"Azeem" wrote:Reed never went into TM. TM itself seems to be a defunct entity, existing in name only.
He actually did. I have a couple of PMs from him.
And Fisker, wow, long time no see.
I liked LOM because of the infinite replay value. The opening of the Order theme was just so story bookish that it really invited you in to play. When you hear those first few notes of the guitar followed by the very ethereal notes, it's like you walked into a fairy tale or fantasy adventure; the kind that has a slow buildup to a bigger crescendo later on. That's part of what hooked me into LOM.
The other aspect was the vastness of the world of Urak. For the time it was pretty cutting edge. My only critique of the game (if you could call it that) was that the graphics might have benefitted from 3D accelerated terrain, much like the Myth series had at the time.
I think the other aspect of the game was that it didn't take itself too seriously. You had "serious" quests and adventures, but the levity of the voices kind of helped ground the player from getting too involved in the world the game presented. It also had an empire building aspect, as well as a tactical and strategic component on top of the adventure portion. I think that was a real clever game design, and from that I always thought a film could be made.
I remember when Lords3 came out I was incredibly impressed with the tactical maps in battle-mode, and thought that that was how a LOM sequel might have looked. Something really rocking with clouds, trees, rocks, different types of water terrain and the like. But LOM, in spite of its strong dedicated following (which was commented on more than once in PCGamer way back when), is still a niche audience.
LOM was a wonderful game, and I really enjoyed the company at the old 8-Faiths Inn. A very large number of creative minds there.
Most of the gaming I do these days are FPS war sims. I really don't like them. But these days I'm fairly broke, and have little in the way of money to go out, so I fire up old games.
Good to see you again Fisker. I had some fun times running around with you, Reed and the gang in Everquest and exchanging posts on the 8Faiths BBS.