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VWN World Review: Furcadia
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World Review: Furcadia


 
Main Review

Compatible with Operating Systems:
Win XP Win 98 Win 98se Vista

World Status: Operational


World Purpose: Social, Dreamworld

Age Suitability: Anyone


World-Type

Furcadia is a top-down, isometric viewpoint, 3rd person environment. That is to say, you view your character from the outside, from above, and slightly to one side. Movement is diagonal, through a tiled landscape, similar to "The Sims".

Rather than being Role-Play enforced, encouraged, or barred, this world follows the somewhat unique tack of allowing almost every type of play imaginable. You can role-play to a high level, chat freely about 'real-life', and even, in highly specialised areas, more 'adult' content, unsuitable for minors takes place.

Furcadia achieves this by, in almost MUSH-alike fashion, allowing players to create their own content, in the form of 'dreams' - player built and scripted areas - which players can drop into the world, for others to explore, and use. Obviously, the widely varying rules for Furcadia can create some widely varying areas, from massive waterfalls, and wilderness, through to pubs, clubs, and unique gaming zones.

The editor required for all this, is actually included in the initial download, so, you're all ready to create your own content almost as soon as you enter the world.

The World in Brief

As mentioned above, Furcadia abounds with player-created content, but
there are still, set out areas where such content is found:


New Haven is the central map, and the one through which all others
can be reached. Amongst meeting areas, stables, cafes and other core
structures, it also contains the in-world volunteer-manned helpdesk,
and an area set aside especially for greeting newbies.



The Challenges Map is a world set aside entirely for games, and puzzle-solving. All kinds of puzzles, and games are found here, some requiring teams of fifty or more to play.

Acropolis is Furcadia's version of a Role-Play encouraged world. Role-Play is mild, and whilst OOC comments do not abound, there is still some presence of them, and the RP is mostly informal.

The Imaginarium is designed with strict Role-Play in mind. Like all the areas, it is still dotted with player-created areas, and there is no over-arching plot. Still, RL issues are banned from this area, and the characters within tend to be well defined, and played. Even so, on one visit, I found two dragons discussing their cars *grin*.

FurrN is the adult area of Furcadia. No one below the age of consent is permitted here, and this is evident, from first arrival. Descriptions usually display sexual preferences, and mild cybersex is conducted in public. The main area still has some constraints, and the behaviour is still tolerable, but player-created areas off of this zone, have no holds barred.

 

Sub Reviews

Here at Virtual Worldlets, we look at all worlds, whether for entertainment, training, medicare, industry or military use. Thus, we have the situation where different uses judge by different criteria. Below are a series of sub-reviews, each tailored to a different aspect of the world.

Explorers
For some, its the thrill of discovery, the freedom to strike out, to pioneer. Whether its mapping new lands, or exploring unknown fields of endeavour, to be first, to boldly go, this is what explorers live for.

There is an incredibly huge set of worlds for you to explore.
Even though it is graphical, and with a limited number of pieces, areas
don't look too samey and you can quickly get lost within the great landscapes
- but home is always just a teleport away.

 

Socialisers
The social life is the life for you. To chat, to roam, to gossip all day, and chatter all night. You are the heart of the party, and you are the soul. The drive to chatter, the need to gossip, stretching out, making connections, mind against mind, heart against heart. It keeps you going, it keeps you sane.

If you like to chat, then you'll love this world! Thousands of people, chatting about whatever comes to mind. Once you get engrossed in chat, you'll forget you're talking to a dragon, with wings bigger than you are, or to a cat curled up next to you.

There are a wide variety of chat commands available, including local whispers, standard talking, shouting, broadcasting, and direct point-to-point sending. Gestures, and emotions are also available, and very easy to use.

 

Achievers
Work, work work. Everybody... You have this burning desire to succeed, to achieve renown, to be the best in whatever field you set your sights to. No matter what, you must be the best... What will you be? A powerful warlord? The leader of a town? You're ambitious, and crave power? This section is for you.

Furcadia is completely classless, and level-less. There is no experience system, and no perma-death. There is very little conflict of any kind. Achievement is often more through money spent on extras, than by other means.

 

Killers
You get your fun through fighting, killing, pillaging and pilfering. From despicable thieves, through sneaky assassins, great military generals, and noble knights, you love to kill, you live to kill.

Killing in Furcadia is simple -mostly, it's not allowed. The only places that do allow it, are player-areas whereby the possibility has been scripted. As a result, there is no experience system, and no levels.

 

 

Overall
In essence, Furcadia is a cute, friendly world, with massive potential for player-built content. However, to me, the lack of ability to interact beyond gesture, and chat level with other players, detracts from the immersion. Whilst it does allow for tabletop-style roleplay, the long loading times, and limited command-set just didn't hold my attention for long.

New players, you'll find Furcadia an enjoyable experience.

Experienced Players, unless you've a high-quality connection, you'll find the download times annoying. One wrong move, and you've got a 900k download (although you can abort it). The limited command-set may also put you off.

 

Rating 64 / 100
Newbie Friendliness
15.0
/ 15
Community Values
11.0
/ 15
Believability
4.0
/ 15
Immersion
2.0
/ 15
Administration
8.0
/ 10
Automated help
9.0
/ 10
Code Integrity
9.0
/ 10
Entertainment
6.0
/ 10

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