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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:29AM (Unverified) said

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SHADOWRUN!!!

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:33AM MMOaddict said

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Even though it's a campaign, I still love the idea behind it.

Spelljammer

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:34AM Nibbana said

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Elfquest.

Nuff said.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:40AM Jef Reahard said

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7th Sea, provided it was made as a sandbox and not another quest grinder.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:55AM Arkanaloth said

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@Jef Reahard

LOVE 7th sea.. I still run a game with friends across skype.. well when skype cooperates.
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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 11:52AM ishi13 said

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@Jef Reahard 7th Sea how can i forget the game i am playing at the moment
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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:49AM NeoWolfen said

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World of Darkness is in production..

1. RIFTS - which is essentially post apocalyptic sci fi, earth devastated by multiversal rifts opening allowing things both pleasant and terrifying to gain a foothold, technology and magic together, humanities main suriving population is a genocidal fascist state called the Coalition that hates all nonhumans and magic users (by palladium games)

2. Battletech (or more specifically Mechwarrior which focused more on the character not just the battlemech) battlemechs are multi ton robotic vehicles piloted by mechwarriors. the universe of the inner sphere once united by a mighty Star League is now split into many great and minor houses and factions, mercenaries and pirates all fighting for land, technology, resources and power..the constant fighting has caused much to be lost and almost even caused a technological dark age, few factories remain, those with the knowledge to make or repair are treasured and then there are the clans, genetically advanced, technologically superior humans who came from outside of the Inner Sphere hellbent on reclaiming what was once thier home...earth - (originally by FASA now by Catalyst Game Labs)

3. Shadowrun - (originally by FASA now by Catalyst Game Labs) Cyberpunk there was an apocalypse of sorts and magic was reborn, people turned into elves, dwarves, trolls and worse... technology and magic hand in hand in a blade runner'esque near future.

4. GAMMA WORLD - Post Apocalypse, an advanced earth gone in a cataclysm..the survivors, humans, mutants, animals, plants.. all ekeing out on existing scrounging among the remnants of what once was.. many factions with different aggendas and all served with a slightly light hearted twist (originally by TSR, now by wizards of the Coast).

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:50AM The Minn said

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Warhammer....oh wait.....

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:55AM Arkanaloth said

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none have so far.. so I'm going to say that at the current technological and software AI level: None.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 9:57AM (Unverified) said

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Shadowrun would be awesome if done correctly.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:05AM (Unverified) said

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I'm happy to see some fairly obscure games come up in this list already, good to know that some folks still remember the old school tabletop days.

I was always a huge fan of the old WoD games (not so much the new ones) but I do wonder how well they would work in the model of MMOs as we know it. It might have to be handled like the way so many text-based WoD games (the old MUSHes) did it, with a set number of spots of various 'supers' on any one shard, but a much larger of mortals and mortal+. Otherwise it would largely destroy the look and feel of the setting, since in the WoD the supernatural, while real and all around you, wasn't something that most folks thought existed.

Rifts would be fun, except that with Rift already being an MMO, they'd really need to have a different name. It would also need to be a bit more structured than the tabletop game is, as Palladium is notoriously unconcerned with any sort of balance between players, allowing for dragons, cyborgs and mechs to be in the same party as random rabble. There's also not much of a theme that holds anything together, other than the rifts themselves. Everything else is randomly thrown together ideas based on Kevin Long and Keith Parkinson (RIP) art.

Shadowrun probably has the most cohesion and ready-made setting for porting right into an MMO, but I think it suffers from the same sort of split licensing that other FASA properties do. I believe the tabletop rights are held by Wizkids/Catalyst but the electronic game rights are locked away with Microsoft, who don't seem all that interested in promoting either a Battletech or a Shadowrun game anymore, and are just sitting on the licenses. One could easily see how street runs, corporate missions, random encounters in the Z security sectors and then big raids on arcologies could all be very workable. You've got a slate of easily identifiable races, class archetypes and you wouldn't even have to change the standard MMO model of tank, healer or DPS.

So, yes, Shadowrun: Streets of Seattle for 2014!

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:44AM NeoWolfen said

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Actually the whole reason Trions RIFTS the MMO had to change thier name to RIFTS: The planes of Telara is because of a lawsuit from Palladium Games the creators of RIFTS, because the titles RIFTS..belongs to them.

People may refer to RIFTs: The planes of Telara as RIFTs only.. but it actually is the prior and not the latter.
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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 1:56PM 2DruNk2FraG said

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@NeoWolfen

A confusing interpretation that is mostly correct. However, it is a shame about Rift: planes of Telara having that name --- the game would have been successful with a diffrent name. Also, now Palladium RIFTS has name competition to deal with not just in the MMO space but also in regular video game land.
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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:07AM uberman3000 said

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Pathfinder, and anything made by TPK Games. ... Lookem up.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:07AM (Unverified) said

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Seeing all the Shadowrun and Battletech love in this thread really just makes me miss the old FASA all the more. Catalyst and Wizkids are still fighting the good fight, but man, it's just not the same!

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:10AM RizzRustbolt said

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As long as they stick to the first edition ruleset, Earthdawn would be a great setting for an MMO. Their approach to magic items was incredibly interesting, and I would love to see it in an MMO setting.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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nth-ing Shadowrun and WoD. Though I really only like Changeling and think the rest of the nWoD is kinda meh.

2nding Rogue Trader, but I think Deathwatch is probably more easily done. Whatever Dark Heresy is awesome in general.

But what I'd really love is a proper Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay MMO. Less of the "WAR IS EVERYWHERE" thing and more about just taking a normal person thrown into horrible situations and seeing if they come out on top or not. I imagine it would have to have some form of permadeath rule. Which goes for everything else I listed too I suppose.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:19AM Torgaard said

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A couple months back, me n' the gamin' group discovered the Fantasy Grounds II virtual gaming table. We use it to play 4th Edition D&D.

http://www.fantasygrounds.com/

We'd been playing MMO's for 15 years before we found FG2. Two months into it, we're wondering if we'll ever go back. It also occurred to us that maybe we had it wrong all these years. Maybe MMO's were just a waste of time. They'll never get it right. No MMO is ever gonna get it right.

We found it pretty damned ironic that the answer was to look backwards. Backwards to the days back in high school and college before MMO's even existed, when we'd play D&D for a few hours on Sunday afternoon (nuttin' else to do when yer hung over) with pen and paper. Using that virtual tabletop and Vent, we can now build our own perfect gaming world. It's as easy or hardcore as we want. It's in whatever world we think is cool. It's got as many or as few "drops" as we want. Screw all the angst over some MMO screwing everything up, or not being balanced, or blah-blah-blah. We're done with this shit. We're doin' it ourselves.

Posted: Aug 4th 2011 11:55AM j1083 said

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@Torgaard That sounds magical. I should try and get my friends to give it a shot. :)
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Posted: Aug 4th 2011 10:22AM (Unverified) said

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C'mon no votes for Furry Pirates?

Seriously though, I'd love to see Lankhmar as an MMO. There is so much good lore that could be built upon. Another would be Thieves World; again so much lore to work with.

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