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    [Megathread] The Repopulation - Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO

    Most Recent Update: End of March Update

    PAX East 2013 Teaser




    Introduction:
    "The Repopulation is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The action takes place on the planet Rhyldan, with the only known remaining human population fighting for their very existence. The indigenous life forms did not meet their colonization efforts with open arms. Worse yet, humans have managed to splinter themselves into warring factions.

    It is a sandbox MMORPG with an eye on innovation. Rather than forcing players down preset paths they are instead allowed to walk the path which they enjoy the most. With a variety of combat oriented and non-combat activities to pursue, we believe we’ve created a game that can stand the test of time."
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    They are currently in the Alpha testing phase and accepting testers (see: http://www.therepopulation.com/index.php/alpha-form). They also have a kickstarter page for those that are extremely interested (see: http://www.therepopulation.com/index.php/early-adopter). Pledges start at US $25 and go up to $3000. Each level has it's own perks.


    End of March 2013 Update:
    We hope everyone enjoyed the April 1st notes and a big thank you to our content team for coming up with a bit of random craziness for those notes, they seemed to be well received and I hope everyone enjoyed them as much as it seemed they enjoyed creating them. A little fun for the month, but a lot of work went into getting the game ready to be shown at PAX East and to push it closer to a larger Alpha and an eventual Beta release. We received some good feedback from everyone that stopped by and gained a little bit of extra knowledge on how we want to handle PAX Prime. We look forward to announcing what will be going on at Prime in a few months, but first our focus turns toward getting ready for Beta.


    We recently mentioned that April is going to be spent on a huge content push to get the world ready for a larger Alpha testing session with more testers and we hope to make an announcement with some concrete details on that toward the end of April. We should have a few new slots open up for this and will go into detail how that will work once the announcement is made. This will be an important step into receiving feedback for Beta and making sure we are ready to move into that stage of development. We still hope to hit the Spring time frame (end of Spring), but if things are not ready it might slide a month or two later. PAX Prime is at the end of August and would be our next major deadline date so we want to make sure things are ready to go by then. We want to thank everyone for being patient and we want to deliver a solid experience even in Alpha and in Beta as it is important we hit the ground running if we want to continue to build momentum toward release.



    Primary Features:
    Nations: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...atures/nations
    ● Unique three faction PvP system where the third faction allows characters to create their own independent Rogue Nations.
    ● Player created city system allows players to form and design their own cities, structures and homes.
    ● Nations can own multiple cities, and even besiege the cities of their enemies.
    ● Mayors can be assigned to oversee a city and manage it using strategies. Keeping your citizens happy is important.
    ● Military advancement system which rewards players with unique titles, abilities and items.
    ● Set your reaction to other nations to one of five different levels ranging from Ally to Nemesis.
    ● Create up to 99 ranks for your nation, each with their own customizable names and settings.

    Missions:
    http://www.therepopulation.com/index...tures/missions
    ● An Advanced Generated Mission system allows us to create complex multi-stage missions which are tailored specifically for your character.
    ● Missions can have branching outcomes based on a player’s actions.
    ● Generated missions are mailed to your character as job offers and are accessible from anywhere in the game using your in-game PDA system.
    ● NPCs can talk about things that have happened to them to other players and NPCs.
    ● Your actions will be remembered by NPCs, and they may exploit your tendencies if you let them.
    ● One Time Missions spawn in random locations throughout the wilderness to encourage exploration.
    ● Players can filter which types of missions they wish to receive, so only those missions are generated for them.
    ● Missions are not all combat oriented. There are crafting, harvesting, diplomatic, and other non-combat variations available.
    ● Completing missions in a group will generate bonus rewards and automatically split them among your group.

    Skills: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...s/skill-system
    ● No Levels
    ● Skills based game-play which features 75 unique skills, and 14 tiers within each skill line.
    ● Players are not forced into combat roles. Crafting, harvesting, diplomatic or entertainment skills can operate progress independently.
    ● Skills increase automatically through use. Abilities are earned and not given automatically.
    ● Skill Imprinting system allows you to imprint knowledge of skills into yourself, to make up for time lost while doing activities such as missions.
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    Skill List:
    --Armor Skills
    
    -Energy Tank Tactics
    Energy Tanks are used to supply energy to laser weapons and to power protective shields.  A higher skill in Energy Tank Tactics opens up different abilities that improve your energy tank usage.
    
    -Light Armor Tactics
    Light armor is the lightest armor available and provides a small amount of protection from all types of weapons, but is most ineffective against fast firing weapons, like automatics. Increasing your skill with Light Armor will allow you to add ever improving fittings to your light armor to make it better.  Light armor also allows you to make use of the more nimble skills such as Assassination, Stealth, Dodge, and Balance.
    
