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Columnists - Independency

In her new column here at MMORPG.com, Independent Games expert and advocate, Lisa Jonte will keep you abridged of all things Indie in the MMO world.

Novus Aeterno - A Seamless AAA MMORTS

Novus Aeterno -  Interview

Novus Aeterno is described by its team as a "seamless AAA MMORTS" that is aimed squarely at fans of both MMO and RTS genres. We caught up with Taitale Studios CEO Nick Nieuwoudt to talk about Novus Aeterno. See what he's got to say before leaving your impressions in the comments.Posted Dec 27, 2013 by Suzie Ford

A Little Q&A about the KS for ToA

Trials of Ascension -  Interview

Too many abbreviations? We're talking about a little question and answer about the KickStarter for Trials of Ascension. Still not sure what Trials of Ascension is? You'll know much more after reading today's Independency. Head through the jump and then tell us what you think in the comments.Posted Oct 23, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Prognostication

General -  Column

What would happen if our virtual worlds and our real worlds collided? You can find out by reading this week's Independency and our own predictions of what just might happen. Have a few ideas of your own? Share them in the comments!Posted Sep 25, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Checking Out WorldAlpha

WorldAlpha -  Column

In today's Independency column, we take a look at WorldAlpha, a collaborative, free to play, real-world style browser game that isn't quite as scary as it sounds. Check out our preview and mini-interview before chatting WorldAlpha up in the comments.Posted Sep 11, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Fez II: Sticks, Stones and Internet Drama

General -  Column

Fez II and Phil Fish have inadvertently created an internet storm. In our latest Independency column, we take a look at the controversy and offer some pithy advice about the subject. Read on and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 14, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Checking in with Divergence Online

Divergence Online -  Column

It's been a few months since the three-part Independency interview series with Divergence Online's creator, Ethan Casner. If you've been wondering what the team's been up to, we've got you covered. See what's in the works and more in our latest Independency column. Tell us what you thin in the comments.Posted Jul 31, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

PWNED - A Novel Idea

General -  Column

This week, Lisa Jonte takes a look at a project that is technically an independent one, though more about a book about an MMO. Find out more about PWNED. Have you ever had a novel idea about the gaming world? Let us know in the comments.Posted Jul 17, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Less is More

General -  Column

In today's Independency column, we take a look at the notion of "finite MMOs", games with a life expectancy and no more. See what we've got on our collective mind before leaving your own thoughts in the comments.Posted Jul 3, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

For Parents this Summer

General -  Column

School's out for summer, Mom & Dad, and your little progeny will be looking for things to get into. Why not keep them safely and happily occupied in a family friendly MMO? In today's Independency, we make a few suggestions for some of the best. Check it out before heading to the comments to chat.Posted Jun 19, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

A Different Standard

General -  Column

Independency, as the name implies, is about all things indie in MMO development. Should independently developed MMOs be held to a different standard than "big house" games? We take a look in our latest column. See what you think before heading to the comments to leave us your thoughts.Posted Jun 5, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

The Pros and Cons of Going Indie

General -  Column

Many game makers seem to be jumping on the indie bandwagon these days but is that decision all sunlight and roses? We take a look at both the good and bad aspects of being an independent developer in our latest Independency. Check it out before discussing it in the comments.Posted May 22, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Divergence Online's Proud Papa

Divergence Online -  Interview

We have spent the last three weeks finding out all that we could about Divergence Online. In this week's Independency, we finish our exclusive interview with Ethan Casner. See where the conversation takes you before heading to the comments.Posted May 8, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Divergence Online Part II

General -  Column

This week's Independency continues the interview Lisa Jonte conducted with Divergence Online creator, Ethan Casner. Find out what more he's willing to reveal about Divergence Online in Part II of our exclusive interview.Posted Apr 24, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Divergence Online - Diversity in Gameplay

General -  Column

In our latest Independency, we take a look at one of the hot up-and-comers, Divergence Online. In this first article of three, we talk with Ethan Casner about his unique vision for Divergence Online. Check it out and then leave us your reactions in the comments.Posted Apr 10, 2013 by Lisa Jonte

Getting that Spotlight

General -  Column

Independent game development is all the rage these days, with some of the biggest names in games history taking part. But what about the smaller guys? In today's Independency, we take a look at how they need to get that spotlight. See what we've got to say before leaving your thoughts in the comments.Posted Mar 21, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

SpaceTime Studios - A Big Fish in a Small Pond

General -  Column

SpaceTime Studios is one of the most successful development houses for mobile MMOs with a trio already published. In today's Independency, we take a look at this idea and offer a few of our thoughts. See what we've got in mind before heading to the forums to discuss!Posted Feb 27, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

Hopes for DayZ

DayZ -  Column

In today's Independency column, we take a look at the ARMA 2 mod currently in development and the headiness of hardcore zombie goodness. See what we think about DayZ before leaving your ideas in the comments.Posted Feb 15, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

Fallen London

General -  Column

In today's Independency, we take a little side trip from the planned topic to a little game called Fallen London. In it players can dance with devils and much more. Find out more about Fallen London and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Feb 6, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

What Makes You Pledge?

Pathfinder Online -  Column

Earlier this week, indie game Pathfinder Online was given the go ahead after successfully raising $1M via Kickstarter. In today's Independency, we take a look at the various reasons people pledge in order to see a game developed. Check it out and then tell us why you pledge in the comments.Posted Jan 16, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

Hoping for Something More Esoteric

General -  Column

In our latest Independency column, we take a look into the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup to try to ascertain what 2013 might bring to the MMO space. See what we think and hope might happen before leaving your ideas in the comments.Posted Jan 2, 2013 by Cassandra Khaw

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