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#1 Calvary

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 04:37 PM

Good evening ladies and mentlegen,

Today I come to you baring a whim, a plea and an idea, so lend me your ears, if you please, and be enthralled, entertained and intrigued by my words of whimsy.

.:The Inception:.

The era of RPGs, I'm sure there are a good few people here who actively remember this marvellous period in time. Before the GUIs of the 90s and the 00s, when pens and paper were key, when rule books were the holy codices of thousands of spotty basement dwellers. Of course in actuality RPGs brought together a multitude of people from all walks of life in the common pursuit of slaying dragons and wreaking havoc upon dimwitted orcs. Unfortunately, I came into the PnP RPG genre long after its steady demise into the backwaters of cult following. By the time I had any sort of immersion to nerdom it was probably getting on for 2005 or 2006, the internet came even later. However I'm still thoroughly into RPGs. In case anyone requires testament, I just read an eight page in depth write up on the history of Fallout by one of its leading heads of development. That's Fallout 1 by the way; the classic prodigy of Wasteland with its hundreds of complex logarithms and enough content to make Tolkien blush.

For the least week or so I've been wondering whether, with the rise of Wasteland II, there is room for a return to the classic RPG. Could it be possible to pull off something almost entirely text based and see a (somewhat limited) re-emergence of the role play games of old?

.:What am I asking?:.

This is not something I can pull off myself, I don't have an understanding of programming, nor do I have any ability to provide artwork to accompany the text interface (even if it ends up Wasteland style 8-bit animations). But I am a writer with a bit of a creative flair. So I was wondering whether this is something that the fine fellows and fellowettes over at Nerd Forums would be interested in? Basically this is a call to arms, something we can put our names to as a community, publish under the Forum banner, something to create our own legacy. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself, but no one's gonna say yes if this is boring. So, do we sit here at our computers, satisfied with mediocracy? Or do we seize the moment by the balls and make something out of it?

.:FUCK YEAH, what's the plan?:.

Now this is where I fall down, to be blunt I don't have anything set in stone. I would like to see an open and interactive world. Without publisher time constraints and with no budget, we could work at our own pace and make something absolutely enormous. A real developers dream game, give everyone who contributed the freedom to work as massively as they like. The only time constraints would be the ones we impose upon ourselves. If it takes until 2015, so be it. If it takes longer, so be it. The genre could be anything, dystopian, cyber-punk, high fantasy, space empires, horror, perhaps a healthy dash of all of it. I had nothing in particular that I would forcefully press, although I do like the idea of doing something dystopian or space orientated.

.:What do we need to get this running?:.

First and foremost we need programmers. If there aren't any programmers this isn't going to take off. Then we'll need artists I imagine, the worlds will have to be created, whether it's in ASCII or some more modern approach. Fundamentally it will be text based though, so we'll need people with a creative flair, you don't have to be a writer, but if you can create a scenario in your head. You'd be a priceless asset. Primarily this is a community project, I thought it'd be a great way to solidify our little community and really pull together.

So, that's it, the speech is over. I hope I've captivated the imaginations of a few people who could make this a reality. We have all the resources on this forum to make something that could truly become a classic RPG. It all depends upon who will stand up and accept the challenge.

Please do give it a shot if you'd like to offer your talents.

-Golgotha

Small print: I may or may not have had a little drink, but I sobered up while writing this. Everything I've said is true and from the heart! =D

P.S. If you like the idea, but don't know much about old school RPG's, here's some homework:

+ Temple of Apshai
+ Ultima 2 to 6
+ The Bard's Tale (1985)
+ Wasteland I (do look at II as well which is in development)

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

I SAY WE SEIZE THE MOMENT BY THE BALLS, BABY

OMG, Gotha, this is such an amazing idea! I'm already thinking of the characters that would be on the game! I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of RPGs, but heck, if I know one thing, its that I LOVE, to create characters, and different styles of clothing and personalities, you name it. Though, if you're looking for realism, well shit. xD I'm more of a cartoony artist as you've already seen, but my realism isn't all that bad. I could post some drawings later on, when college starts. See, I still have a lot of stuff I need to finish, I owe a few drawings, and plus of thinking on the concept for the forum logo as well. But hell yes! Count me in on anything!

You may or may not know, but I am an animation student. I'm barely starting though (going on my second year now) so I still haven't gotten to the basic animation yet. But I could totally help with the animated cut scenes and such when I already have domain over it. If there ever where any. Though seeing as its our first game, I'd recommend using drawings and the character's speech above, or maybe speech bubbles also. Hope that even made sense.