    -Medium Armor Tactics
    Medium armor is the middle option available for a modest protection from weapons while still being able to make use of the nimble skills and provide protection against all weapon types.  Medium armor is a good solid option for most encounters and offers the most versatility out of the available armor types.  Increasing your skill will allow you to use ever improving fittings.
    
    -Heavy Armor Tactics
    The armor of choice if you are expecting a fire fight of any kind.  Heavy armor provides excellent protection against quick firing weapons such as automatics and provides solid protection against all other weapon types as well including the heavy hitters such as sniper rifles.  The extra armor does come at a loss of mobility making you wear out faster when running or sprinting and making the more nimble skills harder to use.  Increasing your skill will allow you to use ever improving fittings.
    
    -Shield Tactics
    In the age of laser weapons and high powered energy shields sometimes a good blunt weapon is the answer to your problems and a shield is a good defensive and offensive solution as well when you want to get up close and personal.  Increasing your skill with a shield will open up different abilities and allow you to add improved fittings to your shield.
    
    
    --Beneficial Skills  
    
    -Animal Handling
    Animal Handling is the first of the 3 part pet system in the Repopulation that allows you to tame young creatures and then grow them as pets.  There are a variety of young animals out in world that can be tamed, once tamed they will continue to grow in power.  Animal Handling and Veterinary Medicine go hand-in-hand as you will need to be able to heal and keep up the health of your pet otherwise the pet risks actually dying from lack of medical attention.
    
    -Diplomacy
    Sometimes a sharp tongue is better than a sharp knife (or the combination of the two).  One skilled in Diplomacy can find themselves with additional options in missions and other PvE encounters.
    
    -Entertainment
    A reflection of your ability to entertain others, through Music, Dance, Storytelling, Crowd Manipulation or other means. Entertainers will be able to work together to chain together sequences of moves to build long lasting benefits for those who were entertained by them.
    
    -First Aid
    First aid is the ability to provide in and out-of-combat healing and is vital to keeping one’s self alive and keeping a group alive in a fight with a larger or more skilled opponent.  There are a variety of quick and large healing options.Many healing abilities make use of crafted components to do their job.
    
    -Intimidation
    Sometimes a sharp tongue is in order, Sometimes the risk of doing bodily harm is enough to get someone to open up and spill the beans.  Intimidation is a social skill that opens up dialog opportunities with NPCs and missions and allows a few other options in PvE combat.
    
    -Leadership
    A good leader makes for a solid fighting group and can even turn the tide of battle.  Leadership opens up abilities that offer benefits to your group members.  The most elite leaders are even rumored to be able to use their status to radio in for additional assistance beyond a few friendly words of encouragement.
    
    -Veterinary Medicine
    An important skill to have if you are going to be an animal handler.  Increasing your skill in Veterinary Medicine will allow you to better handle the ailments of your trusted pet and allow you to properly treat the animal after being nearly beaten to death.  Lack of care for the pet will eventually lead to the pet actually dying, so Veterinary medicine is important in the upkeep of your hard earned investment.
    
    
    --Combat Skills
    
    -Aerosol Tactics
    Aerosol weapons are effective weapons for crowd control and area-of-effect damage such as flame throwers.  They might not do the most damage, but they make up for it with damage-over-time and being a general annoyance to both PvE and PvP targets.  Increasing your skill will allow for better fittings and open up new abilities.
    
    -Assassination
    Cheating and the element of surprise can often be the keys to victory, why not get your fight off to a good start?  Improving your skill in assassination opens up many powerful abilities that make use of different weapon types to do extra damage if the circumstances are correct.
    
    -Automatic Weaponry Tactics
    Automatic weapons provide an excellent option to mow down enemies with the highest DPS and firing rate of any weapon, but are most effective against lightly armored opponents.  Automatic weapons also offer AoE abilities along with suppression options.  The downside to automatic weapons is they are not as accurate as other ranged weapons, requiring you to get a little closer than you might like to.  Increasing your skill will open up new abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Axe Fighting
    Axes provide the best solution to medium armor out there while still doing pretty well with light and heavy armor .  Improving in your axe skill opens up many combat abilities that allow for precise (somewhat) strikes to open up holes in your opponent’s defense or wild swings that can hit more than one enemy, unleashing your inner barbarian.  Improving your skill will open up these abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Bladed Weapon Tactics
    Bladed weapons include both knives and swords, they offer a good option against all armor types. Their abilities offer quick strikes and attacks that open holes in the enemies’ defense making them good for use in groups.  Improving your skill will open up these abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Blunt Weapon Tactics
    Sometimes you just need a big heavy weapon like a hammer or maul to get the job done.  Blunt weapons offer the best option against heavy armor, they can stun the target and deal out punishment.  Blunt weapons do offer some attack options for groups, but not as many as the bladed counterparts do.  Improving your skill will open up these abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Combat Knowledge
    A true warrior trains in just not the physical ability of using a weapon, but also in the mental aspect of combat as well.  Combat Knowledge is a general skill that effects most combat calculations by a modest amount and will help to turn the tide of an otherwise even battle.  General combat activity will help to improve this skill and increasing it will open up a few general combat based abilities as well.
    
