Sooner or later, I guess there’s a Kickstarter that comes along that ropes in even the most jaded “investors” among us. My attitude toward Kickstarter has mostly been of aloof interest: If the games get made and they’re good, then cool, I’ll check it out, but they’re not getting my money right now for something that might not be made or might not be made exactly as promised.
Well, now I might have to go back on that position, because I think this Anthymn thing (devilish as it is to type) could have me dishing out a few bucks. It’s an entire MMO devoted to music — all characters fight with music, are musical classes, compose music together, and seek to save the world through music. It’s crazy. It might be brilliant. It’s Bards: The MMO.
It’s also probably not going to be sweeping the MMO world off its feet. The Kickstarter isn’t making a ton of money right now and has less than two weeks to go. Some folks, myself included, passionately love bardic classes in RPGs, but they’re definitely not the most popular kids in the school halls. They’re the band geeks. And this is asking folks to get behind an entire game of nothing but bards.
But that, to me, is just brilliant. It feels innovative. It makes me think of classic RPGs like LOOM or even Zelda: Orcana of Time. The ex-GW2 concept artists have done a great job creating the look of the Kickstarter page, and I’m digging the video pitch for it.
I’ve long said that LOTRO’s music system was an absolutely awesome feature that all RPGs should include. If you’ve played LOTRO, you’ve probably seen how player music can bring the community together and offer powerful user-generated content in the form of concerts (seriously, Weatherstock every year is absolutely insane and it’s 100% player-run). For those of us who aren’t musically talented in real life, we have a second chance to be so in the game. I can’t even imagine the possibilities that a full music MMO could have, but apparently String Theory can.
So we’ll see. I hear that Anthymn will still go forward even if it doesn’t hit its Kickstarter goal, but that’d be a shame. It’s the first Kickstarter MMO that really arrested my attention and made me yearn to play it right here, right now.