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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:04PM Vinzix said

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Now this is nerdy.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 4:03PM yeppers said

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@Vinzix

This sounds a little like the Death Gate series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Great series...
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:04PM Omali said

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Develop my own MMO? I would buy Tabula Rasa and try to hire most of the team to keep developing it.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:19PM hami83 said

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@Omali I really miss that game too. :(

There still isn't an MMO that has a combat system that was similar to that games.

I missed the Earth event too.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:15PM cray said

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@Omali

You read my mind! Long live Tabula Rasa!
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:05PM Irem said

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Yeah, that's probably what I'd do if I won the lottery. Well, maybe not an MMO, but it'd sure as heck make it easier to devote time to creative endeavors, including game design.

Best of luck to Bartlett, although after winning that much money, I'm pretty sure he already has that going for him!

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 3:08PM SnarlingWolf said

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@Irem

I think it is great when a person gets to follow their dreams. Hell I wish I could be that guy.

I think he needs to think it through more though. 27 million to get an MMO created, launched, servers, advertised, hire people who can get it done etc etc. is a lofty goal in and of itself. To then want that MMO to be innovative and have a different world be a whole different art set, code set, game mechanics set is unfortunately a bit niave.

I think he needs to take a simple focused concept. Get that concept produced and out the door and then once he has had a chance to see timelines, costs, etc., he can start to expand on that world which would now be generating some money to get the rest of the features he wants in.

Start small and be successful, try to start huge and be doomed to fail.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:10PM philipwhiuk said

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I suspect even with KS and his lottery winnings the game is too ambitious for his cash resources. Besides it looks like it is design by committee, which isn't practical.

Essentially he's asking for a huge amount of money to be made available to someone with no experience or background in games development. Better projects have failed more spectacularly.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 7:22AM HackJack said

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@philipwhiuk With enough foresight, intellect and wisdom it is quite easy to overcome the lack of experience. If he has a clear purpose in his mind and researches the proper way to pull it off then he can very well succeed.

Also take note that around 50% of a game's budget is normally spent on marketing and inefficiency. If he's able to cut those off completely, he may see his dream come true, although I'll agree that having more available capital would be better, safer.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:11PM Comrade Domovoi said

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I'm sorry, but this looks like ADHD babby's first MMO. OH MAN THIS IS SO COOL AND WE CAN PUT THIS IN AND YEAH THIS IN AND THIS OH MAN THIS IS GONNA BE SO SWEET. Having actually read the whole kickstarter page, this is just dumb. I like how people who pay a lot of money will have what appear to be game breaking advantages. Also, this guy is sitting on 27 million after taxes that he didn't have prior to the lottery win, he can very well foot the 1.1 million bill himself if he is so interested in it.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:17PM Floop the Squirrel said

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@Comrade Domovoi

"ADHD babby's first MMO. OH MAN THIS IS SO COOL AND WE CAN PUT THIS IN AND YEAH THIS IN AND THIS OH MAN THIS IS GONNA BE SO SWEET"

Isn't that pretty much every themepark MMO out there? "Oh let's have a desert and an ice zone right next to each other. and space ships and steam punk and elves and .. and... and..."
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 5:58AM Snichy said

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@Comrade Domovoi. Someone probably said something similar to you to George Lucas when he came up with the idea for A New Hope or Bill Gates for Microsoft. If people like you ruled the world, there would be no creativity, hope or joy in the world.

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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:12PM babywolfman said

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So his "real life Hogwarts" witch school didn't work out, then? Google this guy before you decide if you want to send him MORE money than he was already given.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:29PM (Unverified) said

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@babywolfman So when they asked him about his religion when he won the lottery, he said "Wiccan"?

cool.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:12PM (Unverified) said

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This guy has no idea how little 27 million dollars is when trying to do something like what he's suggesting. And that alone should have investors worried.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:14PM Achernar said

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The idea itself doesn't sound all that feasible (in a way that would be fun) and I'm not entirely sure how marketable it would be, but if nothing else, this is the exact kind of thing that could breathe a lot of originality into the industry instead of the current trend of piecemeal innovation.

Someone with a giant sack of money and a desire to see something worthwhile happen with it is a very good thing.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:14PM akubura said

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DAOC 2 please!

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:24PM pid said

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we have to convince this guy that sandbox is the way!

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:25PM (Unverified) said

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Looking at all his ideas, it sounds like every F2P MMO already out there. No thanks.

I'd rather support Tim Schafer via Kickstarter

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:25PM Bladerunner83 said

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This concept reminds me of the classic planes concept. There is a plane of air, plane of water, plane of fire...ect. This guy must have been a real D&D nerd from way back when. Interesting idea, but all he has is money and a concept, what about a story to back it up. Movies normally don't start rolling unless they have a story to work from. The only successful MMO I can think of that doesn't have lore is Minecraft, and I could be wrong because I've never played it. I can assume it doesn't because the only thing appealing about it is the fact that you can built whatever you want with big ass blocks. If there was lore attached it would be pointless.

If it was my 27mil I would go to a company that has actually made an MMO, Kickstarter is a creative fundraiser.

" In 2006, founder Perry Chen did file two patent applications that focused on Kickstarter's own method for fundraising. "

I'm not going to support any company that tries to trademark the idea of public fundraising.

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