    -Counter-Attack
    The best defense is to take an attack and turn it against the enemy, at least if you like to keep all of your limbs and teeth.  Counter-Attack allows you to more easily counter a melee attack.  You can open up abilities that make this easier to do as you get more skilled.
    
    -Dirty Fighting
    Sometimes a good eye poke is all you need to get the upper hand.  Dirty fighting isn’t going to win you any style or good guy points, but it is an effective additional option to turn the tide of a battle or get an extra sucker punch in.
    
    -Dual Wielding
    Two handguns are better than one as long as you can shoot both of them effectively the same can be said with swinging two axes.  This skill will allow you to be more precise when using two one-handed weapons together instead of a weapon and shield.  Increasing the skill will also open up some abilities only possible if you are bringing the fury times 2.
    
    -Handgun Tactics
    Pistols and revolvers are excellent options, usable by themselves, dual-wielded or with a shield if you want to get all crazy up close.  Handguns are effective against lighter armored enemies and the pistol improves effectiveness against heavy armors versus the handgun and semi-handgun.  Handguns also offer a decent amount of attack options for openings in a group battle and of course you can put one in each hand and go to town. While revolvers excel against light armor, semi-automatics offer improved penetration when used on heavily armored targets. Handguns offer a decent array of abilities including some useful group options. Increasing your skill will open up new abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Protection
    Everyone appreciates the guy who takes the brunt of the damage, and the Protection skill allows a player to do just that. Those who increase their protection skill will be able to better handle target and AoE damage that would otherwise injure a companion, they will also acquire abilities allowing them to taunt the enemy in to attacking them instead of weaker or dying friends.
    
    -Rifle Tactics
    Rifles offer an excellent option against all armor types and include sniper rifles for expanded range and take-down power against heavily armored foes.  Rifles offer solid accuracy and range and a decent amount of attack options for groups (not as many as handguns though).  Increasing your skill will open up new abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Shotgun Tactics
    Feeling bad because you forgot your massive hammer? Want to get up close and personal? Shotguns are the way to go as their standard attack style is designed for short range AOE damage. While they don't do as much damage to a single target as other weapons, they do offer some useful abilities and, of course, allow you to spread the love like no other. Increasing your skill will open up new abilities and allow for better fittings.
    
    -Siege Tactics
    While not the most effective weapon against a small moving creature or even a large moving creature, siege weapons are best against armored vehicles and those pesky walls people build to keep you out; how rude of them.  Siege weapons are PvP/Nation oriented and will not have a ton of use in the PvE side of the game aside from a few encounters.
    
    -Thrown Weapon Tactics
    A well thrown grenade can turn the tide of any battle so you might as well get used to chucking them at your enemy.  Improving your thrown weapon skill will allow you to use different kinds of grenades and other thrown weapons providing increased advantages and damage options.
    
    -Unarmed Tactics
    Unarmed tactics allows you to use your hands and feet either exclusively or in conjunction with certain melee weapons to improve their damage. A well aimed punch or kick can do plenty, and a well timed strike to a nerve bundle can open the enemy's guard up wide for a finish blow with that hammer you've been trying to use on them  Improving your skill in Unarmed Tactics will open up damage and attack openings that can be used in battle to do even more damage.
    
    
    --Defensive Skills
    
    -Aerosol Defense
    The only real advantage to being in the area of effect of a flamethrower, and living through it, is that you know where not to stand the next time around. This skill improves the more you encounter enemies using these types of attacks.
    
    -Automatic Weaponry Defense
    Gained through experience on the bad end of an automatic weapon, this skill helps to mitigate the damage taken from these weapons and even offers a couple of abilities to make those fast firing slug throwers a bit less intimidating.
    
    -Axe Defense
    Ever wonder what you would do if someone swung an axe at your head? Find out the hard way often enough and you might even figure it out. This skill, improved by fighting enemies who use axes, allows you to better defend against them, mitigating some damage and even offering up a couple of abilities.
    
