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General: Top 10 Books That Should Be MMOs

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  • bcrankshawbcrankshaw JohannesburgPosts: 547Member

    Also not sure if this has been mentioned but there is a game being developed on the Fire&Ice universe ,not an MMO but a single player game

    http://www.georgerrmartin.com/news.html

    One to watch

     

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  • barrylwbarrylw RamsgatePosts: 7Member
    Originally posted by Airwren


    I would love to see some of the work of David Eddings turned into an MMO, specifically the Elenium and Tamuli series but I'm not sure it stands apart enough from some of the other fantasy type works out there.



     

    This.

     

    Some really good ideas. My vote for Sci Fi would be Dune I think. Not sure about fantasy. There are some really good books but as someone has already said. They wouldn't necessarily be a good mmo.

    Discworld would be fun I think.

  • ChramChram sigilPosts: 91Member

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen

    the world of A Song of Ice and Fire

    The Wheel of Time

    Midkemia from Feist's books

    All have mmo potential, because the world already has great depth and basic mmorpg fantasy concepts can be easily implemented.  Books like Ender's Game or  Dune have a terrific story, but that doesnt make them a mmo material. Any game based on those would have to be quite innovative.

    Oh, and my vote totally goes to Battletech. It doesnt have to be a mmo, just give me a Battlemech and let me shoot other people.

  • zendilzendil Vancouver, BCPosts: 3Member

    I think the Soul Rider series by Jack L. Chalker would make an amazing and original MMO.  It would give players a feeling of true godlike power to progress in that world.

  • kascrzkascrz chesapeake, VAPosts: 36Member

    I would like to play an MMO based on the Necroscope series. I really like vampires and creatures of the night.

  • follyfolly LondonPosts: 6Member
    The shannara series would make a great mmorpg. lots of lore to use there.
  • xavkaxavka SplitPosts: 13Member

    I would like to see a Discworld mmo mainly because the IP doesnt limit the potential developer. Almost anything is possible in Discworld. Truly amazing IP

    The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie would be nice too.

  • TarotMageTarotMage Tampa, FLPosts: 126Member

    Stephen King is all well and good but for a horror MMO I really think the works of H.P. Lovecraft would go further. Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos" is filled with so many places, dimensions and monsters there would be expansion packs for years to come. The only downside is that in most of Lovecraft's stories, the main character either dies or goes insane - which just won't do in a MMO!

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  • YuuiYuui KaunasPosts: 723Member


    Originally posted by TarotMage
    Stephen King is all well and good but for a horror MMO I really think the works of H.P. Lovecraft would go further. Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos" is filled with so many places, dimensions and monsters there would be expansion packs for years to come. The only downside is that in most of Lovecraft's stories, the main character either dies or goes insane - which just won't do in a MMO!

    Lovecraft universe got its mmorpg game already.
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  • MordacaiMordacai Atlanta, GAPosts: 309Member

    Starship Troopers I could do.

    Disney, Harry Potter, Fairtales and the like I would pass, they'd probably be money makers in the tween department but marketing would drive that one.

     

    Dune is a MOST loved series for me, and I honor Herbert's writings in my own way in my MMO.

     

    The Dark Tower would be a nice choice as well, although I'm not fond of King at all, this one is one that I could see working well, but i'd much rather have something of a deadlands flare to it.

     

    Fantasy =so overdone in this genre, but as many of the others have stated. The Pern, Fire and Ice and the like all would make out well in the genre.

  • NuichNuich Byron, GAPosts: 122Member

    I agree that the "Sword Of Truth"  series would be a great one. Also the Belgarad(SP?) series by David Eddings and the Shannara series would be great also.

     

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  • Wizardling6Wizardling6 TaurangaPosts: 94Member
    Originally posted by mutombo55


    What about "The God Delusion" by Richard  Dawkins. Theres only one playable class, "Atheist", and you get to go round beating up various extremist right-wing religious nutters.

     

    Don't you mean the religious nutters get to play in teams going around unbeliever's homes (finally - housing again in an MMO!) trying to cast conversion spells on them?

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  • trish811trish811 WijnegemPosts: 4Member Uncommon

    Harry Potter as #1? =/

    Don't get me wrong, i really liked the books, but an MMORPG? I doubt i'd play it.

    What could be really good if it was done right:

    - Call of Cthulhu/Cthulhu Mythos: although really hard to deliver the right kind of atmosphere

    - Cyberpunk / Shadowrun (if you want a magic element) : I'd REALLY love to see a well done game in this genre.

    - World of Darkness: As I understand it's already being done by CCP. Let's hope they get all aspects right! Then it'll be a winner.

     

    As an afterthought, The Death Gate Cycle by Weiss & Hickman was also a very interesting idea. Not so much waiting for yet another fantasy based MMORPG though. It'd have to be remarkable....

  • jposavatzjposavatz Austin, TXPosts: 161Member

    Battletech anyone?

    I think I only saw a single comment back on page 2 with Battletech listed... there are several series of books by a variety of authors written on the BT universe, it's NOT fantasy (which I think we're a bit inundated with at the moment), it has very rich lore, a rough timeline with lots of gaps to be filled in, and there's not a single "hero" that the books follow, but rather they seem to all be focused on a collection of random heros for a book or three...

