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(io9)   Quite possibly the worst Kickstarter program ever: someone is trying to make a massive online roleplaying game based on the works of Jane Austen   (io9.com) divider line 39
    More: Fail, Kickstarter, massively multiplayer online, Jane Austen, RPG, diplomacies, strategic thinking  
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2013-10-31 08:19:39 AM
the fark?
 
2013-10-31 08:27:45 AM
Oh, I don't know.   Ink and Incapability and Amy and Amiability weren't too bad.
 
2013-10-31 08:42:39 AM
It could be worse: it could be a MMORPG based on Wuthering Heights. I know the time travel cliche is saving Kennedy or killing Hitler, but I'd have to think long and hard about dialing it back to about 1810 and gelding one Patrick Brontë.
 
2013-10-31 08:47:18 AM

dittybopper: Oh, I don't know.   Ink and Incapability and Amy and Amiability weren't too bad.


I preferred Duel and Duality.
 
2013-10-31 09:08:15 AM
So, the next Assassin's Creed setting that everyone wants (Victorian England), but with less killing and more women in corsets?
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2013-10-31 09:09:20 AM
"If ya'll want me to engage in a dry, witty flirtatious conversation, somebody gimme a hell yeah!"

/Stone Cold Jane Austen
 
2013-10-31 09:10:58 AM
Would I be able to fark Keira Knightley?
 
2013-10-31 09:16:10 AM
It's a MMO where you gossip... doesn't any internet forum/community already fill this niche?
 
2013-10-31 09:20:14 AM
On the one hand, if all the dorks in the world couldn't make something like Lord of the Rings an online success, it's hard to see how a relatively minor cult of the sort Jane Austen has, can.
On the other hand, while their are many games which cater to the male desire to overpower and kill anything that moves, there's nothing that really caters to the female desire to be catty and concoct schemes to undermine every other female around.
So while I think the odds are against it, I think this thing has a chance.
 
2013-10-31 09:22:35 AM
Fail???

More like brilliant.

Don't underestimate the power of the female gamer audience and their love of the romance genre.

Next: MMO based on General Hospital, Titanic.
 
2013-10-31 09:27:53 AM
So trashy romance novels will migrate from often resold paperbacks to bored housewives acting them out online?


Wait, they might be on to something here...
 
2013-10-31 09:30:57 AM
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Approves
 
2013-10-31 09:33:13 AM

devilEther: Would I be able to fark Keira Knightley?


I already have dibbs when her marriage to a musician (a keyboardist no less) craters


FTFA: There are no dungeons in this game, but there are ballrooms and dining rooms. There are no spells or weapons, but there is gossip. Your status and reputation is on the line, and you must use your personality, your friends, your public appearances and a great deal of strategic thinking to figure out how to get ahead as a proper lady... while your not-so-proper enemies try to destroy your reputation and thus your life.

Sounds tailored made for high school girls.
 
2013-10-31 09:41:58 AM
You have to write letters in the style of the times to woo your beau. Earning points for what you say.

Dearest Kneeballs1935

It was such a joy meeting you at Lady Sugarteetz debutante ball. You were the sole gentleman at an otherwise boorish venue (+1). What was that tart thinking with those garters? (-2 crass) Mama tells me you're quite the fencer. Perhaps one day you might be able to demonstrate your swordsmanship to us here, at Slaxington Hall? (+10 Jane Austen loves innuendo, the harpy). I hear the Prussians have made significant advance over the French. (-10, women - know your place!) The weather has been so dreadful, oh how I miss those long summer days. Also kittens, I love kittens (+20)

With warmest affections
Lady MaryJane420
 
2013-10-31 09:43:25 AM
Fark Jane Austen. Fark Emma. Fark that paper I had to write in high school!
 
2013-10-31 09:45:23 AM
i1024.photobucket.com

Only as long as I can bring my T-72
 
2013-10-31 09:58:42 AM

texdent: Fark Jane Austen. Fark Emma. Fark that paper I had to write in high school!


You understood it enough to write a paper? I had to read P&P and it was like reading another language, gotta D- if I recall curse you Mrs. Brandt.
 
2013-10-31 10:07:18 AM

Slaxl: dittybopper: Oh, I don't know.   Ink and Incapability and Amy and Amiability weren't too bad.

I preferred Duel and Duality.


Can't go past Sense and Senility.

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2013-10-31 10:11:10 AM
came for the Red Dwarf reference
 
2013-10-31 10:11:56 AM

hasty ambush: texdent: Fark Jane Austen. Fark Emma. Fark that paper I had to write in high school!

You understood it enough to write a paper? I had to read P&P and it was like reading another language, gotta D- if I recall curse you Mrs. Brandt.


After several re-readings of the book to find everything that was ironic
 
2013-10-31 10:12:20 AM
I'm sorry, Subby, but Postal 2 was the worst Kickstarter ever.
 
2013-10-31 10:42:02 AM
Freakanomics seemed to think it was plausible.  http://www.wnyc.org/story/304784-jane-austen-game-theorist/

It makes one wonder if they are using ideas based on this work:http://janeaustengametheorist.com
 
2013-10-31 10:42:44 AM
Can you play as Thursday Next?
 
