Dinosaur MMORPG I

So, as most of you know, I’m completely addicted to World of Warcraft. Unfortunately, I am also completely addicted to dinosaurs (they’re just so awesome). This combination of addictions has led to what may be my strangest idea ever (well… not really): Dinosaur MMORPG.

Hellz yeah… God, I’m such a dork.

My brain does this kind of thing all the time. I’ll get an idea, and be completely ashamed of myself… and then end up really liking it. It happens every few weeks. I call it the Dorkian Cycle, named after the famed Dutch scientist, Thomas Dork.

Anyway, I think this would be incredibly awesome… it could be your regular swords and sorcery MMORPG… only with dinosaurs. It’d be great… imagine getting ganked by a Velociraptor while you’re farming Saltasaur livers, which for some reason only drop once every several Saltasaur kills because, apparently, the Saltasaurs you’re killing have some major drinking problems.

The reasoning for such a thing existing could be as follows: it occurs in an alternate history in which some dinosaurs managed to evolve to a state of man-like intelligence. Bam. Obviously, it’d have to be several dinosaurs convergently evolving intelligence, so that you could play as multiple races (technically they’d be species, but it’s fantasy so we have to call them races). To keep things simple, it’d be best if we kept the playable races to human-like dinosaurs (relatively small and bipedal) so as to not completely confuse the players. This would limit the playable races to the bipedal Ornithopods, the Pachycephalosauria, and the small Therapods (those are the ones that eat meat).

Since we’d want to steal dinosaurs from all periods of the Mesozoic, we’ll have to fudge a little on the timeline thing. I’m sure we can give an explanation. A wizard probably did it. Damn wizards. Always, you know… doing things.

Apparently, what with becoming intelligent and all, the dinosaurs eventually developed to a Medieval level of technology. So they’ve got swords. How do they hold them? Well, obviously, the swords had been invented to be held by dinosaurs, and therefore, they can hold them. Logic.

The plot potential of a game about dinosaurs is large, and also very giggle-worthy. You could have entire quest lines about some Velociraptor wanting to take control of the pack, but not being strong enough to take on the lead Velociraptor, so he resorts to using you to gain control of the pack.

The potential for parody is also giggle-worthy. We could poke fun at religion by setting up a mock dinosaur religion… and having them believe the earth is only 6000 years old, and hanging any dinosaurs that disagree… it makes me happy inside. Also, we could have a group of dinosaurs that are predicting the apocalypse. The joke here would be that they were right, the dinosaurs did get wiped out.

If we use the small dinosaurs for playable races, the large ones logically lend themselves to being raid bosses. You wouldn’t even have to stretch the truth a bit to get completely epic encounters… I mean, you can’t tell me a huge mass of Alvarezsaurus taking down a huge Tyrannosaur doesn’t sound completely awesome.

Anyway, I’ll be working on this for the next few days. Expect to see a post about the varous choosable races tomorrow.

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11 Comments

  1. estelendur said,

    February 15, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    That. Sounds. So. COOL!

  2. pieboy said,

    February 16, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Wheee… See, now I have an excuse to brush up on dinosaur knowledge.

  3. blahsword said,

    December 11, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    sounds like somthing i thought off long ago (like around 2 years)you should have the races be like humanoid dinos… just a segjestion.

  4. Kai said,

    December 23, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Oh god, this is awesome.

  5. pteranodon said,

    June 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    hi mate i’ve think at same idea im reading now

  6. Pteranodon said,

    June 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve read something but my idea is different
    We have a world where lives dinosaurs and humans eachone with races as World of Warcraft or Age of Conan, race umans use the dinos as warmachine or bulding machine as the modern macchine you remamber Dinoriders? http://www.dinoriders.com/ but with primitive or fantasy races like WOW or Paraworld (RTS). you can use dinosaur for travel, for attack town, make ambush, suppy town but you also unmount the dino for use your pg as you do in WoW.
    sorry for my english!

  7. velociraptor said,

    October 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    i hope this game will really come out once and i really hope to have manny choises of wich dino u can be i would be a velicoraptor and the idea for the bigger dino’s as raids sounds cool to
    maybe its cool to give every dino a special abbility or skill like velociraptors can communcate better with each other but a t-rex can do a roar to scare other dino’s or a charge attack than stuns for a few seconds or somthing plz let me know if i can play the game if so send a email to evertepping@hotmail.com plz 😉 btw a few differand terrain types would be also cool like u can travel in a forest or desert and each land with its own dino’s and difficulty lvls

  8. dinoman said,

    January 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    i hope this eventully comes out iwould pick t-rex

  9. drumlines1 said,

    February 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    this rly sounds cool!!!
    how long have you been workin’ on this???
    could you tell me WHAT you use for making this Dinosaur game?
    maybe i can help or make some things for you :).
    just send an E-Mail to: drumlines1@gmail.com 😛
    i hope i can help you a bit then 🙂 =P

  10. Jalexalen said,

    March 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    If I were you, I’d look more for a Dinosaur sim. All of us have been waiting for a good ecosystem-based MMO, and a Dinosaur one would be even better.

    I see it now: “Make your own Dinosaur with DinMMO!”

  11. DANIELA said,

    October 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I LOVE DINOSAURS WHOO


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