Still having problems getting MySQL working on the server, so I've just disabled the necessary code.
As far as game releases go it was very anti-climatic. It just popped up very late and around 80 players logged in played over a 4 hour period.
The reaction was as expected, panic and awe. Half were impressed with how dueling works, the other half was freaking out over a few bugs and lack of a map to walk around on.
Unfortunately due to the players freaking out, I decided to close the game until I could update.
Things are progressing well, players have found bugs and minor issues that I wouldn't have found by myself. Fortunately the core is solid.
Once I get the dueling working well and bug free, I'm going to look into finding artists to build the character template, interface and maps. As DMO is a free game and won't make money, I won't be investing too much money into the art but I do want it to look nice.
I've opened forums for this member page: