Inspired by classic online games, Noble’s Land takes a retro approach for its art style. Designed to give an old school feel with current technology, Noble’s Land takes players back to the golden age of persistent online gaming. Where one decision could end in massive losses, or massive rewards.

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Mark St. Jean

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NOTICE: This is a very long, very personal post. If you're only interested in Noble's Land then it's probably best to ignore this. If you want to know more about me, Mark St. Jean, Besome Games, and Noble's Land then read away.

The last two years have been both the hardest years of my life, but also the best years as well. I'll give a TL;DR version for now.

I'm not going to go into full detail now, I'll save the nitty gritty for a blog post, but as some of you know I've had some major fucking issues that I've been dealing with: addiction and depression. About a year ago I started the process of getting clean, assuming that everything else would fix itself as a result. What happened was, the second I cut drugs out of my life things actually got much much much worse. Three months ago I was given my official diagnosis: Major Depression, PTSD, and Chronic Nightmares.

For years I cranked out NL by essentially getting high and programming for sometimes up to 30 hours straight, day after day, week after week, month after month. When I cut out the drugs I went into Major Depression and instead spent nearly all of my free time in bed.... the living dead. Noble's Land stopped getting worked on, I stopped working, lost my apartment, I lost everything.

Six months ago I moved back home, I went home to my family to try and tackle this monster of a shit pile and get my life back. Well, after literally months of hard work I can finally say: "I'm fucking back baby!". I've been drug and alcohol free for a little over three months, and I have the coins to prove it. Three months ago I went to a doctor, which lead to a therapist, which lead to a psychiatrist.

From my earliest memories I, lets just say, was dealt a shit hand in life. My fatal mistake was telling myself that I didn't care, that I was fine, that all of that meant nothing, and subconsciously it destroyed me. Now that I've actually faced my problems head on, and I did the hard work, I've finally started anew on the other side of Shit Mountain. Now I'm drug and alcohol free, I've quit smoking, I've been doing and will continue to do the therapy, and I finally live again. Today, I now have a paying job again.

I've said many times this is coming, that is coming, ive worked on this, be excited about that, but it was all premature. I assumed things would get better.... but they kept getting worse. Well, I can safely tell you now that's not happening this time. I went from laying in my bed, unwashed, for literally weeks at a time to now being healthier (and happier) then I have been since I was a teenager. On doctor's orders I put NL aside and focused on myself, a few weeks ago he told me to start getting back to my hobbies but try and keep them stress free. After having been back at it for the last week I can now safely say that I'm taking Noble's Land back off the shelf and getting back to work.

I start work this coming week, the first time I'll have worked in over a year. The only reason I couldn't keep the websites online was because I literally didn't do much of anything besides watch TV or read, without earning money I couldn't pay hosting. When I get paid I'll get hosting again, relaunch besomegames.com and noblesland.com, and I'll post my full on story and for anyone who cares they can see exactly what I've gone through the last two years. The plan is this: BesomeGames.com is going to be a more personal page, where I am basically going to blog. It's healthy for me and personally I want to document my personal life as I get back to my old self. THAT is where I'm going to post the short novel of the full version of this tale. NoblesLand.com will be strictly for the project. If you give a shit about me as a person you can read both, if you just like NL then that's all you'll have to deal with.

As for the project itself, this is the plan as it stands today. Making MMORPGs by yourself on an indie scale is just dumb. If I didn't love Dransik I never would have started BUT I've already done so much work it would be a crime to move on now. June 19, 2019 will be the day NL will either die or continue. I've already got a damn good base game made and I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to put one more good healthy year into Noble's Land and see what comes from it. If people play it, follow it, and it can somehow generate enough income to be a viable product then I'll keep at it. If it looks like the fans just aren't there then I'm going to repurpose NL into a sort of "Ultima Maker", à la Mario Maker, where people can use all of the tools I've made and make their own Ultima style game, host their own servers, and play with their friends. I'm also going to be dedicating some time each week to work on a second project, a single player game using Unreal Engine. I want Besome Games to be a game development studio and it needs products. I need games I can sell, I need to try as hard as I can to turn Besome Games from a hobby to a full time job. I'm going to do about 80% Noble's Land and 20% on whatever else. The plan is to release and sell this second project within 3-6 months, so it's not going to be anything as huge as a MMORPG. So, by June 19, 2019 I will have Noble's Land AND at least one other game out. If NL lives, I'll keep at it. If NL dies, I'm going to try and produce smaller, quicker games at a rate of about 2-3 a year. Things can change, but I don't think they will much from this. Who knows, maybe I'll be the first MMO powered by Patreon, maybe NL will have wasted years of my life, but whatever happens.... I'm happy and healthy now and that's all that matters.

