Ever, Jane, an MMO inspired by the works of Jane Austen, is now in open Beta. Lead created by Judy Tyrer, who was a senior engineering manager at Linden Lab back in the day, Ever, Jane development started after a successful Kickstarter in 2013, a labor of love to innovate the genre with a game far from the dungeon crawling and leveling up that MMOs have retreaded for literally decades. "Instead of raids," as Ever, Jane's homepage proclaims, "we will have grand balls. Instead of dungeons, we will have dinner parties."
And thanks to fellow Linden alum Judy, there's a special offer for NWN readers to go with this open beta: Create an Ever, Jane account, post your account name in Comments here, and get 100 Pounds Sterling Regency extra to spend in the game.
Also, here's a special message Judy sent along, with a welcome and request for new players:
"Three years ago we launched our Kickstarter hoping enough people would love the idea of a role play game in Jane Austen’s world and we were rewarded with sufficient interest to move forward. We are now pleased to bring our world to you in Open Beta. This is not an EA-style Open Beta, we haven’t fixed all the bugs we know about. This is much more a work in progress Open Beta but all of the infrastructure for the main game is in place and we need to start working on scaling from our tiny team up to the hundreds of people per server we will be supporting in the final product.
"And that is where we need your help. We need to find all the bottlenecks and race conditions that can happen in a multi-player game. And we believe there is enough 'inspiration' in our little sandbox that it can be sufficiently fun for player while we do so. If our team remains as tiny as it is, we see a full year between now and full release. We are seeking equity investors to help grow the team and shorten that timespan. So I hope you enjoy what we’ve built and take a romp through our 'roadmap' so you can see what the next year has in store in terms of additional development."
Ever, Jane screenshots courtesy of Judy.
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