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[Interview] Citadel of Sorcery: Opening the Door to the Citadel

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Citadel of Sorcery is one of those games that you may not yet have heard much about. We're about to cure you of that with our exclusive interview with Phil Blood, CEO of MMO Magic. Keep reading and then let us know what you think in the comments.

MMORPG.com: Most people would say Indie MMOs are impossible to make. What would you say to those Debbie Downers?

Phil Blood: That one is easy to answer; we have already gotten the game world running.  All we need now is to add more Art, Writing and Level Design content using the existing tools.  All the major risks are completed.  However, they are not incorrect is saying that this is (nearly) impossible to do.  We knew that when we set out to make the impossible.  It took millions of dollars personally invested by the team, you don’t see that often.   These same people had to be so committed that they would work for eight years, without pay, to get us to this point, another nearly impossible task.  The support of our families has been the strength of this team, allowing us to pursue an impossible dream and make it real.  This is a game that we were told could not be made, we did it anyway.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Citadel of Sorcery: Opening the Door to the Citadel.

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  • spookydomspookydom BristolPosts: 1,782Member Uncommon
    This game has been on the mmorpg.com gameslist for as long as I was lurking before I registerd all official like. I really did belive it was never going to happen. Have to say it's looking intresting, well looks good on paper after reading this.  Ok, I'm going to colour myself intrigued about it from now on.

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  • sakersaker harrisburg, PAPosts: 993Member Uncommon
    Sounds too good to be true. I sincerely hope they manage to pull this off! Will definitely be watching! Sounds very much like the dream game I'd love to be playing!
  • TalruneTalrune Cortland, ILPosts: 339Member
    definatley the injection the mmo market needs! will be watching and keeping my eye on this one as well.
  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,642Member Uncommon

    Cool! New CoS news. They've been nose down in work and kinda off the grid lately. Good to read that things are still on track and moving forward.

     

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  • SenadinaSenadina San Diego, CAPosts: 896Member Uncommon
    That's a lot of promises. If they can deliver, it sounds amazing. Good luck guys.

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,452Member Uncommon

    I was wondering what happened to this game. Good to see it's still being developed.

     

  • adeladel Elyria, OHPosts: 24Member

    I have been following the game since thier first post on this site and i am so excited to see it getting close to the Alpha stage. i highly recomend that if you have not already that you check out thir redesigned webpage and facebook page.

    The facebook page is great because you get a synopsis on the time line of the development process which many of us have been following for a long time.

    I am so ready to take my place as a Fallen Hero!

  • PellagrenPellagren Boston, MAPosts: 32Member
    Very good read!  Im glad the gaming press is getting a look at the concept.  They sure have me excited again in this genre which I consider stale...
  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,980Member Uncommon

    Thanks for the enlightening report, I've been following this game for some time, but Jatar's been far more stingy in sharing detailed info like we've been reading in the past month.

    I'm very hopeful for this title, might be one of the few development houses trying to delivery something truely different and I'm hoping for the best.


    Hey, they wouldn't even listen to me when I insisted the game needed interdependency such as forced grouping, shows you they're pretty smart folks eh? image

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  • KrellenKrellen Fort Lauderdale, FLPosts: 84Member
    Seems way too ambitious to ever make it live.  I hope I am wrong.
  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,516Member Uncommon

    wow this could be revolutionary, where is the kickstarter link!

     

  • adeladel Elyria, OHPosts: 24Member
    Originally posted by Myrdynn

    wow this could be revolutionary, where is the kickstarter link!

     

    It has not launched yet they are waiting on final approval from kickstarter

  • IsaneIsane EnglandPosts: 2,629Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Kyleran

    Thanks for the enlightening report, I've been following this game for some time, but Jatar's been far more stingy in sharing detailed info like we've been reading in the past month.

    I'm very hopeful for this title, might be one of the few development houses trying to delivery something truely different and I'm hoping for the best.


