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FOnline: Ashes of Phoenix, a free Fallout MMORPG

Discussion in 'MMO(RP)G / Online Discussion' started by Shangalar, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Shangalar Barely Literate

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    Hello everyone!

    After almost 2 years of intense development, time has come to present you a new MMORPG taking place in the post-apocalyptic universe of Fallout. It is called FOnline: Ashes of Phoenix, and it's a game oriented around open PvP.

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    In 2077, bombs of the Great War ravaged the whole planet, or almost. We're now in 2220, in Arizona. The center of Phoenix' city is one of the exceptions, spared by nuclear fire, isolated and ignored by the rest of the world for nearly 150 years.

    Eventually, a rumor speaking of plentiful resources and intact buildings has been spread into the Wasteland. Locals but also outsiders showed up, wishing to take over this new eldorado. In this chaotic and conflicting situation, dozens of lonely adventurers are seizing their chance as well.

    You are a Wastelander, recently arrived in Arizona. Guided by your own motivations, you'll have the choice to join one of the four powers in place and take part in the conquest of the city.

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    FOnline: Ashes of Phoenix features an old-school gameplay, very close to the first Fallout games, but transposed in a massively multiplayer context with four distinct sides in which players will gather. The game is entirely in real time and works with a revisited action point system. Nearly all the Fallout 1 and 2 game systems are there, but reworked and improved. Plenty of elements and features have been introduced too, graphics, items, a random assignment system or a fame system summarizing your PvP accomplishments are some examples.

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of what AoP has to offer:

    - A new region of the Fallout world to explore around the city of Phoenix, a giant location with dozens of connected quarters where everything can happen.

    - An advanced system of factions and reputation, including private bases for player platoons, merchants, assignments and more, regrouped inside faction headquarters where you can rest between missions and meet new mates to explore the Wasteland.

    - A completely reworked character system with hundreds of viable profiles, guarantying that you can actually create any character you want and develop it on the long term, while still being competitive against other players. No level cap, but a soft cap at level 24, where evolving your character further will make it rather more versatile than strictly more powerful.

    - A deeply revised combat system fully in real time with the introduction of a new Action Points system, new burst mechanics, deployable weapons, covers, squads and many more features implying personal and group strategies for an exciting and ruthless combat experience.

    - A strong PvP system stimulating fair savage PvP and involving the control of Phoenix. Twelve quarters can be claimed, strategy and smart moves matter more than ever. Exploring Phoenix underground dungeons can also be the occasion for player groups to ambush each other.

    - A huge diplomacy potential with the presence of four main factions: Jim & Jack & Joe Lawyer Agency, the Family, the Brahminboys and the V-Technologists. Player platoons will deeply influence the diplomacy of their faction.

    - A vast equipment composed of hundreds of weapons and many armors. Multiple new items have been added, like new grenades, traps, spears, energy SMGs and many more. Those items bring a new dimension to PvP, like smoke grenades, Incinerators or the legendary Bozar heavy sniper rifle. Every player should find multiple suitable combinations of weapons and armors for his playstyle.

    - A vast crafting system including the search for relics, exchanged with your faction for blueprints unlocking more advanced weapons through different tech trees. Your character is able to be fully independant without suffering from any power gap with other player characters.

    - A strong economy based on player trades, smart scavenging and crafting where bottle caps and equipment in general are more difficult to stockpile.

    - A completely new interface optimized for PvP including a new Pipboy, called the Cheapboy and working both as an intel provider and an encyclopedia.

    - Enhanced NPCs for a more natural and dynamic experience. Raiders roam the ruins of Phoenix, packs of wild animals are out for blood in the Wastes and friendly travelers might come to your aid. You never know what's hiding behind the next corner.

    - A maximal randomization makes sure every journey in the Wastes is a new experience. Loots, mobs and even assignments you can get from your faction will lead you to new places and situations in which you have to adapt and quickly react.

    - A mini-adventure tutorial will introduce some of the game mechanics and give you the occasion to play safely on your side before joining the actual game field.

    General information

    FOnline: Ashes of Phoenix is a fan game entirely free to play. It is a tribute to the excellent universe of Fallout, a way for it to be discovered by new people and our own vision of it in multiplayer.

