Better Than It Needs To Be?

Illyriad’s own blog (mainly a discussion of HTML5 and general techie cleverness) recently had a post about how there is much more detail in the art than there needs to be.

Certainly the  new art is beautiful. And certainly there is a lot of detail in the character portraits. But this is also true of the game as a whole – Illyriad has much more detail than it needs to have. It is much more complex, much deeper. I’ve played a lot of strategy games – and almost all of them were (a) much easier to get into than Illyriad, and (b) much less interesting once I got into them.

I’ve been playing Illyriad for over a year now, and I’m still loving it, because all of it – from the game mechanics to the world background to the art – is much more detailed, much more complex, and much more interesting than a strategy game needs to be.


About Kurdruk

Kurdruk is a fictitious character. Specifically, he is a fictitious Orc. Orcs are, of course, a fictitious race. And so, being a fictitious member of a fictitious race, it is unsurprising that Kurdruk lives in a fictitious land - Illyria. So it is no surprise that Kurdruk's great wisdom relates to life in the realm of Illyria - in other words, in Illyriad.
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One Response to Better Than It Needs To Be?

  1. Hugie says:

    A couple of discussions that appeared in Scientific American support this (though they weren’t about Illyria, they were about rl – Real Life).
    Japanese Scientists investigating the nature of the most basic building blocks of matter found them selves in a little too deep – what they found seemed almost like an “approximation of what it could be, if you didn’t look too deeply”. They compared it to a Disney animation. If you want to show moonlight on water, you don’t use vast computing power to model every wave and trace every ray of light, you just use the generic “moonlight on water” sequence.
    To their consternation, when they had finished their calculations and found that subatomic matter really wasn’t there, they went back to verify, and it was there! They compared notes and decided to publish, that something (or someone) had changed it.
    No it wasn’t April 1st edition.
    Perhaps we’re in Illyria? Certainly the players respond more to personality than simply might – why one player was recently punished severely for trolling (posting just to get an emotional reaction)

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