Shartak is free-to-play and completely browser-based - there are a few things different about the Shartak experience that are unique and completely different than common MMORPGs. One such example is the simple browser-based graphics, which may take several days to get used to, along with the simple interface of limited moves. (There is not in-game chat, although there are clan news-blasts, and an IRC channel.)
Meta-gaming is a huge component of Shartak.
For new players who have a hard time figuring out the limited Action Point system (limits your moves per day), there are the official Shartak Forums and Shartak Wiki, which are extremely active, and mostly populated by the players themselves. The forums are split into two sections: in-character and not-in-character.
Creativity is rampant, and while most characters have clever names of pirates, explorers, warriors, soldiers, shamans, villagers, scouts, etc... there are one or two colorful characters who have assumed cross-dressers as their in-game persona.
The players actually write the ongoing stories of the game, based on the foundation of Shartak's structures. This game has very free-flowing game-play, and involves lots of strategy, inanity, f...