Paeroka pondered the question of, “If you could — or had to — live in an MMO world for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?” Rakuno came up with an answer of his own, as well.

I was curious, though, do we move into our new world as a civilian? Or as a hero of the world? And do we follow ‘real’ world rules, or do the game rules and the power they confer become the real rules? What about death and resurrection? So many questions!

Even so, I almost immediately came up with an answer. Dereth, the main continent of Asheron’s Call.

On the outskirts of Holtburg, one of the towns in Asheron’s Call.

The people of Dereth have their problems, to be sure, but have also proven their ability to overcome them time and again. The Olthoi1 are still present in the North but are well contained. Likewise with the Virindi2 to the West.

In short, Dereth still has its issues to be sure. If we are the heroes of the piece with all the powers associated, then there is plenty of adventure to be found if we head out looking for it. But! If we are normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill civilians, then the towns are safe enough… Mostly.

Also! There is a super convenient network of portals linking the towns and certain other points of interest together. Travel would never be a problem!

However!

I don’t think this is my final answer. And in retrospect, it’s almost amusing how many fantasy-style MMOs I thought of before landing on my final answer. I think this is largely a function of how many more of them there are.

Star Trek Online

I haven’t played Star Trek Online essentially since it came out. I’m not sure how well it stands up today as a game even, although I am aware it does continually get updates in line with the TV content.

Despite little interest in it as a game — when it comes to a world to live in… This one. This one, for sure. Doesn’t matter whether a hero or civilian.

I don’t think I could be happy with a low-technology lifestyle. Although I suppose it is hard to say what one may adapt to when needs-must. Still, the chance to move into what is essentially a post-scarcity society? With the augmentations to life and technology that go along with it? Space travel???

Yep — that’s the world for me.


This was posted during Blaugust 2022, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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Footnotes

  1. A race of chitinous bug-like creatures with a Queen that once enslaved the people of the land.
  2. Alien entities from the void, giving themselves physical form and once engaged in experimentation on the native creatures — and humans — of Dereth.

Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

7 Comments

Tipa · August 8, 2022 at 12:37 am

For me, probably A Tale in the Desert. No fighting, no killing, the community comes together to build works of art and music as well as great cities.

Both the MMOs you mention focus on continually killing things. I would love to live in Star Trek’s Federation, but the MMO is just about death. As are most of them.

    Naithin · August 8, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Good call. Particularly with STO, I think it’d be a lot better to be in the background as a civilian, living on-planet or even in one of the better protected stations, perhaps.

    I guess my mind’s rule for converting them from MMO-space to ‘real’-space is still a little shaky though. :)

    Naithin · August 8, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Should also add, your comment prompted me to download it again. I’ve never played A Tale in the Desert to any great depth — my only real memory of it is slowly wandering around lugging clay back and forth.

    No idea how long ago that was now, or what iteration of the game it may even have been though! xD

Paeroka · August 8, 2022 at 1:14 am

The “real you” as in the person that you are, with the knowledge and the skills that you have. :)

I had briefly considered Star Trek Online as well… your points are something I didn’t even consider at that point. So if this ever happened, maybe I should choose Star Trek Online as well, knowing I’d know at least one other person there! Although finding each other could be quite difficult… :p

    Naithin · August 8, 2022 at 11:18 am

    I think with the ‘real you’ and ‘current skills/knowledge’ that still leaves a lot of questions though! :D

    e.g., if the MMO world you chose has ‘player’ usable magic; does that still exist for a start? And could you conceivably learn it if so?

    Flipping that to STO, I am assuming that, for the most part, even if we said ‘no magic’, that the technology would still exist by and large. Maybe not everything (e.g., matter transporters) — but that the general technology level would be the same. That society’s cultural progression would be the same, that sort of thing.

    And I’m sure in this sort of world, we could definitely find each other. :D

Rakuno · August 8, 2022 at 7:56 am

I also considered the Star Trek MMO. But it fell in the same hole as the Shire in the Lord of the Rings for me: the answer would be just a paragraph and I haven’t played the MMO since it’s launch so I have no idea about the status of its universe. XD

    Naithin · August 8, 2022 at 11:22 am

    I followed the pattern of your and Pae’s posts so far of outlining other options considered (although in my case, I only wrote about one, as the other was also LoTRO which had been covered, hah) — THEN the final answer to put a little meat to it…

    But if I’d had to do the whole post on STO (or LoTRO) alone, probably could’ve done it. Gone into a bit more depth into what I expected it to be like, perhaps, how I might fit in, what I would be worried about, most excited about, etc.

    Although admittedly, I did pick STO based more on general world-knowledge than specific to the MMO knowledge. I haven’t played it since launch either. So it’d be just my luck that in that instance of the Star Trek universe, all the worlds were on fire after some recent fresh hell of a threat was found. xD

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