So, I'm in school for video game programming, and as the subject says, I'm developing a Transformers MMO. Obviously, its a project that's beyond a single students capabilities, and it offers all sorts of licensing issues. However, its my dream project, and I plan on pursuing it once I've graduated. Now, lets admit it, we're all huge nerds here. Being nerds, probably a good deal of you have played an MMO at some point. This truth being self-evident means that I can probably count on alot of you knowing what goes into making a good one. So, I'd be interested to know about any constructive criticism anyone might have, ideas, what you would want to see in a Transformers MMO, so on and so forth. I'll also be posting things i've worked on (mostly just conceptual stuff at the moment). I'm going to start with the beginning of a quest string that I've been working on. Just the first two parts for now. Location: Kalis Quest: The Missing Patrol Autobot Version: Hound: "Listen up. As you may be aware, the city-state of Kalis was veritably destroyed near the beginning of the war, and was assumed to be unoccupied. However, one deca-cycle ago, we picked up a strange energy reading there. Shortly there after we sent in a sizable recon team to investigate, with whom we have since lost contact. Based on their last known transmission, we've approximated that they were in the South-East Sector of the territory, just outside of the city. We can't risk lossing a whole other team, so we'll be sending a single bot this time. We want you to go in there, locate the missing team, and bring them back in for debriefing. In the event that they no longer function, we'll require that you remove one of their data-tracks and bring it back, so that we can have at least some idea of what in the name of Primus is going on. This is your mission. Best of luck to you." Decepticon Version: Hun-Gurrr: "You! What is your purpose here? Well nevermind whatever it was, you've just been reassigned. If anyone has a problem with that, tell them they can take it up with the Terrorcons. Last deca-cycle we picked up an energy signature inside of Kalis proper. We were about to send in a team to uncover its nature, when we found that the Autobots had beat us to it. So, instead we sent in a team to just kill the Autobots and bring back their findings. However, it would appear that they were too incompetent to even complete that task, and haven't reported back in since their intial contact with the Autobots, somewhere around the South-Eastern sector. Where they failed, you had better slaggin succeed. Go find the Autobot team, destroy them, and bring back one of their data-tracks for study. We need to know what they're up to." Objectives: 1. Search the territory of Kalis and locate the missing reconnaissance patrol. 2. If none of the team has survived, retreive one of their data-tracks, and bring it back to Hound/Hun-Gurrr. Overview: This would be the first quest for both factions that would take you into Kalis. In the outer regions of Kalis, the mobs are much like the generic ones found in other regions. Animal types, roaming haywire drones, etc. Closer to the city, the mobs become reanimated corpses of the earlier mobs, which are slower but cause more greivous wounds. Around the point where the team was supposed to have disappeared, there is a single member left alive, surrounded by the corpses of the rest of the team. The remaining member is now raving mad, and becomes stuttering something about the dead here not being dead. As he is saying so, the dead team members rise up and tear apart the survivor. They then turn on the player. Once all the the reanimated have been killed again, the player can retrieve the data tack from the recently killed member. Next quest in the string: Location: Kalis Quest: What in the name of... Autobot/Decepticon Version: Hound/Hun-Gurrr: I can't believe my optics. I've never seen anything like this before... We need more information. Take this data-track to Jetfire/Shockwave in Iacon/Kaon. Hopefully he'll be able to make more sense of it than I possibly could. What ever is happening in Kalis is more severe than I could have imagined... Objectives: 1. Take the recovered data-track to Jetfire/Shockwave in Iacon/Kaon Overview: Pretty self explanatory. ______________________________________ there we go. Lets see what others have to add on.