Retro: Forever and Ever Amen

March 9, 2007

Damn, all these games seem to involve Shreyas and Ben. They’re like the angel and demon sitting on my right and left shoulders, whispering design concepts into my ears.

During the 2004 Forge Birthday Forum, I pitched a core concept:

    Ben, Shreyas, and I need to co-write a game that runs from the creation of the angels through the war in Heaven, culminating in the Fall of Satan/Lucifer/Iblis’s rebel faction. And yes, there should be lots of crying involved. Lots of crying at the beauty and the harshness of God’s Love and Will. Additionally, Heaven should be, if we can manage this, non-anthropomorphic, since human beings haven’t been created yet. You know how, traditionally, angels are often depicted as giant amalgamations of eyes, wings, and animal parts? That’s the direction to go. Steal from Milton, steal from Dante, steal from L’Engel, steal from the Bible, steal from the Qur’an. Oh, it would be glorious! Imagine millions upon millions (pre-Fall population of Heaven: 399,920,004) of tiny sprite-like balls of faith and feathers swarming towards each other in intricate arcs and patterns, only to be harshly crushed like so many insects! The glorious tragedy! So delicious! All angels were created as beings of perfect beauty, even Satan/Lucifer/Iblis. But, because of who they are and what their inner beauty is, the angels are driven to fight and even destroy each other. That’s why they all end up in tears.

Totally emo angels.

So we hashed stuff back and forth in the thread, but it soon became obvious that we were moving in very different directions and the game ultimately went nowhere. However, parts of it can be seen in Shreyas’ plans for Ninegun Choir and I still think a game about the War In Heaven would be amazing.

Someday.

Sources
– 2004 Apr 05: Original Brainstorming Thread

One Response to “Retro: Forever and Ever Amen”

  1. Alex D. Says:

    Any chance of stealing from The Downfall Of Ibliys? Haha.

    In all seriousness, I’d love to see a good game about the war in Heaven. If anything ever comes of this, I’d love to hear of it.


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