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(29-Aug-2010 at 23:21)
What happened to Utopia?

I played Utopia a few years back, I think I quit during 2006. Anyways the swirve website seems to be gone and Utopia is on a different site, the game seems a little bit changed and the interface is terrible... Can someone run me through what happened these past years?
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(30-Aug-2010 at 23:12)
Hi

Well Mehul sold the game to Omac. Omac began with the original code then hired a couple of guys to rewrite the game.

Unfortunately, rewriting a game is not so easy when you've no experience of the game or of writing games.

So it was buggy, slow. This has been compounded by crazy rule changes which have not helped either.

After a depressing and frustrating attempt to try and point out various problems with the game and the direction it was going, I decided that they might have bought the game, but not our community.

So I took it upon myself to write a game in the spirit of swirves utopia-

www.thebattlefields.info

Playerbase is still small, but its growing - please give it your support. I am confident anyone who tries it will like what has been done so far.
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Re: What happened to Utopia?

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Hi

Well Mehul sold the game to Omac. Omac began with the original code then hired a couple of guys to rewrite the game.

Unfortunately, rewriting a game is not so easy when you've no experience of the game or of writing games.

So it was buggy, slow. This has been compounded by crazy rule changes which have not helped either.

After a depressing and frustrating attempt to try and point out various problems with the game and the direction it was going, I decided that they might have bought the game, but not our community.

So I took it upon myself to write a game in the spirit of swirves utopia-

www.thebattlefields.info

Playerbase is still small, but its growing - please give it your support. I am confident anyone who tries it will like what has been done so far.
This is a bit misleading as it reads like an add for your game...then again maybe its just that.

The game in short was sold to Jolt. Which is an Irish game company which hosts numerous games. They took over utopia some years ago, and have seemed to have had some difficulty with the transition, mostly from long term players of the game. The forum community on Jolt has been less than pleased with how it has been run it seems and they have spun off their own version Utopia Kingdoms. They have changed the interface and rules quite a bit over time for reasons that were a bit...odd, blaming hackers at first and then a bug. Omac industries bought swirve, which is how the coders at Jolt got their hands on the game.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolt_On...g#Hosted_Games

All that being said, give BFD's game a shot and see what you think, you may find it to be what you are looking for.

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(03-Sep-2010 at 09:14)
most people find problemin utopia
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Re: What happened to Utopia?

Originally Posted by Kyleesha: View Post
This is a bit misleading as it reads like an add for your game...then again maybe its just that.
actually his description is pretty accurate he was vague enough not to point fingers and say jolt fucked utopia and did it via giving the game to virgin coders.

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And that given almost 3 years still cant fix more than they screw up,as when they do make changes it causes normally more bugs and problems yet the game above in a matter of months ( much like mehul did ) was created and works so much better and bugs normally get fixed when found. bad coding versus good coding

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Re: What happened to Utopia?

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haha,your words also looks vague
vague/vāg/Adjective
1. Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning: "patients with vague symptoms".
2. Thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way: "he had been vague about his activities"


........... um yeh sure

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Re: What happened to Utopia?

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vague/vāg/Adjective
1. Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning: "patients with vague symptoms".
2. Thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way: "he had been vague about his activities"


........... um yeh sure
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(22-Sep-2010 at 21:50)


you have heard the politics side of what happen to Utopia (from above)

now let me tell u how it affected the actual game play as simplest as possible

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- Mehul sold swirve to OMAC/Jolt
- Got new developers to create new game coding ("rewrite the code")
- OMAC/Jolt moved the Mehul-Code game to their own server
- Developers finished rough draft of code (pre-Alpha)
- OMAC/Jolt decided to transfer the database information from old code to new code on Beta
- Game was in freeze mode for months (1-2) while they finished bug testing
- When the game finally started up there were stopping periods of about 1-2 weeks to fix other bugs
- Monarchs had trouble keeping players active as many lost interest in the game due to problems
- Players can now join kingdoms using codes that Monarchs obtained...kingdoms can now be built as well instead of only randomly formed
- www.thebattlefields.info is really becoming a better version of the classic game

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If OMAC/Jolt is smart they would pay BFD to save the game by using his code...but once BFD finishes the Facebook App he might as well try and buy it his version would really take off

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Kicks DJ. glad to see you still come in here from time to time

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