    Hey, they wouldn't even listen to me when I insisted the game needed interdependency such as forced grouping, shows you they're pretty smart folks eh? image

    Not too stingy , I was upto 80 pages of quotes from the developers lots of information on the Official Forumns.

    Good to see this progressing.

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    Sorcery must persist, the future is the Citadel 

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,980Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Isane
    Originally posted by Kyleran

    Thanks for the enlightening report, I've been following this game for some time, but Jatar's been far more stingy in sharing detailed info like we've been reading in the past month.

    I'm very hopeful for this title, might be one of the few development houses trying to delivery something truely different and I'm hoping for the best.


    Hey, they wouldn't even listen to me when I insisted the game needed interdependency such as forced grouping, shows you they're pretty smart folks eh? image

    Not too stingy , I was upto 80 pages of quotes from the developers lots of information on the Official Forumns.

    Good to see this progressing.

    Yeah, but this is my home.... I look for info here, official forums aren't my style.   image

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  • NikopolNikopol The ZonePosts: 626Member Uncommon
    Been a long, long time, nice to hear about this game again. Was beginning to think it was a goner.
  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon
    Nice to see that these guys are still around and kickin! By the way, does this count as necroing because this game is so old? I keed! I keed! image

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  • DakirnDakirn Kansas City, MOPosts: 374Member Uncommon

    It looks like thier Kickstarter is up:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mmomagic/citadel-of-sorcery-mmorpg

     

    Maybe add it to the article?

  • Gabby-airGabby-air surrey, BCPosts: 3,440Member Uncommon
    Been following this game for awhile now, devs are really passionate and seem to be doing some great innovative things. Hopefully the execution, which most indies get wrong, is as good as their ideas. 
  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,516Member Uncommon
    very close to going for the $250 kickstarter.  Everything "sounds" amazing.  
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey zarqaPosts: 42Member
    I'm pleased to see this game taking shape and approaching alpha! It might sound too good to be true to some, but that's actually what will make it genre changing when it's released! Goodbye 10 rats! Goodbye grind! It's about time a game is released that is true entertainment rather than a second job! Good luck with the kickstarter project.
  • IsaneIsane EnglandPosts: 2,629Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Myrdynn
    very close to going for the $250 kickstarter.  Everything "sounds" amazing.  

    The Lead Designer has a number of books published and the "Cathexis" series so I am led to believe uses a Magic System in some ways similar to that used in the game.

    http://www.philipblood.com , nice set of books may give a nice feel of the type of storyline in e the Characters Quest. Worth a look at the Books and the kickstarter.

     

     

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    Sorcery must persist, the future is the Citadel 

  • EpuntheSmallEpuntheSmall Los Angelos, CAPosts: 2Member
    I didn't realize how long theyve been working on this.  Just saw on their FB that it started in 2004?  Thats a long time to be developing a game isnt it?  https://www.facebook.com/CitadelofSorcery
  • DakirnDakirn Kansas City, MOPosts: 374Member Uncommon

    They have an interesting timeline of progress showing their work over the years on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CitadelofSorcery

     

    Though I've been lurking on their forums since they announced it on MMORPG.com and the devs have been posting quite a bit and forth coming with info.  Their kickstarter page has tons of stuff about the game and links at the bottom to even more info.

     
  • senadinsenadin Markham, ABPosts: 228Member
    Too good to be true?.... Seems rather VERY ambitious....

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  • JalitanJalitan New market, MDPosts: 97Member Uncommon

    Most of us have been pining for our MMORPG genre to get back to its roots: for some developer to listen to what we really wanted and to attempt to make it. CoS is the best attempt I have seen thus far. It sounds like it has everything we have been asking for including a developer that plays games and listens to its user base. 

    It's time to support CoS and developers that are trying to make better games for us. Don't let our genre continue to fade in to repetative theme parks we get tired of in a month or two. Show the developers we are willing to fund our hopes. Support their Kickstarter!

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