My last post had a reason. The very funny “Hermit” aka “Steven-Elliot Altman”, which was the real person behind our big conversation with The Hermit, by the way (seems like not just The Historian is so arrogant), posted on his Facebook profile some interesting lines. I can’t link them here, because just people from his friendslist can see it, but I will quote:
I give up. I quit Acclaim. I’m moving back to New York next weekend.
Yes, it’s official. I turned in my termination papers to Acclaim. Josh has taken over.
Don’t worry about me folks, I’ve already taken a new job at microsoft. I will be running the new mmo game division.
My first reaction: “HA! HAHA! HAHAHAHA!”
My second reaction: “Fu*k..!”
My third reaction: “Wait, April Fool?”
And seriously… New job at Microsoft? Running the new MMO game division? Steven is not qualified for Microsoft. Microsoft doesn’t hire fails from Hollywood to run their games. And I know somebody, who would make it very hard for Steven, to get any job at Microsoft…
However, this was an april fool. Probably he wanted to see how we post that on our Blog, and then to laugh about us, because this was just an April Fool. So I thought, I could do the same.
As far as I know, the official staff even talked about my leaving. Too bad, if I am now the one who’s laughing. However…
Today I want to tell you a tale about the targets of Indy21 regarding 9Dragons.
Who played 9Dragons in 2007 and on ClosedBeta in 2006, still know the Original Plans of Indy21 for 9Dragons. The good, old targets and a little preview to the future of 9Dragons with our imagination. Let’s think about those upcoming paths, one can go. You could become a Disciple of Iron Fist, join the Union of Noble Families, or sell your soul and enter the Black Dragon clan. But that was not everything. There was also the idea of a Path of a Clanless Warrior, called meanwhile True Vagabond. Steven-Elliot “TheHermit” Altman talked already back then about it. The most popular one, on a reply of a guide for clanless vagabonds:
The people didn’t actually searched answers about those “benefits” for clanless warriors. There was something more interesting: The Advanced Clans. Just a few really stupid players asked more about this. One of them was me. Meanwhile known as Legend, the vagabond, the son of The Vagabond, or the founder of the Vagabond Army.
I was alone then on the road of a Vagabond. Since I was a clanless, I had to know what the future, or rather the plan for 9Dragons, is. Asking the GMs and some people from Indy21 itself, I was statisfied about my knowledge and went to a break of almost 1 year of 9Dragons.
During my break, Indy21 gone bankrupt, and as far as I know, they even stopped with the work on 9Dragons. But there was fast a help. Either Indy21 was taked over or purchased. But what I did not know, was that Indy21 did not have their original employees anymore. But not just that: Indy21 had now new plans for 9Dragons, and put the Original Plans away.
After playing this game for 3 or 4 years, the Advanced Clans became a myth for the veterans. A myth, which will never be realized. The same happened with the PvP balance. After a long time of the PvP issues, the players didn’t believe anymore that the balance will come, so they just joined the strongest role: Chi Kung Artists. Trying to claim that the PvP is already perfectly balanced, the nukers try to keep their godlike powers.
After asking the GMs over and over again, when the “benefits” for the vagabonds will be implemented, and get always the same answer “There is just a low percentage of vagabond role playing players. This role is not popular enough”, one of the idiots who played as clanless warrior, me, started to make the path of a clanless warrior more popular and to unite the vagabonds. After to see the growing population on the clanless path, Acclaim began to be forced to do something for the Vagabonds. Acclaim talked with Indy21, and Indy21 with Acclaim. Sometime, The Hermit himself started to say, the Vagabond way was never meant to thrive, even if the most famous quote about upcoming “benefits” was from this man.
Acclaim began to tell always different things: Once, the path would be a few quests and the ability to learn some own Kung Fu on The Vagabond NPC in the fourth floor of The Cave of The Conqueror. Later, the path would just be some quests with special rewards for clanless only. Then, the path would only be a quest. And one day, when old veteran players aren’t here anymore, and no one can tell about the past, it will just be a forgotten thing. And the same will happen with the Advanced Clans.
No one really believes that the Advanced Clans will really be one day ingame. The only things Acclaim got on their 9Dragons from the Advanced Clans are just some quests, some items, and of course, some epithets. And this is all just stuff what the original employees of Indy21 did. Since the Original Plans were forgotten, the new employees did not really worked on them.
Apropos… Do you guys know that there are actually 2 more caves? The original employees wanted to finish and publish it as soon as possible, but they never finished them. Some call it Dragon’s Cave, but that’s not it’s true name. One is called The Cave of Lights, and the other The Cave of Diamond, I believe. Since the new employees forgot the Original Plans, they also put those caves away and never ever worked again on it.
Some players still wonder, what kind of entrances those doors in Shi Zhang and Zhengzhou are. As far as I know, they were even planned to be entrances to some caves.
Call it conspiracies or theories, I don’t mind. I just tell, what I know – believe it or not.
So many good ideas were started. Too bad the Original Plans were forgotten. They were really good ones… And now, old veteran players, you know why everything came different than it should happen.
Legend – The Son of The Vagabond