    -Bladed Weapon Defense
    The good news? You now know how to properly parry an attack from a swordsman. The bad? It's your clone that gets to use that knowledge because you had to learn the hard way. Spending time fighting enemies that use bladed weapons allows you to develop techniques to reduce the damage you take from them and even some abilities that help out in defending yourself.
    
    -Blunt Weapon Defense
    Getting out of the way of a fast moving, heavy, blunt object is reflex for most of us. Unfortunately, some of us have better reflexes than others, and we have to learn by doing. You will gain some resistance to damage inflicted by hammers, clubs, etc, by fighting enemies that use them.
    
    -Defensive Knowledge
    The Defensive counterpart to Combat Knowledge, Defensive Knowledge is the general knowledge of defense while in combat.  Increasing your skill will make it easier to defend in general and open up a few common abilities that can be used to save your hide.
    
    -Defensive Tactics
    Defensive Tactics is a leadership skill that allows someone to better organize and motivate their party members to defend themselves.
    
    -Dodging
    While it might seem like a good idea to take that sword attack with your armor, evading it will hurt a lot less.  Dodging can be done in all 3 armor types, but is much easier to do in light armor versus medium and heavy.  Dodging is only effective against melee attacks including Unarmed attacks and as projectiles and lasers move too fast.  Increasing your skill in Dodge makes it easier to avoid attacks and opens some abilities to give you a temporary advantage when used.
    
    -Handgun Defense
    While not personally fans of getting shot at in general, we can assure you that spending enough time doing it will teach you some pointers as to how best to deal with situations  involving hostiles leveling revolvers and pistols at you.
    
    -Parrying
    When you can't get out of the way of an attack, put something in the attack's way. Parrying is the art of using your own weapons to deflect the attacks of others. Most effective with and against smaller weapons such as swords, the higher your parry skill, the more opportunities it will open up for you.
    
    -Rifle Defense
    Learning how to take cover and properly engage an enemy using a rifle can be troublesome considering their long range. Those who manage to do it on a regular basis will find themselves with the upper hand when faced with a rifle user.
    
    -Shotgun Defense
    The easiest way to defend against someone using a shotgun up close is to not pick a fight with them in the first place. Barring that, however, experience can teach you several tricks for reducing the damage you'll take from a shotgun-wielding foe, eventually even giving you some abilities you might gain an advantage with.
    
    -Thrown Weapon Defense
    While significantly easier to avoid than bullets in some cases, being around too long after someone lobs a grenade at you can make your day bad. Learning how to spot incoming thrown hazards and properly react to them takes time and experience against such weapons.
    
    
    --General Skills
    
    -Acrobatics
    Acrobatics will provide you with defensive and movement enhancing abilities as you increase your skill. There are also times where having a high acrobatics will allow you to avoid taking damage passively.
    
    -Concentration
    Concentration is a general Mental skill that is used in and out of combat to improve your well being and reaction to certain situations.  Like Acrobatics, increasing your skill will help to avoid negative situations and open up a few helpful abilities.
    
    -Disguise
    When walking right in and sneaking in through a backdoor aren’t good options, try  a disguise! This skill will allow you to alter your appearance to look like something else in the world. Using it increases your chances of success and even opens up savory new disguise options.
    
    -Stealth
    No matter how skilled of a combatant you may be, or how talented your team is, sometimes it’s just easier to avoid a fight in the first place. The stealth skill will allow you to move around without being detected, masters of this skill can seemingly vanish in to thin air.
    
    -Survival
    Rhyldan is crawling with hostile creatures, unsavory people, and other hidden dangers, it’s critical that you have some basic survival skills to get by. This skill line provides the ability to set up usable camp sites and find useful items like the best parts of a corpse or the nearest access to the teleport system.
    
    -Swimming
    While some adventurers might not ever set foot in water, others might decide to go explore the great depths under water.  Increasing your skill in swimming makes you more efficient at swimming and able to swim under water for a longer time before you need to come up for air.
    
    -Thievery
    Instead of starting nasty rumors about prowlers and making people hide at night because you're constantly breaking in to people's homes and killing them to take that one little item you wanted why not just learn how to take the item without anyone noticing? As your skill in thievery increases so will the value or usefulness of objects you can pilfer.
    
    -Tracking
    Tracking allows you to find targets using clues they've left behind in their travels. The higher your skill the better your chances of success and the more difficult the quarry you can hunt.
    
    -Vehicle Control
    Skill allows you to better able to control a vehicle that you are driving.  Still a bit of WIP.
    
    
    --Trade Skills
    
    -Armor Crafting
    Armor Crafters specialize in creating fittings for armor.  Increasing your skill allows you to create higher tier and quality fittings from the recipe process.  Like all recipes the combination of your skill and the recipe skill reflect the total quality of the item once it is finished and the skill reflects your maximum ability to create a higher tier result.
    
