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  • Testing the Waters for Interest in a Game I Proposed Today

    Okay, I'll give a brief synopsis and then see what you think. I've read through many of the posts here, and they basically maintain that Skotos would prefer there to be a coder willing to help PRIOR to accepting the game, hence...why I seek. Of course, builders are MORE then welcome too!

    Basic Idea

    The year is 1859, the setting, Darbishire, in Victorian era England. Darbishire is a small village set in amongst the dark, gloomy hills of Northumbria.

    You arrive in Darbishire by carriage, pulling up to a small but very quaint and well-maintained inn at the center of the small town. Are you awaited by one of the estates here? Or are you in search of a job, a home, anything? Do you have relatives to move in with? Or are you going to stay at the inn?

    The estates of Darbishire Valley number four. The two most prominent of them are also the two that hate one another the most. Will you be forced to take sides between them? Or will you try to remain neutral in the divided town.

    Are you single? Married? Widowed? Do you uphold the strict rules, both spoken and unspoken, of Victorian England? Does the gloomy, mysterious setting, and its equally mysterious setting chill you, or intrigue you?

    Most important of all, will you find happiness and contentment in this new setting?


    Admittedly, my thoughts are scattered and vague at the moment...but I don't want to give too much away!

    If you are at all interested, please contact me by PMing this account, emailing me, or IMing me.

    Thanks!

    JEN

    Email - jensrevolution@msn.com
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    PM - LadyDark
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  • #2
    It sounds like it could be an interesting setting, and you've got the basis of a good dramtic storyline there.

    What you need to do next is outline what sort of activities players are going to pursue. Beyond social interaction, I mean. Me, if I were going to be hanging out in Darbishire I'd want to be able to explore the nearby moor (okay...no clue if there are actually moors in Northumbria or not, but you get the idea) or looking for secret passages in that old manor house. Others might want to ride in the fox hunt, or pursue crafts in the village, or ...?

    The time the average player spends engaged in dramatic storytelling is only a fraction of the time spent in the game. The rest of it is filled with "day-to-day" activities that need to be just as interesting as the drama itself. The better you define them at the beginning, the better you'll be able to enable them during the design process.

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    • #3
      *giggles* Knew I forgot something.

      I plan to try, hopefully if the proposal gets accepted, to have the start-story have an option to choose your profession, which will dictate where your residence is.

      For example:

      Teacher = The home beside the school house
      Stable Boy = Shack above the stables
      Leatherworker = Room off of the stables
      Seamstress = Rooms in the Seamstress' shop.


      I will elaborate upon the seamstress part. In the start story, you choose seamstressing as the trade you wish to join. The sets your residence automatically to the Seamstress Shop rooms. Salary for a novice includes room and board, plus a teeny bit more for other things. In the Seamstress shop, you begin to learn the trade, and work under the Seamstress. After so long, you can either continue to work under her, or you can break off and try to make your own business in the setting.

      Same with all the trades.

      Also, the estates of the valley are all very competitive for the respect and allegiance of the population, and thus run many events, such as lavish parties, lady-like teas, lectures, gatherings, hiring people for positions such as, but not limited to:

      Governess
      Tutor
      HouseMaid
      Handmaids
      Bodyservants
      Personal tailors and seamstresses

      It goes on and on in my head....

      *babbles to herself more*

      JEN
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      • #4
        In your head is good. On paper is better!

        Next question: how do characters improve their stature in the game? Not just in skills, but in position, rank, class, etc.

        In Victorian society, there wasn't much opportunity for lower classes to move into the upper classes. All the beginning positions you list are trades or service. This will lead to a very one-sided community, unless you either 1) allow players to choose upper class roles at the start story or 2) break with historical reality and allow seamstresses to join the aristocracy.

        There's no right answer, of course. You just need to decide how these things will work in your game.

        BTW, I hope you don't mind my questions. I just want to help spur your thinking in the right directions. I also think it's a great opportunity for other potential builders to see what sort of things they need to think about when putting together a proposal.

        Plus, the more we keep bumping this thread, the more people will see it and hopefully the more volunteers you'll get to join you.

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        • #5
          *huggles* Yay! Thank you!

