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.