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Wizards and Warriors: Massively Multiplayer Online Game Creation

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With "Wizards and Warriors: Massively Multiplayer Online Game Creation" you can create your own MMO game, even if you have no programming or game design knowledge. Utilizing the latest version of the popular MMO program Realm Crafter©, simply follow this step-by-step guide and soon you will be playing a game of your own creation, without ever needing to learn complex programming language. Learn what makes a great MMO game, and then get started on yours!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Audience
    2. Aim of the Book
    3. Chapter Overview
  5. 1. Massively Multiplayer Online Games
    1. The Beginning of MMOs
      1. Bulletin Boards
      2. The Internet Revolution
      3. The AOL Factor
      4. The Ultimate MMO
    2. The Internet Evolves
      1. Questing for Ever
      2. A Change of Speed
      3. World of Warcraft (WOW)
    3. MMOs Today
      1. The Asian Influence
      2. Browser-Based Games
      3. A Gold Mine
      4. A Tale of Two Lives
      5. Take Me Home
      6. Cloudy Skies
    4. The Latest and Greatest MMO List
      1. Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
      2. APB Reloaded
      3. Anarchy Online
      4. Champions Online
      5. City of Heroes
      6. City of Villains
      7. Dark Age of Camelot
      8. DC Universe Online
      9. Dungeons and Dragons
      10. Eve Online
      11. EverQuest
      12. EverQuest II
      13. FarmVille
      14. Final Fantasy XI
      15. Free Realms
      16. Guild Wars
      17. Home (PlayStation)
      18. Star Wars the Old Republic
      19. Lego Universe
      20. Lord of the Rings
      21. Mafia Wars
      22. Pirates of the Burning Sea
      23. Ragnarok Online
      24. RuneScape
      25. Second Life
      26. Star Trek Online
      27. Star Wars Galaxies
      28. Stronghold Kingdoms
      29. Ultima Online
      30. Warhammer Online
      31. WOW: World of Warcraft
    5. Take Advantage of Any MMO Trials
  6. 2. More About MMOs
    1. Different Styles and Types of MMOs
    2. Game Payment Methods
    3. Servers and Clients
    4. The Character Creation Screen
    5. Guilds and Groups
    6. Experience and Levels
    7. Non-Player Characters (NPCs)
    8. Quests
    9. Maps and Places to Go
    10. Death
    11. Inventory
    12. Banks
    13. Auction House and Shops
    14. Transportation
    15. Pets
    16. Places to Live
    17. PVP
    18. PVE
    19. Realms
    20. Instances
    21. Summary
  7. 3. Cultivating Your MMO Ideas
    1. Getting an Idea
      1. Brainstorming
      2. Playing Games
      3. Researching Ideas
    2. Cultivating Your Idea
    3. Making a Story
      1. Zombie Invasion
      2. Mercury Project
      3. New Colony
    4. Creating Maps and Places to Go
      1. Map Research
    5. Visualizing Your NPCs
    6. Adding World Items
    7. Creating Your Basic Quest Lists
    8. Considering Areas versus Difficulty
  8. 4. Realm Crafter
    1. Realm Crafter’s System Requirements
    2. Installing Realm Crafter Professional
      1. Beginning the Install on Windows XP and Windows 7
      2. Beginning the Install on Windows Vista
      3. Main Install Process
    3. Loading Realm Crafter for the First Time
    4. Creating a New Project
    5. Using the Project Manager Toolbox Tab
    6. Starting Your Project
    7. Realm Crafter Tour
    8. Summary
  9. 5. The MMO Test
    1. The Server
      1. Testing Server Toolbar
      2. Starting the Server
    2. The Client
      1. Client Settings
    3. Starting the Game
    4. Touring the Game Interface
      1. Predefined Quick Buttons
    5. Browser Stats
  10. 6. Compiling Your MMO