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[Dev Blog] The Stallions Who Mount The World

[Dev Blog] The Stallions Who Mount The World

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Noble's Land has a large world which is broken up into different sized islands. You'll need to find a Water Mount so you can travel from island to island...

Noble's Land Alpha 0.6 Starting Next Week!

Noble's Land Alpha 0.6 Starting Next Week!

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After many months of work I’m happy to announce that the Noble’s Land Alpha 0.6 test will begin next week, on Monday December 22, 2014. Although the...

[Dev Blog] A Harvest of New Artwork

[Dev Blog] A Harvest of New Artwork

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I’ve had a hell of a time trying to find an artist to work along side me on Noble’s Land. I was frustrated to the point that I stopped looking altogether...

Minimap In Action

Minimap In Action

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One of the latest features to make its way into Noble’s Land is the Minimap. In order to get the minimap in action I had to make some changes to how...

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Noble's Land World Editor v1.0

Noble's Land World Editor v1.0

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The Noble's Land World Editor can be used by players to create and submit content to be added to the live game. If you create good content, you'll earn...

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ChickenDelight
ChickenDelight

Btw, will there be a singleplayer and multiplayer mode?

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BesomeGames Creator
BesomeGames

Noble's Land is a full blown "Retro Sandbox MMORPG", there will be no single player mode. You'll always be playing online with other players.

When NL's time has come and gone I'll eventually release everything together, including the editors and server, so players can host their own. That is of course more then a decade away, I hope.

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kisdalton
kisdalton

Just watched the video and i like the concept. Also this game looks a lot like ultima V.

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BesomeGames Creator
BesomeGames

I'm glad you liked what you saw! If the video you saw was on here I suggest you check out the Alpha 0.4 video on YouTube, you can easily get to it on the homepage.

I'm a huge huge fan of the classic Ultima games style, 4 and 5 particularly. They are some of the games I'm drawing inspiration from, so you saying that makes me happy.

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Arethrid
Arethrid

Looks a lot like "Dransik". Do you know that game?

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BesomeGames Creator
BesomeGames

Yes I'm very familiar with Dransik, I played it for over ten years as Noble. It became clear years ago that Dransik was losing support and players. I volunteered to work on it for free and I got a nasty reply telling me to go make my own game, so I have been.

I consider Noble's Land as a spiritual successor to Dransik. Although the artwork looks very similar, which was intentional, the Dransik style originally came from the very old series Ultima, specifically 4 and 5. The artwork I use now is programmer art, I created it pixel by pixel, and I intend to replace it when the game earns some income. It will be the same retro style, just retouched by a professional that knows what they're doing.

Although the base game, GUI layout, and artwork will feel similar to Dransik I'm not making a clone, I intend to take Noble's Land much farther and expand on certain aspects. If you liked Dransik there's a damn good chance you'll also enjoy Noble's Land.

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ChickenDelight
ChickenDelight

WANT.

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Gexgekko
Gexgekko

Awesome game! I love this kind of games! Waiting the release date!

Take this as feedback:
Will the game have multiple screen resolutions/size? My eyes are a bit ****** so I can't see well and this kind of game I love is always about small images in a small window, so I can't almost enjoy them, and I know there is people worse... Hope the images are easy to see :/

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BesomeGames Creator
BesomeGames

Glad you like what you see!

Noble's Land is being designed to feel like an older game when you play it, but the technology behind it is current. The game is designed at, and will look best when played at, 1920x1080. To keep things fair for all players any other resolution or aspect ratio scales to fit instead of showing more or less of the play area or black space. Everyone gets the same experience but those that play at 1920x1080 gets the "full" experience.

I myself play at 1440x900 and I think it looks great. 800x600, not so much.

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Gexgekko
Gexgekko

Thanks for replying! I usually play 1366x768, but for indie/pixelated/small characters games I need to lower the resolution because some mix of colours makes me unable to see because of my damaged eyes and when I think about all the people like me who can actually play a game but no enjoy it because of the resolution... Uh, I become mad! (lol nope xD)
Loving old school games with new technologies.

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