    You need to own a copy of Fallout 2 in order to play. Concretely, you’ll need two files called ‘MASTER.dat’ and ‘CRITTER.dat’ located in your Fallout 2 directory, which contain Fallout graphical assets used by Ashes of Phoenix.

    The 1.0 version of the game will be available soon (within a few days/weeks) and the server will be opened to everyone. The officiel date will announced as soon as it is confirmed.

    Official website: http://fonline-aop.net
    Moddb page: http://www.moddb.com/games/fonline-ashes-of-phoenix
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FOnlineAOP

    Finally, we're regularly releasing dev diaries to talk about the game. Your opinions and comments are welcome!

    Thanks for your attention, and maybe we'll see each other soon in the Wasteland!





     
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  2. SuicideBunny (ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻

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    remember to keep us updated with delightful drama when you get sued by bethesda.
     
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  3. shihonage You see: shelter. Patron

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    :prosper:

    They never learn.
     
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  4. Dr Tomo Learned

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    Ugh well it looks like Bethesda might not have to sue them since the game is probably going to be dead already, there is a reason why we don't see open pvp mmo's anymore and the ones that are are dying or dead.
     
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  5. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Open PvP is the fun of FOnline, especially if you're not a carebear. There's just something animalistic about the innate chaos of the wasteland.

    I have a feeling they're building it around Open PvP, which is a lot better and tailor-made than how previous FOnlines did it.

    Anyway, all luck to you, Shangalar ! I hope Ashes of Phoenix manages to satisfy and your mechanics are good. Do tell when its go time, through, I want to get the band together again and explore the core and fight.
     
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  6. laclongquan Arcane

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    More Sacrifice for the Fallout God~
     
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  7. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Is it grind-free and does it have permadeath?
     
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  8. asfasdf Augur

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  9. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Yes, when its go-time, I will summon all of us. ALL of the old crew, bro!

    It is time to remind these assorted popamolers and carebears that they should pay tribute to their betters, the RPGCodex! Too long the PKers and filthy decadent sodomites of the wasteland

    I have a feeling that with enough noobs + Codexers AoP will archieve enough critical mass to bring in some new people, especially because FOnline2 is preparing for a wipe, and so is Reloaded I hear.
    AoP also seems less focused on grindan and bore and more on straight-out PvP and small world with large player concentration instead of having a huge world, so having even, say, 40 guys at The Core can already ensure fun. Hell, we can even fight each other like its Vahalla reborn if need be!
     
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  10. shihonage You see: shelter. Patron

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    If your MMO isn't welcoming to new players, it will forever be a niche for a hardcore crowd that drives everyone away.

    I believe a Fallout MMO can be made in the veins of traditional MMOs like WoW, even though that will already severely cripple world reactivity and other mechanics. But a PvP-based Fallout MMO... it's just a den of shit with Fallout textures at that point.
     
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  11. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Don't think you could do a Fallout MMO without open PvP, it simply doesn't make sense unless your entire MMORPG's game is around a big, guarded, well-policed area. Would't be Fallout if you could't just get some bros and play raider, or get those same bros to kill those raiders in order to keep things safe and secure.
    I don't know, I think there's genuinely some space for Open PvP but it has to be done exactly right otherwise you end with classic Prisioner's Dilemma problems that often end with someone shooting somebody else out of pure paranoia.

    I do think most FOnlines were unwelcoming to new players althrough it does seem to be getting better with time. For example, lack of PvE content hurt previous FOnlines, there's a lot more guarded areas now (compare to early FOnline beta tests where staying on most towns for any amount of time without backup was tatamount to suicide).
    I have been watching AoP for a while and some of its features seem quite interesting, through there's theory and practice.
     
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  12. shihonage You see: shelter. Patron

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    The Brazilian Slaughter You can have NPC Raiders in a Fallout game just fine. Relying on players, however, to "role-play a faction" is going to be a disaster in 99% of the cases.
     
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  13. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    I meant in the sense of freedom. A Fallout rpg with PvP exclusive areas instead of a open PvP world where non-PvP areas are the exception doesn't make sense unless its in a very enclosed area, say, inside a Vault or around a big, lawful city full of cops and guards.
     
