Quakers Set to Launch World of Peacecraft

UPDATE: This entire story is a hoax. My bad for falling for it, although it came from what I thought was a reliable website. Won’t make that mistake again with that person or his site.  The Escapist has more…


With more than 10 million subsrscibers, World of Warcraft is the most successful MMO of all time.

So, how does World of Peacecraft sound?

The Click Heard Round the World reports that the Religious Society of Friends – aka the Quakers – plans a December  launch for WoP, an MMO based on Quaker themes. Blogger Rik Panganiban cites a draft press release from the Quaker United Service:

The Quaker United Service is pleased to announce the beta-release of the new MMORPG "World of PeaceCraft," the first massive online game for a Christian religious denomination.  Full of fun quests and adventures, the WoP will extend traditional Quaker values and historic testimonies — such as their work to end the slave trade, protesting against war, and worshipping in silence — into an immersive, 3D environment.

Not just for Quakers, the game promises to be inclusive of those from other faiths and spiritual traditions.  WoP CEO Thad Thomas promises that "whether you are a Buddhist, Muslim, Jew or just a curious agnostic, you will find much to do and enjoy in World of PeaceCraft."

Panganiban says that in-game quests will follow the course of Quaker history:

You begin in 17th Century England… preaching against the evils of war and unjust rule, meeting in clandestine locations to avoid persecution, and facing beatings and imprisonment at every turn.  Then you are transported to the early 1800s in the United States, helping shepherd escaped slaves to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad. Later quests involve you in the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement, and the anti-death penalty and anti-war protests of today.

Look for WoP on PC and Mac in December.

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  1. Anomalous says:

    The one you’re mentioning is most probably going to be more similar to Second Life rather than a traditional MMO.

  2. Erik says:

    So how long into the testing phase before they realize that stodgy, boring,  prutanical, pacifist values aren’t condusive to gameplay?


    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  3. Loudspeaker says:

    I wonder if they’re also going to keep buildings to 3 stories or less as well since Quakers believe that going more than 3 stories high puts you at the level of God himself.

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  4. Spartan says:

    Wow. Looks like the crazy Islamic MMO will have a competitor now. I wonder if this one will select Pepsi.


    Eat your heart out SL! Next I expect to see MMOs based on ethnic heritage announced.


    "The most difficult pain a man can suffer is to have knowledge of much and power over little" – Herodotus

  5. Nekowolf says:

    *is mobbed by orcs*

    Quickly, my friends! We shall read to them Scriptures! Then we shall negotiate with them over tea!

  6. Killj0y says:

    I would personally be worried that blizzard/activision might sue them for trademark dilution.

    The name is a direct play on world of warcraft and they are not making a parody so it really can’t be claimed as fair use.

    I also think it would be pretty boring.  I’m all for story driven MMO’s making a comeback but without conflict there is seldom any plot.  The whole point of Wow is that there are two sides willing to fight and die for survival and their point of view.  Conflict creates action and action keeps people intrested.

    There is no action in sitting quietly praying, non-violent protest of wars or leafleting to end slavery.

    "Your skill in Praying has increased by 1"

  7. Doomsong says:

    I would seriously dread lvl grinding in this game…. It’s bad enough doing repetitive quests and fighting, but imagine a game where you prayed for xp!!

    Seriously though, the religious communities have tried games before. Does everyone remember the "Left Behind" game where if your followers couldn’t convert someone they beat them to death?

  8. Neeneko says:

    Normally I raise an eyebrow and get worried when I hear about Christian "values" games,.. but in this case, while I agree it is doubtful the game will go anywhere or get much of a playerbase, the Quakers have to be the least worrying group trying to create such an alternative I have seen to date.

    They have a nice long history of trying to do positive things.  At least THIS game will have something well meaning behind it rather then these bigoted hate-filled-pretending-to-be-holy games we usually see coming out of ‘moral’ game development.

  9. HoRnO says:

    You begin in 17th Century England… preaching against the evils of war and unjust rule, meeting in clandestine locations to avoid persecution, and facing beatings and imprisonment at every turn.

    Quest 1:

    Get Cholera and die

  10. Tony says:

    ATITD is dreadfully disappointing, not least because every few months it gets ‘reset’ and everyone is back to square one (partly because eventually guilds end up owning half the map… once you take away any form of combat expansion becomes unlimited.. you just have to build faster than the next guy).


  11. Neo_DrKefka says:

    On a Political Basis the Democratic Party Protests Winterveil because it add’s Christmas into the game thus Liberal who have failed in bringing the War on Christmas all over the U.S try to do it when they have great numbers

  12. nightwng2000 says:

    Sounds interesting for those who want to follow the path of a less violent oriented (maybe) MMO.

    For those who won’t play the WoW or other MMOs because of the violent content, can’t hurt.

    As long as they keep in mind that a large majority of MMO players are more interested in the traditional MMOs, they should be ok.


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  13. Skyler says:

    Did anybody else’s mind go straight to Milliardo Peacecraft from Gundam Wing?



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  14. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    That’s not funny, even if it’s true.



  15. Neo_DrKefka says:

    Hey they were the first Liberal Pinko Commies you should give them respect but then again they don’t worship your lord and savior god golden cafe or whatever Barrack Obama

  16. DeepThorn says:


    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, they have a fan site? hahahahaha.

    Okay, haha…  Okay, I’m good.

    @Haggard, I have a friend that is against killing in video games and thinks it is as bad as killing someone in real life in the eyes of God.  We have people in this world that can’t split the difference between video games and reality, belief/faith and reality or science, and if the majority of the world thinks that this world is 10,000 years old, I don’t doubt anything that I may see in it.

    @Erasmus Darwin, I see absolutely no originality in this game at all.  It is just to try to make a statement against world of warcraft, haha.  They should put it on the shelf next to world of warcraft and see what happens when people buy the game for their kids, haha.  So many ticked off 12 year old wanting to play WoW or get the new expansion pack.

  17. Erasmus Darwin says:

    If that’s the best they can do for a title, I’m skeptical about the rest of their creativity.  "World of Peacecraft" sounds like the result of 5 minutes of brainstorming for a quick comedy sketch, not the result of the amount of thought, design, and effort that goes into an MMO.

    Also, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first peaceful MMO.  A Tale in the Desert is based around civilization building and law making in ancient Egypt.  I haven’t played it personally, but it seems to be an interesting alternative to the standard hack-and-slash MMO.

    But given WoP’s uninspired name, the cynic in me makes me wonder whether or not it’ll just be another hack-and-slash MMO with combat "reskinned" as something peaceful: Replace hit points with strength of spirit, and replace attacks with preaching, and you’ve got the same game mechanic hidden beneath a cheap facade of civility.  It’d be akin to the religious Doom knock-off that replaced bullets with bibles and death animations with a picture of the converted target praying.

  18. Haggard says:

    I have Train and Rail Simulator on my shelf.. They’re actually quite good.. but they’re coded really badly so they run like crap.

  19. HarmlessBunny says:

    ………..um yeah….don’t know exactly what to say about this…..I mean, good on the Quakers to adapt and take advantage of new means….however no offense to them…this game sounds like it is going to be more boring than playing Train Simulator.




  20. MaskedPixelante says:

    And I’m STILL not going to download it. Take THAT, oatmeal mongers!

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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