    -Artillery
    The Artillery skill encompasses crafting siege and vehicular scale weapons for use by you or your nation.  Increasing your skill will allow you to make higher tier and quality results from the different Artillery based recipes.
    
    -Carpentry
    Carpentry is both a general use trade skill and a specific creation of wood products used in housing and nations such as furniture.
    
    -Chemistry
    Chemists are very popular because they create components used in recipes formany other crafting skills. They also excel at making other more sinister items such as poisons and toxic compounds.
    
    -Cosmetic Styling
    Cosmetic Stylists are able to create products to change the look of the player (hair, armor, clothes, etc) and are able to perform the tinting process as well.
    
    -Culinary Arts
    Culinary arts specialized in creating high quality food and drink that can be consumed or used for other purposes.
    
    -Cybernetics
    Sometimes being a genetically superior being with cybernetic implants simply isn't good enough, Cybernetics allows the crafting of fittings and upgrades for cybernetic implants along with components for other trade skills.
    
    -Firearms Crafting
    The skill line that covers the manufacture of weapons and their fittings, a very popular profession for those who like to shoot things.. and who doesn't? Improved skill will allow a wider variety of options and higher quality variants of those items.
    
    -Fishing
    Fishing increases your skill and ability to land better and higher quality fish from fishing spots in the world.
    
    -Foresting
    Why anyone would want to waste a perfectly good axe on a tree instead of alien flesh is beyond us, but for those that do, the Foresting skill will let you fell even the mightiest of lumber bearing giants.
    
    -Genetic Engineering
    Genetic engineers are able to extract DNA samples from certain creatures and use it to create genetically engineered and cloned pets. Pets created through genetic engineering retain the abilities and traits of the sampled creatures but due to the complexity of the high speed cloning process used to generate them don't last forever. Higher skill allows you to create more powerful versions of various creatures and to extract DNA from higher powered creatures in the first place.
    
    -Hacking
    Virtually all of the security mechanisms used on Rhyldan are electronic, whether they are stand alone door locks or networked security systems. Hacking allows you to bypass these security measures directly and offers crafting recipes for unique tools used to do so.
    
    -Horticulture
    A pure nation skill, Horticulture allows you to plant and take care of different products in a Nation. This is still in development.
    
    Installations
    Installations is another nation skill that has to do with building, altering, and repairing buildings and structures.  It is also a trade skill used to make certain products as well.
    
    -Melee Weapons Crafting
    Responsible for creating blades, hammers, axes and the fittings for them, melee weapon crafters keep people who like to get up close and personal in business.
    
    -Mining
    The mining skill is used to… well… mine. Higher skill means higher yield.
    
    -Pharmaceuticals
    Much like Chemists, pharmaceuticals is a utility crafting skill used to create fittings (Cybernetics in particular) and also used in abilities to heal and inflict damage.
    
    -Repairing
    Items and structures take damage, and this skill allows you to repair and upkeep those items.
    
    -Robotics
    The 3rd part of the pet system, Robotics is used to create robotic pets, repair them, and to sabotage them. You can operate a robotic pet without much skill in robotics, but it is easier to maintain and take care of them if you are skilled in Robotics.
    
    -Tailoring
    Tailors specialize in creating cosmetic clothing for players to wear. This includes both armor and non armor varieties. The armor variety is just the shell and takes fittings like other purchasable armor.
    
    -Trap Knowledge
    Trap Knowledge allows you to create traps, detect them, and disarm them. A well placed trap can be quite useful in both the PvE and PvP situations.
    
    -Vehicle Engineering
    Vehicle Engineering specializes in creating vehicle alterations and applying them to the vehicle.
    
    -Wilderness Gathering
    Wilderness gathering is used to pick out useful plants and resources from the abundance of mundane or even harmful items in the wild.

    Fittings:
    http://www.therepopulation.com/index...gs-and-sockets
    ● Fitting system allows players to customize their appearance and stats to their play-style.
    ● Most of the equipable items in The Repopulation are cosmetic shells which set the category of armor or weapon. The bulk of their stats come from their five fitting slots.
    ● Fittings are similar to sockets or augmentations in some other games, but are available on most armor and weapon items from the very beginning of the game.

    Engagements: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...es/engagements
    ● Engagements are similar to public quests which can mutate and spread throughout an area, changing its appearance or content.
    ● How players respond to an engagement will affect how it progresses or spreads.
    ● Engagements are intended to get players working together from the early stages of the game or encourage exploration.
    ● There are both combat and non-combat oriented engagements.
    ● Settlements can turn into dungeons and towns can be overrun. Allowing this to happen can seriously alter the content available in an area.
    ● Player vs. Player engagements are similar to Open World battlegrounds.

