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  Marcus79

Novice Member

Joined: 8/19/07
Posts: 25

 
OP  9/26/07 5:13:31 PM#1

And here is a thread to list all the positive points of PlaneShift. I think the bashing done in other threads brings to nothing, and I want to counterbalance with some positive feedback. I played for few months now and I would like to share with you my findings.

PlaneShift is one of the few games which allow you to follow its development! Right, the game is still at version 0.3, so long way from completion, but the developers decided to make it public, so everyone can see the improvements and participate. They are shaping the game right now, and people can contribute with ideas. I spoke personally to some of the devs on chat, and they are eager to hear good ideas.

PlaneShift is one of the few which consider roleplay important, maybe too much in some cases! :) I saw some roleplayers getting very serious about it, but if it's a bit fuzzy at start, then it becomes pretty cool to make the world look more real.

I think the story and world are very interesting and different. There are lot of possibilities for new areas... like the ones explained in the books you find in the library.

The web site and the game is completely ads free. Which is very rare.

This game is made by people like us, not by a company making money! Pretty cool what they managed to create in their spare time!

Ah ah, if the devs want, I can be their PR guy ;)

Please list here the good things you found about this game.

  Ameruno

Novice Member

Joined: 9/11/07
Posts: 4

9/27/07 10:24:14 AM#2

Great thread!!

What i love about planeshift is the fact that GMs and Devs realy wants to make this an Roleplayers game!
The second thing i love is the Community! Everybody contributes in their own way to the roleplay even if it is not what they mainly think off. Another little detail is that everybody whit artistic knowledge and/or other skills can join up in the Developers team and contribute to the whole game!
Furthermore i realy like the fact that you have to interact whit NPCs (In quests) by text messages, just like talking to any other person in game.

So I realy want to say that if you are looking for a roleplaying game join us in Planeshift!

  pstruth

Novice Member

Joined: 9/22/07
Posts: 253

9/27/07 4:04:53 PM#3

The quest system is actually one of my least favorite aspects of the game. Quest solutions are hard to guess at and often nonsensical. It's also annoying that you have to phrase everything exactly right, even if it means using bad grammar on purpose. It's also possible to accidentally trigger later parts in some quests and so you have to abandon the quest and restart it the next time it's offered to you. I think it's a nice idea the way they did it but the execution needs some work.

To Marcus, it's ok to praise something's strengths and at the same time be critical of its weaknesses and faults. Those who are the most critical of Planeshift are among those who want it to succeed the most.

  Tuxide

Novice Member

Joined: 8/14/07
Posts: 259

9/27/07 9:30:53 PM#4
  Talad

PlaneShift Developer

Joined: 7/26/07
Posts: 76

10/17/07 3:46:36 AM#5

Version 0.20 is out, another reason to play the game! 

  Anumesa

Novice Member

Joined: 10/13/07
Posts: 21

12/02/07 10:22:41 PM#6
I saw snow today in-game for the first time and it was so cool!!!! I love the weather system, it brings another great aspect to the game and enhances RP greatly (snowball fight!!)
  QueenofFools

PlaneShift Developer

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 61

Every book is the bible, and every written word is blasphemy against the human spirit.

12/18/07 12:25:32 PM#7

Let me start out by saying I am a developer for Planeshift.

I think the game is definitely worth playing. Our developers come 95% from our player base. I played the game with that weirdo religious dedication that only a great game can inspire for well over a year before my application to the team was accepted. During my time as a regular player of the game I found it to be the single most rewarding roleplaying experience I had ever had. Playing the game, and recognizing the many ways in which it could be improved is what inspired me to want to join the team.

 

Since I joined many things have changed considerably. In other places on this forum you may see people who identify any number of woes associated with the game. From the license to the behavior of mods, gms, and devs. No one denies that this and any project can benefit from changes, however I think the negativity currently directed at the game is way out of proportion in relation to the places that the game can improve.

 

I encourage not all gamers, but that specific cross-section that earnestly enjoys role playing to come and give us a try first and foremost.  Our niche is role playing.

 

I would also say however that players of all kinds can get some joy out of the game. Come, try it out, you may end up staying on, learning to role play, joining the team, and helping us to build the dream of an ad-free fee-free mmoRPg that is family friendly. 

