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General: The Written World Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe CitadelPosts: 23,008MMORPG.COM Staff Epic

The Written World is not your run of the mill MMO. As the name implies, story is the key ingredient. We've got a first-look preview of The Written World, something that storytellers and fans of lore will definitely want to check out.

Uniquely referred to as a Massively Multiplayer Online Write ‘Em Up, the groundwork for The Written World was first laid five years ago.  It was back then that Simon Fox, the taller half of Playlab London, ran a writing group with friends exploring the act of collaborative story-telling.  Having all played Dungeons and Dragons for years, they discovered something rather interesting when trying to have two people author a story together.  Whilst two people working on a block of text frequently stalled, as soon as people got together and focused on building worlds instead, then their ability to populate them with stories became much greater.

Read more Luke Karmali's The Written World Preview.



  • El-HefeEl-Hefe Yakima, WAPosts: 609Member

    sounds like an interesting idea.

    I've got the straight edge.

  • sakersaker harrisburg, PAPosts: 1,097Member Uncommon

    Nice to see there some actual creativiity out there somewhere, some people trying to do somethiing different!

  • RazeeksterRazeekster GlobPosts: 2,589Member Uncommon

    Oh god, as a writer you have no idea how badly I want to play this game.


  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 8,172Member Rare

    Just reading the encounter box on chapter one shows the problems with this.  The paragraph (Its ordinary....) decribing the encounter is some of the worst English I have seen in a game.  So you will get some good stuff and a lot of bad stuff with this.  

    I wish them luck, but this is not something a writer would want to fool with in my mind.


  • MwynForeverMwynForever LincolnPosts: 139Member

     I'm interested to see how this progresses.

    One of life's lil hand grenades

  • Mors-SubitaMors-Subita montreal, QCPosts: 517Member Uncommon


    That is the brilliance of it though... if you see a good premise being poorly executed, just branch it and run with it yourself... Or join in as an additional protagonist...


  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,958Member Uncommon are an MMO bloodhound. When it comes to MMO news, you can find anything for us.  image

  • smh_alotsmh_alot Area 51Posts: 976Member
    It's nothing for me at the moment, but the idea is certainly interesting. Will keep an eye on it to see how it develops further.
  • DangerNobuoDangerNobuo Posts: 96Member Uncommon

    This looks absolutely amazing! I'm really looking forward to this now. I hadn't heard of this before the article but I'll be sure to follow it now.

  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,219Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by bigsmiff are an MMO bloodhound. When it comes to MMO news, you can find anything for us.  image

    Agree, good find.

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