The Daily Grind: Would you play a Wheel of Time MMO?

    
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During this week’s podcast, we happened to mention the sprawling Wheel of Time series, a TV adaptation of which is currently being worked on by Amazon, no doubt in the hopes of being the next Game of Thrones. And on reflection, it seems to me that the time is ripe for an MMO set in the franchise. It’s a little strange no one’s ever tried.

I personally think it would make for a great backdrop for an MMO. Robert Jordan was rather rubbish at storytelling and building out believable characters that were more than wish-fulfillment or caricatures, but his world-building was epic. He had an obsessive attention to culture and color, even if it did seem like sometimes he just chose traits by dice roll. I’m not sure whether I’d want to be an Aes Sedai or an Aiel spearwoman or a million other things, but I do know that I’d tamp down my mild embarrassment and play it.

Would you?

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Magnus Itland

I played and enjoyed two (unofficial) text-based MUDs based on WoT, so yeah, I’d probably give it a try, if I live long enough. This franchise seems to be associated with people who take extremely long time at what they do. Robert Jordan did not even live long enough to write all the books, and it has been years since the first (horrible, terrible) TV airing and still nothing more than rumors. So it may be getting late for those of us who were old enough to buy Eye of the World for our own money shortly after it came out…

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Kevin McCaughey

I dunno. I am on book 4 at the moment and finding it really hard going. I’m not sure he did enough worldbuilding or character building for there to be much to work with. They are pretty average books.

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Rolan Storm

You kidding me? Yes!

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austin duvall

Hell yeah I’d play it.. I know it would be kind of lowbrow when it comes to completely open gameplay but as far as a beautiful storyline to follow I think it could work well if it was done up by a studio like Square Enix. Plus you guys are all forgetting you still have quite a few things in the Wheel of Time series that are vague enough to create story arcs out of. Like humanity before the opening of the Bore. Exploring the islands of the Seanchan. Finding out what’s north of the Blight and the Blasted lands. Think about it… Think about battling with Lan to hold Tarwins gap. Assaulting the Stone of Tear as Gaul. Riding along side Perrin to rescue Faile from the hands of the Aiel. Being Egwene, the Amyrlin herself, at the last battle wielding Saidar to smite Trollocs! I think if you took the books and brought them into a video game format it could allow you the chance to take a pretty decent Fantasy series and make it into a beautiful and just flat out amazing video game.

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Anstalt

So, u want a single player RPG, rather than an MMO?

Stories do not work well in an MMO. Trying to tie the MMO to the events of the book would be even worse.

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Crowe

If it was a decently made game with the perks of knowing what works successfully in a modern MMO but maybe with more strategic play than action, I’d be down. And although I love reading, I’m saying this despite the fact that I haven’t read any of those books… I was waiting for the series to be completed. (yeah, I know)

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austin duvall

Kinda has been completed for a while now xD but seriously it’s worth the read.. the first book was slow for me the second can be kinda slow for some people I thought it was a little better and then after that you can really see the series start to get more and more entertaining. It can get a tiny bit confusing to if you don’t read them all back to back so I suggest once you start you try to read them one right after the other but I promise it’s worth the read.

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Celestia

If I could join the White Tower I would never log out. Never.

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Anstalt

As always, entirely depends on the gameplay!

I only read the wheel of time series this summer and they had me hooked. A good read, even with its issues. But, as an IP for a massively multiplayer game, I’m not so certain. It could be fun, but I prefer higher fantasy. There weren’t that many races, most characters were human and the world (as presented) didn’t offer anything more than Earth.

I would much rather have a Riftwar Saga MMO. Midkemia offers pretty much everything that the Wheel of Time world offers, but with more interesting races to play about with and many more factions. But beyond that, you can open up more worlds with more interesting variations if you wanted to.

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Skoryy

Meanwhile, some of us are still waiting on a Discworld MMO.

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Barnoc N'Draak

Even if they could get a server with 10,000 characters, there would still be fewer than the the books. The world would feel empty.

Seriously though, I would. Also Mistborn.

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Vaeris

So…the modern standard for a themepark MMO with cookie cutter classes, meaningless crafting and an “end game” of PvP and dungeon/raid grinding that will be F2P with a cash shop and lock boxes…

…with a WoT skin.

Pass.