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Lord British to Return?

Looking back to the future of fun on BBC News has quotes from some game developers about the way 2008 turned out. One of their respondents is Richard Garriott, the designer cum-astronaut who parted ways with NCsoft earlier this year, saying he was leaving to pursue "some new interests" inspired by his trip to outer space (thanks Wired). Either he meant "old interests" when he said "new interests," or he has changed his mind, because it sounds like he is considering trading in his general's stars for another set of whatever it is lords wear to symbolize their lordships, and returning to fantasy game design. He also praises Blizzard, rather than ex-colleagues NCsoft, for their MMOG prowess:

If I had to pick a developer who has done a bang up job, it would be Blizzard [the development team behind World of Warcraft]. The number of people they have converted is just amazing. They have shown all of us what good game development is all about.

After 25 years at Origin, the last thing I wanted to make was yet another medieval fantasy game. Now, after a very interesting break, I'm keen to get back into the fray and work on a new game. Probably medieval fantasy and probably online; there's something very powerful about getting people together."

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28. Re: Lord British to Return? Jan 2, 2009, 18:00 Kxmode
 
6. If you're going with a fantasy level, please, for the love of god, do something other than your incredibly tired sword & sorcery. Or if you have to, I humbly suggest a setting called "Villains by Necessity". It takes place 500 years after the apocalypse, and good has triumphed and the world is an idyllic place of peace and harmony. The Dark Syndicate (a consortium of miscellaneous evil gods) use the last of their godly energy to corrupt a small handful of people to evil... the party. It is now the PCs job to go out and corrupt the world, bring evil (and hence balance) back to the world, and send a steady stream of evil energy and deeds to your patron gods to sup on and grow fat again. Dark, gallows humor should be the rule here.

Good ideas Flatline!

A few more ideas off-hand...

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
- craftable and customizable vehicles
- craftable and customizable weapons
- playable races: humans and sentient dinosaurs

Noir Murder Mystery
- using the Mafia 2 engine?
- episodic adventures
- detective (solo) or law-firm (group) gameplay
- solo or group play isn't forced. Game changes difficulty based on gamer's preferred play style.
- monthly story arcs ("Who shot so-and-so?! Stay tuned to next month's exciting adventure!")

Asheron's Call 2
- not a weird spin-off like the previous Asheron's Call: Fallen Kings or EverQuest 2
- all of AC1's existing content, lore, creatures, and so forth
- monthly story content patches
- gameplay enhancements
1. no classes
2. skill-based talents
3. easy skill resets
4. focused quests
5. lowered required xp (e.g. AC1 required XP to reach 63... 6,200,000 ?! :|)

MechWarrior Online
- life outside Mechs (trading, exploring, crafting, building structures, etc.)
- craftable and customizable mechs
- craftable and customizable weaponry
- craftable and customizable gear
- forced PVP with clan faction rep
- balance combat between mechs and humans (e.g. mechs have great range damage while humans have excellent close-range damage)

This comment was edited on Jan 2, 2009, 18:56.
 
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