Sunday, April 13, 2008

PMOG: I'm so very confused...

So, I figured I should check out the borderline memetic PMOG (passively multiplayer online game).

I signed up for the beta, waited a few days for an invite, and then installed the Firefox extension. Now I have a cute little toolbar at the base of my browser that is skinned -- well -- like a UI you might find in Ye Aulde RPG from a decade or so ago.

Problem is: I can't figure out how to play the game. I see that there are missions and have queued a couple up and launched them. But nothing special seems to happen. I land on a web page and have no idea what to do next.

Yes, there are lots and lots of help pages on the PMOG website, but I just want to goof around and start playing. I have no idea why there aren't a few standard learn-as-you-play missions that are suggested to new players. I have a feeling it would be really easy to design a mission and landing page that would teach the player the basic mechanics without having to dig through a bunch of menus and read a bunch of text.

I'll keep the toolbar up for now and maybe try again later. But so far, the initial experience has been disappointing.

Edit: I did finally find a "learn about the game" link. It took me to a mission that must have been broken because it simply dumped me in a shopping UI where I couldn't purchase anything because I hadn't yet acquired any of the in-game currency. Meh.

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