Allods is a fantastic game as it is, great combat, great questing…the whole nine yards. The best part of it, in my mind, is the distinct and unique atmosphere. The mix of space and fantasy, the Empire’s Soviet propaganda posters, all of that sets it apart.
I wish they would have taken it further. Made it even more unique and interesting. I was sitting at lunch today and thinking how I would do it and this is what I came up with.
First of all, three factions. It worked very well in DAoC. It helps balance everything and makes for a more interesting world. So, three factions. But what three factions? Well, let’s continue a bit with the Soviet motif. Let’s take it a bit further and fill out the factions along those lines. Furthermore, let’s set it in a familiar setting: World War II. Let’s take the current fantasy setting, expand the Soviet influence on the Empire side and then go from there. Here is what I came up with:
- Legion: Same races in this one. Elf, Gibberling and Human
Pretend this was a Gibberling. This will represent our “Allied” side of the equation. This faction will have a British/American/French feel to it. Stick with the normal fantasy feel but interspersed with War Bond posters, Allied propaganda and a Female Gibberling Flexing. NPCs would have French, British or American accents. Black-out notices would be posted on walls.
- The Empire: This factions changes up a bit. Remove Orcs but keep humans and Arisen. Replace the Orcs with Dwarves. Go really heavy on the Soviet feel. Soviet propaganda, a fatalistic “no retreat” feel. Talk of the Motherland, Russian accents. Dwarves will fit right in.
- The Reich: The new faction. For this one we are gonna move Orcs over as the “seed” of the faction. In addition, humans will also make up part of the faction. Humans in every faction will help to balance things out. For the final piece, we introduce Werewolves. Fits in nicely with the Nazi feel. Again, German accents, heavily stylized propaganda posters. Talk of the Fatherland. A sense of elitism and entitlement. Of course, we are going to leave out the Holocaust, which has no place in the game and go for a straight up parody of Nazi Germany.
The more I think about it, the more I think this could work. Each faction has humans, which are always very popular. Each faction had one really cool race; Gibberling, Arisen and Werewolf. This will also balance things out. It would be a truly unique MMO and could lead to some amazing game play. The quests alone could be pretty amazing and the instance possibilities huge.
What do ya think? Sound like a game you would want to play?