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Thursday, April 19, 2001
 
Alchera Project Comes To An End
10:20 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Last September we brought you news of Alchera, a German-language online RPG with a striking similarity to Delta Tao's Clan Lord. Recently the Alchera web site has been updated with the disappointing information that this project has come to an end, due to lack of funds and team commitments. According to the various postings left on the site by the team members, financial troubles and infighting between team and game members were some of the problems that brought the project to an end. Here is an excerpt:

Despite intensive tries to save Alchera, despite the priceless work of many volunteers for over a year and despite the incredibly strong player community, in the end we didn't make it.


Various reasons contributed to it coming this far. For some things we were too early, for others too late, especially in the last few days we've asked ourselves over and over again: "What would have been if... or if not..."


Looking back at a year of Alchera I have to say I would not want to miss one second of it. Never have I regretted to have brought this game to life with friends and colleagues, not even today, where we finally have to bury this dream.


Alchera has probably been more than "just a game" for most. Friendships have been made, tears of joy and sorrow have been shed and some might even say that Alchera has become part of their lives in one way or the other.


When Alchera started its way down the past few days, the community once again showed in its unique way that Alchera means something. Numberless help offers, be it collaboration, donations or moral support have been volunteered and for all this we are more than grateful. Even the sadder it is that it has to end anyway. Words cannot express what we feel right now.

An emotional end, to be sure, but fans of community-focused games such as Clan Lord will recognize how close-knit an online group of friends can become. The Alchera web site remains online for now, with updates in German and English on the demise of the project and a list of testers who participated in the project.

Alchera Web Site
German MMORPG In Development


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