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  14. shihonage You see: shelter. Patron

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    Yeah it certainly doesn't. That's why if I was making a Fallout MMO, it would be PvE only. I would explain lore-wise why the players are all on the same side (they are all Vault 13 citizens), and the overall experience would be better for it.
     
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  15. Ninjerk Arcane

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    The 1% is having a machete gang rapist faction.

    sexbad Tell your boy to get the BTP crew together, he's playing Fallout right now.
     
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  16. Azrael the cat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Not sure if the armour models are there to make it work, but I reckon you could pull together a Clockwork Orange themed faction called 'My Droogs'. Just have all the internet slang and mmo retardation count as droog-speak.
     
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  17. Played fonline2. Had enough.
     
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  18. flabbyjack Arcane

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    We're the 1%

    About the Phoenix video... post-apocalyptic Phoenix looks much better than the current Phoenix metropolitan area (Arizona, USA). For example:
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  19. Redeye Arcane

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    Is anyone playing FOnline 2?

    I'm bored as hell in there, hardly doing anything. Most days I don't even log on, even then just for an hour of grinding (to build a huge bomb stockpile) since there are few if any trollable targets and no one I am interested in playing with.

    I have piles of starter crap available (especially automatic shotguns and M60s and Leather mk2/Combat Leather) for anyone who wants to give it a try. If we can synchronize time zones we could human wave/annoy the Town Control PvPers, at least.

    Bombs don't work in the easy towns :(

    NCR- people are too smart, and CA is so common there is no joy in destroying it.
     
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  20. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Been a few months since we stopped. We stopped because there were still many issues with the game we want adressed - Like the fact caravan ambushes are ridiculous atm (people teleport in the middle of firefights) and the fact quest locations can only be entered in real time.

    I'm waiting for Ashes of Phoenix to launch, if some of the old crew fell like it I could summon a few guys and we go together for some rape and plunder.
     
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  21. Nael Arcane

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    "1. Everything is beige"

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    So fucking true.
     
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  22. Shangalar Barely Literate

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    Hello everyone!

    The third dev diary is out. This time we talk about skills, and detail some of the options available in term of character building and combat tactics. This video shows some of the most advanced features of the game, that will enable complex dynamic gameplay for both individuals and groups. We hope you'll enjoy what you'll see and we look forward for your feedback!

     
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  23. Icewater Ice ice baby Patron Dumbfuck

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    Wait, is this not turn-based?

    :decline:
     
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  24. naossano Cipher

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    Then, the Decline must have started in 2008 with the first Fonline server game. (there was a decline in 2008, but this was a different game)
    Those games are MMO, not RPG. Dozen of players could end up fighting each other on a same map.
    It would be nightmarish to wait for dozen of players turns, not mentioning all those who go AFK.
    Most Fonline servers lock the public areas in RT, and allow to choose between RT & TB on the random encounters, in which the number of player is generally low.
    (and i love TB/isometric, much more than FPP)

    Also, i have hard time considering decline when i see new free games still using the ressources of Fo1-Fo2.
    It keeping the interest for these games pretty much alive IMO.

    Not mentioning the fact that the Fonline tools, initially used for MMO, will end up giving birth to new actual RPG, like the Van Buren rebirth under Hexer's team.
    So this "decline" generated the tools for creating the game i am expecting the most, for the following years. (fortunately, is not the only one i am expecting)

    But, anyway, i doesn't mean that everyone should like MMO, real-time, or multiplayer games. It is up to anyone taste.

    About this one in particular, it has the main advantage of rethinking a lot of the Fonline usual gameplay, with a connected gameworld, a huge city, critters roaming on the streets, open factions, and so many other stuff. I doubt someone who doesn't like Fonline would enjoy it, but for those who like it or those who never tried it, it looks like a promising experience. It might also be usefull to show the potential of Fonline tools, as, not unlike Van Buren, it add a lot of new mechanics into the bunch.

    Also, if we end up disapointed, we would only have lost a few minutes/hours, not money, not the downfall of a beloved franchise.
     
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  25. subotaiy Arbiter

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    It is an improvement comparing to the poorly implemented TB combat F1,2 have anyway, don't know what you're all dreaming.
     
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