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Salem: Edgar Allen Poe Meets Animal Crossing

MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerQueens, NYPosts: 5,719Administrator Uncommon

Ever wanted to play an MMO that somehow manages to combine aspects of Edgar Allen Poe's work with Animal Crossing? If your interest is piqued so far you'll want to read on for our full preview of Salem for all the details!

Players will be able to cooperate with or irritate each other as much as they like with Salem, an upcoming crafting-based MMO being co-developed by Bjorn Johannessen and Fredrik Tolf, Creative Director and Chief Engineer of Seatribe, and published by Paradox Interactive.  Salem is a free-to-play, browser-based sandbox MMO set in colonial America, with a huge (25x25km2) game world and a graphical style that is a "cross between Edgar Allen Poe and Animal Crossing."  Players take the role of intrepid colonists who can go out into the world to gather and craft, progress in skills, build homesteads and towns, and work together or wreak havoc on each other.  I got to sit down with Bj?rn and take a look at Salem this past week, and was intrigued by the amount of depth and polish that the game has to offer even in its current closed beta build.

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  • mcrippinsmcrippins Dallas, TXPosts: 1,070Member Uncommon

    Really really want a Salem account or code. Have rare league of legend skins codes available if trading is allowed?

  • ShaikeShaike NesherPosts: 301Member Uncommon

    seems really intresting - just too bad you can buy in-game "silver" with real money - kinda defies the point of playing for me...

    Just my 2 cents...

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  • SKnight2001SKnight2001 Amarillo, TXPosts: 2Member

    Can't wait to give this a shot.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,189Member Uncommon

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

  • sketocafesketocafe StoupaPosts: 801Member Uncommon

    Ozmo, those who read the article will recall that npc animals will only knock you out, not kill you.

  • komadkomad Newkobing sj.Posts: 5Member

    Yeah, unfortunately Salem currently lacks content massively. If one wants to see a game like this done well they should reffer themselves to Haven and Hearth, the developers former game of same style.

     

    On another node about the raiders: It's true, I lived in a village and we slaughtered everyone we met untill the beta population hit 50 steady players. There's definitely need for a bit of new stuff to keep the poor dying people interested.

     
  • GrimulaGrimula north vancouver, BCPosts: 258Member Uncommon

    has any player became a witch yet ?? because that part of the game sounds cool

     

    flying around on your brooom while people trying to hunt you and find your witch's house

  • komadkomad Newkobing sj.Posts: 5Member

    Witchcraft isn't implemented yet unfortunately.

  • GrimulaGrimula north vancouver, BCPosts: 258Member Uncommon

    wonder what spells a witch will get

     

    lure you into the wilds then boil you up in her stew pot ..would be cool if witch's could build evil thing threwout the world

     

    place squonk nests ect

    build evil altars that harm people

  • komadkomad Newkobing sj.Posts: 5Member

    That's an excellent question. So far it seems like most of the announced spells are regarding the collection of "numen points" , which the witch will need to do stuff like fly on her broom etc.

    This involves cursing work objects such as sawblocks etc. making the drain of stamina higher, while simultaneously gathering Numen for the witch. I've also heard tales of being able to "curse" the livestock of villagers, making them produce blood for the villagers, and milk for the witch instead.

  • Garvon3Garvon3 Worcester, MAPosts: 2,898Member
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    You clearly didn't read the article.

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member
    I think I will try this out. Not sure I like the idea of my stuff getting trashed when I am offline. Even Minecraft servers let you protect your stuff, but I guess I will find out, eh?

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

  • komadkomad Newkobing sj.Posts: 5Member

    There's some defenses that work quite well to detter raiders, but nothing that will keep a determined group out for long (more than hours). This goes both ways though, it's a lot easier avenging your fallen comrades by force summoning the perps in this game.

  • renadirenadi MORA, MNPosts: 19Member
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    Lol

     

    I think a couple people might disagree. Clearly I am not alone in finding this gamestyle more intriguing.

  • shavashava Somerville, MAPosts: 282Member Uncommon
    Considering I live in the RL Salem Massachusetts, I have been dying for a beta key. *yearn*
  • ScypherothScypheroth P.A, SKPosts: 264Member
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    lolz wimp...you hide behind yer safe WoW ways real men put it all on the line and take it all when it counts....perma death is for the elite...all other go play yer GW2 childsplay

  • ThorqemadaThorqemada BerlinPosts: 1,277Member Uncommon

    While the game sounds intriguing the pvp will kill it...

