It’s all been done before, some people just keep re-doing it better. From Lucas to Tolkien to Hunger Games more and more every story is rooted in a hand full of truly original tales. Rarely does a “new” idea not come from an old idea. Some people feel like that makes the idea less credible, I think just the opposite. If made a story that was based off of lore similar to LOTR’s then EVERYONE will compare mine to it. That is a heavy heavy burden. It’s like stepping onto the court and saying I am 100% the new Michael Jordan! Once I do I can’t even be as good as Jordan, I have to be better and EVERY little thing I do will be compared to him and how he did it. You have to be brave, a little BSC, and ridiculously creative to take something soo familiar and dare try making it your own.
Some fans like to zing Lucas for openly admitting he took the best parts from all of the mythologies and lore and combined them in Star Wars. I’ve seen interviews where he seemed almost amused that no one had thought to do it before him. I’ve also seen interviews with people that have said Lucas can walk into a room, throw out a new idea, for example a new weapon concept, then describe it to a T, how it functions, how it looks, some of the science behind it, EVERYTHING about it as if it really existed. That is simply incredible! I may not always agree with 100% of his ideas (cough JarJar cough), but imo that man is a creative genius! (FYI as much as many of us hate Jar Jar, or Boba Sarlaccing, or EP I-III the reality is they keep us talking...and buying don’t they?)
“Whats your point you rambling fool!”
My point is, if you look at CU it’s a PVP MMO based on known mythology and lore. On the surface it sounds typical, but then you look at how everything is adjusted, even slightly, to cast off a long line of consequences, intrigue, and mystery, CU is far more than meets the eye...or brief description. Not only does that line of thought apply to the game’s lore, but it translates into the design decisions. Rez has been around forever, how can that be tweaked to make it better? PVP or even RVR has been around forever, it’s become a standard thing, what can we do to improve it? Dwarves have been done by EVERYONE, how can we make them our own? The group of people behind this game seem to be asking themselves those questions, but more importantly they are addressing them with bold chancy ideas. The kind that will upset some (WTF I’ve been a dwarf player for 15 years and now you made them different! /rage), but in the long run win over more than they turn off.
I will admit as much fun as I’ve had over the last, what, 9 months now! I have also had my fair share of doubts. Will they really go outside the box? Yes. Will they really go darker with the content? Yes-much. Will they really stay THIS involved with us a few months after we fund? Yes-somehow. Is Mark Jacobs really as genuine as he seems? Yes. Will they really stay on schedule and hit crash and burn testing in Jan? Yes. Last one here, IMO it’s damn near a miracle in this day in age of the interweb 2.0. Can the community really stay this supportive and this positive going forward? Yes, I truly can not believe it but yes we have!
With the builders tiers now open again and crash and burn testing looming Camelot Unchained is about to turn the corner. What was will change slightly and what will be is in the hands of those that support it and the crew at CSE. I can’t wait to watch how it all unfolds.