    Pets: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...-features/pets
    ● Three unique types of pets: Tamed, Genetically Engineered and Robotic. Each has their own systems and benefits.
    ● Tame animals when they are young, then have them slowly grow into fully matured pets if they receive proper care and feeding.
    ● Genetically engineer species and hybrids by splicing DNA and Tissue from different species.
    ● Robotic pets can serve a variety of different combat and non-combat roles.

    Housing: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...player-housing
    ● The Repopulation will offer 3 housing options for players to choose from: instanced housing, persistent world housing, and player city housing.
    ● Instanced plots will be available for the OWON, FPR and Rogue players.
    ● Persistent, non-instanced, housing will be available all over the world
    ● Player city housing is slightly different. Player city plots must be provided by the owner of the city and then assigned to a player to use.

    Crafting: http://www.therepopulation.com/index...tures/crafting & http://www.therepopulation.com/index...tribute-system
    ● Advanced Crafting systems which allows players to create thousands of variations of items through a total of 23 different trade skills.
    ● Harvesting system allows players to harvest their resources in both combat and non-combat related fashions. Over-harvested areas will run dry of resources and recover slowly, rewarding players for discovering more remote locations.
    ● Event system will require players to make decisions during the crafting process which will influence their result.
    ● Each of the game’s recipe has its own mastery level which can be increased to produce higher quality items.
    ● Access the Auction Network from anyplace in the world using your in-game PDA.

    Combat: http://www.therepopulation.com/index.../combat-system
    ● Two distinct modes of combat: Action Mode and RPG Mode. RPG Mode works like traditional RPG combat. Action Mode allows players to control the game in ways similar to a First Person Shooter. You can toggle between these modes at any time.
    ● Several twists to make combat more interesting including Momentum, Limb Targeting, Species Mastery, Energy Shields, Cover, and Postures..
    ● Generated special abilities system for bosses will force groups or raids to adjust on the fly when fighting bosses, rather than simply looking up spoiler information on the internet.
    ● Encourages grouping with a slew of social features such as skill gain bonuses and treasure bonuses while grouped. Along with those bonuses, abilities make use of openings created by other abilities allowing for players to exploit those openings.
    ● Vehicles can serve in combat roles.

    FAQs:http://www.therepopulation.com/index...es/faq-section
    ● When Will The Repopulation Ship?
    >> There is no official launch date at this point, but it is slated for a 2013 launch.

    ● Will The Repopulation Require a Subscription?
    >> No. It will be a Free To Play title with income being generated from an in-game cash shop and optional one-time membership fees.

    ● What Will Be In the Cash Shop? Will It Be Pay To Win?
    >> We will not be Pay To Win. It is our feeling that free players are an important part of the user base and they add to the community. We don’t want those players to feel that they are at an unfair disadvantage just because they haven’t paid. While there may be things like skill gain increase boosts, we’re looking at lower increases than the 100%+ than has become standard in modern MMOs. We also don’t plan on adding items of power, such as potent armor, weapons or fittings. We do feel that players should earn whatever they get. That having been said, we do have to generate revenue in some way.

    ● So what does that leave?
    >> Account perks for one. Things like extra bank, inventory or character slots. Cosmetic items such as different armor or weapon looks. Non-combat oriented cosmetic or convenience items such as new hairstyles or furniture may also be available. We’ll explore and adjust as necessary.
    Last edited by Buckwald; 2013-04-04 at 12:32 AM.

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    Huge December Update. I suggest all check it out and read:
    http://www.therepopulation.com/index...er-2012-update
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    This MMO seems fairly fresh, glad to see such extensive sandbox mechanics.
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    it's like Swtor and Minecraft had a baby....

    Yeah okay colour me intrigued the combat looks..... okay. As a long time "Tank" type player I'm hoping there's some kind of tanking/threat mechanic in game add in vehicles and combat could be very promsing.

    LOVE the idea of being able to make your own towns. I lost about... a YEAR to this wierd little space trading game I found online back in the early 90's where you basically had a little planetoid and could mine/trade with other people and use the money to pimp out your planetoid... it was in real time... I once spend 12 hours solid shipping things to various places to make sure I got the best deal..... yeash..

