Smile. I agree with you whole heartedly. I'm just as turned off by this
focus on pvp, guild wars, and grinding on web based games as you are. In
fact I began working on Legends of Etheria for exactly the same reasons
you mentioned. I want a single player rpg game that is as close to a
paper and pen game as a person can get, and also have a detailed
interactive story line too. That's why I began with a stand alone game
first. However, as I explained writing a game in C++, Java, C-Sharp,
whatever wasn't practical from a logistical point of view.
As soon as I started testing out my game ideas in php it was immediately
obvious it was the easiest way to go. If you have an rpg game with 5,000
php scripts and you want to add a new adventure to a certain area simply
upload the new scripts to the web server, and make a link to it in the
proper web page. That takes maybe five minutes tops. No recompiling the
game, no uploading the entire game, no worrying about software
dependencies, and so on. Using a web interface is a very simple and
straightforward means of designing a game of its size.
Anyway, I just wanted to say we are on the same page with this.
Basically, my point was that it was easier and more practical make the
game an online game. I did not say I was actually planning on adding pvp
and party style play in Legends of Etheria any time soon. I'm just as
interested as you are in creating a single player roll playing game with
a detailed story and full of adventures.
While i take the points about interface, ability to update the game
easily and make it ultiplatform, my concern with the game being
entirely online and multiplayer is that it avoides the traps of
focusing on pvp, guild wars, power gaming and grinding which seem to
dominate so many other web games.
How about hosting the game online and using that system, but having no
player interaction or comparison the way Sryth used to be.
I'm sorry, i was just very much looking forward to a really detailed
story driven single player game, ---- which actually doesn't exist on
the internet at the moment from what I can determine.
If people want pvp or party adventuring, ---- there are muds and rpgs
aplenty which offer those things.
Beware the Grue!
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