After 12 years, Minions of Mirth rides off into the sunset

    
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Have you ever heard of this indie MMORPG called Minions of Mirth? It was put together by a small team in about a year and released in 2005. While it wasn’t the easiest game to get into and was vastly overshadowed by bigger fantasy MMOs at the time, Minions of Mirth did cultivate a devoted following partially thanks to the devs encouraging the community to tinker with the source code to help improve the game.

It was also notable for being one of the first free-to-play MMORPGs before that was a thing in the west.

Unfortunately, Minions of Mirth’s 12 year run is now at an end. A hard drive failure led to the game being taken down “indefinitely,” according to the official Twitter account. Still, it doesn’t mean that it’s the true end of the game. Minions of Mirth does feature a single-player option, which means that the community can still enjoy the game… just offline.

Check out this Atlas Obscura tour of the game from 2015 and an overview video after the break.

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Jack Pipsam

Never heard of it before, shame as it looked cool.

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Castagere Shaikura

Wow this takes me back. I had some fun in this one.

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Armsman

What – the Dev team on this game DIDN’T have a backup of critical data? Sad.

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Paragon Lost

hmm that’s not Ars Technica. That’s Atlas Obscura, Justin.

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Hirku

Kind of brings home how fragile this medium can be compared to print or film. Ah well.

Dust, wind, dude.

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camren_rooke

Played that soo long ago. It was actually a pretty interesting setup but all my friends were playing Wow so….

/e eye roll.

Sorry to see them go.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Minions of Mirth! That’s the name! I was trying to remember it the other day so could check if it was still around.

I played it a fair bit although I never got all that far. It was very unusual in that it was both free to play when almost nothing else was and in that you could choose between online or offline play. I never tried the offline version but the online was busy enough back then.

Sorry to see it go even though it’s been so long since i played that I couldn’t even remember what it was called. Going to go now and see if the offline version is still downloadable.

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Bryan Turner

A hard drive failure, the have no back ups, really?

There’s Indie and then there’s Devs that look like the characters from that movie Please Be Kind and Rewind.

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Tobasco da Gama

Eh, for a 12 year-old game that was never that big and probably has been kept around for the past few years only as a benevolent gesture, the lack of backups doesn’t surprise me.

Although it might just as much be a “can’t afford a replacement” situation as anything.

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Emmanuel Carabott

I have a feeling its not that they didnt have a backup but more on the lines of backup restore probably failed.

Pure speculation on my part… but events went like this on 18sept they posted on twitter “World Server OFFLINE. Hard drive finally died. Updating hardware now. Standby.”

on 21st they posted “Minions of Mirth is OFFLINE indefinitely. Thank you for years of adventurous fun!!!”

so seems like they didnt feel the hard disk failing was that big of a deal until it suddenly was which is what happens when your harddisk fails and you have a backup to rely on only to subsequently find out your backup was corrupted or the media used for backup died as well.

Its all been super vague, makes me wonder… in any event like any death of any mmo, sad news :(

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Sashaa

Loved that movie.

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Alex Js.

Eh, they probably do have a working backup but decided not to bother restoring it because, well, as the article from 2015 mentioned – almost nobody is playing it anymore anyway.

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Tobasco da Gama

Minions of Mirth does feature a single-player option, which means that the community can still enjoy the game… just offline.

Well, that’s bittersweet. At least the game will still be around and playable for those who enjoyed it, but what’s an MMO without an in-game community?

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Purewitz

Never heard of it. Probably because, I was playing Star Wars Galaxies back in 2005 to care about any other MMORPGs. World of Warcraft in 2004 didn’t even pull me away from SWG.