World Of Lordcraft

By Kieron Gillen on March 18th, 2010 at 11:21 pm.

If there was some right of copyhood, these folks could be in trouble.

I picked up this up from Soren Johnson a few minutes ago. I offer without comment.

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  1. G Manning says:

    Noticed this a couple months ago. I especially like the codemonkey translations all over the website.

    “NEVER SURRENDER YOU FREEDOM!!!”

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    Tom-INH says:

    I look forward to the sequels World of Baroncraft and World of Earlcraft. Also that other brilliant new Fantasy MMO where you play as the Architects from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, War of Worldcrafters.

    • 12kill4 says:

      World of Murray-Craft: wherein the player takes on the role of the homeless guy from around the corner in his quest for a cigarette and a bottle of whiskey.

    • GT3000 says:

      Whiskey? That’s expensive, brah. I’ll settle for my no frills diva, Night Train.

      More info and hilarity @ http://www.bumwine.com/

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      HermitUK says:

      Also look out for World of Serfcraft. Not in fact the long overdue Surfing MMO, but a game where everything you earn, craft, or find is taken off you by your NPC lord. Should you not login enough to keep up with his payment demands, he burns down your house and has you executed.

    • Nerd Rage says:

      @Tom-INH

      I would actually pay to see what War of Worldcrafters looks like.

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      Flimgoblin says:

      I’d have thought War of Worldcrafters would be a beat-em-up arena game starring Raph Koster, Ragnar Tornqvist, Richard Bartle, Scott Jennings and many other virtual world building luminaries.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      12kill4: with exclusive Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar character if you pre-order now.

    • luckystriker says:

      @GT3000 I say, going to college in america, I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of having drunk excessive quantities of all those fine drain cleaners. Come to think of it, bums and students have far more in common than either would like to admit!

  3. Xocrates says:

    Impressive. I’m assuming they’ll be getting a “cease and desist” shortly?

    • blah says:

      “Alyssa Milano: Of all the cheap shots… Joel.
      Joel: I know, I know. I’m suing, I’m suing.”

  4. Flaringo says:

    Now why did they think this was a good idea.

  5. MD says:

    I was going to suggest that surely ‘World of Lorecraft’ has a better ring to it, but I guess that would be a rip-off.

    • Zerai says:

      Coming soon? since 2006? This doesn’t really add up.

      Also, checking Lordcraft, not only the name and the style, which could pass (it’s only similar!) but they’ve also copied the tauren, which are a race exclusive to warcraft, this sounds like it’s going to be sued already.

  6. Psychopomp says:

    …are those assets right out of War 3?

  7. Sandalux says:

    World of Massive-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-craft?

  8. Sporknight says:

    I feel like if it was a joke, they’d be trying harder…

  9. FhnuZoag says:

    Is this genuine, or is it a joke? I’m a bit hesistant to give them my email.

  10. Slim Jim says:

    What is the big deal, anyway? If you read the description of the game, it’s obviously not a WoW ripoff:

    “World of lordcraft isn`t a copy of wow,It`s a extension and you’re gonna love it!”

    “World of lordcraft create a new Middle Ages fantastic world ,which totally different from world of warcraft.”

    TOTALLY DIFFERENT! ‘Nuff said. ;)

  11. freaparn says:

    @Zerai

    So a tauren, aka “a minotaur” is exclusive to warcraft? Ah-buh?

    • Zerai says:

      Ouch, got me there, i suppose i should re-read my mythology

      On the other hand, the name Tauren (which they use) may be trademarked by blizzard

    • Xocrates says:

      Calling them Tauren however, seems to be.
      EDIT: Doh. Ninja’d

    • nick says:

      I have to say that the Tauren are really quite different from the minotaur itself. The minotaur was really a human with the head of a bull, whereas the Tauren are more of a humanoid race descended from cows.

      It makes a difference in that the Tauren’s BODY itself is more bovine, including hooves, where the minotaur is a man from the neck down.

      {Obligatory addon comment so I can post this in reply properly}

    • Corporate Dog says:

      @Nick: You’re overthinking it. Google ‘D&D minotaur’ and stare at wonder in all the variations (including many with hooves).

      While I’m at it, I might as well trot out this oldie-but-goodie which seems somewhat relevant here:

      http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Say, what language is it that “Taur” means four?

    • Wulf says:

      @nick

      I know it’s been said, but evidence is nice:

      http://7.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ks8majtphh1qzb1rlo1_500.jpg

      That’s a Dungeons & Dragons Minotaur, and those looked like the Tauren before the Tauren even existed. That’s one of the problems with Blizzard though, they find it difficult to create original races/settings, everything I could think of has been borrowed from somewhere else.

