Welcome to the Players component of the BrowserQuests™ (BQ) system. This is where game players come to learn more about the game, manage their player characters, learn more about the Sisalus fantasy world and communicate with other players.
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What is BrowserQuests™?
The BrowserQuests™ role-playing game (RPG) system is a new, modern-take on classic, "old-school" role-playing where a central gamemaster ("GM") would interact with a handful of players and referee their experience, explaining what their characters see, allowing those players to respond to their environment, rolling various dice to partially-determine outcomes and generally controlling the flow and pace of the game. For you "old-schoolers" out there, BQ is a daring attempt to capture the familiar GM/player experience using Internet technology to simulate a GM and allow a single player to lead an adventuring party through an online campaign. If you're new to role-playing and all of this sounds like gibberish, don't worry--the game simply plays like you're having a conversation with a storyteller online and you can learn how to play as you go along.
What BrowserQuests™ is NOT
Over the past ten years, computer technology has allowed gaming companies to produce some amazing software, most of which is graphics-intensive, the game SHOWING the player what they see, almost to the point of immersing the player in a movie or similar virtual reality experience. BQ isn't anything like that, so if you're looking for state-of-the-art graphics, animation and virtual simulation, you may initially be underwhelmed or disappointed. Rather, BQ is essentially a TEXT adventuring system, with WORDS replacing the fancy graphics most gamers typically expect today. That is by design; the intent behind BQ isn't to provide a virtual reality experience but rather to tell heroic and enjoyable STORIES, relying on imagination instead of eye candy.
Similarly, the BQ system is NOT a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). While the entire experience is delivered over the Internet--and the player's various interactions within the gaming world are all preserved (logging back into the game returns the player to the exact same state in which she last logged-off)--players do not interact with other players whatsoever. Rather, a single player commands an adventuring party (a collection of individual heroes) and interacts only with the virtual GM. Again, it's like having a conversation with another person online (such as an online chat), except that an entire game interface has been designed around that chat to help players better understand and manage their adventuring party and overall gaming experience.
To play the alpha version of BrowserQuests,™ simply complete our brief registration form (which requires a valid email address). Click the return link you'll receive in your email to verify your registration--you'll return to this page where you can then play the game! Browsing our RPG ruleset will certainly provide context and insight, but all you really need is a little time and patience to learn the system.
- PLEASE, don't expect perfection with our initial alpha version! Despite being a text-based RPG, the system is quite ambitious and this alpha version is more a proof-of-concept than a fully working masterpiece. The intent right now is to attract some initial players, ask them for feedback and work on improving the system. Expect a little clunkiness and inconsistency with our alpha version (but contact us
if anything goes seriously wrong!).