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Seed was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Runestone Game Development. Aiming for a radically different experience than most other games in the genre, the game focused on character interaction and politics to the extent that combat was entirely removed from the design.
Beta testing started on February 1st, 2006. Open beta testing started on April 25th, 2006. The game was released to the public on May 2nd, 2006.
As of September 28th, 2006, Runestone decided to file a bankruptcy petition to the court of Aarhus, Denmark. A public statement explained that the lack of money was caused by failing to achieve a partnership deal with publishers and MMO companies.
Five seed ships were built, each a kilometer long and populated with machinery designed to terraform a suitable planet. Humans would not ride along for the journey; instead, DNA codes, sperm, and eggs were carried along in cryocoolers to be hatched by the TAU computers at the appropriate time.
The TAU computers also carried a wealth of human knowledge. This was the subject of a long and heated debate on what should be included. Finally, it was decided to make the colonies idealist societies, therefore references to wars and violence were not included.
After searching the universe for several years, the first suitable planet was spotted near the star Beta Hydri 24.4 light years from the Sun. Probes indicated that the planet had an atmosphere, water and living micro organisms. It was to be the destination of the first seed ship.
However, something went wrong and suddenly the colony has found itself on a planet that has not been terraformed, as was the plan, and without contact to earth.
- Seed ships
- Seeds ships use the latest technology Earth has to offer. Employing ram scoop propulsion, they are able to travel vast distances across the universe. The ship's primary purpose is to find a habitable planet, and to terraform it as necessary for human life. These massive ships are a kilometer in length and carry all the machinery needed to start a colony on a new planet.
- The Terraforming Assistance Unit is the central AI of the colony.
- The "guilds" or "clans" of seed.
As of 9/28/2006 Runestone, the developer and publisher of Seed the game, officially announced the game's closing (official announcement).