      It’s true that everyone does it, but I’ve never seen anyone do it quite like Blizzard. So if they did sue, it could only really be over similarity of name, because the setting, the races, and just about everything else has all be done before.

    • Wulf says:

      Oh wait, they’ve used art assets from Warcraft 3, didn’t notice that.

      Had they used their own art though and a different name, they would’ve been fine. Hell, they could’ve even just called their cow race the ‘Minotaurens’.

  12. MadTinkerer says:

    Lovely! ANOTHER Evony clone, this time ripping off WoW instead of Civ! I love the announcer’s accent: it’s like they don’t care if you know it’s another online “free-to-play-but-you-actually-need-to-buy-stuff-to-really-do-anything” scam from China (or possibly Korea). They’ll lure in plenty of suckers by pretending to be a free version of WoW instead of pretending to have porn!

    I’m just waiting for the day there’s a “free to play” “Fortress Team Online” and it turns out to be another city management sim but they’re ripping off TF2′s graphics.

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      Stompywitch says:

      They should all be the same game, just with different for the buildings. And if someone attacks you, they use the units from their skin!

    • DanPryce says:

      I can’t wait for NIGHT Online and it’s console counterpart Grit 832

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    Lambchops says:

    Cool, I’ve always wanted to build an “unprecedented epic castle.”

    The announcer’s voice is superb.

  14. nick says:

    I have to say that the Tauren are really quite different from the minotaur itself. The minotaur was really a human with the head of a bull, whereas the Tauren are more of a humanoid race descended from cows.

    It makes a difference in that the Tauren’s BODY itself is more bovine, including hooves, where the minotaur is a man from the neck down.

    • nick says:

      And of COURSE it didn’t put my reply to freaparn, but a separate post…

  15. PiP says:

    anyone mentioned Heroes of Might and Maagic III yet?

    • nick says:

      Why would someone mention THAT?

    • Vitamin Powered says:

      @nick

      Presumably because the battle scenes look like they’ve been ripped straight from a HoM&M game.

  16. Dominic White says:

    The amazing thing is that while they’re obviously ripping WoW off at every step of the way, the actual game looks like an MMO version of Heroes of Might & Magic/King’s Bounty, which is actually pretty neat.

    If only they’d just used their own art.

  17. Thants says:

    I think we may have found the WoW killer we’ve been looking for!

  18. Leelad says:

    Is it the same guy who did the voice-over for orcs and humans?

    I giggled at the 1/2 orc 1/2 human image at the end.

    Arthas indeed!

    I also love how the screenshot section is simply titled “screenshot”. Wept a little when there wasn’t one :(

  19. Leelad says:

    “as 10000 players from almost 10 different countries”

    Almost 10….like 9.536 countries!!

    Totally playing this!!

  20. h4plo says:

    I think it’s pretty much awesome that you research “scientech” – science, apparently – at the Shrine of Belief.

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    Flimgoblin says:

    Wonder how long it’ll take before we have scantily clad elven maidens (pictures taken from other games, people’s flickr accounts, hard drives whatever) with “Build your castle discreetly my Lord(craft)”

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    Lim-Dul says:

    Anybody ever heard about the porn series Whorecraft? :-D

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    HermitUK says:

    The video guy deserves an award for voice acting.

    Also, is the majority of that artwork actual straight up Warcraft stuff? Or have they pretty much just carbon copied the style?

  24. Ninja says:

    I was seriously hoping for a browser based Warcraft 3 remake or something.

    But I did lol when I saw that it wasn’t trying to be a “ripoff” of the Warcraft universe.

  25. Wednesday says:

    wot?

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    Saul says:

    WoW. Just WoW.

  27. Davie says:

    I heard about this a couple months ago. Didn’t know about the video though; it’s really quite amazing. Can’t wait to build my UNPRECEDENTED epic castle.

  28. faelnor says:

    As a web game,world of lordcraft mainly player with mouse,you can spent just a few minutes to play world of lordcraft everyday!

    • G Manning says:

      Hello I am WoW represent. Your accouunt has been compromise. Please visit lordcraft dot com to correct.

  29. Richard Beer says:

    Bah, looks like my new game, ‘World of wor Kraft’, an epic interactive tale of invasion set inside Newcastle’s old Cadbury factory, has some serious competition!

  30. Auspex says:

    If you go to the FAQ:

    “Sorry,the page you’re visiting is under construction.
    Please do this later.”

    What exactly am I to do? And why do I have to do it?

  31. Tyshalle says:

    What the fuck?

  32. Jorma says:

    mmo homm is an anagram, or hommo maybe even homo?

  33. Ubernutz says:

    I hope to god the release date is April 1st.

