I follow many sub Reddits on Reddit (that is what they are called, aren’t they?) although I don’t read a lot there. However, there are a few key ones I skim semi-regularly.
The Anthem debacle coverage in the Reddit is equally depressing and entertaining, and like a car crash is often impossible to look away.
Project 1999 is rarely used, as the main forums get 100s of posts and replies a day. Of course that makes perfect sense – that a game and gamers stuck in a perpetual past are using a communication method that was ideal for the time. Nostalgia knows no bounds. (Yes, I read there, because I am one of those suckers).
Magic The Gathering Arena is another fun one to learn codes for free cards in the digital format, as well as see some fun and interesting decks.
Last, but not least, is Pantheon MMO, the may someday arrive child of Brad McQuaid. Of which, I have had some things to say about him in the past. Of course, Pantheon MMO is the one big hope for the EQ Nostalgia hunters. And like many crowdfunded games before it (Hello, DAOC 2, Star Citizen, etc., ad naseum) they are likely years and years away from having anything resembling a full blown MMO. They will probably ship a product well before it is.
Sorry, cynicism. Go away. (Not you, dear reader, the cynicism!)
So it is with a shred of hope and expected disappointment when a lore video popped up on the Reddit. About an elf. It’s a 10 minute watch and is mostly a voiceover over stills. Assuming there is a text version somewhere too, but here it is:
Yes I became interested. It worked! An interesting take on elven culture, and a whole bunch of things that don’t really make sense to me. It is video 31 of the series. So of course I started exploring more of them.
Interesting thing is as I am listening and watching the stories – many that are very cryptic and talk about things that maybe I should know more about – I look at it through a video game lens. Oh, that’s a dungeon we will explore someday. That must be a raid boss. Etc, etc. Oh, lost pages, only three have been recovered? I bet there are more to find. It is a story based on a video game (or parts of a video game) so hopefully all the things mentioned end up in the design somewhere, somehow.
What is interesting is that the race videos are coming up very soon in the order I am exploring and they have the most interesting take on Gnomes I have seen (visually) at least and that is typically my favorite Everquest race. So I am equally curious to see how things play out there. Maybe the culture and other aspects will be far from the typical “curious tinkering gnome” stereotype and it won’t click. We shall see.
Back to Ms. Greyborne – the story isn’t too far off standard fantasy fare but what I did appreciate is how they set the stage for her from her tendencies as a child, to her rebellious years, to where she is today. It also left some huge plot holes – mentioned but not explored – that does entice me to want to know more and gives the developers and story artists room to explore things in game.
If that game is ever released, at any level of expectation people are having. Which for me, is about zero right now – a healthy dose of “I will believe it when I see it”. But yes, I will totally play it if it ever gets released in a playable state.
I’m trying to think of what other games have done to explore lore in bite sized pieces – I know World of Warcraft has novels and movies and other grand things, but I think I appreciate the small (less than 10 minutes a pop) nature of these videos as a way to explore different topics and thoughts quickly. I am mostly sure the style and format is a limitation of budget but they are still well narrated and completed – that’s for sure.
Is Pantheon on your list? Do you have a favorite lore spot you visit for your most interesting games?