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November 3rd, 2010, 23:24
Lightspeed Magazine has a profile interview with Chris Avellone. On writing Planescape: Torment-
Planescape: Torment shows up on several best-game-of-all-time lists. Many standard mechanics of video game RPGs (like repeatedly dying and leveling up) are incorporated into the narrative of the game so that each death and level up is part of the protagonistís story. Take us through the development of Planescape. How did you set out to make this game different from other D&D games?

I had a long list of things I wanted to do with an RPG and a long list of things I hated about RPGs when Planescape rolled around, so that all added fuel to the fire. I started with all the elements I hated, cut those out (no halflings, dwarves, elves, evil wizards, no saving the kingdom, no swords, no attempt to make the undead scary, re-loading after death, regimented class system, and pre-determined alignment) and added stuff Iíd always wanted to do (puritan succubus, making the dead more sympathetic, dungeons-in-a-pocket, selfish main quest, fragmented personality of main character, pregnant alleys).
The fact that it was set in the Planescape universe was a plus, because Planescape consciously disregarded D&D conventions in favor of the setting, and that allowed a lot more breathing room for adventure and character ideas than a normal D&D campaign.
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Seriously I would love if they would make more games based on Planescape but its a wish that will never happen.Atari or was it interplay still owns the rights and haven't made any good rpgs in years.

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November 4th, 2010, 00:11
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Seriously I would love if they would make more games based on Planescape but its a wish that will never happen.Atari or was it interplay still owns the rights and haven't made any good rpgs in years.
Atari own the rights to make Dungeons & Dragons games, and it's likely there's not been any good D&D RPGs since NWN2 because of a certain lawsuit.
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November 4th, 2010, 10:23
I thought Wizards pretty much put the lid on the entire setting a few years ago. I would also like to see more games based on it, as I find it quite fascinating, but I honestly doubt it'll happen.
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November 4th, 2010, 10:53
Planescape…….how I miss that game and wish they made more of them. They didn't have to be as good as the first, but a few more set in that universe would have been great. So much potential for something that hasn't been done before.

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November 4th, 2010, 13:51
Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol was the source of inspiration for the pregnant alley in Planescape: Torment–Morrison introduced a character called “Danny the Street” in Doom Patrol who was a living street who was also a transvestite, and I’ve never gotten that character idea out of my head).
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November 4th, 2010, 15:49
Well they're making a new Neverwinter game now..so I don't see why a new Planescape isn't possible.
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November 4th, 2010, 22:00
I would suggest partly that WotC has retired the Planescape setting (whereas Forgotten Realms is still current) and partly that getting major sales would be hard. It wouldn't be as popular as FR or Eberron (too weird to be mainstream) so they'd rather mine those settings.

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November 4th, 2010, 22:42
They don't seem to mine Eberron too much (DDO), with the only other game in recent memory set in that, well, setting being Dragonshard.

I'm surprised they're not using Dragonlance or Greyhawk more, to be honest. Forgotten Realms has been done to near-death.
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I would suggest partly that WotC has retired the Planescape setting (whereas Forgotten Realms is still current) and partly that getting major sales would be hard. It wouldn't be as popular as FR or Eberron (too weird to be mainstream) so they'd rather mine those settings.
WOTC brought back Dark Sun. That one is not nearly as popular as the other settings. Who knows they might bring Planescape back one day? Took them awhile to get to Dark Sun

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