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Posted: May 30th 2008 8:37AM (Unverified) said

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Dark Age of Camelot.

Thanks for playing.

Posted: May 30th 2008 8:59AM dayna said

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Look at some side-by-side photos and screenshots of Llyn Barfog and it's real life counterpart. Then there's the obvious Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, The Cotswolds....and so on.
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Posted: May 30th 2008 11:00AM (Unverified) said

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Hear, hear. Why was DAoC avoided in the article?
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Posted: May 30th 2008 2:31PM (Unverified) said

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Beat me to it.
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Posted: May 30th 2008 8:38AM Tanek said

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Egads. Now you are making me want an MMO based on the stories of Charles deLint.

Posted: May 30th 2008 8:44AM fanguad said

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I would guess it's the same reason that there are essentially no fantasy pen and paper games set in Earth's past. I would further guess that it's because everyone knows that Earth isn't a fantastical place. Setting things on Earth places a lot of limits on a game world as well - you can't design your own landscape, at the very least. You have to pick a location, too. That's going to make a lot of people upset in a global (or even national) game. Then, depending on how accurate you want it to be, the cities might already be placed, you might have to work in historical events or personalities, then try to reconcile them with the fantastical setting. All this seems like a whole lot of effort (vs creating a world from scratch) for little, if any, reward.

The only real-Earth setting I can think of that wouldn't be a giant PITA to adapt to the fantastical would be an Arthurian setting. Never having played it, I don't know if Dark Age of Camelot does this.

Posted: May 30th 2008 9:02AM Tanek said

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"You have to pick a location, too. That's going to make a lot of people upset in a global (or even national) game."

This is a very good point. My brain may just be making this up, but I dimly recall a story about a political dust-up over something similar.

Having said that, there are probably plenty of creative ways around the various problems. (And if I knew them, I'd be rich! rich I say!) Even having a modern-day Earth setting does not necessarily mean it would have to conform to modern-day reality. (Even though, I don't agree with your claim that "everyone knows that Earth isn't a fantastical place". ;) )
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Posted: May 30th 2008 9:27AM (Unverified) said

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You're just asking White Wolf to launch a MMO, aren't you?

Posted: May 30th 2008 9:37AM GRT said

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Hyborea is earth, after the sinking of Atlantis and before the rising of the seas. Even some of the country names are nearly the same. Hyborea has an Iranistan and a Zimbabawei for instance.

Sounds like you're looking for something like an urban fantasy setting.

Posted: May 30th 2008 9:44AM Avantime said

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Perhaps the Burning Legion should open a portal to Earth and we will fight back with F-16s, aircraft carriers and nukes.

Posted: May 30th 2008 9:58AM Stop said

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Hyboria -is- Earth.

Posted: May 30th 2008 10:10AM (Unverified) said

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one word ....


SHADOWRUN

Posted: May 30th 2008 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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My first thought - right on the money.
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Posted: May 30th 2008 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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You mean the multiplayer FPS, or is there actually a Shadowrun MMO now?
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Posted: May 30th 2008 12:26PM (Unverified) said

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The Shadowrun universe existed before the FPS. It has been a P&P game for many years, and presents an Earth-based universe where magic has re-emerged - a world where magic and technology are blended together. I think it would make an awesome MMO, if someone would pick it up and run with it.
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Posted: May 30th 2008 11:20AM (Unverified) said

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Earth Eternal, by Sparkplay Media. Set in the distant future when man has gone extinct, but some of man's legacy remains.

Posted: May 30th 2008 11:52AM (Unverified) said

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No I'm hoping to god they make a decent MMO out of it ...

What more could you want? Elfs/orcs/trolls/magic + cars/guns + cyber hacking

Such a wealth of material out there as well, Between this and a battletech/mechwarrior MMO my life would be complete :P

Talking of BT/MW ... why did microsoft ever cancel Battletech 3025 (which I played the original alpha ... and it rocked).

Posted: Jun 5th 2008 1:31PM Damn Dirty Ape said

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Pretty sure it was EA who cancelled Battletech 3025, although it may have been because of legal licensing issues with Microsoft at the time (who own the FASA IPs).
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Posted: May 30th 2008 6:43PM eggmanjr said

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Tabula Rasa has an earth connection, thats where the players come from to join in the war on the Bane

Posted: Jun 3rd 2008 10:28PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, Dark Age of Camelot says hi. It was the realms of Albion (Great Britain), Hibernia (Ireland) and Midgard (Scandinavia) warring for control of the known world following the death of King Arthur.

The world featured in Warhammer is analogous to Earth. Same basic geography and the human civilizations are loosely based on those from history. For example the Empire is analogous to the Holy Roman Empire, and the Bretonnians and Norse are rather obvious. The Elven island nation of Ulthuan is analogous to Atlantis, and even much of it sunk during the civil war between the High and Dark Elves. There's an entire army of ancient pharaohs, undead, scarabs, and animated statues in the Egypt-equivalent region (hoping they make an expansion pack for the MMO).

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