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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:11PM Saker said

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@Anmaeriel Brilliant! Absolutely!
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:15PM Anmaeriel said

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@Saker The tutorial should be in an asylum! Since, you know, that's where it all begins.

XD
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 5:58PM Hammerbeard said

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@Anmaeriel
Maybe check The Secret World?
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 6:17PM Anmaeriel said

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@Hammerbeard Doesn't seem so Lovecraftian to me. Poe is another good reference to what I meant. ^_^

Also, I really am eager to see more about the World of Darkness MMO that has been anounced.
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 11:59AM firithnorm said

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I have a few ideas that would be interesting, though I am not sure how they would flesh out.

One would be around Asimov's Foundation Series. Not sure how that would exactly work, but incorporating the concept of psychohistory would be interesting.

Another would be around David Edding's Belgariad/Mallorean series. You do have some classic roles based on the various western regions in the story.

Another would be Northeastern European historical MMO, around the second half of the 1st century AD, when the Vikings were expanding their reach throughout northern Europe and western Russia.

Again, not sure how all the MMO dynamics would work, but these are just simple starting points.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:00PM dndhatcher said

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Beaurocracy Online.

Everyone gets their own cubicle to decorate. Hardcore players can work themselves up into a corner office with windows.

Its a sandbox game where everyone has their own objectives like:
>exploring the skyscraper and visiting all the other players cubicles and offices
> staking out a resource node like a copier, lunch room or water cooler and socializing with every who comes by to farm resources
> accumulating corporate karma which can be used to garner promotions, cubicle upgrades and other in-game perks.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:15PM VisualGloss said

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Shadowrun would be my #1 pick, followed by a really cool steampunk setting.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:37PM Marz said

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Let's see what hasn't been done.

A Caveman MMO. (Clan of the cave bear...)

A build it yourself MMO (You are given a elder scrolls type tool box and can create you own island or planet for others to play on)

A submarine, (World of subs) MMO.

A Mars MMO. You play on Mars (World of War) before it was destroyed. (and the survivors had to escape to earth to survive)

There has to be a Vampire MMO out there somewhere. I just haven't seen it. (Buffy, Underworld... Please, no twilight where you get exp for getting into a love triangle)

A fun subject to think about.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:50PM Vegetta said

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Western - YES
Steampunk - YES
Cyberpunk - YES


Modern Fantasy - 2 faction sandbox Like the Fae on Lost Girl would be interesting.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 12:56PM Utakata said

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@Vegetta

...actually to note:

I believe there is already 1 or 2 steampunk F2P's out there. And although Matrix Online tanked, Otherland is in development as a cyberpunk MMO.
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:40PM josephwillmon said

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@Utakata I think when people say Steampunk, they actually mean a game that evokes the same themes and principles of Steampunk, as opposed to just throwing in some rifles and clockwork robots and calling it a day.

If the opportunity ever arose, I'd love to develop a Steampunk MMO -- one that emphasizes experimentation in crafting and salvaging parts, the decadence of the upper class vs. the extreme want of the lower class, and the golden age of imperialism as world-powers look to exploit foreign resources, engaging in colony-based territory warfare and a technological arms race. You guys just designed airships? Now we have tesla cannons. You've got automatons? We have steam-powered exo-suits.
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:02PM mrantimatter said

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I'd do a Tron/Reboot/Nuptuna/etc style game, myself.

Instead of factions, you have different OS's or Manufacturers, each with different strengths and weeknesses.

The player would roll a program, and gain skills/specializations by adding modules and sub routines to the character.

Since everything is inside a computer/network/etc, the graphics would be stylized, but perhaps not to Tron/Rez levels, but certainty not realistic. Real world logic need not always apply to area design, so you could easily have a sector with funky gravity/walking on walls, etc.

Monsters/enemies would be different viruses/spam/bots/hackers etc, Network vs Network (cross realm) and Program vs program style PVP options.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 3:36PM Quarlo said

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@mrantimatter

I would give a Tron MMO a download. The ideas youve put out would make a great starting point for a game.
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Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:04PM Cassius81 said

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Wild west seems to be a popular option but I would definitely go for a Western made MMO set in feudal Japan. Ninjas on one side, Samurai on the other and all the political agendas, violence and moral codes would be very cool.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:11PM Titan1 said

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Modern Warfare or Battlefield style MMO with FPS or TPS modes, full open world, region control, resource points, air, armor, artillery ext.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:13PM Marz said

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I don't think there is a

Murder/Mystery MMO

You play a Criminal who plots out the perfect murder/ or crime (break into fort knox)
or a detective whose job it is to catch the killer/criminal.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:15PM TheNexxuvas said

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My top 2...they''ll never happen, even if my oil properties net me 40 mill and I could pay someone to see my visions but here we go:

#1: Law Enforcement MMORPG, think Police Quest, start out as a beat cop, running traffic citations, stopping drunk drivers, domestic dispute calls, local stop n go robberies, etc. etc....then as you level up the possible careers open up, narcotics, vice, detective, undercover work, major cases, then SW.A.T. becoming seargents, captains, the amount of crime missions you could take on are ENDLESS and if you really wanted to expand down the line, bring in the FBI, CIA branches. Isn't anyone but me out there that would play it but just knowing someone tried taking on that big of a project world would get my attention so bad.

#2: Wild West MMORPG, the works, settlers, farming, setting up new towns, saloons, local sherrif, bandits, steam engine train robberies, heading out west to pan for gold, oregon trail missions, soooo freaking cool.

Sorry if it's tl:dr but I've waited my whole Life for #1, and no one I have heard of have tried anything close to it (no a GTA mmo idea doesn't count). I want procedure, law, officers going to court to make their busts stick, turning in evidence for forensics, following up on those conclusions, everything.

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 1:46PM Brendan Drain said

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Pokemon :(

Posted: Mar 16th 2012 2:11PM Russell Clarke said

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Something set in Dan Simmons' Hyperion milieu.

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