    I've always enjoyed the Mechwarrior games - to bring that level of FPS to an MMO set in the BT universe would be pretty awesome.  They could start out with a game focused on the inner sphere, and then the clan invasion could be a future expansion...

  • Maj_ScienceMaj_Science State College, PAPosts: 107Member

    Not bad, I agree with more then a few of the author's choices, particularly Dune and Starship Troopers.  Most of these I haven't read though.  However, I know some decent canidates for a Sci-Fi MMOG:

    - Starfist by David Sherman and Dan Cragg:  It's the 25th century and humanity's spread across several dozen worlds,  but the Marines (and other branches of the Confederation's military) could use a few good PCs. Between the alien Slinks and insurrections on numerous worlds, there's plenty of opprotunity for adventurers.

    - Vatta's War by Elizabeth Moon:  In the far future, humanity has settled a region of space light years away from Earth.  Conspiracy and piracy are abound and there's a conflict between several different religious sects regarding the existence of modified humans.  Has potential as both an Elite-styled ship game and a SWG-style RPG.

  • SpittSpitt Delano, CAPosts: 25Member

    Sword of Truth series

    Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (minus the eroticism ofc) - This one was werewolves and Vampires... tho I can't quite figure out how they would do Vampire leveling, unless it were all instances for them, when it is day for all others - unless all Vampires are NPC mobs... which if you read this series, you know it's not true.

    I would NOT play Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - watched the movie and fell asleep - the ONLY movie I ever fell asleep to in a movie theater.

     

    Fairytell games... no thanks, thats what FreeRealms are for.

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  • arthen999arthen999 lansbergPosts: 183Member

    i think unfortunatly fantasy book worlds dont make great mmos . because they have to follow the story and law too much . i mean middle earth online would have been a great mmo but lord of the rings online follows a constrained side story . which is fair enough but it has limited appeal .

  • terrantterrant Virginia Beach, VAPosts: 1,683Member
    Originally posted by jposavatz


    Battletech anyone?
    I think I only saw a single comment back on page 2 with Battletech listed... there are several series of books by a variety of authors written on the BT universe, it's NOT fantasy (which I think we're a bit inundated with at the moment), it has very rich lore, a rough timeline with lots of gaps to be filled in, and there's not a single "hero" that the books follow, but rather they seem to all be focused on a collection of random heros for a book or three...
    I've always enjoyed the Mechwarrior games - to bring that level of FPS to an MMO set in the BT universe would be pretty awesome.  They could start out with a game focused on the inner sphere, and then the clan invasion could be a future expansion...



     

    A) If the Clans aren't in it at the start, I'm not interested. Daddy needs his Timber Wolf II with a PPC and shoulder-mounted LRMs.

    B) The rights on this franchise are so borked right now (Gee thanks, WoTC) that I don't see it happening. But I'd buy it in a heartbeat if done right.

     

    Speaking of little gems from FASA....SHADOWRUN. The world needs a cyberpunk/fantasy MMO done RIGHT.

     

  • terrantterrant Virginia Beach, VAPosts: 1,683Member
    Originally posted by zendil


    I think the Soul Rider series by Jack L. Chalker would make an amazing and original MMO.  It would give players a feeling of true godlike power to progress in that world.



     

    Sorry for the double post but uh...I thought I was the only person on earth that had heard of this series.

    Also mad props to whoever mentioned Necroscope.

  • Silverthorn8Silverthorn8 LondonPosts: 489Member Uncommon

    Isaac Asimov's Foundation series would be a solid baseline for an mmo, the technologically superior foundation vs the mentally superior 2nd foundation.

    Lots of people have mentioned the Forgotten realms, I'd love to see an mmo based solely around the Bloodwar between Demons and Devils of the lower planes:-

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_War

    Ha, the old Demogorgon vs Asmodeus conundrum!

    Back to scf fi, Iain M Banks culture universe would make for an awesome and totally limitless mmo setting.

     

  • cwRiiscwRiis Palmdale, CAPosts: 32Member

    I imagine it's all about Licensing agreements.  Do you have any idea how tightly the Harry Potter franchise is controlled?  The game would have to be hugely successful for the developers to make any money.  Of course....a Potter MMO would have them flocking to it in droves.

  • viko95viko95 halmstadPosts: 3Member

    i have always hope on a Harry Potter Mmorpg.

  • TarotMageTarotMage Tampa, FLPosts: 126Member
    Originally posted by Yuui


     
     
    Lovecraft universe got its mmorpg game already.

    http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2007/05/secret_world_poster_500.jpg



     

    Interesting poster and trailer (saw it on YouTube) but unless Chaosium has some sort of sayso in the development, I'll have to say "Secret World" is "Lovecraft-esque", not "Lovecraftian"

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  • badgererbadgerer ChchPosts: 90Member
    Originally posted by Nikopol


    I propose:
    Waiting for Godot
    The ultimate sandbox. No hand-holding here. :)



     

    Perfect!

    The devs could promise mind-blowing up-coming content with no fear of protest from the community when it fails to arrive, since they'd be absolutely true to the lore.

  • AmazingAveryAmazingAvery Age of Conan Advocate UK to CanadaPosts: 6,999Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by viko95


    i have always hope on a Harry Potter Mmorpg.



     

    Dana's picture in the editorial fits well ;)

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