I Never Considered Running For Office Until Tera Came Along

While players can still climb to the top of the pack through battle in upcoming fantasy MMO Tera the game’s political system makes for a much more impressive rise to power.

In most fantasy MMOP games you create a guild, raise your levels, and then raid dangerous dungeons. In En Masse Entertainment’s upcoming game Tera, however, there is another goal to strive for. For a brief period of time, you and your guild can rule the land, voted into office by the game’s population. Campaign in game, through Facebook, on Twitter, or just go door-to-door kissing babies to get yourself voted in, and then keep your in-game constituents happy to maintain your position.

It’ll take much more than a charismatic leader to get the job done. Once in office, the leader’s guild must do special quests in order to earn the resources needed to make sweeping changes to their district. Without proper support, don’t get used to the new office; someone else will occupy it soon enough.

I’d imagine the writer of a major gaming blog could easily abuse his position in order to attain virtual office when the game launches later this year. Good thing there’s no one like that around here.


  • Gotta say, that does sound pretty cool

    Just imagine though…. an army of bots and farmers, voting in a vicious tyrant raising taxes and generally being nasty, the horror!

  • TBH I dont like this idea, as it just gives people more reason to cheat (buy gold to twink out their char) or pass lip service (just to get voted into office).
    Kinda like real politicians actually…

  • I always waited for Warcaft to do something like this, start community areas where guilds could build a camp and people could have their own space, and then defend it from raiding guilds. And government systems with community campaigns and voting, and legal systems with AI police forces chasing down and capturing gankers and locking their avatar in a jail for a period of time, opening up a game option where you can do your time, or work on an escape or something similar.

    Ten years ago I looked at WoW and saw all this potential, and today we just have yet another dungeon and fighting pets.


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