Seed The Realm Reawakened
I love making games that people want to play!
I'm also the original designer and developer of The Realm Online. The Realm Online was one of the first graphical massively multiplayer online games ever made.
Click here to see screenshots from the original game!
It was published by Sierra On-line back in 1996 and used the familiar and accessible point-and-click adventure style popularized by the Kings Quest game series.This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Realm Online's commercial launch. The current owners of the game have allowed it to lapse into deep neglect. The servers aren't staying up and the game is on it's last legs.
Yes, the original game is still up and running 20 years later! :-)
I'm making it my personal goal to lead the production and launch of a spiritual successor to this Internet classic.
The working title of the new game is "The Realm: Reawakened."
Click here to visit the bustling community forum.
Click here to check out the game's teaser site.
Building a quality game of this magnitude will take money and considerable preproduction work. I'd like to launch a Kickstarter campaign in February/March to raise money for production of the game.
I'm personally bankrolling what portions I can of the preproduction work. This includes server setup, initial coding, software purchases, and concept artwork commissioning.
Sadly, though, I'm not made of money! I'm looking to raise up to $50,000 to help bankroll the remaining preproduction work for the game.
This money will be used for:
1. Funding prototype development.
2. Creating concept art, mockups, and prototype art for the game.
3. Inbound marketing and awareness building for the coming Kickstarter campaign.
It's my belief that The Realm: Reawakened has the potential to entertain a lot of people. The simple point-and-cick adventure style is very accessible and encourages a form of social play not found in many other products.
The original game has touched a great many people, fostered lifelong relationships, and helped to define what online gaming meant for countless folks. I want to bring that experience to more people!
I also believe that, with proper funding, we can release a playable version of The Realm: Reawakened in 2016. The first step on that journey, though, is driving the preproduction and preparing to fundraise on Kickstarter.
I'm excited to bring the timeless fun of The Realm: Reawakened to a new generation of players. Won't you help me realize this vision? Donate what you can so that the game can get off to a great start and the Kickstarter campaign can be a smashing success!
Thanks for reading. :-)
The forums are hopping with activity though. If you haven't checked them out, you should!
We're beginning to hash out some core game mechanics as well. Feel free to review and chime in on the idea of levels in The Realm: Reawakened.
In 1982's Taipan!, if you dealt with Money Lender Wu, it was possible to overpay Wu, and ring up negative debt and quickly surpass the 1000 trillion money mark. The programmer verified that you didn't pay Wu more than you had.. but didn't verify that you didn't pay Wu more than your debt. Realm seemed to have been built around the concept of a trusted client - with the server accepting data from the client and doing little if any verification of the data passed to it to make sure end users weren't modifying values in memory on the local client. How have your coding practices and MMORP design criteria changed to deal with issues like these? Will your code be checked by team members, verified by penetration testers, and fellow design personnel during the planning stages, or other proactive method - to dramatically reduce the chances of "overpaying Wu" type errors from occurring in the new project? Can you describe how your time management skills have improved in the past 15 years? i.e. is there a iOT (internet of things) dog shock collar that will go off every time the term "*soon*" is used? :)
Love Realm started playing in 1997 and enjoyed it so much I was IrishRose and Mech Evils and ended up marrying Mech Nihil in real life great memories of the game and look forward to the new one. WTG Stephen during my days of playing I had the chance to talk to you several times on the phone :)
This sounds great to me. I was and still am Gargantuan2. Other names I used were GargyJrjr and Fphantom309. My GM days were as Leviathon. I had thought never to hear anything from Stephen after they had a grave for him in the game.. I would return to the game as well as long as we don't have problems with dungeon queues again, lol
the realm is now copyrighted again, and re-licenced, and is in the middle of a full reboot.
The Realm is back, go check it out. realmserver.com
Wowww, Pat... IrishRose... Omg there is a name/memory cloud. I was LilGoofsta. I am sure that is enough said.
omg stephen please continue working on this!! my dad played this game until the day he died and i miss what it was like when i was new and just starting on the realm!!! also you probably dont remember me but you took my head off on test server and i got in soooooooo much trouble after you sold off the game :D they told me i was a hacker and set all my stats to 1
Stephen Nichols ile work for you for free!
Noooo Stephan is saying soon again. lol hope things are still in the works my wife and i played The Realm for years and would love to see something new.
Is this page for Vanguard Saga of Heroes?
An update?? Anything?
Loved this game - I was inspired by this GoFundMe to post my old Realm files (info, articles, etc) - http://www.ConeyLove.com/realm.html
I played the realm for years after they mooffed the mages hat I gave up it was not worth 6 bucks a month with very few updates and after you max out your char whats left I remember the realm gatherings my family had6 accounts my daughter did a month sub a while back just to check it out she was not impressed it will be hard to get a following like it once had before norseman got it
Seem to have the amount of support as the game currently has players. How will you expand your reach to realmers from way back? How will you appeal to the younger generation while still remaining true to the original? Will the game be free to play with micro transactions, or subscription based? Lots of questions with very little information.