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Offline Shanni

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What is Gemstone IV?
« on: June 02, 2009, 09:13:36 AM »
I know i can't do this justice... but hopefully Kai and/or Mushen can elaborate more on this subject.

Quoted from their main website:

GemStone IV is unique. The longest-running text-based game in the industry, it boasts hundreds of users online at any given time. What defines GemStone is a close-knit community, some members of which have been adventuring in Elanthia for well over a decade.

The World of Elanthia is one of contrasts and conflict, a constantly shifting landscape of light and darkness, where everyone must work together, or find the courage to stand-alone. For players new and old, the world is constantly changing and growing.

With over fifty thousand locations to explore, hundreds of creatures and puzzles, and a vast array of fully customizable items, GemStone IV is a behemoth of an experience.

You and Your Character


As you experience Elanthia, you do it through the eyes of your character, whose actions, thoughts, and motivations you ultimately control. The fate of your character and those around will frequently be in your hands. When conflicts rise, your character's life and reputation hang in the balance of your decisions.

Roleplaying


Your character knows nothing outside the world in which they exist. While Elanthia has many similarities to our reality, within its confines is a different universe. The setting is a collage of periods that blend into a medieval reality where magic and technology meet to clash or create.

This effectively means that the things your character says or does should stay true to its nature and that of the world. Discussing things that are not in the genre or generally not something that characters in this world would do or know is beyond the intent of the game. The staff does enforce this and will take measures to ensure that characters' roles and actions stay true to the game world.

Rooms, Creatures, NPCs, and Items

GemStone IV is a realm of rooms, each of which signifies a specific location. Your character will always be in a room, though you can move to new rooms through any exits in that room. Those exits could be as simple as heading north or south, or as complicated as sneaking through a hidden grate in an empty fireplace.
The myriad of creatures that call Elanthia their home are as diverse as the adventurers who battle them. Creatures exist with their own motivations. Some are friends; others are foes, and many are wild beasts living on instinct beyond the borders of civilization. Still others are controlled by the dark forces of the world, amassing and attacking cities or towns in invasions that can scale from a small skirmish to epic battles with armies fit to end civilization.
When in conflict, you can arm yourself with literally thousands of different weapons, armors, shields, and magical artifacts to aid you on your path. These items are often fully customizable, from their descriptions down to potent abilities. There are hundreds of events and staff-controlled NPCs--non-player characters--who visit on a consistent basis to provide players with a multitude of services.

Game website: http://www.play.net/gs4/



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Re: What is Gemstone IV?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 12:44:37 PM »
Thanks Shanni, I will read this and think about it.




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Re: What is Gemstone IV?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009, 04:27:05 PM »
Gemstone is a place to roleplay.  More deeply and engagingly than any other computer game there is, period.  I've been playing Gemstone for ages and ages, and it's consistently been a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

I don't break character even for an instant when I play Gemstone.  I have a extensive backstory and history written for my main character (Ariyn do'Laren) and I add to it every day.  At the end of the day, it's my character's personal development and relationships with other characters that are what make the game fun, and not my gear and level, etc.

For those among you who would like to try something a little different, who would have the patience and focus to play a text-based game where you really need to get inside the mind of your character... I'd urge you to try it out.
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Re: What is Gemstone IV?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 04:39:03 AM »

So... where is Ariyn do'Laren's biography?  Anything we can read?

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Re: What is Gemstone IV?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 04:48:19 AM »
In a manner of speaking.  I am a poor writer of fiction, so his biography is more of a collection of facts, mock journal entries, and a timeline of sorts detailing major (and in some cases minor) events that happened in his life prior to my beginning to play him in Gemstone.

A decent chuck of it is just in my head, but I could try and put something together....
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