Currently I’m passing up on Pandera. I’m falling out of Fallen Earth. I’m not going to sub up for the new Rift expansion and no I’m not even going to dink with Star Wars the Old Republic when it goes free to play.
What I’m really looking forward to is a game that I can call home. So far I haven’t really found that.
Right now I’m focused on The Repopulation. My husband said “we’ve got to play this”. I looked at it and yeah, I agree, we do have to play it. The Repopulation looks like the kind of sandbox style game we’ve been looking for. Permanent player built structures, multiple players to a vehicle, situation based events, a complex crafting system, and much more.
Right now I’m planning on settling into the beta and enjoying the game when it goes live. Since my hubby is set on it too we’ll be there. He keeps me from chasing shinies. We’re also post kickstarter backers, so hey we’re invested at this point.
Greed Monger also looks like a good upcomming sandbox game. If medieval is more your thing, you may want to look into this sandbox MMO. I like the fact that they’re trying to build a more social sandbox game. They’re going for everything being player crafted and keeping the servers live through selling portions of land. That business model was successful for Second Life, why not MMO’s right? Check out their Kickstarter page and if it looks interesting to you, chip in a buck or two.
I think that for the foreseeable future I’ll want to focus on playing sandbox style games. I’m hoping that as folks take Bill Murphy’s advice and do a little more focusing on Systems as opposed to content. Content keeps a player in game until they complete the content. Give us systems to expand upon the game and we will have fun for a LOT longer. It’s like building the sandbox, but forgetting to put in the sand. If we have the shovels but nothing to dig in, we’re going to get bored pretty fast just trying to beat each other over the head with the shovels. I mean even for people like me that’s only funny for the first 100 times or so.
That’s my two cents.