Show and Tell – Landmark

I’ve been playing a lot of EverQuest Next Landmark recently. Even though it is still early in alpha, the game is great. In fact, I have hardly played any Minecraft (my most recent gaming obsession) since Landmark alpha started.

Me, Hubby, and our long time Aussie friend, just hanging out.

Me, Hubby, and our long time Aussie friend, just hanging out.

Landmark has so much potential, and the entire process that they (SOE) are taking with the open communication, no NDA, pay-to-play Alpha is refreshing. And also super fascinating to the business systems analyst and project manager in me. I’ll probably share my thoughts on that later.

Landmark is a sandbox game that is heavily focused on exploration and building the world. The pieces that have been released to the alpha group so far consist almost entirely of resource gathering, crafting, and building tools. So in essence, you go into the world and a piece of land plant your flag in it (almost literally) and build. You gather the resources that you need to make and upgrade tools, and to build everything that you want to build on your land. And you explore what others have built. There are some very talented people playing this game.

But now to the point. Today I want to share what I have made so far. (Click to view full size!)

The view from the bottom of the path up the mountain.

The view from the bottom of the path up the mountain.

I don’t consider any of this done at this point.

I really wanted to build a traditional Shinto arch, but I need to practice with the tools more before I can make one that looks right.

View from above, with Hubby's place down in the valley.

View from above, with Hubby’s place down in the valley.

Neighbors dotting the mountain tops.

Other settlers dotting the mountain tops.

I have three other neighbors near by. One at the base of my hill (almost looks like part of my claim) and two out in the desert valley.

I have three other neighbors near by. One at the base of my hill (almost looks like part of my claim) and two out in the desert valley.

For the building, I am still working on the latticework in the walls, and haven’t done much work on the interior. I plan to use the smoothing tool on all of it (or at least parts) to make the edges softer, and maybe make the pillars round. The arch is pretty, but not what I wanted.

Sunset!

I love how it looks at night!

I love how it looks at night!

Another night view.

Another night view.

If the images don’t load properly here, you can also view them on imgur.

For those of you out there that are playing landmark, if you have questions about how I did anything, let me know! I’m happy to share. If you want to take a look in person, I’m on Liberation/Dell in the SW corner of the jungle (coordinates:  -1340.40, 1340.60, 1647.60).

5 comments

  1. Wow, so it’s a building game? I don’t really know much about that game but I thought Everquest was some sort of an MMO. I was trying the ESO beta because it was free and I love Elder Scrolls, but I’ve never enjoyed an MMO. Not even an Elder Scrolls one, it seems. There’s never enough freedom to create or emotional connection to what you’re doing, but it seems like you really get to express yourself in this one in terms of building. Hm!

    1. It is! It will end up being an exploration/building/survival game when development is done, and it is an MMO. But it is VERY different than your average MMO.

      1. I might be curious to try it. I think that building games are really coming into their own and I think it’s cool to see them becoming more than just a genre, but also being built into other games to add dimension. I think if The Sims and how successful that game was, primarily because you could become a part of making things and modifying it. Giving people the freedom to create within a game is pretty rad.

  2. These posts are super old, but it needs to be noted, This is NOT Everquest Next. This is Landmark, using the Everquest Next engine. They are going to use some designs from this in Everquest Next, but it is a separate game that will exist after Everquest Next comes out.

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