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The Future of MonBre
The Future of MonBre


Vael Victus
"MonBre's back!"
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07/24/2010 21:49
Before you get excited, let me begin by saying that the game is not going to die. Somehow the game has managed to stay alive with around 40 players active, though I have not seriously developed it in about 9 months. The reasoning is, as most of you know, that I've been coding a second game titled MurCity, now close to being released.

I decided to code MurCity because of how much work MonBre needs for it to become a playable game. I know I seem to have hit a small niche of people who enjoy it a lot, and I'm thankful for them, but honestly most of my users are visually impaired and the others are just into this sort of game.

The game needs to be reworked, but I don't believe we'll lose the soul of MonBre. I'm now going to tell you the plan for MonBre's development.

I project that MurCity will be ready for a standalone (without facebook) release in September. Following that, I will spend much time perfecting the game's systems and making sure that everything is well for the Facebook release. Following release, I will undoubtedly spend time developing it and doing whatever, but it won't be as fast as I am developing now. I'll finally take a break.

I will later begin work on MonBre. I'm planning for the week of Christmas vacation. I have a few things I want to do:

Test out a new quest style. Our quest system is a big wall of text, and that's absolutely going to be changing. With this quest style will come more style around the game in general: shopkeepers will have pictures, and I'm going to attempt a new layout.

I'll be spending a lot of time doing "coder stuff" - I made monbre as I learned PHP, and there's just some awful structure to a lot of my code.

I'll spend a lot of time really thinking about where the game can go. I don't believe that its core design is hopeless, but it does need to be fine-tuned for a browser game. Things like employment agency need to be made more obvious, and of course exploring will be shrunk and just made a whole lot sexier. (you will not refresh the page to explore or see the results of exploring)

I wish I could tell you I know exactly how to save MonBre, but I don't. If I cannot come up with a way, at the end of vacation, to convince myself that this game is worth porting to Facebook, then I will have to condemn it until I find a way to make it work.

I want to thank this great community... I have seen some incredible measures of effort put forth by some of my members. Killer, Sledge, Demi and Garr especially... have helped me to the point where I actually feel a bit emotional over it.

I look at the quest designs and sigh happily. This game really has its moments. It would break my heart to just abandon it, not to mention all the work I put in. I really hope I can muster out a resolution. Thank you all for staying with this giant, slobbering-but-lovable beast of a game for this long.

Vael Victus

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Demi Lune
"The what now?"
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07/24/2010 21:59
And together, we shall forge our own destiny!

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Vanilla Name
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07/24/2010 22:28
No mention. QQ

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Garr Slayer
"It's a good day."
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07/25/2010 11:41
I can't say I haven't had fun here, it's been a blast! And, I'll stay until I'm no longer welcomed directly or indirectly.
But, I've learned to be greatful for things that are here. When Monbre progresses further I'll cheer. Until then I won't hold my breath.
If monbre has a future it should be a good one if the current state is not your best work.
By the way, if I wasn't a blind player I would probably be on a console.

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Vanilla Name
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07/25/2010 13:27
Hopefully the game doesn't get boring after about three or four months like this version.

Edit: Typo.

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Edited once on Sunday, Jul 25th 13:28:10 2010 by CJ Remnoca
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Vael Victus
"MonBre's back!"
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07/27/2010 02:16
Honestly, three-four months is really good for a browser game.

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Vanilla Name
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07/28/2010 13:53
Yeah, I guess, but I loveee MonBre. Or did anyways. ;-;

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Killer Killer
"die, die, die, die, die, die!"
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07/29/2010 12:11
how sweet.

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Garr Slayer
"It's a good day."
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01/06/2011 12:35
That's strange, it says the last message was from Majinlord but I don't see the post.
Anyway, I begrungently do hope that MurCity is doing well. If I weren't living in the past and didn't have MonBre I would be able to participate too.
I'll just keep playing MonBre and waiting for some news, good or bad.

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Minawa Stillwater
"Hello, everyone!"
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01/20/2011 02:24
I recently joined Monster Breeder nd I love it. *smiles* I am blind and its hard to find addictive games that will keep me occupied. I love games where you take care of something, like say a pet, a village, you get the idea. I cannot find any other game like this that works for the blind. I want this game to be around as long as I live and beyond. In my opinion, this game is better than most games I have tried. I have tried a lot, even while I was sighted.

This game reminds me of Monster Rancher and Pokemon. I missed those games. It means a lot to me that you made this game and that it is accessible. You will find that I will never get bored and never quit. Just please do not go the route Neopets has; as a blind person, I cannot use that browser game whatsoever. I am hugging Monster Breeder and never letting go. You have my thanks and I will try to help if I can. Just let me know what you need.

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Minawa Stillwater
                                                                                                                                                                                       
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02/11/2011 09:34
^ D'awwww. :3

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