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So I've been playing Lego Harry Potter since yesterday, and I found myself yet again wondering why there isn't a Harry Potter MMORPG. This is a question I ask myself anytime I play a Potter related game, be it the ps2 Quiddich world cup, or one of the many movie tie-in games. It just seems crazy to me that no one has tried to cash in on this yet. It's not as if there's a shortage of fans out there who would be willing to pay 15$ a month to go to virtual Hogwarts. And honestly, just how hard would it be to make?

I've been wanting this for years now, and I'd like to share my idea of the perfect Potter game with you.



We'd start with the Character creator. Think sims 3 here, except without the wardrobe. Characters would start with a simple black robe that would later be embellished with their crest once they were sorted into their house, but everything else would be up to you. You'd take your little first year and give him or her whatever features your little heart desired. Want to play a Mary Sue with pink hair and violet eyes? Go for it. Want to play someone who looks suspiciously like Draco Malfoy? Knock yourself out.

Once you had their look down you'd move on to their personality. You'd be given a chance to select 6 traits that best described your character from a list of let's say 20 or 30ish. Each trait would be coded with a certain amount of points towards each house (unseen by the player, of course). For example Courage would look like this:

Courage:

5 Gryffindor
4 Hufflepuff
3 Ravenclaw
2 Slytherin

Here are a few more examples:

Sneaky:
5 Slytherin
4 Ravenclaw
2 Hufflepuff
1 Gryffindor

Flirty:
5 Slytherin
4 Hufflepuff
3 Gryffindor
2 Ravenclaw

Smart:
5 Ravenclaw
4 Slytherin
3 Gryffindor
2 Hufflepuff

Green thumb:
5 Hufflepuff
4 Gryffindor
3 Slytherin
3 Ravenclaw

Aggressive:
5 Slytherin
4 Gryffindor
3 Ravenclaw
1 Hufflepuff

So that isn't to say you couldn't have a flirty Ravenclaw or a smart Hufflepuff, it would just mean most of the rest of their traits would have to have higher Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff points.

Now if you picked these traits, this would be the result.

G R H S
5 3 4 2
1 4 2 5
3 2 4 5
3 5 2 4
4 3 5 3
4 3 1 5
----------------
20 20 18 24

This player would be a Slytherin. Of course an algorithm could be written to adjust the numbers to avoid ties and other problems- but you get the idea.


Once sorted you'd find yourself in the Great Hall, ready to meet your new friends.

There could be wand duels to earn XP, quests from teachers to learn new basic spells... And once you earned enough XP you'd be bumped up to a second year where there would be more spells and quests. When you finally reached your final year you would be asked to pick a career path, specializing in one of several possible magic traits. This would be the start of separating players and giving them special skills. For example a dragon tamer would be something along the lines of a classic hunter style player. They would be able to train beasts to work with them. Healers would learn magic that was mostly geared towards mending others and restoring health. And so on and so on. You could then let the player choose their side. For Hogwarts, or for Voldemort.

Tell me that wouldn't be awesome. You'd graduate Hogwarts and go out into the wizard world. This could be the equivalent of reaching the outlands on Warcraft.


Quests and duels would lead to drops, where you could pick up new gear and clothes for your character, along with Galleons, Knuts, and Sickles. There could even be a Hogsmeade and a Diagon Alley where you could spend your money on brooms and sweets! Your character could learn to ride a broom to make transportation easier, and at a higher level even learn to apparate. There could be a floo network and owl mail... and none of it would be any more complected than what you already find in most MMOs.


So yeah, I want my Potter MMO, and I want it now. Someone needs to hurry up and make this. *waves her money around*. Warner Brothers, you are sitting on a goldmine, now get off your ass and do something about it. Me and my pink haired, blue-eyed Hufflepuff have potions class and we don't want to be late. ...We hear Professor Snape is really bitchy when it comes to tardiness.

Date: 2010-08-12 07:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lessthanpie
I would play the hell out of this game. Goodbye, RL. You were boring anyway. :P

Date: 2010-08-12 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Word. Virtual Hogwarts > Life

Date: 2010-08-12 07:29 pm (UTC)
ext_110744: Jeff making the \o/. (Default)
From: [identity profile] unholynotions.livejournal.com
Seriously, so would I.

Mwrar, bitchy Snape. *clears throat* I mean what?

Date: 2010-08-12 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
I would spend hours just running Snape quests, just so I could stare at his smexy animated-ness. >_>;;

Date: 2010-08-12 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-booty.livejournal.com
WANT. I would buy a new computer just to run this on.

Date: 2010-08-12 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
i would buy my friends new PCs so I could force them to play it with me. lol

Date: 2010-08-12 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Oh man, I want this game. I refuse to pay monthly fees for online games, but goddamn, I'd do it for HP.

