Seed The Realm Reawakened

$5,540 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 31 months
Hi!  I'm Stephen Nichols.  I'm an expert game developer with over 20 years of experience making games professionally.  My credits include titles like Draw Something, Dungeon Runners, Freelancer, and Jangle.

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.  :-)
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I'm still plugging away at this project. Slow but sure. Hope to have something exciting to show soon!
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Progress is picking up, folks! We've been using the GoFundMe donations to subsidize initial artwork production. We're zeroing in on a final logo / icon and are turning our attention to UI mocks next. Be sure to keep an eye on the forums for the latest as well!

http://community.therealm.io
Logo work in progress.
Icon concept.
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Hey everyone. Still churning away on preproduction work. Got my artist working away on concepts. I'll have more to share soon. Visuals FTW!
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Just a quick update here: Concept art and logo work will begin shortly. I'll update you when it begins.

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.

http://community.therealm.io/t/lets-talk-about-levels-shall-we
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Anne Vollett
31 months ago
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This is a dream come true, Thank you Stephen!

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Stephen Nichols
30 months ago
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I agree, Shawna! We're still in rather early preproduction. Art is coming soon. :)

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Shawna Ward
31 months ago
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Yesssssssssssss! Stephen we are behind you 100%! Will there be a store for Tshirts, bumper stickers/window decals and a magazine perhaps like Sierra used to do quarterly? That would help get the word out too!

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Michael Willey
31 months ago
3
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Awesome!!

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Thomas Dooley
30 months ago
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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? :)

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Stephen Nichols
30 months ago
1
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Oooh, I meant Amanda. :D

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Amanda Raynor
30 months ago
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I feel like there should be pictures of the game on this page...Not saying you are not a handsome modern gentleman buuuuut, it's about the game isn't it?

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Pat Pence
11 months ago

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 :)

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Risky Matthew Howe
1 month ago

the realm is now copyrighted again, and re-licenced, and is in the middle of a full reboot.

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Robert Dabrowski
2 months ago

The Realm is back, go check it out. realmserver.com

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Robert Dabrowski
2 months ago

Wowww, Pat... IrishRose... Omg there is a name/memory cloud. I was LilGoofsta. I am sure that is enough said.

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Bruce Overbey
2 months ago

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

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Dalton Moulton
8 months ago

Stephen Nichols ile work for you for free!

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Weowen Weo
16 months ago

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.

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Jason Norton
17 months ago

Is this page for Vanguard Saga of Heroes?

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Adam Bradley
20 months ago

An update?? Anything?

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Scott Schubert
24 months ago

Loved this game - I was inspired by this GoFundMe to post my old Realm files (info, articles, etc) - http://www.ConeyLove.com/realm.html

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Brian Littleton Sr.
24 months ago

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

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Ian Otting
27 months ago

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.

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Lyle Earl
29 months ago

You going to bring it Back for Free or would it Cost us? Either way I'm All in

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Jordan Bierstock
14 months ago

OneUglySOB here! Best $25 I've ever spent... aside from my original Realm subscription, of course! :)

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20 months ago
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Mollie Torres
23 months ago

long time realm player till 2 years ago would love to have it back with players soo lonely now start playing in 1996 :-)

SW
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Shaun Wood
23 months ago
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BigOgreMan donates

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Adam Tellez
23 months ago
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Your work is more important than you may know.

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25 months ago
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Andrew D
26 months ago
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Sold all my mana crystals to afford this donation. I have faith it'll be worth it! Oh yeah, ElvenChanter checking in ;)

Anne Vollett
31 months ago
4
4

This is a dream come true, Thank you Stephen!

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Stephen Nichols
30 months ago
3
3

I agree, Shawna! We're still in rather early preproduction. Art is coming soon. :)

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Shawna Ward
31 months ago
3
3

Yesssssssssssss! Stephen we are behind you 100%! Will there be a store for Tshirts, bumper stickers/window decals and a magazine perhaps like Sierra used to do quarterly? That would help get the word out too!

+ Read More
Michael Willey
31 months ago
3
3

Awesome!!

+ Read More
Thomas Dooley
30 months ago
1
1

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? :)

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Stephen Nichols
30 months ago
1
1

Oooh, I meant Amanda. :D

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Amanda Raynor
30 months ago
1
1

I feel like there should be pictures of the game on this page...Not saying you are not a handsome modern gentleman buuuuut, it's about the game isn't it?

+ Read More
Pat Pence
11 months ago

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 :)

+ Read More
Risky Matthew Howe
1 month ago

the realm is now copyrighted again, and re-licenced, and is in the middle of a full reboot.

+ Read More
Robert Dabrowski
2 months ago

The Realm is back, go check it out. realmserver.com

+ Read More
Robert Dabrowski
2 months ago

Wowww, Pat... IrishRose... Omg there is a name/memory cloud. I was LilGoofsta. I am sure that is enough said.

+ Read More
Bruce Overbey
2 months ago

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

+ Read More
Dalton Moulton
8 months ago

Stephen Nichols ile work for you for free!

+ Read More
Weowen Weo
16 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Jason Norton
17 months ago

Is this page for Vanguard Saga of Heroes?

+ Read More
Adam Bradley
20 months ago

An update?? Anything?

+ Read More
Scott Schubert
24 months ago

Loved this game - I was inspired by this GoFundMe to post my old Realm files (info, articles, etc) - http://www.ConeyLove.com/realm.html

+ Read More
Brian Littleton Sr.
24 months ago

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

+ Read More
Ian Otting
27 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Lyle Earl
29 months ago

You going to bring it Back for Free or would it Cost us? Either way I'm All in

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