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Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Blake » Jun 8 2019, 10:30

If there's any good old Master of Magic fans lurking in these forums I've recently made a video (as part of a up and coming Civ related games in HD series) touring what I feel is the best MoM fan project out there called Master of Magic – Implode’s Multiplayer Edition, a brilliant Open Source Java MoM engine rebuild that supports larger maps, up to 14 players (either Human or AI), and any modern resolution like HD 4K etc. The only it's missing is AI and some good bug fixing and polishing.

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Although sadly it's creator Implode has gone AWOL and the project has been inactive for a while now.. :(

But hopefully one day he'll return to it, or someone else will finish what he started due to it being opensource...

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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Pol » Jun 8 2019, 15:09

Hmm, I was playing that roughly 2yrs ago, everything was looking nice then. Though, there are bugs. This is still excellent and stable MoM in new Java coat.
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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Blake » Jun 9 2019, 8:25

Yeah it's probably one of my most wanted fan projects to be finished. Sadly I don't know if Implode will ever come back to it properly and finish it. The only comfort I have is that its opensource so at least there's a chance others might work on it one day.
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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Blake » Aug 9 2019, 15:44

OH MY GOD!!! :O
 
Looks like I don't have to worry about this unfinished fan remake anymore as it appears we've got an official Master of Magic sequel or Remake on way (courtesy of Slitherine who've bought the rights from Atari's IP dungeon and just made the announcement on their site)!!!

Guess this explains the mysterious Atari activities I noticed recently. Clearly they reacquired MoM so they could sell it to Slitherine for $$$.

I'm such a super fan of this 25 year old game that I run a MoM fans facebook group so as you can image I'm SUPER EXCITED about this news lol. :)

I can't can't believe that after all these years a real sequel just might be happening now. Sadly most of the old MoM forums are long dead so if there's any fans here who know of a good old MoM2 wishlist/feature request list out there please let me know and I'll go post it over on the Slitherine forums (which I've just signed up to).
 
They've probably barely started the project yet so now is the time to get fan feature requests and wish list items in front of their faces. If the remaining fan base doesn't speak up now then god knows what sort of game we'll end up with. So now is the time to act!

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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Pol » Aug 11 2019, 21:55

And yet, the game is remembered only by us, veterans. (because of 1994) Master of Magic by Microprose was da mark.

It's fair to note, that new "Sequel or Remake" may took years. And may end similar to "World of Magic", which also draw inspiration from MoM. But for me, that graphic, killed it all.
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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Blake » Aug 16 2019, 12:40

Yeah I still haven't played Worlds of Magic due to all the unhappy reviews and the not so amazing screenshots.

Most fans I've talked to so far appear to be mostly wanting MoM with a fresh coat of paint and don't want the wheel reinvented. Some have made some crazy suggestions but generally everything people come up with has already been done in one of the MoM style spin off games (eg Age of Wonders, Warlock, Endless Legend, Sorcerer/Elemental/FE, Worlds of Magic/PQ, Eador, Dominions etc) so such a change would make it feel more like them than a MoM sequel. So they need to update it but also be careful that they don't turn it into something else that has already been done and quite possibly done better.

A few people have joined up and posted their lack of faith in the Slitherine forums under their announcement and they were shot down pretty quick by fans of Slitherines other games, so their customer loyalty is a promising sign at least.

I've never played Fantasy General but apparently they're doing a pretty good job with it. I looked at some of the other games under their name and found some interesting ones..

Polaris appears to be a Master of Orion style game:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/418250/Polaris_Sector/

Pandora appears to be a Alpha Centuari, Civ Beyond Earth / AoW Planetfall sort of game:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/287580/Pandora_First_Contact/

They don't rate highly on steam but they look okay and many of the reviews (even the bad ones) all seem to talk about how hardcore the AI is so that's promising. Yeah they don't look like amazing genre changing games but they actually give me some comfort as it shows they have years of experience with 4x PC strategy gaming. Hopefully they take the good stuff from these stepping stone games and learn from the bad stuff people didn't like and put them to good use with their MoM project. Although it looks like different developers worked on those games and Slitherine just published them, so I wonder who they will put on MoM.

PS is it just me or is Pandora using the same world engine as Warlock? That is so darn similar lol.
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Re: Open Source Master of Magic HD Multiplayer Remake

Postby Panda Tar » Aug 16 2019, 21:30

Microprose? I used to play Microprose's Transport Tycoon. It is still my favorite transport management game. :-D There's also some Open Source project around it, afaik.
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