The Realm’s creator wants to remake this 20-year-old MMO

MMO veterans might be familiar with The Realm (also known as The Realm Online), which was one of the first class of graphical online RPGs. While it’s been trucking along since 1996, creator Stephen Nichols accused the current owners of letting The Realm lapse into “deep neglect” and wants to remake the game for modern sensibilities.

“2016 marks the 20-year anniversary of The Realm Online,” Nichols posted. “If you’re like me, you miss seeing the game thrive and grow as you know it can. I think it’s time for a remake of this internet classic with a fresh coat of paint and updated technology. Perhaps you agree. Yes, it’s time for a Realm remake, and I’m gonna make it happen.”

To wit, Nichols put up a Go Fund Me page to help raise $50,000 to finance initial promotion and preproduction for this “spiritual successor” called The Realm: Reawakened (not to be confused with FFXIV: A Realm Reborn). It will still be a 2-D room-based game, albeit one with updated graphics, cross-platform access, and improved technology. He admitted that he does not have the rights to the original game, although he’s in talks with the current owners.

Nichols said that he’s putting some of his own money into the game and has plans for a greater Kickstarter campaign in the future. How long could it take for a Realm remake to get off the ground? Nichols said that it could conceivably happen by the end of the year:

It’s my belief that The Realm: Reawakened has the potential to entertain a lot of people. The simple point-and-cick adventure style is very accessible and encourages a form of social play not found in many other products.

The original game has touched a great many people, fostered lifelong relationships, and helped to define what online gaming meant for countless folks. I want to bring that experience to more people!

I also believe that, with proper funding, we can release a playable version of The Realm: Reawakened in 2016. The first step on that journey, though, is driving the preproduction and preparing to fundraise on Kickstarter.

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David Vraniak

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Until this happens, feel free to enjoy a free private server with a team that is updating it quite often!

AdariousMistdancer
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AdariousMistdancer

Kaloth  It’s been 7 for years now .. and they wouldn’t dare raise it again.  The current gofundme campaign was at the request of those of us there, and this is going to go forward; the only variable is the length of time it takes, not ‘if’ it’s going to happen.  It seems as though you have a rather negative outlook on both topics.

Kaloth
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Kaloth

AdariousMistdancer Kaloth I got it from a post further down the thread, figured the info was correct.
That being said, I’m sure it’ll be $9 in short order. It used to be $5 (thanks internetarchive) but it has increased ever so slightly over the years.

AdariousMistdancer
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AdariousMistdancer

Kaloth Where exactly are you or anyone else getting this 9 dollar figure from?  A 2 minute visit to the original page ..realmserver.com shows that it is in fact 7…not 9.

DebbieDodson
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DebbieDodson

I still have my account but do not play anymore.  I was hoping someone would do something :)  cant wait to sign up and play :)

Gilyn
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Gilyn

I loved this game.  I can’t wait to see what Stephen Nichols comes up with for it’s reawakening.

MIKEtheWIZ
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MIKEtheWIZ

I’m so thrilled that The Realm is coming back with new paint and Tech. NG screwed The Realm, I’ll be donating.

Aralithful
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Aralithful

I had played MUDs before this but I think The Realm was my first graphical online rpg. I have occasionally felt nostalgic and went to take a look only to be met with the requirements to do so. I’d like to think my character data is still intact. I’d be interested to see something along the same lines but available on mobile and web based platforms.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Thanks! I will!

Jleuie
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Jleuie

FacelessSavior  You should join the conversation here then! http://community.therealm.io/t/poll-thief-role-playing-yes-or-no/291

BLuDLuST
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BLuDLuST

For those of you interested Stephen has created a forum page for the reboot. Here it is http://community.therealm.io/

Kaloth
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Kaloth

Edany (AmberACurtis) Living out of region for the game, I had to download it. While sure, it’s a pretty tiny download by today’s standards, imagine doing that shit with a 33.6k modem on unstable internet. Total nightmare, but once it was done I was enthralled.

Kaloth
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Kaloth

Oh man I miss this game. I haven’t played it in .. well a damn long time now.
I think I could be coaxed to return with a $5/month sub, but $9 for what would really just be a run at nostalgia (and pretty uninspiring gameplay by today’s standards) is a little much. Shit, I pay less than $9/month for Eve online, and the salt I’ve mined from that game will keep my food seasoned for years to come.
If the gofundme ever succeeds, we get what’s promised by it and then the kickstarter takes off, I’ll be there to lay down my (probably) $20; however, the original game didn’t mean so much to me that I’m keen to throw money at this project with nothing in return. I’ll buy a product, even if that product is just a promise to get the game when it comes out.

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

This was my very first MMO, and I still use the login and password from the back of my ancient CJ Jewell case that the game came in, or some variation of the two to this day. Heh!

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

paragonlostinspace FacelessSavior Yes, Yes, and YES. Thank you!!!

Evelmike
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Evelmike

This was my second MMO, but the first one I stuck with for years. My first long-distance relationship started in The Realm. This game has a special place in my MMO heart, for sure!

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

FacelessSavior      

 Heh! :) I just honestly don’t get it. Do they want this genre to exist or not? Is there something as good out there for the price? I’ve not seen it myself. This “is” the current “best”available immersive game world concept currently. 

  This is what took the place for me of tabletop gaming. Some day we’ll have even more immersive tools available to us to play with, but until that time comes I just don’t understand not wanting to support it or any other interest we humans have. If we want it to be there, it does indeed cost. To piss and moan over a pittance just speaks of a selfish lack of understanding of the big picture and how it affects them and their interests in the end.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Preach!!

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Being that it was something like 2 decades ago, I can’t remember what my first MMO was. But it was either Dark Sun Online, Meridian 59, or The Realm. I definitely played The Realm way longer than the others though. What’s funny is the mechanics and cartoony graphics made this one of yhe Lite’er choices at that time, while now-a-days it would be too “hardcore” for 90% of the MMO populace. Pvp, ninja looting, non-secure trading, only one instance of loot (not an individual care package for each player involved), XP loss on death, the ability to loot anything you didn’t have equipped, and Pickpocketing. Back when MMO’s had brass balls, and gave players enough freedom to form their own decisions about other’s morals, motives, and demeanor without hand holding. We made real friends and enemies back then. I miss it so :/

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Ness199X Nonsense to ask for money so that they can keep the game running? Seriously, this is nonsense? A paltry nine dollars a month to help support running the servers, maintaining the software etc? The “I want something for nothing anytime point of view” is ruining the mmorpg genre. Nine bucks won’t even buy me lunch anymore, and yet having 24/7/365 access to a game world and asking nine dollars a month to do so is something to balk over.

zoward
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zoward

This was my first MMO.  It often lagged, and exploits ruined the economy.  In short, it set the bar for every MMO succeeding it.   I had a great time with it though.

Ness199X
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Ness199X

An Overabundance of Cats Ness199X Ah I missed that line, in that case its good someone realized how screwed up the current situation with the game is.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

this was my first online game.  i played it before Diablo, etc.  it was also my first time to misbehave on the web, when i realized i could walk around in my underwear in this game.  Lolz.
It had very poor combat animations but the simple fact of being a graphical chat room with a fantasy/gear/combat/exploration element was truly awesome.   Good memories about this but I didn’t play it for very long.

Ness199X
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Ness199X

If he would like to see people be more interested in his game he might want to consider getting rid of the $9 monthly subscription for an almost 20 year old game, or at least stop requiring a credit card for the free trial. I was interested in taking a peek at it as a part of MMO history but balked at that nonsense.

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