Veteran MMO designer, Kirk Black wants to give parents a non-violent alternative to the global community.
Non-violent games are difficult to come by and for parents of young children, the jury is still out on the impact of games, or of any media, on development and behavior. In response to this dearth of options (especially in the MMO market), Kirk Black, known in the MMO community for his roles in Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies is attempting to gather funding for a non-violent MMO for children.
In Enspira Online spiders have taken the industrious garden Gnomes hostage. This has created numerous amazing gardens on various islands around the world completely unattended and it is up to the player to learn how to tend to the gardens until the Gnomes return. While you unlock the secrets of gardening, cultivating mind, body, and soul, players will ultimately learn the secrets of where the Spiders are keeping the Gnomes so they can be rescued. The Kickstarter notes that they hope to teach lessons to children that include:
- The thrill and importance of Learning
- The value of conserving and maximizing Natural Resources
- Helping Others in need is the greatest achievement of all
- The Courage we need in life already exists within Us
- The necessity of Investing in Yourself
- We are all Equal and Important to each other regardless of differences in age, culture, gender, race, religion or language
Enspira Online will include a money system that allows players to increase their awards given at the end of a quest. They indicate that it will be impossible for players to simply pay to win and note that the money generated by this currency will be used to further develop the game.
With a funding goal of just $18,000, EO doesn't have far to go to release. It has been under development since 2005 and is currently getting ready for a beta-test that will begin on October 29th for Windows. Black plans to release the game on OSx, Linux, iOS, Android, Ouya and more if the game meets funding goals.