I would also love to help on the story and on the back stories of the characters. I'm good at doing that. I can whip up a story about anything. As you guys already know, I have a lot of comic book ideas, and I struggle with which to start first. But with this project I could totally dedicate my full attention to it.


AND, as an idea, I say we base the characters off ourselves! I'd love to design characters! You all give me a good picture of yourselves, and I'll get to work as soon as possible. And plus, since its a game, we can all have special things done to our characters to represent us more. Like for example, I LOVE purple, and I'm all happy and friendly most of the time, so my character could have a colorful outfit and purple punky hair. Or something like that. You know, make a version of ourselves that basically describes us :'D

AAAAAAALSO, for the game concept, I'm thinking OUTER SPACE. Zombified Aliens and shit man.. It'd be AWESOME. Imagine it. We're all these boring Earthlings that are sent on a mission to some planet (make if Mars for classics sake) to exterminate aliens that have been contaminated and turned into zombies. We have to find out WHY they turned into Zombies in the first place. Idk.. Seems random. But there could be some changes in my idea later on. I'm just thinking man. Guns and lazers, and awesome futuristic clothing. OH SO MUCH WIN.

Well, those are my thoughts right there, who's next? :3


P.S. How would we even make this game anyways, when we all live so far away from each other. The Internet isn't always reliable. And Skype or any other cam based program wouldn't be much help either. The lag would be awful. I for one, am moving to NY in 2-3 years. So if anybody, by chance lives there, then we have some sort of advantage there. Well, we'll think of something :3

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:55 PM

I'd like to note this thread: http://nerdforum.org...erd-forum-game/

Would be a decent starting point, some things already fleshed out.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:51 AM

lol - Small print: I may or may not have had a little drink, but I sobered up while writing this. Everything I've said is true and from the heart! =D

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

Yes, that's what I said.

To address your problem Twa, I feel that distance between participants is not a boundary for this sort of project in this modern day and age. I think most everyone has regular or semi-regular access to a computer, certainly the programmers amongst us no doubt do, otherwise their livelihood would be rendered impossible. Skype has a chat function and you aren't required to use a camera, we also have email, MSN, Facebook, AIM, there is a huge number of mediums. Chatango is another route.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:39 AM

Yes, that's what I said.

To address your problem Twa, I feel that distance between participants is not a boundary for this sort of project in this modern day and age. I think most everyone has regular or semi-regular access to a computer, certainly the programmers amongst us no doubt do, otherwise their livelihood would be rendered impossible. Skype has a chat function and you aren't required to use a camera, we also have email, MSN, Facebook, AIM, there is a huge number of mediums. Chatango is another route.


Well, you're right to some extent my dear Gotha. But I'm the type that likes to work in person, ya know? But hey, boundaries are boundaries. We nerdy bitches can handle this kind of pressure. Right..? >>

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:55 AM

Indeed, I prefer to sit around a table and toss ideas back and forth much more than working remotely, but we don't have the luxury of all living in the same town. If this is ever to go ahead we'll have to make do and mend, as it were.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:45 AM

Yeah. We'll just have to come up with some easier way to do things. I mean, writing down everything cam become difficult at some point. So we're all gonna have to get microphones or something. To be able to explain some details better.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

Perhaps that's true. But I have the good fortune of never getting tired of writing anything down ever. Ever.

Ever.
I would like to point out that there's not point in getting ahead of ourselves just yet. This thing isn't even off the ground yet. ;)

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

just noticed u said ladies and mentlegen. Huh?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:40 PM

Lol Gotha, there's always PLENTY of room to get ahead of ourselves. I mean, look at all the road we have! :'D

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:22 PM

Executive decision: Whatever genre the game ends up using, it needs to be dystopian. There has to be this gritty, abysmal drudge to everything. I want people to feel hopeless, insignificant and terrified at the start of it. I want your character to be able to fuck a street corner whore and contract gonorrhoea as a consequence. Yes. It's that sort of game.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

Jesus. I fear for humanity. I LOVE IT.

Though I'm afraid that if it comes to this, I won't be able to help with the characters and styles in any way. I could however, partake in the story line and monster conceptualization.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:28 PM

I think RPGs should break the mould, if you look at Fallout it was nearly banned, it's a role playing game so as such you should be able to do anything and reap every consequence.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:39 PM

Well, let me know if I could be of service :3

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:41 PM

I'm sure you'll be more than necessary if it takes off! =3

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:44 PM

"More than necessary.."? :'D Its good to know I'm needed x3 I'd really love to do this! It be so cool to have our game downloaded and played by people~ Oh yeah, its gonna be a PC game right?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:51 PM

I assume. It'd be cool to put in on the OUYA too.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

OUYA O_O.. shit. I like how you think <3

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

Everyone likes how I think. <3

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