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SOL’s Rebirth: BETA

Virgilius__! You’re invited to the launch of SOL Open Beta!

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Demo: EARTH ETERNAL

Vast Improvements, Inc: POTENTIALITIES

Well, remember how I reviewed a list of games the other time here? Here’s a list that will satisfy hardcore roleplayers, but some may require others to play.

They are:

The Fold: A horror/Fantasy Persistant World for Neverwinter Nights 2 which closed down their servers for the original Neverwinter Nights campaign to move to the sequel of the series. Looks promising by the fact that you get to play “in character” since it is strongly encouraged and you get to “blog” about your PC’s experience within the land of The Fold!

Planeshift: An ongoing project currently in it’s Pre-Alpha stage of development in the Free-to-Play category. This MMO encourages roleplay as well and has a diverse community within the forums. Various distributions of Linux operating systems are supported as well which is a plus for someone like myself.

There is more to come in this section, but if you have a suggestion that fits within the category of MMO’s and RPs, then let’s hear you out in the comments section 🙂

Player of Games: THE LIST

  • Sleepyhead Rule
    The teenaged male lead will begin the first day of the game by oversleeping, being woken up by his mother, and being reminded that he’s slept in so late he missed meeting his girlfriend.
  • “No! My beloved peasant village!”
    The hero’s home town, city, slum, or planet will usually be annihilated in a spectacular fashion before the end of the game, and often before the end of the opening scene.
  • Thinking With The Wrong Head (Hiro Rule)
    No matter what she’s accused of doing or how mysterious her origins are, the hero will always be ready to fight to the death for any girl he met three seconds ago.
  • Cubic Zirconium Corollary
    The aforementioned mysterious girl will be wearing a pendant that will ultimately prove to be the key to either saving the world or destroying it.
  • Logan’s Run Rule
    RPG characters are young. Very young. The average age seems to be 15, unless the character is a decorated and battle-hardened soldier, in which case he might even be as old as 18. Such teenagers often have skills with multiple weapons and magic, years of experience, and never ever worry about their parents telling them to come home from adventuring before bedtime. By contrast, characters more than twenty-two years old will cheerfully refer to themselves as washed-up old fogies and be eager to make room for the younger generation.
  • Single Parent Rule
    RPG characters with two living parents are almost unheard of. As a general rule, male characters will only have a mother, and female characters will only have a father. The missing parent either vanished mysteriously and traumatically several years ago or is never referred to at all. Frequently the main character’s surviving parent will also meet an awkward end just after the story begins, thus freeing him of inconvenient filial obligations.
  • Some Call Me… Tim?
    Good guys will only have first names, and bad guys will only have last names. Any bad guy who only has a first name will become a good guy at some point in the game. Good guys’ last names may be mentioned in the manual but they will never be referred to in the story.
  • Nominal Rule
    Any character who actually has a name is important in some way and must be sought out. However, if you are referred to as a part of a posessive noun (“Crono’s Mom”) then you are superfluous.
  • The Compulsories
    There’s always a fire dungeon, an ice dungeon, a sewer maze, a misty forest, a derelict ghost ship, a mine, a glowing crystal maze, an ancient temple full of traps, a magic floating castle, and a technological dungeon.
  • Luddite Rule (or, George Lucas Rule)
    Speaking of which, technology is inherently evil and is the exclusive province of the Bad Guys. They’re the ones with the robots, factories, cyberpunk megalopolises and floating battle stations, while the Good Guys live in small villages in peaceful harmony with nature. (Although somehow your guns and/or heavily armed airships are exempted from this.) The rest of The List can be found here.
  • Testing: VAST IMPROVEMENTS, INC

    Over the past few days, I’ve been testing a few MMO’s out there to see which is the most engaging, the sort you could introduce to friends to play around with. Here’s a few: Continue reading

    Eyecatcher: TABULA RASA

    Looks quite interesting for a sci-fi one. For once, we might have something claimed as original. Just hope it isn’t pay to play like the rest of them owned by NCSoft like Lineage, Auto Assault and the like and doesn’t fall into getting boring like Guild Wars.