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Get in Touch with Your Inner English Major with this Jane Austen MMO

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This Jane Austen MMO is not your run-of-the-mill game.

The games industry has had its share of 2D platformers and first person shooters, but what about an MMO strategy game surrounding Jane Austen's works? 

That's the premise of the Ever Jane Kickstarter. Rather than going on quests to kill X number of monsters, players must worry about public appearances, lies, and gossip.  

Currently, a prototype of the game is already available and free to download and play. "The current prototype provides fully functional infrastructure for both the gossip and the invitation systems as well as a 3D village in which you can walk about, bowing and curtsying to people appropriately," states the Kickstarter. "We have a tutorial that walks you through the basic mechanics and UI. There are no balls, dinner parties, or mini-games yet nor any ability to travel between villages. We need additional funds to build those." 

The development team has already done plenty of work on the game. They're only asking for another $100K for development, a rather disconcertingly low amount for an MMO. To be fair, Ever Jane is targeting a niche audience that's probably willing to pay a subscription to play such an intriguing and different type of game.

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    COLGeek , November 2, 2013 10:51 PM
    Who is the targeted audience for this game? I would imagine that population is rather tiny. Now, adding a SDK for users to make mods to turn into a FPS could spice this up a bit...Just a suggestion.
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    Shankovich , November 2, 2013 11:30 PM
    What?
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    anort3 , November 3, 2013 12:01 AM
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    Who is the targeted audience for this game? I would imagine that population is rather tiny. Now, adding a SDK for users to make mods to turn into a FPS could spice this up a bit...Just a suggestion.


    Oh yeah this has zombie shooter written all over it. Why not? They did an Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie! It could even be good with Victorian weapons. :lol: 
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    rolandzhang3 , November 3, 2013 12:10 AM
    Wut.
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    tobalaz , November 3, 2013 1:49 AM
    Don't we have it already?
    I think its called Facebook.
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    de5_Roy , November 3, 2013 2:20 AM
    have the characters from gta v sit in on a book-reading session. odd crossovers like that will boost it's public visibility. :) 
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    amdfangirl , November 3, 2013 2:24 AM
    And yet they refuse to fund my killer traffic cone apocalypse survival game on kickstarter.
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    vinnywong , November 3, 2013 3:10 AM
    So is it like a Downton Abby MMO?
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    NuclearShadow , November 3, 2013 3:13 AM
    I'm tempted to give to it just for its originality and while I don't oppose violence in video games it is nice to see a non-violent game that is still aimed at a older audience.
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    tburns1 , November 3, 2013 8:55 AM
    Make it steampunk too.
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    smeezekitty , November 3, 2013 10:43 AM
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    I'm tempted to give to it just for its originality and while I don't oppose violence in video games it is nice to see a non-violent game that is still aimed at a older audience.

    I agree its nice to see a non-violent game. I don't play FPSs except for vintage ones like Doom.
    But this is kind of weird - not sure what the target of it is.
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    cats_Paw , November 4, 2013 6:44 AM
    No no, Facebook is the narcisist corner, this would be the manipulator heaven.
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    COLGeek , November 4, 2013 6:48 AM
    Jane Austen + Steampunk + Zombies + Traffic Cones (as weapons or power up nodes?), now we are getting somewhere.
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    stevejnb , November 4, 2013 8:55 AM
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    Who is the targeted audience for this game? I would imagine that population is rather tiny. Now, adding a SDK for users to make mods to turn into a FPS could spice this up a bit...Just a suggestion.


    Eh, you'd be surprised. Millions upon millions of people around the world like Jane Austen - including a good number of young people - and something tells me that they don't like gunning down demons with a machine gun. There are countless usual-genre and violent games out there, but this one is going to be unique, to say the least. I'd be shocked if this didn't have a mid-sized audience interested in it if it's actually well done, and the gaming industry *really* needs more originality like this rather than more knuckleheads pumping out FPS's ad nauseam.

    I have no interest in this game, but... If you want some FPS/RTS/kill aliens/demons/Nazis/terrorist game or whatever, play one of the gazillion of them already on the market and leave this one alone.
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    Pherule , November 4, 2013 9:31 AM
    This 'mmo' is going to flop spectacularly.
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    MannyBones , November 4, 2013 10:08 AM
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    So is it like a Downton Abby MMO?


    About a hundred years earlier. We're talking Napoleonic Wars, not WWII.
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    COLGeek , November 4, 2013 12:52 PM
    Let there be no doubt that Jane Austen represents truly classic literature and boasts an incredible following. Those fans are likely the targeted audience, but is that group a gaming audience? And will enough of them subscribe to make this effort profitable?

    Time will tell. I wish the developers luck (and a sense of humor in the vein that most of the comments offered here provided).