Okay, I lied. But it’s 1:00 AM and I’m bored, so I’m going to continue on with the MMORPG concept. Also, it technically IS tomorrow, therefore I didn’t lie anyway. Yeah. This post builds on my previous posts, so read them.

So, I’m going to continue with the various playable races available. So far, we have the Troodon, the Anserin, the Chiros, and the Neimong.

Before I start randomly writing things down, I shall say this: these playable races are not the only sentient species in the world. I’ve chosen representatives of various families of dinosaurs I find interesting. In all probability, the rest of these families also evolved to a state of sentience, and can probably be found in game as NPCs.

So, if we have the Anserin playable in game, we will probably also have NPC questgivers and/or enemies of the races Gallim, Garud, and Deinoch (note that those are just examples). Think of this as how, in World of Warcraft, you can play as Orcs, but you also encounter Fel Orcs, Mag’har Orcs, Mok’nathal, and Half-Draenei.

I think I have about five more playable races in mind, so I’ll start randomly writing down thoughts now.

The Alvarez

The Alvarez are based on the Alvarezsaurus. That article sucks, so here’s the link to the whole family. Alvarezsaurus are really pretty cool, they’re like little insectivorous raptors with only one digit on each hand. I’ll say that again: only one digit on each hand. Weird. The Alvarez would be roughly 6.5 feet long.

I think it’d be really hilarious if, seeing as the word “Alvarez” sounds vaguely Mexican (it kinda is, the Alvarezsaurus is named after Don Gregorio Alvarez, who’s from some dicky country in South America), to have the Alvarez be Mexican. Like… offensively so. Accents and everything. Of course, that’s just my sense of humor, and it’s probably a really bad idea, but I’m okay with that.

The Veloks

The Veloks are based on the Velociraptor. The linking of that article is really hugely superfluous, if you don’t know what a Velociraptor is you’ve been under a rock since 1993. Veloks are roughly 6.5 feet long.

The Veloks should have a very war-like culture., focused on conquering things. Lots of things. I think this for two reasons. One, most people think of violent and vicious killers when they think of Velociraptors. Two, the word “Velok” for some reason makes me think of Klingons. Maybe they should have a gothic culture or something. And I mean goths as in Visigoths and Ostrogoths, not morons in black.

The Orod

The Orod are based on Orodromeus. This is really a fairly boring race, I only include it because we NEED a fairly boring race. Maybe the Orod can be the metaphorical humans of the dinosaur world or something – you know… boring. The Orod are roughly 8 feet long. The Orod have a long-standing feud with the Troodon, stemming from the whole “you kill us and eat us” thing.

The Prenoks

The Prenoks are based on Prenocephale. Due to their name being similar to the Veloks, and also due to them having masses of bone on their head, which is pretty hardcore, it is my considered opinion that the Prenoks should be very warlike as well. Perhaps they inhabit roughly the same area as the Veloks, and historically, the competition between the two has been the only thing preventing either of them from conquering the world.

I like that. Perhaps they are now considering an alliance, an alliance that is heavily alarming to all the other races, who don’t particularly feel like being raped. The Orod could be the most active protestors of the Velok – Prenok alliance. I like this because it could give more depth to the Orod, and they heavily need depth.

The Prenoks are roughly 8 feet in length. They should be led by a Pachycephalosaurus, because Pachycephalosaurus are like awesome condensed into 26 feet of anger. The race of Pachycephalosaurus should be one of those really rare races that are always either bosses or faction leaders. It’ll be great.

The Prenoks should also have a goth-like culture. Perhaps we could play on the Visigoth-Ostrogoth thing with them and the Veloks. Who knowns.

The Gracilin

The Gracilin are based on Graciliceratops. That article sucks the fat one, so I’ll just tell you what a Graciliceratops is. It’s a very early Ceratopsian (those are the ones that include Triceratops), that is bipedal, and shows the evolutionary stage between the bipedal Ornithopods and the early Ceratopsians such as Protoceratops. The Gracilin are roughly 6.5 feet long.

Culture-wise, the Gracilin should be rather pathetic, and unaccustomed to violence. The Gracilin should be shocked whenever any scientist mentions that they have an evolutionary link to such brutal creatures as Triceratops, and thus have a vague distrust for science.

…and that’s all the races. Tomorrow I’ll discuss classes. However, before I go, this nugget of wisdom: Players should be able to ride Ankylosaurs and ram things violently. It will be wonderful.



  1. pieboy said,

    February 16, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    You could add Stegosaurs in an expansion. Maybe you could add ice age races too. Who wouldn’t like riding giant, obese, carnivorous ostriches?

  2. estelendur said,

    February 19, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    *vague objection to characterisation of all goths as morons* *obligatory mention of intelligent Mormon goth dude*

    So why are most of these new races 6.5 feet long?

    Ramming things? YES.

    Mexican dinosaurs? 😀

  3. tuskedchimp said,

    February 20, 2007 at 3:13 am

    “So why are most of these new races 6.5 feet long?”

    Because the book I’m getting the measurements from is from Britain, and thus measured in meters, and 2 meters translates to 6.5 feet, and for some reason they don’t have any more precise measurements than meters, which is why I hate the metric system with a flying passion.

  4. blahsword said,

    December 13, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    sure but the metric system is why easier to learn and they dont need anything more precice and they have centameters (and no im not from a country that uses the metric system

  5. paleontologist said,

    May 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    you need to gange the actual dinos otherwise they are boring

  6. Bullet-the-Gun said,

    September 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    if you didnt see my comment please see Dinosaur mmorpg II but i had anoothar idea! =D

    seeing the new races i thought of maybe a flying race for lower damage, more of a supporting race

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