          I had planned to have people chose possible roles IN the household estates, plus people can increase their rank, respect amd wealth by marriage, which brings in the whole idea of marriage for love, versus marriage for stature, arranged marriages, land ties, et cetera et cetera.

          JEN

          Also, moving up in the ranks of a trade, ie seamstressing or teaching...can also lead to better paying jobs, more renown, more contacts and more regard.

          Yeah...I'm rambling at times.

          >.> I do hope they at least consider the proposal. But even if they don't...it'll make a nice novel.

          JEN again
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          • #6
            A Victorian era setting could work very well, although I do admit I am partial to Victorian London over the countryside... then again, I wouldn't want to be the builder trying to recreate all of London.

            The only things I would recommend are: nailing down your core ideas a bit better, deciding on exactly what skills/everyday activities will exist (as Staci mentioned), and deciding on a logical restriction in regard to movement within the gameworld. For the latter, I mean a restriction on why folks couldn't simply get on a horse and ride off to other towns. You don't really want a generic (can't find a horse/train, etc.) reason for restricting players to your setting, as it isn't very logical.

            Regarding core ideas: is the game a mystery, a romance, purely historical? All or none of the above?

            You can peek at one or two mushes for further ideas, if you like:
            Poddington-on-Slossip is set in 1920ish England, but it may be useful to you - http://www.grandiose.com/poddington/

            London by Gaslight was another mush out there, but I believe it may now be dead. It had a nice concept, using literary figures from the Victorian era as one of its themes.

            There are also plenty of books and films you can take a look at for examples of class differences in England, (Merchant/Ivory. etc.).

            Finally, I would also recommend considering whatever coding restrictions you may have before writing up the proposal. If you are an excellent coder, or have very experienced coders already, you should be fine. If not, plan on simple professions/systems... perhaps incorporating Marrach's skill sets as much as possible. Not much point in writing up tons of fancy professions/skills/systems if there is no way to implement them (although you can certainly think about them).


            Michael

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            • #7
              *nods* I have pages and pages written on my computer, I just didn't want to post them publically, and I think Shannon would lynch me if I send any more emails to his inbox. He hasn't even replyed to the ones I sent.

              It would be all of the above, because it draws from all of those elements in its plots and such.

              I have enough coding experience to flounder through, and coder people I can pester for the hard-core stuff like a start story and such.

              I also believe all of the skills would be cookie-cutter type set-ups to Marrach, with the similar system.

              JEN
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              • #8
                Oooh, is Poddington still around? I played there briefly ages and ages ago. *runs to check out the link*

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                • #9
                  Tried to sign up for it...afterwards I realised the last message on the Yahoo thing was from 2002.
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                  • #10
                    Love it.

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                    • #11
                      Me too, obviously.

                      Hence why I spend hours a day writing up stuff about it.
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                      • #12
                        Yay! So far I have two people willing to learn and volunteer time into helping with the game so far!

                        Which means three people, one with a somewhat fair hand at coding.

                        JEN
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                        • #13
                          I have to say the game sound just like CM except set in a different period of time.

                          I mean, CM has been very successful (at times) but from your descriptions I am not seeing much difference between the two.

                          How will the game be different than CM? If just the clothing is updated and you've moved the castle into a village, what other things will stand apart from CM?
                          For the Glory and Honor of our Queen

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                          • #14
                            Currency and an economic system, along with the need to make a living.

                            Extreme lack of fantastical elements like fairies and sorcery and dwarves. Maybe the occasional ghost, but I'm tentative.

                            Professions and careers, which are chosen in the start story.

                            Marriage for wealth and not love.

                            Stricter caste system that is enforced.

                            Battling estates whose favour you need to gain.

                            Ettiquette and rules of behaviour that are strictly upheld. IE Women did NOT wear pants, nor did women do certain jobs, speak certain ways, et cetera. Men NEVER or rarely went anywhere alone with a woman unchaperoned.

                            Orphans and tenants and servants and workers.

                            Setting is also very different then Castle Marrach, and thus adds to the differences.

                            I could go on, if you wanted me to.

                            PM me if you wish me to do so.

                            JEN
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                            • #15
                              It got accepted!

                              YAY!
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