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(PC Gamer)   A MMO for socialites set in a Jane Austin world has been shut down. In other news, there was a MMO for socialites set in a Jane Austin world. Subby will chip in a Kickstart for a Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson-set MMO   (pcgamer.com) divider line
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2021-01-13 4:27:33 PM  
Man, some people will pay for anything
 
2021-01-13 4:27:56 PM  
The only video game with Jane Austen in it I want to see is Saint's Row V.
 
2021-01-13 4:32:34 PM  
I heard it was the cheaters running around in T-72's that really ruined it for everybody:
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2021-01-13 4:49:05 PM  
"Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.
 
2021-01-13 4:55:57 PM  
Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson-set MMO

That already exists.  It's called "Second Life".  Great example of "the weird get pro".
 
2021-01-13 5:02:03 PM  
And here I was hoping it had been deplatformed for excessive and uncontrolled posting of rape and death threats against public individuals.
 
2021-01-13 5:05:53 PM  
you misspelled 'an'  and 'Austen'  you big dummy
 
2021-01-13 5:23:45 PM  
This is sad news indeed, for that MMO and I were to be married in the spring. Whilst his family was not as, shall we say, "well-appointed" as my own, our love was true.  Now, I feel I shall be forced to marry Lord Deux Ex's misshapen nephew Cyberpunk 2077, and it shall be a loveless marriage to say the least. I dread the rest of my life, and mourn every morsel of education I was able to glean from my governess, for now I shall only be able to appreciate my misery all the more.

The only comfort comes from the faint and withered hope that perhaps I shall be able to sneak to the stables every fortnight for a dalliance with the stableboy Animal Crossing.
 
2021-01-13 5:25:53 PM  
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2021-01-13 5:27:06 PM  
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The women of Legends of Tomorrow are most disappointed
 
2021-01-13 5:40:34 PM  

Biledriver: I heard it was the cheaters running around in T-72's that really ruined it for everybody:
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Well, supper was ready.
 
2021-01-13 5:45:31 PM  
Just make it a MMO of Pride and prejudice and zombies.  Problem solved.
 
2021-01-13 6:08:54 PM  

Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.


The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.
 
2021-01-13 6:13:25 PM  
Charles Bukowski mmo is called Fark when Drew chips in for a handle of Kentucky Deluxe for the admins.
 
2021-01-13 6:14:11 PM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.

The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.

Fallen London [is] a free-to-play text-based browser game...


Not exactly am MMO. Wildly different mechanics in a text based game than an MMO.
 
2021-01-13 6:18:07 PM  
It wasn't for me, but I honestly enjoyed knowing that the game existed.
 
2021-01-13 6:39:23 PM  

FrancoFile: Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson-set MMO

That already exists.  It's called "Second Life".  Great example of "the weird get pro".


What about if you added William S Burroughs?
 
2021-01-13 6:42:04 PM  

dionysusaur: FrancoFile: Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson-set MMO

That already exists.  It's called "Second Life".  Great example of "the weird get pro".

What about if you added William S Burroughs?


Pretty sure they already have giant insects.
 
2021-01-13 6:42:29 PM  

Quantumbunny: LowbrowDeluxe: Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.

The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.

Fallen London [is] a free-to-play text-based browser game...

Not exactly am MMO. Wildly different mechanics in a text based game than an MMO.


True, true, but I think it shows that the general concept/genre has merit.
 
2021-01-13 7:02:39 PM  
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2021-01-13 7:15:22 PM  
I hear Fallout 76 will be having moddable private servers so there is now a chance for there to be an Austen MMO set in the post-apocalypse.

"Oh Mister Darcy, our families will not approve of us marrying until we clear out Father Kilmeade's farm of those radioactive geckos."
 
2021-01-13 7:47:16 PM  
I remember watching a trailer for this. I'm not one to judge others for their recreational choices, but it just strikes me as very weird. I know there's LARPers that do something similar in a Downton Abbey style setting, taking on the roles of either the elite or the servants. Weird, but whatever floats your boat.
 
2021-01-13 8:00:39 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: I remember watching a trailer for this. I'm not one to judge others for their recreational choices, but it just strikes me as very weird. I know there's LARPers that do something similar in a Downton Abbey style setting, taking on the roles of either the elite or the servants. Weird, but whatever floats your boat.



All drama depends on conflict.

Man vs. Orc is obvious, and has a clear winner and loser.  Debutante vs. Spinster Aunt is more subtle, and may not ever end.

But the best D&D campaigns, and a lot of dramatic literature, involves building conflict over time - you may score points on your enemy today, but he escapes to fight again.  cf Major League Baseball, Hamlet's uncle, Darth Vader, Morgoth, Sauron, et al.
 
