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So I haven’t updated in a century.  Putting aside the fact that nobody cares, I do, in fact, have a good reason, and it comes in a neat little vector-flash package.  This reason is the Whirled Beta.

Several of you will remember a game from a couple years back called Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates! that combined the social aspects of an MMO with the swashbuckling fun of pirates, then screwed it up by making the pirates play puzzles instead of getting drunk and slicing up some Navy asshats.  Well, actually, it was a pretty good game, just a little too PG-13 for my tastes.

Anyways, the geniuses behind YPP, known collectively as Three Rings Entertainment, have decided to foray into the lazy world of user-created content.  The result is the game I linked above, Whirled.  It’s still in Beta, and I can already tell you it will rock.  It’s like if you took the game collection of Neopets, surgically removed the gay and commercialism, and mixed it with Second Life, sans furries and pervs.  The main game allows any player to create items in Flash (Or just PNGs if you’re a poor flashless bastard like myself.  :P), and upload said items, then sell them in the shop to other Whirledians.  And then, you can create backgrounds to put the items in, and link the rooms together with doors, and throw in some pets, and toys…And tons more.  Basically, you get to create your own little flash world for your little guy and your friends’ little guys to hang out in.  And chat.

The main stuff is actually really sparse.  There’s not much more to it than there is to Second Life…You’ve got user-created stuff, and a couple cool gadgets, and a chat.  So most of the social interaction there is limited to roleplaying, or small talk.  But but BUT, there is more.  The users can also make and upload their own games, programmed in Flash, for everyone to play.  These games can be one-player, or multi-player, and they can give you trophies (Their version of Acheivements), and coins, which can then be spent on crap in the store.  The games can even be attached to the main whirleds…It’s all really difficult to explain.

Listen, just play it.  The game is awesome.  And I’m in it.  If anyone gets in there, look me up.  I’m Amanwithnoname, just send me a message, and I’ll reply.  🙂  Then, we can put off updating our blogs.  Together.

P.S. For fans of Machall or 3 Panel Soul, you’ll find that Ian McConville, the artist behind both, is one of the guys at Three Rings.  His Whirled account is Cherub, if you feel like being a crazy stalker.

P.P.S. I’m heading out to Chicago to visit family for a couple weeks.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to, but I’ll try to keep updating.

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