2013-10-31 10:57:09 AM

Wireless Joe: So, the next Assassin's Creed setting that everyone wants (Victorian England), but with less killing and more women in corsets?
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Well, except that Austen was before the Victorian Era (she was in the Georgian period), and that the empire waistline precluded the use of corsets (at least the cantilevered, steel I-beam-construction monstrosities usually imagined when one says "corset" to the modern everyman) - except for those things, yes.
 
2013-10-31 11:51:28 AM
 Your tier 1 attack is being too bound by Victorian morality to do anything but politely sip tea.
 
2013-10-31 12:02:38 PM

SJKebab: Slaxl: dittybopper: Oh, I don't know.   Ink and Incapability and Amy and Amiability weren't too bad.

I preferred Duel and Duality.

Can't go past Sense and Senility.

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Nor it's exquisite floppily doppilies...
 
2013-10-31 12:04:45 PM
I actually know the person who created this game.
 
2013-10-31 12:13:36 PM
Hmm. My gaming group discussed writing up a Jane Austen tabletop RPG about 15 years ago. It wasn't a bad idea, per se, just more work than anyone involved was willing to devote to the project.
 
2013-10-31 12:46:17 PM

spammuncher: I actually know the person who created this game.


CSB
 
2013-10-31 12:59:22 PM

spammuncher: I actually know the person who created this game.


"Damn straight you know who created this damn game! Hell, I did it over a slow weekend. I hade me a couple of Jane-weisers   what ?practiced a little on my harpsichord,  what?  had a couple more Jane-weisers, what?had a few more Jane-weisers, what? and by the time I was good and lit, I had the damn game finished. Now, if you'll excuse me, I hafta kick somebody's ass on the croquet match, and that's the bottom line!"

*glass breaking*

/SCJA
 
2013-10-31 01:17:15 PM

Fury Pilot: [i1024.photobucket.com image 540x409]

Only as long as I can bring my T-72


Came here for Kryten in a tank, blowing the hell out of Austen's girls, leaving happily.
 
2013-10-31 01:18:45 PM

EyeballKid: spammuncher: I actually know the person who created this game.

"Damn straight you know who created this damn game! Hell, I did it over a slow weekend. I hade me a couple of Jane-weisers   what ?practiced a little on my harpsichord,  what?  had a couple more Jane-weisers, what?had a few more Jane-weisers, what? and by the time I was good and lit, I had the damn game finished. Now, if you'll excuse me, I hafta kick somebody's ass on the croquet match, and that's the bottom line!"

*glass breaking*

/SCJA


Please, dear sirs, do not let such a thing as "Stone Cold Jane Austen" persist - I could not bear it! *swoons*
 
2013-10-31 01:39:15 PM

FormlessOne: Please, dear sirs, do not let such a thing as "Stone Cold Jane Austen" persist - I could not bear it! *swoonsstunner*


"And that, dear sir or madam, is all I got to say about that!"

/SCJA
 
2013-10-31 02:02:09 PM

hasty ambush: devilEther: Would I be able to fark Keira Knightley?

I already have dibbs when her marriage to a musician (a keyboardist no less) craters


FTFA: There are no dungeons in this game, but there are ballrooms and dining rooms. There are no spells or weapons, but there is gossip. Your status and reputation is on the line, and you must use your personality, your friends, your public appearances and a great deal of strategic thinking to figure out how to get ahead as a proper lady... while your not-so-proper enemies try to destroy your reputation and thus your life.

Sounds tailored made for high school girls politicians.

 
2013-10-31 03:42:52 PM

PullItOut: Can you play as Thursday Next?


Send Mr Wickham off to the Crimean War!
 
2013-10-31 04:32:43 PM
Dungeons and Darcys?
 
2013-10-31 07:36:40 PM
I would buy a game that has zombies and sea monsters
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2013-10-31 08:18:57 PM
Whenever I take up "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility," I feel like a barkeeper entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I mean, I feel as he would probably feel, would almost certainly feel. I am quite sure I know what his sensations would be -- and his private comments. He would be certain to curl his lip, as those ultra-good Presbyterians went filing self-complacently along. ...

She makes me detest all her people, without reserve. Is that her intention? It is not believable. Then is it her purpose to make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the rest of the chapters? That could be. That would be high art. It would be worth while, too. Some day I will examine the other end of her books and see.
- "Jane Austen," published in 2009 in Who Is Mark Twain?


Oxford University Press edition
Jane Austen? Why I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen. Even if it contains no other book.
- quoted in Remembered Yesterdays, Robert Underwood Johnson

To me his prose is unreadable -- like Jane Austin's [sic]. No there is a difference. I could read his prose on salary, but not Jane's. Jane is entirely impossible. It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.
- Letter to W. D. Howells, 18 January 1909

Jane Austen's books, too, are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
- Following the Equator

I haven't any right to criticise books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898

_____
All I need to know about Jane Austen's writing, from Mark Twain
 
2013-11-01 01:20:29 PM

Dhusk: Fail???

More like brilliant.

Don't underestimate the power of the female gamer audience and their love of the romance genre.

Next: MMO based on General Hospital, Titanic.


I'm a gamer chick who isn't big into romance, but I would play this game in a heartbeat. Calling Jane Austen's books "romance" is a tragedy, it's social commentary of the era with romance as a backdrop.
 
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