2021-01-13 8:04:25 PM  
I would play if Edmund Blackadder was a character
 
2021-01-13 8:19:17 PM  

FrancoFile: Herr Morgenstern: I remember watching a trailer for this. I'm not one to judge others for their recreational choices, but it just strikes me as very weird. I know there's LARPers that do something similar in a Downton Abbey style setting, taking on the roles of either the elite or the servants. Weird, but whatever floats your boat.


All drama depends on conflict.

Man vs. Orc is obvious, and has a clear winner and loser.  Debutante vs. Spinster Aunt is more subtle, and may not ever end.

But the best D&D campaigns, and a lot of dramatic literature, involves building conflict over time - you may score points on your enemy today, but he escapes to fight again.  cf Major League Baseball, Hamlet's uncle, Darth Vader, Morgoth, Sauron, et al.


I think that's what appealed to me about larping Vampire: The Masquerade. Political backstabbing and ladder climbing in a dark setting with "sexy" vampires. I know, I know, I'm one of thosepeople.

Yeah, come to think about it, this might be why I don't judge others about this kind of thing...
 
2021-01-13 9:01:17 PM  
*party wipe*

Tank: LOOK WHAT GOD DID TO US, MAN
 
2021-01-13 10:55:46 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: FrancoFile: Herr Morgenstern: I remember watching a trailer for this. I'm not one to judge others for their recreational choices, but it just strikes me as very weird. I know there's LARPers that do something similar in a Downton Abbey style setting, taking on the roles of either the elite or the servants. Weird, but whatever floats your boat.


All drama depends on conflict.

Man vs. Orc is obvious, and has a clear winner and loser.  Debutante vs. Spinster Aunt is more subtle, and may not ever end.

But the best D&D campaigns, and a lot of dramatic literature, involves building conflict over time - you may score points on your enemy today, but he escapes to fight again.  cf Major League Baseball, Hamlet's uncle, Darth Vader, Morgoth, Sauron, et al.

I think that's what appealed to me about larping Vampire: The Masquerade. Political backstabbing and ladder climbing in a dark setting with "sexy" vampires. I know, I know, I'm one of thosepeople.

Yeah, come to think about it, this might be why I don't judge others about this kind of thing...


I was going to try VtM, but made the mistake of watching a meet-up between LARPers when I wanted to see it outside the video games. Half-hour of watching, I said, "Waiter, check please."

/would've rolled a Follower of Set (now rebranding themselves as The Ministry in the new fiction, and they're oddly allies with "good guy" vamp clans Brujah and Gangrel)
 
2021-01-13 11:58:53 PM  

Practical_Draconian: Herr Morgenstern: FrancoFile: Herr Morgenstern: I remember watching a trailer for this. I'm not one to judge others for their recreational choices, but it just strikes me as very weird. I know there's LARPers that do something similar in a Downton Abbey style setting, taking on the roles of either the elite or the servants. Weird, but whatever floats your boat.


All drama depends on conflict.

Man vs. Orc is obvious, and has a clear winner and loser.  Debutante vs. Spinster Aunt is more subtle, and may not ever end.

But the best D&D campaigns, and a lot of dramatic literature, involves building conflict over time - you may score points on your enemy today, but he escapes to fight again.  cf Major League Baseball, Hamlet's uncle, Darth Vader, Morgoth, Sauron, et al.

I think that's what appealed to me about larping Vampire: The Masquerade. Political backstabbing and ladder climbing in a dark setting with "sexy" vampires. I know, I know, I'm one of thosepeople.

Yeah, come to think about it, this might be why I don't judge others about this kind of thing...

I was going to try VtM, but made the mistake of watching a meet-up between LARPers when I wanted to see it outside the video games. Half-hour of watching, I said, "Waiter, check please."

/would've rolled a Follower of Set (now rebranding themselves as The Ministry in the new fiction, and they're oddly allies with "good guy" vamp clans Brujah and Gangrel)


I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I've often said the main problem with playing Vampire The Masquerade is you have to play with the sort of people who play Vampire The Masquerade.

That said, my chapter wasn't that bad. We were small, kept things cool, and I was told several times I ran a good game. Alas, Covid killed it and everyone went their separate ways, so it's unlikely we'll start it up again any time soon. Oh well.
 
2021-01-14 12:25:22 AM  

Herr Morgenstern: Practical_Draconian: 
I was going to try VtM, but made the mistake of watching a meet-up between LARPers when I wanted to see it outside the video games. Half-hour of watching, I said, "Waiter, check please."

/would've rolled a Follower of Set (now rebranding themselves as The Ministry in the new fiction, and they're oddly allies with "good guy" vamp clans Brujah and Gangrel)

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I've often said the main problem with playing Vampire The Masquerade is you have to play with the sort of people who play Vampire The Masquerade.

That said, my chapter wasn't that bad. We were small, kept things cool, and I was told several times I ran a good game. Alas, Covid killed it and everyone went their separate ways, so it's unlikely we'll start it up again any time soon. Oh well.


