Saturday, May 29, 2010

Books That Should Be MMO Games!

Books that should be MMO games! I've narrowed it to three of the series I think would make fantastic MMO games. Some of the most adventurous stories full of lore and legends! If you haven't read them.. Well you should! I've included some maps also, just to give an idea of the worlds in which these stories take place.

Dragonlace, ah the world oh Krynn. I can almost smell Otik's spiced potatoes... This series is by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I've read them all, even the spin off stories. I don't think there are heroes in any books I love more than these.

The lore is solid, many races across the world, which I might add is a well defined place full of adventure. There are several classes from the book that could be molded into playable class & race combination. There are many professions that would make excellent tradeskills. Deities are already there for many classes and races to be aligned with.

Everything for a setting is right there, the choice of where to make the setting in what time period, would be a hard choice though. There is war, magic, combat, action, adventure all in a storyline that drives deep into the heart of the readers that would come alive so perfectly in an online setting. These heroes are some I actually missed when I finished off these stories.

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams. A fantastic epic tale which takes place in a trilogy: The Dragonbone Chair , Stone of Farewell , and To Green Angel Tower. This was another fantasy setting I just fell into. The characters took breath as you read the pages and became real in the mind's eye.

The story is full of lore, another story full of many races races and a large world from which to create. I wouldn't say it is one of the most extensive stories to pull from but it is a rich story that offers much potential. Really this book is one of those settings you can really imagine as a game quite easily. It's been quite some time since I read these but I remember thinking it would make a fantastic MMO! I stayed up many a night finishing these books off, I just couldn't put them down.

Last but not least The Wheel of Time! This series is by Robert Jordan -May he rest in peace, died on September 16, 2007, at the age of 58. While he did not finish the series he left extensive information for the last novels which were taken over by Brandon Sanderson to be completed. We have all up to the latest one out in stores and I've not read them all- almost all. This series is a true epic adventure and I urge any fantasy fan to check them out.

Awhile back Red Eagle Entertainment Announced  they had signed a strategic distribution agreement with Electronic Arts Inc for the creation of a Wheel of Time game. However, there really has not been much if any other news floating about since then. When I first read about this I was ecstatic! It would truly make a wonderful fantasy game, a terrific MMO.

The lore for this book is massive. Characters for a story, extensive. Heroes, check! Many potential classes and some really great races to use in an MMO setting. The story is so intricate there really is so much content an MMO game could pull from. This is one I'd honestly love to see happen.

Maybe you've read them, maybe not. If you have then you know where I am coming from and if you haven't then you probably wouldn't know what I was talking about getting into every little detail, so I did try to keep it simple. Any of these your favorites too? What books do you wish would become an MMO?

"The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, and we are only the thread of the Pattern." (- Moiraine Damodred.)


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