    How is PvP handled? can people attack/destory your town? I'd really hate to spend days/weeks (okay months..) making my town perfect only to have some moron come in and wreck it all while im away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    it's like Swtor and Minecraft had a baby....
    A lot of the people I've talked to who are in the Alpha, and some forum-goers have called it the spiritual successor of SWG. I hope So!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    Yeah okay colour me intrigued the combat looks..... okay. As a long time "Tank" type player I'm hoping there's some kind of tanking/threat mechanic in game add in vehicles and combat could be very promising.
    There are standard PvE mechanics in the game, so I'm sure there will be some builds that allow for strict tanking. The plus side of being a sandbox is you can have a variety of builds that will work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    LOVE the idea of being able to make your own towns. I lost about... a YEAR to this weird little space trading game I found online back in the early 90's where you basically had a little planetoid and could mine/trade with other people and use the money to pimp out your planetoid... it was in real time... I once spend 12 hours solid shipping things to various places to make sure I got the best deal..... yeash..
    I love the idea too, but I'd like some more information on how to obtain the rights to make one and how much of an investment it is. I might just make my own little survival hut somewhere reclusive, if possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    How is PvP handled? can people attack/destroy your town? I'd really hate to spend days/weeks (okay months..) making my town perfect only to have some moron come in and wreck it all while im away.
    Right now, in the 2 faction areas PvP is toggled. When you're "active" military you are flagged, if you are "reserve" military you are unflagged. In the 4 contested zones, it's open PvP regardless if you are flagged or not. Now, I do know the towns have NPC guards and what not to keep players from killing off towns, but I don't know if that applies to player made towns and if you can wipe out player made towns, it better be incredibly difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    it's like Swtor and Minecraft had a baby....

    Yeah okay colour me intrigued the combat looks..... okay. As a long time "Tank" type player I'm hoping there's some kind of tanking/threat mechanic in game add in vehicles and combat could be very promsing.

    LOVE the idea of being able to make your own towns. I lost about... a YEAR to this wierd little space trading game I found online back in the early 90's where you basically had a little planetoid and could mine/trade with other people and use the money to pimp out your planetoid... it was in real time... I once spend 12 hours solid shipping things to various places to make sure I got the best deal..... yeash..

    How is PvP handled? can people attack/destory your town? I'd really hate to spend days/weeks (okay months..) making my town perfect only to have some moron come in and wreck it all while im away.
    I'm curious as to what game that is you described. I myself seem to be leaning towards the Sandbox idea of MMOs. I personally love the ideas of EVE, its just the combat that isn't my cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    A lot of the people I've talked to who are in the Alpha, and some forum-goers have called it the spiritual successor of SWG. I hope So!
    Excellent, that is the good way to go

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    There are standard PvE mechanics in the game, so I'm sure there will be some builds that allow for strict tanking. The plus side of being a sandbox is you can have a variety of builds that will work.
    Very excellent, here I go DW sword fighting tank! I do like Variety in my builds, one of the main reasons I loved Ragnarok Online back in the day

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    I love the idea too, but I'd like some more information on how to obtain the rights to make one and how much of an investment it is. I might just make my own little survival hut somewhere reclusive, if possible.
    Aye, it would suck if the house building was restricted to guilds, or cost a fuckton of money so only the best people can get one. The best way to do it would be if the basics of the houses are super cheap, with better and better things costing progressivly more. So ANYONE can have a small house, if you're decent you'll have a nice place and if you're server first pimpdaddy you'll have a fucking mansion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    Right now, in the 2 faction areas PvP is toggled. When you're "active" military you are flagged, if you are "reserve" military you are unflagged. In the 4 contested zones, it's open PvP regardless if you are flagged or not. Now, I do know the towns have NPC guards and what not to keep players from killing off towns, but I don't know if that applies to player made towns and if you can wipe out player made towns, it better be incredibly difficult.
    Okay that sounds alright, I do vastly prefer "flagged" pvp, mostly because I suck at PvP and tend to avoid it at all costs


