My name is James Bennett and I spent twenty years working on my dream project. Today, it finally launched! AMA about my journey, how we pulled it off, or how we built an MMO game before the term was invented.
Hi everyone! My name is James Bennett and today I’m releasing a mobile version of my passion project after over two decades. To check it out now click here.
Conquest! is a multiplayer war game set in the Middle Ages and features a blend of action, strategy, and RPG elements delivered in real time. It all started back in 1993 when myself and a high school friend, John Leth-Nissen, were introduced to a new medium, Internet Relay Chat (IRC). We enjoyed creating our own pen and paper games and built an IRC game from that passion.
Players from all over the globe joined to compete against one another in the world we created. The politics in the game would rival anything in the "real" world, and the stories were larger than life! In 1995, the first Conquest! "gathering" was held in Orlando, Florida where 15 of our most passionate players met face-to-face to share war stories, triumphs, and defeats. Three more gatherings were held in Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas.
In 2005 or so, I left the game to pursue other interests. I released the binaries and the game continued to run in one form or another for several years. In early 2015 a former player approached me about taking Conquest! mobile – and after all that time, I couldn’t help but come back to this exciting project! After many months in development, I’ve completed a version of the game for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac platforms.
Ask me anything about my journey, the stories from the original IRC version of the game, or why you should try it out today (for FREE!). I’ve waited twenty years to talk to you all! :)
Still around if anyone has any additional questions! :)
Thanks Reddit for the great AMA. Drop by Conquest! anytime and say hello. Cheers!