The Story

This idea and discussion topic was sparked by the interview I posted, more specifically what Scott Jennings said about having a story that millions of people can participate in simultaneously. Also there’s a part where he talks about why fantasy is mostly used a genre, why sci-fi is a risk, and about having to tell your story if you try and create your own.

It got me to thinking, if you wanted to have a different world, would you have to write a hit book (or books) in order for it to have as big a following as you’d like? Would you announce the game first and then release the books for the fanboys and anyone remotely interested? More importantly, would knowing a game dev wrote the whole story before making the game excite you a bit? Would you be more interested at all or would you think, great, a writer is going to try and make a game, pfft.

Basically I think most of us would like to see a split from the fantasy genre, we’re just tired of it for the most part. A lot of us want a cyberpunk/steampunk/sci-fi-punk(esque LAWL) type of genre. As we know most games are based on stories that have already been written, they almost have to be in order to be successful.

So do you pick an old book you enjoyed to base your game around? Well I think you could, but if you’re dedicated, inspired, and have seen plenty of movies/read a few good books you could probably create a small world/era of your own.

My idea is that you take a story and break it down into individual roles. You really need a good vision of your world and how it functions in order to accomplish this. You basically want a few hundred individual roles (considering you have more than one faction some roles could apply to multiple factions) and with these roles you build quests around them. When you create a character you are randomly assigned a role, whether the role is extremely heroic or slightly mundane won’t be obvious to you. The quests available to you are based on this role, some will be extremely important to the outcome of the story, which is decided by the players.

Say someone makes a character, this character is designated a heroic role, however he quits after a week of playing. The hero failed to arise in this story for this faction. Now say that one of his higher level quests was to bomb some dam which would cause a flood of the enemy factions shield generators power supply (rofl seriously), when the final showdown, the climax, takes place; that team’s shields for that certain sector will be up.

You really have to be able to turn a story into a choose your own adventure on a massive scale. It’s easier to have a small number of crucial roles, a medium amount of important roles, a large amount of minor roles. There has to be recognition of your acts, because I know I want to be known in-game for doing something.

This game would probably be similar to ATITD in terms of restarting. Your account profile on the community website could show all the roles you’ve been and how much you’ve contributed to whichever factions you’ve played. I can only see problems arising when too many heroic roles are abandoned, but I can solve that. Shining characters with minor roles can be approached by a G-Man (Half-Life) type figure who requests their service, if they accept, role change.

If the game were to gain a following then you could also turn each story into a book and sell it on your website as well, kekeke (unless of course you want to give it to the players).

So what do you think? Is it too impossible? Can things heavier than air not fly? Is the Earth flat?

Would you be interested in trying something like this?

Do you have any other ideas to creating a story that millions of people can participate in simultaneously?

It’s hard to post when you know you don’t have good content

And it hurts to post bad content, so this hurt.

I’ve been playing a lot of DAoC, lots of Midgard, little bit of Hibernia, and now a future in Albion. I’ve always thought of Albion as the hub for all the 14 year old King Arthur wannabes, and now I’m becoming one! 😦

First here’s links to a lot of my toons, because I know you care so much. A1 means Account 1, which is active, A2 for the inactive second account.
Midgard(not playing)
Yarrdead A1
Notanoat A1
Enurface A1
Glaciergiant A2

Those are the 3 main toons I play in Mid.

Hibernia(didn’t get too far)
Bwndead A2
Sosahrey A1

While working on Sosahrey I discovered my RL friends in the town over were also playing DAoC, just on an Alb ToA server :o, but I think I can do it.

Afarath A1

Today I’ve asked my friend to help me get Traldor’s Staff, which is an artifact (part of ToA), so that I may use it in Molvik. Molvik is the 35-39 Battleground, besides Thidranki (20-24) it is one of the most popular BGs. I intend to hang around in this BG until I am realm rank 2L5, which gets me some very tasty Wild Power 3 (crit chance +17%) and something else that I’m uncertain of.

The Theurgist is a new class for me. I have an AE mez and a very strong DD. Not to mention pets that I cast on people that proc stuns, these pets can be stacked and can have a chain stun affect on the enemy, which is extremely helpful. I can basically kill just about any class if I land mez on them before they hurt me, which is always a good feeling. Just yesterday I was jumped by a shadowblade who missed his PA (in stealth attack, use in front of target, rape target) who I quickly /faced, quickcast, ae mezzed. Ran back a bit, pet pet pet, dd dd dd, chase, pet, dd, win. I only got hit once or twice while quickcasting mez which took me to about 70% hp. I was level 35(minimum level) and he was level 39(maximum level), so that makes me feel good.

Later I ran into a Shar champion who had been killed recently. This guy scared the crap out of me because he has instant DDs which can ruin a caster. So I start casting mez, he interrupts with a DD, I quickcast mez, am not interrupted by the debuff. Whew that was friggin close, run back, pet pet pet. DD, resist!!! OH NO WHY GAWD WHY DID HE RESIST THE STUNS AND DDS AHHHH. DD, DD, stun, DD, DD, come on you asshole fucking die already, jesus effin christ. Now he’s right on top of me, smack with a big weapon in my friggin face, OW THAT HURTS BUTTHEAD. I quickcast a DD, it lands, yes! He has a sliver of hp left, each swing from his takes a quarter or a third of my life, ahh I’m going to die! I can’t run he can keep up with me, what do I do? TURN AROUND AND STAFF THE MAN! Thank god I buffed myself with my haste and damage add, because I got the pleasure of being a caster who got a deathblow on a tank with his little ol staff.

So how does one celebrate such a victorious uhh, victory? With a /flex directed at my victim of course! Because my muscles are what won this battle for me. It was a great feeling, I couldn’t even see my health bar, and was immediately fearing for my life. So I ran back up to the ck door and logged out.

This game is fun, I really enjoy it every time I play it.

In other news there was a big 2 part interview for Age of Conan, I can’t find the links now but I know they’re posted on I am anticipating this game very much, it sounds very exciting, but I am a tad worried. They say that solo players in the siege warfare will be able to fight over the smaller objectives such as resource nodes and I think towers. I just don’t see this happening, guilds will most definitely go for those objectives as well if it helps them benefit. Running into a guild while being solo is never a fun time. Hopefully the mercenary system they speak of is more advanced than a LFG system featured in most games, because just finding a random group of people to play with on a daily basis is never easy for me, and actually I don’t think I’ve ever done it with people that I don’t know in real life.

A tiny side note, Massively, the new website dedicated to MMOG news is a pretty nifty little doodad. I read plaguelands and he is apparently writing for Massively, which is probably the only reason I went to check it out. So I get there, reload the front page and see some GW giveaway, it says you can win the package of GW games just by commenting on their site, fucking sweet. I was the first comment on the story, hopefully that counts for extra, even though I don’t really play GW much, it would be a nice thing to have for emergency situations.

That’s about it, hopefully my next update will be about how awesome my theurgist is in 50 RvR with his complete template and such.