Date: 2010-08-12 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
I like to think of monthly fees like this: $15 is less than the price of a movie and dinner or drinks. Except for $15 you're getting a months worth of entertainment, while dinner and a movie is one night of entertainment.

It's also $45 cheaper than buying a new x-box or ps3 game every month. Or, $30 cheaper than buying one every 2 months.

Money aside though, I would sell my soul to get this game made. lol

Date: 2010-08-12 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
This is true. But I get bored so damn easy there's just no point. I did it for like two months with ToonTown (yes, I'm lame, but it's awesome. >.>) and then I got bored.

So I stick to stuff like GW where it's one fee and that's it. XD

Seriously. If they can come out with ones for other popular shows/movies, they can damn well do a HP one. (And I must say, they should totally make a BtVS one as well, because that would just be sick)

Date: 2010-08-12 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
They actually are making a BTVS one. Though sadly they bumped a Firefly one to do it. D: Oh well, can't have everything. They announced it eons ago, but there's been no news since. :/

Date: 2010-08-12 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Yeah, I just assume after 2 years with no word the project's probably not on the books anymore.

Date: 2010-08-12 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
There was an update way early last year, but I think it was just to say that Fox knew who they wanted to have make it? I don't even remember. It's hard to say how things will go with games though, especially mmos. I mean the original WoW took something like 10 years to make I think? It was something crazy like that.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
10 years? Holy shit. That...almost makes me want to try it, because that just makes it sound epic. Hm.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Wait, I googled it. It was only in development 5 years. That's still a long time for a game though, and another source says that if you count planning and pre-development it is close to ten years.

If you've never tried it you should grab the free trial just to see it. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. If you're ever keen to play I'll log in and hang out with you during your free trial.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Haha, I actually just tried to sign up for the free trial, and it keeps telling me the page is unavailable.

But I wanna try it, so I'm just going to spend the 20 bucks to buy the game, haha. First month's free, so if I hate it it's not as if I'm wasting a ton of money.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
lol, that's hilarious. They're such fail sometimes.

I can prolly actually send you a trial code from my account. I'd have to log in though. I'll comment again after I look into it.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Haha, yeah, kind of a lot of fail right now, because even the page to actually buy the game is unavailable/invalid. So I grabbed the free trial from another site, and am waiting for it to install.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Are you on the battle.net site or the warcraft site? because Battle.net (who they merged with) seems to be working fine. But I didn't check the warcraft site.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
battle.net was the one that didn't work for me. Idk, it happens sometimes with my computer.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Weirdness. Whatever, if you manage to get on let me know and I'll log in.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Well, it's running through Dling the patches and whatnot right now, but I may not be on for a while, because if it makes the internet in the house slow, there's going to be yelling from my dad. heh.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
I didn't mean like right this min. lol I just meant anytime tonight, or maybe Sat.

Those patches take forever. I had to reinstall on my desktop a few weeks back and I couldn't believe it took so long.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Oh, I`ll totally be on sometime tonight, if something would decide to work. Apparently the one I DLed didn`t want to work with the blizzard account, so I`m RE-dling the one from the account page. It`s a lot of fail going on.

They didn`t take me that long (like 10 minutes), but I also don`t know how recent the version I grabbed was.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Ick. :/

At least it didn't take long.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Nope, and I finally got everything to work.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Win. I'm about to vanish and eat. Let me know when you're ready to hop on and I'll either meet you with one of my chars or start a new one to help you level.

Date: 2010-08-12 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Haha, just comment when you`re back and I`ll let you know where I am, cuz I think I'm just going to jump on now, and hope my dad doesn't notice, haha. Lack of patience.

Date: 2010-08-13 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
lol If you make a horde char on Winterhoof I can meet you with one of my peeps. Anywhere else or alliance and I'll just make someone new. :)

Date: 2010-08-13 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
okay, I can do that, haha

Date: 2010-08-13 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
Ok XD Just comment when you've made someone to tell me what race you made. Each race starts somewhere different, so I'll have to travel to the starting point to find you.

Date: 2010-08-13 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbuns.livejournal.com
Undead mage, named Zestia.

Date: 2010-08-13 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frek.livejournal.com
I never even knew how much I needed this in my life until you posted this.

And I don't just need this, I NEED IT. Omg. This would be better than WoW could ever be for me. We'd finally have our chance to be witches and wizards and to fight for/against Voldemort!

You need to be calling up WB and some Game Developers ASAP and asking them why they haven't made this game yet.

Date: 2010-08-13 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plausive.livejournal.com
There needs to be a letter writing campaign or something. I don't understand how a company that loves money so much could ignore such an obvious idea.

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