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« on: September 19, 2007, 12:16:59 PM »
I am really impressed by this:

http://metaplace.com/

No, seriously: this could be a great place for creating an online roleplaying community.

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Just thought  that was neat. I'm signed up for the Alpha.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 01:26:12 PM »
They have some pretty big names working/advising there.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 01:57:11 PM »
Well, I was initially intrigues by their spiel, and we could certainly use a replacement virtual world for the piece of shit that is SL.

Then I navved over to the developer's website and discovered it's being headed up by Raph Koster.  I experienced a sensation best described as instant disappointment.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 02:08:03 PM »
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Well, I was initially intrigues by their spiel, and we could certainly use a replacement virtual world for the piece of shit that is SL.

Then I navved over to the developer's website and discovered it's being headed up by Raph Koster.  I experienced a sensation best described as instant disappointment.


I agree that he kinda sucks. Well.. more than kinda.

This guy lists his main contributions as Ultima Online and SW Galaxies. So we know they have not only "lame" covered by an expert, but also "broken and infuriating". Let's see, he also wrote the completely false "theory of fun", so we can add "intellectually bankrupt theory jackass" to the list as well.

But the potential of this kind of web-app is very cool.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 02:24:36 PM »
Hah, I remember having mixed feelings about Theory of Fun--meaning I liked at least half of it. Haven't played any of Koster's games, though.

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007, 05:29:48 PM »
No no no - Koster is a GOOD thing. When you see him list "SWG" as an accomplishment, don't think the way it is NOW - it IS a broken piece of crap. Think about what it was BEFORE, when it had hundreds of thousands of players, working and INTERESTING crafting, useful professions, and people who actually played for hours and hours and never once drew a weapon.

Remember those ads for the Star Wars RPG "What's THIS guy's story?" pointing to the fifth stormtrooper from the back? THAT is what SWG USED to be - you were the folks who's day-to-day existence made the Empire (or the Rebellion) run. I played a CHEF for god's sake, and I LONG for the days when I was one of the best on the server. I'd still be playing now if sony (spit) hadn't decided to "fix" the game.

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In MY mind, Koster is a GOOD thing.

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2007, 05:40:38 AM »
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Not everyone was Luke Skywalker - but not everyone WANTED to be. Now its a requirement that you be a l33tboy Iconic Figuahr!!!1!!! Yay, I'm a level 1 Jedi (wtf?!!?!).
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And here I was thinking about taking a look at it again, 'cause I was messing around with a burgeoning Bothan arms merchant way back when it was new. Good to know before laying out dollars that it turned into fucking garbage. Thanks!
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