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Thinking on my last blog, and it's subject of Roleplaying, I began thinking of some games I've played in the past. One that really stands out in my mind, is Planeshift. The game is beautiful. It's still in development, but it has open-play for those who want to try it out. The game has no wiki, and it has no Player's guide. No spoilers guaranteed. But I will tell you a little bit about this game, in hopes, you all will take a look.
Planeshift is a world completely different than most any other MMORPG I've experienced. It has in depth storyline like nobody's business. The entire game is built around mystery, fear, and even a touch of xenophobia. The storyline is so indepth, and complex, that trying to copy and paste it from their webpage, would create the longest blog in MMORPG.com history. I will however, supply a convenient little link at the bottom of this blog.
A little synopsis however, is in order. The world your character knows, the only world it knows, named Yliakum, exists in a Stalagmite. Larger than anything your creature can imagine. It in essence, is as large as a planet to them...Whether or not they are tiny, or this stalagmite is gigantic, is not known...It holds it's own atmosphere, it has it's own sun, which is actually a crystal emitting light. The stalagmite's interior, where the life of Yliakum exists, consists of several cliffs, one atop another, creating shelves of land. Each land holds it's own mysteries, it's own ecosystems, and it's own purpose. One entire shelf, is devoted to farmlands alone, drawing energy from the crystal, that draws it's energy from the surface sun.
Yliakum, is a city. Inhabitants are diverse, and many; from monsters, raiders, citizens, all have their own place in the world. It is populated by certain intelligent beings however. The only two native to Yliakum however, are the Kran, and the Lemurs. They were created by the gods of Yliakum themselves, and lead to the city. Among the Kran and Lemurs, are types of Humans, Elves, and Dwarves. There are even stranger races, such as the Diaboli, which sport dark red and black skin, with two large horns apon their heads. The Enkidukai, cat-like creatures, that stand upon two legs. The Klyros, which seem to be highly evolved dragons, taking a humanoid stance in the world. And the Ynnwyn, a cross between diaboli, and elves.
In this city of many, there are also many problems. From a thief stealing from the stores of the local armor shop, or the threat of The Lift, being compromised. Almost every NPC you meet in this realm, will have a problem for you to solve...but it's not always easy...from answering riddles, to gathering books, there are no pre-set answers, no pre-set dialogue. If you want to ask for a quest...you best ask for it.
For you see, you don't click the NPC, or even right click the NPC, to get a quest. You literally must ask the NPC for it...For example, if I were an NPC in the game, you would have to say "do you have a job for me TenchiMuyo?". I'd tell you about my problems, needing some special herbs for a pie. I'd ask if you wanted to do it for me. You would have to say "Yes". You could ask me about the herbs, you could ask about the pie...by saying "Tell me about herbs" or "Tell me about pie". And then you'd go get the herbs, and come back, and tell me "I have the Herbs TenchiMuyo." and I'd reward you.
It's a tough system to go through some times. It's not all perfected...but it definately keeps the roleplay going. As I mentioned up there, I was thinking about games involving Roleplay. See, in this game...it is a relative rule, when talking to people...you have to do it in Character. Some just do it lightly. But some, can get pretty heavy into it. There's even languages, for some of the different races. I myself learned some of the Enkudikai language, as that was the character I played.
It's a very friendly community, everyone is willing to help...but like I said, no spoilers! They won't tell you directly how to do a quest, or what you need...but they'll always point you in the right direction. You'll always be able to get what you need, and you'll always be able to find some people to hang out with.
The project isn't run by an actual business so to speak, but moreso started as a school project, and evolved from there. The work that's done on the game, is done by volunteers, most of which are teachers, from what I learned while volunteering there myself. There's a lot to learn about the game, but it's something every MMORPG'er should check out.
The crafting there isn't too bad either; currently, there's no real visuals that tell you where ore is, but there are maps out there that will let you know where to go. As I said, it's still in actual development. But you can build pretty much any armor or any weapon that's in the game. It's a vast crafting system, and anyone playing it should definately spend some time to try to build their stuff.
All in all, the game is free, and definately should be looked into. Donations are accepted with them too, if you like it enough. They need to make a living too! I hope you all check it out, it's an underrated game, that definately needs some more lovin'.
Edit2: Wow, I did forget the link, sorry about that guys! http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/30