  34. neolith says:

    Shutdown imminent in threee… two… one…

  35. Yanko says:

    What really baffles me is that Activision shut down completely that King’s Quest fangame without thinking twice, and this Lordcraft thing has been on the news for a bit now, and Blizzard hasn’t shown any signs of legal action.

    Maybe ActiBlizzard has a judicial queue: “okay, we do fan games, then games that make us billions, then we go back to server modders and Lordcraft”.

    Or hell, maybe that’s a secret Kotick move, and when Blizz complains about it, he’ll be firing their heads for “insubordination”!

  36. Tim E says:

    If you won’t offer comment, I will.

    What a bunch of gimps.

  37. Tyndareus says:

    I found this, following the link about the “incoming open beta”:

    In your real life everyone keeps telling you that you’re re a simple guy! You’re re a simple guy! And today you should just stop and say, “What if I can achieve more? What if I can be a hero or a lord? Yeah, just play World of Lordcraft, and all your dreams will come true. You can make rules for your life now!

    I can make rules for my life now! Yes [insert obscene number of exclamation marks here]

  38. Tzarkahn says:

    Heh.

  39. Joe says:

    It seems that it’s a successor for Evony. I guess their froud scheme is expanding. :-|

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Seems there’s a few people there who need to look up sarcasm in the dictionary.

  40. Jimbo says:

    I’m a little disappointed that World of Hovercraft doesn’t exist.

  41. Dr. Wily says:

    I am endlessly amused by the animated gif on the main page that just pulses “FORMAL OPERATION”

    Its not even a link! They just want it made clear this isn’t some kind of casual operation, in case we doubted.

  42. latterman says:

    ” World of Lordcraft should be regarded as a fan game of WoW. All the creators and staff members of this game love WoW and we thank Blizzard for such a brilliant work. WoL is not a replica of WOW. WoW is a MMORPG while World of Lordcraft is only a browser game of building, strategy and simulation. They are totally not the same kind. All the artworks in World of Lordcraft are the original creations of our art team. However, some elements were similar to WoW and some other games. Likewise, WoW also borrowed some elements from Tolkien’s novel. We hope that WoL can provide an interesting alternative for those players lacking time for WoW raids and arenas. Or you may also insert a few clicks between raids or wipes in WoW.”

    says the admin.

  43. Twiztid says:

    This is just a Browser Based Strategy game that uses Warcraft lore. It is not a Wow ripoff lol. There are many games today that share the same lore. Most of the creatures from World of Warcraft were taken from other lore such as D&D. I like the idea that they made a BBS game with Warcraft lore. WoW players seem have a “Holier Than Thou” attitude. Every game I have played since WoW released has WoW players in it claiming they have been wronged somehow. Get over yourselves and go back to Barrens chat.

    • Mr_Day says:

      I think it is more that the character models used in the battle scenes are clearly lifted straight out of the WoW game.

      You can say that you drew the characters yourself as much as you want – if I draw a picture of Kieron gillen, it is still Kieron Gillen no matter how much I think I am a fantastic artist*.

      * You should see my Mona Lisa. It looks just like the original, but is my own creation even if it does look a teensy bit like the one that hack Leonardo drew. The HACK.

  44. Dogen says:

    There’s an HoMM MMO in production, actually, so they’re ripping off that, too. The hits just keep on coming.

  45. Bahumat says:

    As the old song goes:

    “We’re reeeeally quite similar…. but legally distinct!”

  46. Bruceongames says:

    The Western culture values individuality and innovation. Chinese culture values conformity. Which is why there is so much copying and imitation.

    The current glut of Chinese browser games are obviously based on Civilisation. This was made into a persistent world to create a MMORTS, which is a strange idea as to play it properly you need to be online 24/7!!

    The game that started it was in the Chinese language and is called ReXueSanGuo, sometimes abbreviated to RXSG. All the others are direct copies using either the same code or reverse engineering. RXSG was a great success in China but made it to the west after its imitators. Here it is called Kingory. In China there is no real understanding of the concept of copyright.

    On the Chinese hacker websites you can buy the RXSG code for just a few hundred dollars. Then all you need is a theme, new graphics (often copied), a small change in the game mechanic and you are in business. Things like terms and conditions are also copied.

    Because of the success of Evony we are into imitation again with many Chinese companies copying the Evony business model of tit advertising on Google. The real investment is in this advertising, the game costs very little to make and support.

  47. Akirasfriend says:

    This year’s Limbo of the Lost?

    I hope the end cutscene is as good as Limbo’s.

  48. BenjaminW says:

    It looks like a right rip off. They’ve even stolen the hot babe pics for their web ads.