    1. Building a Full Client
    2. Building an Update
    3. Configuring Your Servers
    4. Building the Server
  11. 7. Adding Media to Your Game
    1. Types of Media
    2. Tour of the Media Tab
      1. Viewing a Mesh
      2. Viewing a Texture
      3. Viewing Sounds
    3. Importing Content
      1. Importing 3D Content
    4. Summary
  12. 8. The Actors of Your MMO
    1. Touring the Actors Tab
      1. Actors Sub-Tab
        1. Modifying Actor Behavior
        2. Modifying Appearance
        3. Attributes
        4. Previewing Your Actor
    2. Creating an Actor
    3. Creating Factions for Your Actors
    4. Adding Animations to Your Actors
      1. Creating Animations
    5. Giving Your Actor Some Abilities
    6. Touring the General Settings Tab
      1. Combat Section
      2. Visual Section
      3. Loot Bag Section
      4. Currency Section
      5. Radar/Mini-Map Section
      6. Other Section
  13. 9. An Adventurer’s Items
    1. Touring the Items Tab
      1. Item List
      2. Buttons on the Items Tab
      3. General Properties
      4. Appearance
      5. Attributes
      6. Type-Specific Settings
    2. Creating an Item
  14. 10. World Tour
    1. Touring the World Editor
    2. Loading the Default World
      1. Moving Around the Default World
    3. Touring the World Editor’s Buttons
      1. Panels
      2. Tools Icons
      3. Settings Icons
        1. Zone Setup Dialog Box
        2. Year Setup Dialog Box
      4. Waypoints Icons
      5. Render Icons
      6. Terrain Icons
      7. Selected Objects Icons
      8. Zones Icons
  15. 11. Post Process, Emitters, and Help
    1. The Post Process Tab
    2. The Emitters Tab
    3. The Realm Crafter Help Tab
  16. 12. Creating and Editing Zones and Terrains
    1. Creating a New Zone
    2. Creating a Terrain
    3. Creating a Heightmap
      1. Importing a Heightmap
    4. Using the World Terrain Editor
      1. Editor Mode
      2. Editor Mode Examples
  17. 13. The Create Panel
    1. Placing a Scenery Object
    2. Creating a Terrain
    3. Creating an Emitter
    4. Creating a Water Area
    5. Using Sound Zones
    6. Using Dynamic Light
    7. Using Script Triggers
    8. Waypoint/Spawn Point
    9. Creating Portals
  18. 14. Scripting Introduction
    1. What Is a Programming Language?
    2. Programming Concepts and Terminology
      1. Examples and Help
      2. Understanding Variables
      3. Understanding Constants
      4. Understanding Keywords
      5. Understanding Data Types
      6. Understanding Arrays
      7. Understanding Decisions
      8. Understanding Loops
  19. 15. Using the Script Editor
    1. Touring the Script Editor
      1. Text Menu
      2. Toolbar Options
      3. Project Explorer
      4. Code Area
    2. Creating a Dialog Box
    3. Script Editor Example
  20. 16. Putting It All Together
    1. Concept and Idea
    2. Scope and Target Audience
    3. Budget and Time Frame
    4. Servers and Equipment
    5. Planning
    6. Team and Outsourcing
    7. Design and Story
    8. Prototyping
    9. Script Building
    10. Content Creation
    11. Quest Creation
    12. Testing
    13. Release
    14. Continual Improvement
  21. 17. Game Design Ideas
    1. Victorians
    2. Medieval Wars
    3. Knights of Old
    4. Space Flight
    5. Pirates and Traders
    6. Nuclear Fallout
    7. Dungeon Walker
    8. Robot Empires
    9. Plague
    10. Romans and Gladiators
    11. Aliens vs. World
    12. Fashion Elite
  22. 18. Resources
    1. Skills and Team Members
    2. Useful Websites
      1. Sites for 3D Content
        1. Turbo Squid
        2. Falling Pixel
        3. Daz3D
      2. Sound and Music Websites
      3. Gaming Websites
    3. Useful Books
      1. Programming Books
      2. Game Design Books
    4. Useful Tools