Eh, for me it was 20 years ago in the San Francisco area. Stuff was weird already there and then. Plus I was a workaholic college student at the time. Having a girlfriend and PC gaming habit was enough hassle on my free time and funds.

Post COVID, I might give it a second chance though I'm older and fat. That or if anyone plays 40K Inquisitor (another setting I like). But I'll probably just wait for Bloodlines 2.
 
2021-01-14 12:39:31 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Herr Morgenstern: Practical_Draconian: 
I was going to try VtM, but made the mistake of watching a meet-up between LARPers when I wanted to see it outside the video games. Half-hour of watching, I said, "Waiter, check please."

/would've rolled a Follower of Set (now rebranding themselves as The Ministry in the new fiction, and they're oddly allies with "good guy" vamp clans Brujah and Gangrel)

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I've often said the main problem with playing Vampire The Masquerade is you have to play with the sort of people who play Vampire The Masquerade.

That said, my chapter wasn't that bad. We were small, kept things cool, and I was told several times I ran a good game. Alas, Covid killed it and everyone went their separate ways, so it's unlikely we'll start it up again any time soon. Oh well.

Eh, for me it was 20 years ago in the San Francisco area. Stuff was weird already there and then. Plus I was a workaholic college student at the time. Having a girlfriend and PC gaming habit was enough hassle on my free time and funds.

Post COVID, I might give it a second chance though I'm older and fat. That or if anyone plays 40K Inquisitor (another setting I like). But I'll probably just wait for Bloodlines 2.


I first played in the 90s. I still have my leather bound Laws Of The Night in pristine condition, along with a lot of the old clan books. I really loved playing back then, though I eventually grew to resent the selfish tendencies of the other players. Everyone wanted to be the main character and treated everyone like supporting cast. And when we weren't playing the game, we sat around talking about the game. It got old.
 
2021-01-14 8:41:40 AM  
Hang on while I fire up Second Life. There must be some Regency sims there.

...

*joins the Jane Austen Regency Era Book Club group, goes shopping*
 
2021-01-14 8:46:46 AM  

Quantumbunny: LowbrowDeluxe: Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.

The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.

Fallen London [is] a free-to-play text-based browser game...

Not exactly am MMO. Wildly different mechanics in a text based game than an MMO.


MMOs started out as text-based games called MUDs.
 
2021-01-14 11:40:16 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Quantumbunny: LowbrowDeluxe: Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.

The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.

Fallen London [is] a free-to-play text-based browser game...

Not exactly am MMO. Wildly different mechanics in a text based game than an MMO.

MMOs started out as text-based games called MUDs.


I played muds. That's not the point. The mechanics... Aren't... The same. The gameplay loop, the interface, the interactions, nothing that can be called the mechanics of the game are the same. If you read to pay I replied to, they made a claim that I am backing up... Jane Austen dialogue as gameplay mechanics had never been done in an MMO.

I agree with that, there are dialogue based games, especially from Japan such as Danganronpa or Ace Attorney. On the US side, dialogue based games are less well received. Think Nancy Drew. So, to a degree, dialogue based games exist, but nothing of the ilk the devs claimed to be building, and it's hard to see what the mechanics for such a game would have been. It's easy to say "replace combat with dialogue fights" and such, but what does that look like, and how do you implement it?
 
2021-01-14 1:32:39 PM  

Quantumbunny: Tyrone Slothrop: Quantumbunny: LowbrowDeluxe: Jim_Callahan: "Shut down" implies incorrectly that it was ever launched.

It didn't make it out of development, subby.

Which... I mean, yeah, that sounds hard to the point of impossible from a game design perspective.  As a general RPG, sure, you can do that with a buttload of writing work, but coming up with MMO-compatible mechanics for what they're describing is a task that sorta makes it clear this was always investor bait and never intended to actually be made.

The Fallen London series seems to have done a decent enough job.

Fallen London [is] a free-to-play text-based browser game...

Not exactly am MMO. Wildly different mechanics in a text based game than an MMO.

MMOs started out as text-based games called MUDs.

I played muds. That's not the point. The mechanics... Aren't... The same. The gameplay loop, the interface, the interactions, nothing that can be called the mechanics of the game are the same. If you read to pay I replied to, they made a claim that I am backing up... Jane Austen dialogue as gameplay mechanics had never been done in an MMO.

I agree with that, there are dialogue based games, especially from Japan such as Danganronpa or Ace Attorney. On the US side, dialogue based games are less well received. Think Nancy Drew. So, to a degree, dialogue based games exist, but nothing of the ilk the devs claimed to be building, and it's hard to see what the mechanics for such a game would have been. It's easy to say "replace combat with dialogue fights" and such, but what does that look like, and how do you implement it?


I have "cutting remark" and "throwing gloves down" as macros on my gaming keyboard.
 
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