good diplomat… and a bit lucky, too. You will find new friends, experience plots and treachery, possibly make a career as a leader of a famous alliance (clan) and most importantly - have lots of fun.
Dark Elf was launched in March 2001 and every day, thousands of players log in to play their turns. Both registration and playing are for free! All you need is a browser, a bit of time every day and some patience to the start - once you conquer your first land, the game won't let you go! Off to fight!
Registering is explained elsewhere so I will only add that I recommend taking Ents, Barbarians or Uruks if you are playing for the first time.