MMO sim RAW lets you live out your fantasy of being a convenience store clerk, seeks Kickstarter funding

    
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Have you ever wished that you could spend your days slinging cigarettes over a counter? Or market used cars to gullible customers? Or grow marijuana in secret? In RAW, a new life simulator MMORPG, you can do all of these things and more. At least, that’s what this novice development team is promising.

RAW’s name points to the starting situation of each 100 to 200-player server, where everyone is plopped down on an undeveloped island with multiple biomes and given the freedom to create their own society and towns. The main focus of the sandbox seems to be income generation, although there’s a heavy Grand Theft Auto element at work as well.

And for those concerned that this sandbox might run out of real estate, the developers assure you that won’t happen: “Don’t worry about the land, there’s plenty of space for everyone.”

Two years into development, RAW studio Killerwhale Games is looking for funds to help push the project to completion. Specifically, the team is seeking $79,670 from Kickstarter users — and it has most of that already with several weeks left to go in the campaign. Some of the stretch goals include an improved map, planes, helicopters, boats, motorcycles, a communication network (got to have them cellphones), an “advanced metabolism and disease system,” and modding support.

You might want to approach this campaign with caution, however, as some gamers have found dodgy aspects of this studio. These include possibly breaking German laws and using recycled assets in the Kickstarter trailer is boasting.

Source: Kickstarter. Thanks Shawn!
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Fenrir Wolf

I was really excited for a moment as I envisioned this Science-Fantasy mashup where you’d be dealing with all kinds of bizarre creatures and their dietary needs. Such as keeping a healthy stock of livestock to be sure you’ll always have enough to meet that hungry dragon’s order.

Then again, this is the setting that my mind has desired for a long time. Something like what the future of Eberron and the Discworld would look like. I imagine any normally menial job would become incredibly fantastic in such a setting.

I’m bored to tears by contemporary detective games, but if I were dealing with a golem who’d claimed they’d been possessed and forced to steal a work of art? That’s much more fun to unravel!

There’s so much potential in a setting like that.

I’d keep up on all the latest, juiciest gossip amongst the orkish castes so that I could be a good shopkeep.

2064: Read Only Memories captured a lot of what I’m feeling with this, and that was a rare, delicate, and singular experience for exactly that reason. Its ilk aren’t meant for this world, whose mascot word is doldrums.

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Bruno Brito

So does SWG, doesn’t it?

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Toy Clown

Can I make a pizza delivery sim? I’d make it Glenn-style (ala Walking Dead fame). Did you know he was a pizza delivery guy before the end of the world? Yeah! Try to deliver pizzas through slews of zombies!

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Jon Wax

But did YOU know…he was Sheldon’s roommate before Leonard?

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Jack Pipsam

I already work the depressing existence as the Night Shift guy at a lone country town Petrol Station.
If they can make that into a thrilling shooter, I’m all for it lol.

But for reals, it’s a interesting idea. Like a cross between Second Life and GTA. But I’m not sure if they can actually pull it off tbh. Sounds like something they could very easily get out of their depth with, especially if they’re gunning for crowdfunding with that low of a goal.

This to me screams of a project that could very easily never be released.

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Jon Wax

So we are done being cowboys?

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MrNastyButler

Everything about this kickstarter and company smells fishy to me. Why does the animations kind of remind me of something…it feels…kind of Arma 3 is…

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Jon Wax

That ain’t fish you smelling!!

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Grave Knight

Eh, it’s an interesting idea but lets think about how it’d actually play out. Everyone will either be cops or robbers and most people will want to be robbers.

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styopa

Will the convenience store have a bathroom?

http://static.wixstatic.com/media/b0a32e_f70e7ae5ace54ae0a834fdc85655d3b5~mv2.jpg

…because then it may do ok, because we all know what leads the way in the internet.

Funny note: my g/f in high school (now my wife) had that outfit 10 years before Clerks came out. Made that scene pretty damned funny for me anyway.
Edit: not sure why my img didn’t post as pic, would have been funnier. :(

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IronSalamander8 .

Love that movie. That scene was funny too in particular.

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styopa

37?
In a row?

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JonBuck

Hmmm. How about no? Is no good for you? Good.

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Godnaz

A studio with less than 10 staff who won’t divulge thier identities to authorities or have a business license. Are using flipped assets from online stores and clips from TV shows in the trailer. A project that sounds far too imbitious, borderline mendacious and a game trailer video that states you can be ‘whatever you want’.

The warning flags are not red on this project. They are Sun blazing white as a warning to stay away.

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Jon Wax

I’ve seen weddings that were less red. Probably same end result.