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26 April 2013 @ 01:07 pm
Friday Sorta-Fun Stuff: Master of Magic sequel  
It's not exactly fun stuff, at least not for most people, but there's a kickstarter going for a "spiritual sequel" to Master of Magic.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/304725524/worlds-of-magic-a-new-classic-4x-fantasy-game

For those who aren't aware of the original, it was kinda of like Civilization crossed with Magic the Gathering. You were playing Civ in a fantasy world as some kind of Wizard/Sorcerer/whatever. (Which did conveniently provide an explanation about how the same person could be in charge of a civilization for hundreds or thousands of years.)

The tech tree was replaced by a spell book in which you researched progressively more advanced spells. There wasn't really a tree so much, just a selection of spells with varying costs depending on how many magic books of what colors you started with. (Though each city did have a progression of more advanced buildings with various prerequisites, but each city was independent of the other in that regard.)

Also the combat took a page of Master of Orion, or any other game where you move a clump of troops around on the map but then dive into a small tactical battle when you encounter an enemy.

I'm not sure if it will be that interesting to anyone not familiar with the original, but maybe it's at least worth taking a look?

I'm kind of torn between doing one of the regular levels, or splurging for the $200 "get to create your own major magical item." I probably shouldn't blow that much money on a kickstarter (*cough* again *cough*) but this is definitely one of the ones where i have a pretty significant interest in it compared to the average.
 
 
 
Madman Across the Water: Mugglemadmanatw on April 27th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
I loved Master of Magic. Of course, there are already several "spiritual sequels" to it, most recently "Elemental: War of Magic" (or rather, the actually playable sequel, "Fallen Enchantress"), which is being led by the guy who made a Civ IV mod that was also a spiritual successor to MoM (Fall From Heaven).
That said I'll definitely still take a look at this. There's a shortcut to MoM on my desktop as I type that is beckoning me.
DonAithnen: Games: PC: Red Alert 2donaithnen on April 27th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Well yes, but needless to say, these people don't think all the other "spiritual sequels" did it right :)

And yeah, i bought Fallen Enchantress but haven't had the chance to check it out yet. The last week or so i've been distracted by Master of Orion, oh so coincidentally.
Joeblimix on April 27th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh gods, I've been trying not to play computer games lately, and... THIS shows up. After all the hours (okay, years) I've spent on Master of Magic.

Gotta make a Will saving throw...
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 27th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Well they're not even planning to hit Beta until the end of the year. So you're safe kicking in now and forgetting about it for awhile :)