    Quote Originally Posted by kail View Post
    I'm curious as to what game that is you described. I myself seem to be leaning towards the Sandbox idea of MMOs. I personally love the ideas of EVE, its just the combat that isn't my cup of tea.
    Yeah.... Slight problem with that. At the time I was obsessed with that game, I was smoking ALOT, as such my memory of that whole era is at best patchy and for the life of me I can't remember the fraking name, I've tried searching for it, or something at least LIKE it, but I've never been able to find one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    Okay that sounds alright, I do vastly prefer "flagged" pvp, mostly because I suck at PvP and tend to avoid it at all costs
    I'm not sure how much you can get done in the faction zones. I'm sure you can level your skills to max should you choose to, but the higher end stuff is going to be in the contested zones. Also, depending on how they handle PvP (meaning it's not terrible like WoW) it shouldn't be too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallahadd View Post
    Aye, it would suck if the house building was restricted to guilds, or cost a fuckton of money so only the best people can get one. The best way to do it would be if the basics of the houses are super cheap, with better and better things costing progressivly more. So ANYONE can have a small house, if you're decent you'll have a nice place and if you're server first pimpdaddy you'll have a fucking mansion.
    Housing is separate from nation cities. Housing is for players; cities are for nations. You can have a house in a player city, but that is not the only place available to have housing. I believe the current plan is to have both instanced and persistent world housing in "safe" areas, as well as housing in player cities, but housing built in player cities would be open to destruction.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    I'm not sure how much you can get done in the faction zones. I'm sure you can level your skills to max should you choose to, but the higher end stuff is going to be in the contested zones. Also, depending on how they handle PvP (meaning it's not terrible like WoW) it shouldn't be too bad.
    There will be some things you cannot have/experience without traveling into the open pvp areas (namely player cities). Primarily, though, traveling into the pvp areas will get you MORE of the best stuff (risk vs reward concept). The devs have said it will be possible to max out skills without traveling into pvp areas, but they have also said it may take a bit longer that way, and you will minimize your chances of getting the best resource drops. You may also have to travel to the pvp areas to complete Epic missions, kill some world bosses, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayletta View Post
    Housing is separate from nation cities. Housing is for players; cities are for nations. You can have a house in a player city, but that is not the only place available to have housing. I believe the current plan is to have both instanced and persistent world housing in "safe" areas, as well as housing in player cities, but housing built in player cities would be open to destruction.
    I'm almost certain the "neutral" player faction can setup cities. There's even a bit of it shown in the video. Not sure how grand of a scale the cities can be though.


    Quote Originally Posted by kayletta View Post
    There will be some things you cannot have/experience without traveling into the open pvp areas (namely player cities). Primarily, though, traveling into the pvp areas will get you MORE of the best stuff (risk vs reward concept). The devs have said it will be possible to max out skills without traveling into pvp areas, but they have also said it may take a bit longer that way, and you will minimize your chances of getting the best resource drops. You may also have to travel to the pvp areas to complete Epic missions, kill some world bosses, etc.
    I have no problem with that, as long as it doesn't turn into a gank fest. Since base gear doesn't really affect stats you can't just go out and get it. From what I'm told the high end fittings are crafted or drops from Epic Quests and Dens.

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    Reading about this game excites me and depresses me at the same time, as it's something close to what I was working on. I eagerly await more information on it.
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    Looks interesting, although ftp puts me off a bit . . . I much prefer the buy to play model so devs aren't so starved for profits that they need to "rent" items or sell boosts to stay in business.

    That being said, I'll probably drop 50 bucks on the kickstarter for beta access, I like to encourage sandbox games wherever possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    I'm almost certain the "neutral" player faction can setup cities. There's even a bit of it shown in the video. Not sure how grand of a scale the cities can be though.

    I have no problem with that, as long as it doesn't turn into a gank fest. Since base gear doesn't really affect stats you can't just go out and get it. From what I'm told the high end fittings are crafted or drops from Epic Quests and Dens.
    Cities are going to be awesome, and they aren't restricted to Rogue faction. Any nation can set up a city, regardless of faction, provided space is available, or they're able to take a city from an established occupant. Cities will be fully customizable and upgradeable according to current plans. City plans aren't 100% finalized, so they are subject to some changes, but if a red name says it on the Repop forums, you're pretty much hearing gospel, unless they state otherwise.

    Some ganking will occur. It's going to be up to the community to fight back and prevent large scale ganking guilds from taking hold.

    Fittings will primarily be crafted. I believe only the lower fitting grades will even drop. The awesome drops from Epic Quests/World Bosses/etc will primarily be top end/high-grade resources (to craft those high end fittings), (maybe) unique armor/weapon shells, and neat trophy items.

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    The website has been updated again, I am super excited for this game!
    http://www.therepopulation.com/index...1-2013-preview
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    The game have some sweet features, i hope it delivers.

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    I loved SWG, I've heard this game is similar so I am super excited for this.

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    I'll be keeping a close eye on this one, I was on the fence with it for awhile, but just read about the skills, and the first one I read fits my style, Assassination. Always love to see how games add that into their games.


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    There's a recent podcast with Josh that we have a link for on a thread in the general discussion forum. I'd post the link, but apparently I can't lol.

    Topic covered:
    Cities
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    Post Launch plans
    and more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayletta View Post
    There's a recent podcast with Josh that we have a link for on a thread in the general discussion forum. I'd post the link, but apparently I can't lol.
    BAM!!
    http://www.therepopulation.com/index...h-joshua-halls

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    Also, why is your name purple (or blue can't remember) on the official forums? I don't post but I browse quite often.
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