Tad Williams has been one of my all time favourite authors since I fell in love with his Otherland series. Since then my Daughter has become a fan, as has her boyfriend, so I guess you could say it’s a family affair. 🙂
Something else we share in our family is a love of gaming and MMO’s [massively multiplayer online games]. Little wonder then that we have all been waiting for Otherland the MMO.
Otherland online is an mmo that has been in development for something like six years, and is based on Tad William’s Otherland series. But the connection doesn’t end there. Tad Williams has been actively involved in the development of the game, and it has his seal of approval, so ….
You guessed it, I asked Tad Williams about Otherland online during Supanova [here in Melbourne], and his eyes lit up.
Although Tad is more interested in the social side of Otherland online than in the traditional mmo aspects, we found common ground in the Lambda Mall. For those who have not read Otherland, Lambda Mall is the equivalent of a future Second Life on steroids. It is a place where people go to have fun, shop, and interact with each other. All this interaction happens via avatars that are as basic, or as spectacular as people can afford.
In the Lambda Mall of the Otherland mmo, gamers will be able to hang out with their friends, shop, and generally have fun because for the first time in an mmo, they will actually have things to do in this social hub.
In recent years, I’ve been a fairly solitary gamer because I simply don’t have the time to interact with other gamers during group events like dungeons, or raids. And I do miss that interaction, so I have been following the development cycle of Otherland online with a fair degree of impatience.
That impatience turned to concern when I read of problems with the company developing the game. Naturally I voiced that concern to Tad Williams and he was quick to reassure me that this was just a temporary glitch. Phew!
I’m paraphrasing Tad here but the good news is that Otherland online will be completed in either the US or Canada. Discussions and negotiations regarding this move should be finished within a month and then the beta testing will go on.
At this point, no-one can provide a firm launch date, but both Tad and I have our fingers crossed for the end of 2013.
Needless to say, I can hardly wait. Oh, and did I mention that Tad Williams is incredibly approachable and nice? Well he is. 🙂
October 5th, 2013 at 2:36 pm
I’m so glad I found this post! I just finished the Otherland series and I have been looking forward to the game for some time now. I was so worried when I saw rumors of it being cancelled. This really cleared that up, so thank you!
October 5th, 2013 at 7:02 pm
I’m glad it helped but the post is a few months out of date now so I hope things are still okay.
October 6th, 2013 at 3:24 am
True…but it was the best info I could find about it. We’ll just have to cross our fingers, because that game just looks so cool.
October 6th, 2013 at 10:54 am
I agree. 🙂 I’m playing FFXIV A Realm Reborn at the moment, and really loving it, but Otherland looks like the way of the future. Fingers and toes crossed.
June 21st, 2013 at 5:33 pm
I absolutely love the Otherland books. It’s been a while since I read them though, maybe I should dust them off.
I’d love to see the online version. Thanks for letting us know about this.
June 22nd, 2013 at 12:20 am
You’re very welcome Sarah. I re-read them once every couple of years and keep getting surprised by how wonderful they are. I like his fantasy books as well, but not as much as Otherland. 🙂
June 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 am
Yes, I’ve read a few others too but Otherland was definitely his masterpiece.
June 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am
I’d love to know why he hasn’t written any more sci-fi. His latest – The Dirty Streets of Heaven – is, I think, urban fantasy, but still fantasy. 😦
April 15th, 2013 at 4:08 pm
It’s a pity you didn’t ask your heroes how long it took them to get from idea to book for the first one or two at least. I’ll bet they found it hard too with other commitments. I’m sure it eases with time because you have more time to commit to the writing alone. .xx Hugs xx
April 15th, 2013 at 9:34 pm
I’m sure you’re right David but even with all the time in the world I’ll never be a prolific writer! -hugs-
April 15th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
I’m not a gamer, so the Otherland game doesn’t excite me that much, but I can definitely agree about the “approachable and nice” part! Oh, how I hope I’ll get to meet him when he comes to Germany this summer!
April 15th, 2013 at 9:33 pm
At least we share a love of his books! And he truly is a very down to earth, approachable person. 🙂
April 17th, 2013 at 7:06 am
I know. He recently had some of his fans/my friends to dinner – at his house. Too awesome for words.
April 17th, 2013 at 9:09 am
That is fantastic. Can you imagine what amazing conversations they must have had?
April 15th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
How wonderful for you to meet peole you admire but Tad was probably happy to chat to you who who asked an interesting intelligent question. I imagine, for exhibitors, the days would be very long 🙂
April 15th, 2013 at 2:57 pm
I hope so. That place is such a barn I can’t imagine it was a very comfortable place to spend 3 days.
April 15th, 2013 at 11:29 am
So good to hear someone meet their hero and not be disappointed! What a great weekend you had 😀
April 15th, 2013 at 11:37 am
Not only was it fantastic to meet these guys, talking to them gave me a huge boost of confidence as a writer because… they were human, just like me. It’s all too easy to set heroes up on pedestals, imagining them to be gods of sorts. I still admire them enormously, that will never change. But I’m not ‘scared’ of them any more. 😀
April 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am
That is good to hear, funny how we all do that isn’t it? We imagine a succuessful person has some sort of superpower that causes them to be special when really they are just the same as you or I! 😀
April 15th, 2013 at 2:55 pm
I’m glad you understand. You’d think I’d know better but clearly not. Mind you, I’d still give an arm and a leg to have their talent! How they keep on coming up with ideas and writing book after book I don’t know. For me, getting from the idea to the book always seems to take so loooooong.
April 15th, 2013 at 9:43 pm
As David says below, I guess the more well-known you are the more time you can afford to devote to writing…