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Beta Contest Commentary

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  • TectonTecton Posts: 435Administrator Starmourn staff

    --- Skip this paragraph if you're not interested in an Internet stranger's unsolicited opinion

    I won't speak to popularity any more than that, since it doesn't really interest me.  What does interest me is that just about every playable species is essentially humanoid (bipedal, head, two arms, two legs, and the occasional tail) whereas nonplayable species have body plans that include centauroid, serpentine, two non-bipedal insectoids, cnidarian, molluscoid, and whatever these are, plus all the others that didn't stand out in my mind strongly enough to remember their names and wiki pages.  I realize that it has more to do with general trends in sci-fi than Starmourn itself, per se, but I feel like a MUD is exactly the kind of place where they should be playable.  You don't have to worry about animations, skeleton rigging, low poly count, or bad texturing dragging the gameplay down — they leap off the proverbial page pretty well on their own, I think.
    It comes down to balance, in our games, our attacks can be limb-centric or bodypart-centric. Can you sweep the legs out from under a slug? Can you break the arms of something that doesn't have arms? No. Should some combat mechanics not apply based on your race? So while we don't have graphical issues to worry about, the depth of our combat limits that sort of things in other ways.
  • UninsurablePilotUninsurablePilot Posts: 16Member
    edited November 13
    I recognize that there are very good, sound reasons for why Starmourn's playable species selection is what it is, and I certainly didn't mean to imply any kind of deficiency in the game for going in this direction.  If anything, I'd say we're fairly spoiled for choice!  Between the Beta Contest thread itself and the Character Concepts thread on the Roleplaying board, there are clearly people who have been immediately grabbed by one species or another (the Jin are a good example I think) or who, like me, find so many of them compelling that we're juggling two or three.

    I didn't mean to derail the thread with that comment, so I'll not say any more on the subject rather than make more of a fool of myself.
    Syaja
  • SyajaSyaja Posts: 331Member ✭✭✭
    Nah, totally got where you were coming from. Also I know I wanna play a W'hoorn, but I'm tempted by a few other races as well.
    Squeakums
  • TectonTecton Posts: 435Administrator Starmourn staff
    I recognize that there are very good, sound reasons for why Starmourn's playable species selection is what it is, and I certainly didn't mean to imply any kind of deficiency in the game for going in this direction.  If anything, I'd say we're fairly spoiled for choice!  Between the Beta Contest thread itself and the Character Concepts thread on the Roleplaying board, there are clearly people who have been immediately grabbed by one species or another (the Jin are a good example I think) or who, like me, find so many of them compelling that we're juggling two or three.

    I didn't mean to derail the thread with that comment, so I'll not say any more on the subject rather than make more of a fool of myself.
    All good!
  • CubeyCubey Posts: 33Member ✭✭
    As an aside: If Starmourn were more "hard sci-fi" than "adventurous space opera", I'd probably be worried about the genetic health of a species whose founding population has been stated to be 375.  Instead, I just expect to hear a passing comment in some Scatterhome dive about how vigorously humans are fighting that whole "endangered species" label. :wink:

    375 is more than enough to maintain genetic diversity. Technically the bottleneck required for successful repopulation (without everyone being inbred accidents) is somewhere in double digits, even very low double digits if you assume careful planning and some kind of marriage overseer monitoring who has kids with whom.

    Now the question is, how much time it'd take for the human population to reach stable levels but Starmourn is a pretty high tech setting. It's not out of question that some kind of cloning technology or even genetic manipulation was involved.

  • saturninesaturnine Posts: 21Member
    The ironic part for me is that earlier in the day I'd gotten really excited for something, then disappointed when it didn't happen. Normally I'm good at remaining cynical but yesterday I let that slip twice.
    ErrantSqueakumsKestrel
  • ErrantErrant Posts: 23Member
    Sad face. Just... sad face. :(
    SqueakumsKestrel
  • SyajaSyaja Posts: 331Member ✭✭✭
    That angry face is kinda scary when it finishes off that sentence. lol
    QitorienErrant
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    I just wanna say to all you lucky bastards who got into the beta and are bothering with perusing the forums with us simpletons..
     :( 
    Show those bugs and glitches who's boss!
     B) 
    I hate you right now, but you have a job to do! Curb stomp that coding, break those boundaries, shut down those nudey bars!
     >:) 
    And.. as those british YouTubers say, smash that awesome button, but literally just smash it to pieces so all these problems can be fixed by the time we peasants rip open that christmas present labeled 'starmourn' while sucking down some eggnog(alcoholic, or what's the point?)!!! 
     o:) 
    Also, I hate you, but the angel on my shoulder says be nice. Have fun, guys!
     =) 
    knucklesTraveler
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    I definitely have been lmao
    Errant
  • QueanQuean Posts: 59Member ✭✭✭
    DPierre said:
    Rothare said:
    ...
    Show those bugs and glitches who's boss!
     B) 
    ...
    Glitches get stitches

    Or at least patches.
    RothareBastaraDPierre
  • gamer1978gamer1978 Posts: 6Member
    So when is the game opening up for anyone beta testing it? Instead of just people that got emails?
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    Sometime near the end of December
    Quean
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    Commenting so I can be the last so far and get more thumbs up

    Changu said:

    Syaja
  • AvaeAvae Posts: 8Member
    A chance for a beta invite?  :o I might as well comment, too.. C'mon, Ry'nari/BEAST would be cool!
    MalashRothareSqueakums
  • QueanQuean Posts: 59Member ✭✭✭
    Actually, with the workload I've been having lately, I'm kind of grateful to the Empyreals that I was not chosen as a Trib... tester. I should sort everything out by December, but between being a dad, working full time and participating in the National Novel Writing Month... I'm not sure being a winged, feline space Dervish would get the space it deserves :D
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    Gotta look at the positives I guess. Sounds like a busy time of year for you with the holidays!
  • RothareRothare Posts: 66Member ✭✭
    Omg that happened to me not too long ago! Ugh I was upset too hahaha
    Squeakums
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