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Posted 2007-04-04 by Tony Walsh
Game-Like Play Emerges From ‘The Endless Forest’
A god and stags in The Endless Forest.
Tale of Tales, maker of The Endless Forest, has revealed some examples of emergent play in its multi-user art-world. I wouldn't go so far as to call this emergent game play, specifically, but some of it is close. This development is particularly remarkable because The Endless Forest has no means for explicit communication (such as text or voice) and few explicit rules. Despite this, users seem to have willed structured play out of thin air.

My favorite example (quoted from the Tale of Tales blog) is:
"Follow the Leader
Copy someone else's appearance. Gets better the more deers you have [...]
The challenge of copying somebody else's appearance is increased by the fact that you cannot change your own but need somebody else to cast a spell on you. And which spell gets cast is random."

Previous posts on The Endless Forest here at Clickable Culture have included "Gods Among Stags" and "Thumbs-Up To Fawns."
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