 

If you do not come with unrealistic expectations you are very unlikely to become one of the very few who have taken to undermining this fine project vociferously wherever possible, and are very likely to enjoy yourself and meet some brilliant people.

 

 

 

 

  Marcus79

Novice Member

Joined: 8/19/07
Posts: 25

 
OP  12/18/07 2:20:53 PM#8

Ah, good to see someone likes it like me.... maybe we can make a guild together? :)

  pstruth

Novice Member

Joined: 9/22/07
Posts: 253

12/19/07 5:18:46 AM#9

Originally posted by QueenofFools

Let me start out by saying I am a developer for Planeshift.

I think the game is definitely worth playing. Our developers come 95% from our player base. I played the game with that weirdo religious dedication that only a great game can inspire for well over a year before my application to the team was accepted. During my time as a regular player of the game I found it to be the single most rewarding roleplaying experience I had ever had. Playing the game, and recognizing the many ways in which it could be improved is what inspired me to want to join the team.

 

Since I joined many things have changed considerably. In other places on this forum you may see people who identify any number of woes associated with the game. From the license to the behavior of mods, gms, and devs. No one denies that this and any project can benefit from changes, however I think the negativity currently directed at the game is way out of proportion in relation to the places that the game can improve.

 

I encourage not all gamers, but that specific cross-section that earnestly enjoys role playing to come and give us a try first and foremost.  Our niche is role playing.

 

I would also say however that players of all kinds can get some joy out of the game. Come, try it out, you may end up staying on, learning to role play, joining the team, and helping us to build the dream of an ad-free fee-free mmoRPg that is family friendly. 

 

If you do not come with unrealistic expectations you are very unlikely to become one of the very few who have taken to undermining this fine project vociferously wherever possible, and are very likely to enjoy yourself and meet some brilliant people. 

I agree it's a roleplayer's game. That's why I like it.:)

 

  QueenofFools

PlaneShift Developer

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 61

Every book is the bible, and every written word is blasphemy against the human spirit.

12/21/07 3:59:32 PM#10

I wonder how some of you think PlaneShift could be more player friendly . . .

 

The ps universe is a changing thing, I like that about it.

  Kyleran

Bitter Vet™

Joined: 9/13/06
Posts: 18345

Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions. Pvbs 18:2, NIV

12/21/07 4:11:32 PM#11

I gave it a brief trial a few weeks back, I never got out of the tutorial.  I couldn't seem to navigate properly.  The controls are a bit unconventional and I found myself running all over the place.

Combine that with the text based parser and I decided it wasn't going to work for me.

 

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  QueenofFools

PlaneShift Developer

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 61

Every book is the bible, and every written word is blasphemy against the human spirit.

12/21/07 4:16:04 PM#12

Yeah, ya kinda need to read to play PS.

  moteyalpha

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 37

12/21/07 6:31:35 PM#13

I am just stunned a the comments that people make, I first saw Planeshift by searching for a free MMORPG, expecting not to see one because the development effort would be monumental and the complexity would keep someone from devising a method for it. However I found that there were people who had worked for years building and expanding a software that I find impressive. I was excited to see what the game was really like and I didn't have high hopes. Even though the start of the game was at first hard to understand, I realized that it was necessary to introduce people to the RP environment if they are used to FPS games as I am. It is a completely different concept to interact with people -as- people and not *targets*.

The game has some way to go to be polished but that is what it is - a game in development- and no one I spoke to at #Planeshift on IRC said otherwise. I never had a problem with the tutorial, and I had to do a couple things over because I was in such a hurry to find out what the game was like. When I finished the tutorial and was tele-ported to the actual world, I  had a little culture shock. It was odd seeing players talk to each other and just have fun without killing or competing. If you like combat there is an arena to fight in and that is nice.

I don't see why people have to leave such horrible negative comments, it isn't like anybody is in competition for holiday dollars, IT"S FREE as in totally and absolutely FREE. Why rate it negative, afraid that someone might find that a free game is better than a commercial game perhaps? That is all I can figure.

It's free, try it, takes 2 minutes to get a confirmation, and you are in. If you hate it delete it.

My guess is that based on the fact that the number of players on-line has doubled since I started playing (2 weeks ago), might be a good indicator that people like it.

