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Old 05-14-2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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Etherea is a high-fantasy, Spelljammer-esque gaming experience that will feature enjoyable and rewarding gameplay on many levels - from solitary adventuring and extensive crafting to nation-state governance and player-driven economies to civ-like empire-building to massive interplanetary or inter-system strategic space battles, it will have something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to the all-original storyline and universe, it will run on a next-generation, custom C++ game engine with a number of innovative and groundbreaking new features. The game will not be roleplay-enforced, but there will be a number of systems in place to encourage and reward in-character behavior - which in and of itself will have enough niches and variations that it should be an enjoyable pursuit for most anyone.

It is a commercial venture, eventually aiming to compete with the likes of IRE and Simutronics. (And hopefully taking a nice chunk out of Mercthievia along the way.) Revenue will be derived solely from flat-rate monthly subscriptions; although they obviously haven't been fixed yet, think somewhere in the neighborhood of $9.95/month per account.

The project roster currently consists of myself as the company founder and lead systems architect, and Edward Falconer of Cathyle Project fame as the Creative Director and head of world development.

If you are interested in following our development progress, engaging in discussion, offering feedback or making suggestions, check out our website here.

Thanks folks. Look forward to seeing some of you over there.
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Old 05-14-2005, 11:25 PM   #2
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Judas! Juuuuuuuuuudas! Traitor! Turncloak!

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Old 05-15-2005, 12:30 AM   #3
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Ed needs to pull his head out of crap like this and concentrate on TCP. As an Alpha Team member I see this as yet another obstacle between me and bliss. #### you.

Just kidding. Luck to you all.
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Old 05-15-2005, 07:19 AM   #4
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Good luck with your new commercial venture! It is always good to see some more competition out there and it's great that there will be another great (hopefully) game out there to spread the word about MUDs.

In perusing your website I chuckled when I found this as 2 of your "policies" in guiding the game:
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3. Run Mercthievia out of business. Whoops... said that one already, didn't I?

4. Run Mercthievia out of business. Just to make sure you caught that one.
Well, good luck with that. By your scheduled release date of 2007, Medievia V will have been completed, another PC Gamer ad (or 2) will have been placed, and we will have been around for over 15 years. I'm not sure these goals of running us out of business will be realized. But, as I said above, the more successful MUDs there are out there, the better it is for us all in the genre.

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Old 05-15-2005, 09:12 AM   #5
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Awesome project, excellent team. I know you can do it (and the other thing too).
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:36 AM   #6
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Yes..Project T has made the transformation to those who are wondering and has now been reborn as Etherea RPG. Just..ahem..keep yours truly in mind when August rolls around, Traithe.
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:36 AM   #7
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Good luck Traithe!
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Old 05-15-2005, 03:23 PM   #8
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It is always good to see some more competition out there and it's great that there will be another great (hopefully) game out there to spread the word about MUDs.
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Well, good luck with that.  By your scheduled release date of 2007, Medievia V will have been completed, another PC Gamer ad (or 2) will have been placed, and we will have been around for over 15 years.  I'm not sure these goals of running us out of business will be realized.  But, as I said above, the more successful MUDs there are out there, the better it is for us all in the genre.  
I certainly hope not - not in your case, anyway. Unfortunately none of us can file a lawsuit, but what I can do is provide your players a place to play that a) doesn't run on unimaginitive circa-1990 stolen code, and b) doesn't require an exorbitant sum of money just to level the playing field.

Oh, and c) is run by honest folks. ("Donation" items. Heheheh. Heh.)

At any rate, I won't consider the game a success until we start managing to take large chunks out of that ill-gotten bottom line of yours - so we'll see how it goes.

Thanks, to everyone else. We should be getting up a proper website sometime over the next month or so that contains a lot more specific information on the game, so keep an eye out for that if you're interested.
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Best of luck, Traithe. I'm not aware of any (large) MUDs in the Spelljammer-esque genre, and it's cool to see someone branching out.
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Old 05-15-2005, 04:04 PM   #10
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Hey this sounds very, very interesting. I am really looking forward to seeing the crafting system. I've never heard of the Cathyle Project, so now I guess, I'm waiting to hear more on that as well.

Anyways, good luck on the project!
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Old 05-17-2005, 07:16 AM   #11
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Everything looks quite amazing Chad.

Now, I try to keep myself busy with RPIs, and SoI mostly, but this looks like it could be a great deal of fun. I know you don't think the greatest of me, but if you need help with anything, I have a few hours.

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Thanks for all of the well-wishing, folks.  We'll be keeping you apprised of our progress and any major developments through this thread.  As always, your input is welcome at http://www.etherea-rpg.com - where we've decided upon a highly accessible and transparent development process.

Thank you, again, for the support.
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