As some of you know over the passed year or so I've been working on
drafting a roll playing game along the lines of Dungeons and Dragons. At
the current moment I've given the project the name "Legends of Itheria,"
but that could change if I had a better title for the project. At any
rate I've spent a little time off and on drafting the games
documentation, notes really, about the new game. Over the next couple of
days or so I'll be submitting some of my notes here so some of you can
get a feel for where I am heading and add any suggestions or comments
you think may improve the game. In the mean time below is a small little
FAQ I've created to answer some common questions. Of course, ask
questions if there is something you don't see below.
Q: Will there be any player vs player game play?
A: No. I am mainly designing the game to be a single player based
adventure system with many places to explore, an involving story line,
and little to no contact with other adventurers.
Q: Is this game a real time RPG or turn based?
A: Turn based. While I think the new real time RPG games are good they
are ultimately much more difficult and time consuming to create. Added
to that I am personally interested in something more along the lines of
good old fashioned paper and pen games. Thus I think I'll be using a
classic text adventure design for the game.
Q: Is this game stand alone or online based?
A: I'm not sure which way to go yet. There certainly are advantages to
making this a strictly web based game like Sryth, have a yearly
subscription, etc I'm not sure I want to
go that route. Although, the basic design for such a game should be
fairly easy in principle.
What I'm more likely to do is write a stand alone game that can be
easily compiled and run on various operating systems and devices. If I
use a very generic text based interface the same game could be compiled
and run on computers running Mac, Linux, and Windows as well as devices
like smart phones, PDAs, and
other devices. Which also is another argument for not creating a fully
real time RPG game.
Q: Will their be any different character races to pick from?
A: Like traditional DND you'll be able to pick your character's race
from a list of races such as Dwarf, Human, Elf,
and others. A more comprehensive list of character races will be listed
in my notes with descriptions.
Q: Can I pick from a list of classes?
A: Yes. Like traditional DND when you create your character you will be
given a list of predefined character classes such as Cleric, Knight,
Ranger, Mystic, Paladin, Wizard, etc. More detailed information is
contained in my game notes.
Q: What kinds of spells can I perform?
A: This largely depends on your character class. Some classes such as
Bards can only cast spells in a specific field of magic such as Illusion
where other classes such as Wizards can cast spells in several different
areas of magic like Destruction, Fortification, Elementalism, Illusion,
etc. See my notes on Character Classes for more details.
Q: What kinds of weapons and armer are in the game?
A: Most of the weapons and armer are what you would expect from a
medieval type game swords, knives, polearms, magic wands, etc. However,
I have also added some simple firearms and cannons to the game to give
it a slightly unique feel. Technologically the game seams to be
comparative to 15th or 16th century Earth.
Q: What sorts of enemy characters are there?
A: Itheria is full of enemy foes such as goblins, trolls, Orcs, Giants,
demons, skeletons, sorcerors, and any other enemies I can think of.
Q: Do I need to remember complex commands or can I simply select from a
A: While I certainly agree typing commands such as "stats" or "east" can
be quite powerful I also am aware rembering hundreds of commands is
rather difficult to do. For that reason I am more likely to present you
with a list of options something like this.
What would you like to do?
Head East (e)
Head North (n)
Head South (s)
Head West (w)
Quit Game (q)
By pressing the letter closed in perenthesis the game will act upon that
action. Press the letter (n) and you would immediately move north. This
is much easier than having to type north followed by the enter key.
Anyway, this is a short but interesting overview of the game. If you
have an questions let me know and I'll try and answer them as best as I
can. If you have sugggestions etc those are welcome as well.
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