One other thing I like about it is the way in which abuse is handled. It is generally PG13 in all aspects and though I am older I get tired of people saying ****** in every other word like it is a proper adjective. I once typed omg in the game and I was stunned that it translated it to something like "praise the spirit", I didn't think omg was considered swearing but perhaps it is in some techy way :)

 

  Tuxide

Novice Member

Joined: 8/14/07
Posts: 259

12/21/07 6:48:15 PM#14
  moteyalpha

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 37

12/21/07 7:05:41 PM#15

Actually Tuxide that is a good point, Included in with Planeshift was a lot of other games that were marked as free but weren't. I had to redefine my search as "free and open source MMORPG". Good call!

That is what really drew me in, because I love learning from other people's code. Not to be OT but Linux in general has so much good stuff for a programmer and Planeshift is a good example of that. I have worked and learned with mesa3d and to see where the opengl leads and what can be done with it is impressive. I am looking forward to opengl 3.0, that looks really exciting.

Having done work with "X" and DRI it is so nice to see a 3d worlds because device driver work can be a bit tedious at times. I get a laugh every time I start up my client-server on my machine.  With the help of the people at #planeshift-build and some good tutorials it was actually very -painless-.

And on top of that I get to play the game to test it :)

 

 

 

 

  pstruth

Novice Member

Joined: 9/22/07
Posts: 253

12/21/07 7:46:12 PM#16

Originally posted by QueenofFools

I wonder how some of you think PlaneShift could be more player friendly . . .

Ok, now you're just playing dumb.  I think one small step is to avoid making comments like these:

Originally posted by QueenofFools

Yeah, ya kinda need to read to play PS.

The guy had a valid point and you jumped on him for it.

Originally posted by moteyalpha

One other thing I like about it is the way in which abuse is handled. It is generally PG13 in all aspects and though I am older I get tired of people saying ****** in every other word like it is a proper adjective. I once typed omg in the game and I was stunned that it translated it to something like "praise the spirit", I didn't think omg was considered swearing but perhaps it is in some techy way :)

"Omg" is disallowed because it's disruptive to roleplay. It's like using l33t speach.

 

  moteyalpha

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 37

12/21/07 8:10:10 PM#17

Pstruth:

I think Planeshift is player friendly at least as much as anywhere. People will be people and stuff happens.

I think that XilliX has seen a lot and as far as the comment about "ya kinda need to read" you would have to know him to actually appreciate that. It is humor. He didn't berate the person, I quite often will say rtfm when I get burnt out on support. It is very difficult to stay objective when you hear the same question 1,000 times. In #ubuntu they have a bot that answers common questions and that is very nice. I believe that one is going to be implemented for #Planeshift so people can get more help if they find the transition to different gaming style confusing. I just started playing two weeks ago and I am a little embarassed about some of the questions I asked. It is very hard for me to go back and see the game in that perspective. Some of the people who have played for years do develop a degree of support burnout. That is true everywhere. 

I thank you for clearing up the issue with omg, that makes sense. But I did notice that someone once came up to me in game and said "fo shizzle" and it didn't convert that. I would say that to convert every possible idiom would be a monumental task like babelfish.

And as far as 1337 or 2600 I don't know what that is all about.

For your information: rtfm stands for "read the fine manual"

 

  pstruth

Novice Member

Joined: 9/22/07
Posts: 253

12/21/07 8:22:19 PM#18

Originally posted by moteyalpha

I think that XilliX has seen a lot and as far as the comment about "ya kinda need to read" you would have to know him to actually appreciate that.

Exactly. It's not a safe joke to make in this situation. He belittled the person, and that can be recieved as being berated even if it isn't the intent.

  Tuxide

Novice Member

Joined: 8/14/07
Posts: 259

12/21/07 8:26:29 PM#19
  moteyalpha

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 37

12/21/07 8:28:13 PM#20

Planeshift is player friendly as far as I have seen. If you take things in context of the internet. I would like to see you as an OP. There would be one person left in the channel -you- lol

Is this about how Planeshift can be more player friendly or about XilliX, you are confusing me?

As far a running people down, there are flame wars like -this thread- every day and if you don't develop a little perspective it will eat you up.

 

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