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Linux Journal: Building a Better Game

Sep 16, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Powell)

"During the course of researching Neverwinter Nights and Shadows of Undrentide, I had the opportunity to speak with the creator of Nordock, Marc Richter, and the gentleman who hosts the official server, Doug Rhea. Nordock is a persistent world (PW) mod to Neverwinter Nights. You can find more information about Nordock and its official servers at www.nordock.net.

"Linux Journal: Can you tell me a little about yourself and the persistent world you've created? Marc Richter: Sure thing. I'm 36 going on 14, married, have four kids and work as a computer support guy at Merck & Co. Nordock was meant [to be] a simple little hack and slash mod. I would host it on one box while not DMing mods for friends. Well, it turned out that people actually liked the silly thing, so I ended up building on it, much like a weed. Today, it runs on five official severs and countless others as the public release. Anyway, I've played computer games since 1979, and I've played on-line on and off since the late 80s. I got sucked into EverQuest back in 2001. Neverwinter Nights was my chance to own the keys, as it were, but many of the systems and other pieces definitely were inspired by my time in EQ and other MMORPGs (massive multiplayer on-line role playing games), such as Dark Age of Camelot, Anarchy Online, Diablo 2 and Gemstone on Genie..."

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