    "Torquemada... do not implore him for compassion. Torquemada... do not beg him for forgiveness. Torquemada... do not ask him for mercy. Let's face it, you can't Torquemada anything!"

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  • ArglebargleArglebargle Austin, TXPosts: 1,417Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Scypheroth
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    lolz wimp...you hide behind yer safe WoW ways real men put it all on the line and take it all when it counts....perma death is for the elite...all other go play yer GW2 childsplay

    Better hope the crafting is phenomenal, because this is the other type of player that the game will draw.  

     

    It's got an interesting approach, and it will be fun to see if they can come up with systems that will result in a fun game for enough players.    

    If you are holding out for the perfect game, the only game you play will be the waiting one.

  • DragimDragim Boring, KSPosts: 867Member

    This looks pretty cool if done right.  Perma-death always keeps things interesting, but afraid of Goon Squad showing up with 10 million people and you never ever having a chance.

    Still looks interesting, might check it out if it isn't expensive to buy.

    I am entitled to my opinions, misspellings, and grammatical errors.

  • aRtFuLThinGaRtFuLThinG MelbournePosts: 1,134Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Thorqemada

    While the game sounds intriguing the pvp will kill it...

    Don't think so. DayZ has more dangerous pvp and you can die from a lot more different types of things besides pvp, and yet it thrived.

     

     

  • MagicManICTMagicManICT Wichita, KSPosts: 92Member

    Some interesting comments. Let's just say that I've been playing Haven & Hearth off and on for two years now. In all that time, I've been killed once by another player (was start of the world and everyone was racing to find secure, well supplied areas) and only had a claim broken into a couple of times. In all those times, nothing much was lost that didn't take me only a couple of days to replace. The loss of my silkworm farm and good chickens were the exceptions and the biggest loss and hardest to replace. The community was usually generous enough that anyone that had been raided could get a leg back up and get a few better quality replacements for free. (A few of the goons were some of the best supporters of the game... damn, I hate besmirching their rep like that, but it is what it is. ;) )

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,928Member Uncommon

    I don't understand permadeath in an MMO.

  • austriacusaustriacus limaPosts: 624Member
    Originally posted by Scypheroth
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    lolz wimp...you hide behind yer safe WoW ways real men put it all on the line and take it all when it counts....perma death is for the elite...all other go play yer GW2 childsplay

    Real men dont think that playing a god dam video game makes them somehow tougher.

    Oh and real men dont say that they are real men and have an elitist attitude about it.

  • FurankuFuranku Boston, MAPosts: 8Member
    Originally posted by austriacus
    Originally posted by Scypheroth
    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    It will be fun until a group of gankers comes by and puts you in rebirth mode or could be just a bear chasing you when your internet goes south for a bit.  There is nothing fun about permadeath.

    lolz wimp...you hide behind yer safe WoW ways real men put it all on the line and take it all when it counts....perma death is for the elite...all other go play yer GW2 childsplay

    Real men dont think that playing a god dam video game makes them somehow tougher.

    Oh and real men dont say that they are real men and have an elitist attitude about it.

    ^ good comment.

     

    -Regarding my thoughts which no one cares to hear: Perma Death? Whatever, Item Malls? Whatever, RMT ? Who cares?

    People will always find shit to comlain about regardless. I'm sorry but compaines gotta make money to keep games live, that is what RMT and Items Malls are for, you don't like people have an advange over you ? Buy Stuff? Don't want to buy Stuff get better at the game and be more skillful. Now my rant about pvp

    Ultima Online said it best "Whats wrong witha little griefing" exactly, pvp creates a gameplay for poeple who are not good at crafting or have the nack for "hunting" stuff for items. It provides a way for gamers who lack in those fields to gain items for others hard work. Also Pvp'er have it hard too, we have to get our skills up, knowledge of the game up and then we gotta find people to kill. So its a nice cycle of life. ^_^ kill stuff that give better loot.  Running Away is a SKILL! :)

  • Kykyryz-aKykyryz-a AlmatyPosts: 113Member

    They said game will be out in second half of 2012  waiting for it to try  :) but  no sign of open beta still :(

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