The front of Hatch's when you first enter the game.
So, I've been playing the game Ever, Jane for a while now, and I am just going to admit, right here and now that I am totally in love with it. The entire concept is just magical to me, and while there are some issues that need to be worked out (the game is still in open beta) the overall idea and concept of the game is wonderful. For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that I did a Jane Austen Month back last September, so I don't really think it was a surprise that I got into this game at all.
So, what is Ever, Jane?
Ever, Jane is an MMO game based on the world and works of Jane Austen. Set in the Regency in the Town of Tyrehampton your character is dropped off (in the game it's by either an aunt or uncle, but most people just make up their own background stories for their characters. More on that down below). Suddenly you are in charge of your own life in a brand new town that you know nothing about...and whose inhabitants you know nothing about. Or at least that was the case for my character Bay James (the first of now almost a dozen characters that I play). She arrives, fresh from Bath not knowing anyone, and is immediately surrounded by drama from the other characters. The other characters are of course played by other people, and that's what sparks the drama and fun of the game.
While this game is based around the time of Jane Austen's works, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE READ JANE AUSTEN TO PLAY THIS GAME. While it certainly helps to a certain extent, it isn't necessary. What would have been more helpful for me going into the game would have been just a bit of knowledge about things like etiquette in that time. So, if you're interested in playing, maybe do a quick google search for some Regency etiquette tips and the like. As far as everything else, you can just learn on the go. However, if this game interests you and you are worried that you won't be able to play because you haven't read any of Jane Austen's novels....well let's just say you are worrying for nothing. Basic knowledge of how things were back then will be helpful though when you play your character(s). You don't want your regency "good girl" suddenly going off unchaperoned with a random guy. Just like it wouldn't make sense for your regency "bad girl" to worry about having a chaperone.
The graphics don't really bother me that much. I do wish that the avatars for the characters looked different, but it is something I can get over, especially since most of the game is based on roleplaying anyway. Other than that, maybe just making everything a bit more crisp (if that makes sense?) would make the graphics better in my eyes.
Oh, the bugs. This game is only in Open Beta so there are still some bugs, but while some of them are a bit more important (such as not letting you complete a quest) others are a bit funnier (like characters walking through walls, and characters being invisible if they teleport back to Hatch's). I am going to be honest...the bugs are a nuisance sometimes, but they are something that I have ultimately been able to get over. They also, for the most part, have not affected my ability to enjoy myself with this game. The quests are a part of the game, but so far, other than the housing quest to get a house I never use, they haven't affected my fun with the game if I am not able to complete one.
This game is my new addiction..and let me tell you why that is important. I have gotten into games in the past, but usually, I get bored with them after a few weeks. With Ever, Jane though, I have been playing for around 5 and a half months and I have no intentions of stopping. This game makes me want to keep going. Yes, I will say that I am definitely not on it as much as I was in the beginning and that it isn't necessarily something that I'm on 24/7...but it is still a game that has managed to keep me coming back.
A big part of that is the roleplaying aspect. It's been fun creating my characters and their backstories and seeing how they interact with other players' characters and the drama, romance, and sometimes just pure comedic gold everyone ends up creating. There have been times when I've laughed just from something another character said, and times that I wanted to cry. It's almost like watching a massive book with a whole bunch of different characters and plotlines unfolding before you. From the ones that are true to the times and act completely proper (like history tells them to) to the ones that are "regency rule breakers" it's been interesting and fun to see what characters people can come up with. I think this is where my "writer" brain gets to geek out a lot. Being able to have unlimited creativity in a world is amazing in my eyes. The stories and plotlines that I've been able to be a part of have really opened my brain up more as a writer, too. It truly is so much fun to be able to play this game!
Roleplaying is what the majority of this game is based on. While many of the quests are buggy and sometimes don't work, the ability to create storylines with your character(s) is something that I personally think is a lot of fun to do. Maybe it's the writer in me, but the roleplaying and creating aspect is my favorite part of the entire game. Roleplaying is basically where you act out a character and the things they do. You do this in the game by simpling typing and emoting. Emoting is where you put an "action or thought" in between asterisks (examples: *Nods* *smiles* *bows*). If you are not into roleplaying, then this might not be the game for you. However, if it's something you have never tried before I encourage you to check it out. It's been a lot of fun for me over the past few months.
I will say that as someone who has continued to stay interested in this game for months, I honestly don't know if I can recommend it more. The game has managed to keep me entertained for a long time. However, I will say that if you are not at least somewhat interested in the roleplaying aspect you probably won't enjoy this game. Like I've said above, roleplaying is what the majority of this game is based on. It's more about you being able to use your own imagination and create your characters and then have them react to others than anything. There are definitely a lot of things that need to be done to the game to get it to where I am sure the developers want it to be, but for a game still in open beta, it's been pretty good so far.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 I love it, but it definitely needs some improvements with the bugs, quests, and graphics.
For more information and to download the game go to everjane.com