My Latest Gaming Obsession: Face Of Mankind

 A PC gamer article pointed out the diamond in the rough that is Face of Mankind (FOM) to me. Its an free to play MMO (Although obviously, people who pay gets some nice benefits, i am a free player though.) It is not a normal game in that the game mechanics are not the focus, this game is all about the players themselves and the chaos/awesomeness that ensues when you let the community itself decide the rules. I could write pages upon pages about all the little parts of this game that make it so unique. But..... im not that good at writing and this post will be long enough without that. Here are the basics.   

 The LED moving in for the arrest.

There are multiple factions, one of those factions is called the Law Enforcement Department (LED), its the one I am part of, they arrest people who gank or do other shady stuff like smuggle drugs or try to free people who have been arrested. They also guard the jail, Demorgan's Castle

The crime fighting elements of this MMO are some of it's most interesting aspects, wars break out between player factions because an officer arrests someone with alot of influence in his or her's faction's community, and out of anger, that person rallys his comrades to get revenge. The LED are the one's who keep the game safe for the no aggressive factions, often this doesn't work, its not hard for some bored player to buy a few grenades and start bombing the hell out of New York City (One of the game's locations.) but the LED almost always keeps such incidents to a minimum.   
 An LED patrol on the move

Becoming an LED is not easy, your first rank is achieved via xp, but in order to pass beyond that first rank, you need to take a player run class about how to enforce the law and why shooting first is a bad idea. This is run by the LED's Dominion Police Institute department. After taking it, you can get rank 2. But beyond that, its all up to your own ability as an officer, if you can attract the attention of a higher up you can be promoted. The highest rank is the faction commissioner, there are 2  (Although recently the 2nd commissioner resigned, so its sorta up in the air whether or not a new one will take his place.), they work directly with the other faction heads, and the player run government (The Dominion Senate.)  
 
 Not the prettiest game (For an MMO its not bad), but its got it where it counts.

I need to keep myself from trying to explain every detail of this game, but to sum it up, I am loving this game because the community interaction is so deep and you can become involved in so many crazy events. A month ago, a coup de' etat occured when the Freedom Defense corps (FDC), a military faction devoted to protecting the Senate, (It is considered the iron fist of the senate with the LED being law enforcement) locked the senators in the senate hall after calling an emergency meeting, and slaughtered them. A civil war raged in the game for the next week and a half. (The LED won and the FDC's high command had all their ranks removed) Today, a group of peace loving players charged the entrance to Demorgan's castle and did a sit in. Then a group of player's from the game's anarchist mercenary group used it as an opportunity to stage an assault, most of the protestors died.   
 
 Preparing to repel an FDC assault during the civil war. Note the matching uniforms (We are awesome at color coordination.)
So this post may seem disjointed because I keep stopping myself from getting too explicit. If thats the case, im sorry, I hope some of you at least decide to come check out this game, its so unique that you should at least try it. Anyways, I need to go loot some dead protester bodies........
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Posted by Mikemcn

 A PC gamer article pointed out the diamond in the rough that is Face of Mankind (FOM) to me. Its an free to play MMO (Although obviously, people who pay gets some nice benefits, i am a free player though.) It is not a normal game in that the game mechanics are not the focus, this game is all about the players themselves and the chaos/awesomeness that ensues when you let the community itself decide the rules. I could write pages upon pages about all the little parts of this game that make it so unique. But..... im not that good at writing and this post will be long enough without that. Here are the basics.   

 The LED moving in for the arrest.

There are multiple factions, one of those factions is called the Law Enforcement Department (LED), its the one I am part of, they arrest people who gank or do other shady stuff like smuggle drugs or try to free people who have been arrested. They also guard the jail, Demorgan's Castle

The crime fighting elements of this MMO are some of it's most interesting aspects, wars break out between player factions because an officer arrests someone with alot of influence in his or her's faction's community, and out of anger, that person rallys his comrades to get revenge. The LED are the one's who keep the game safe for the no aggressive factions, often this doesn't work, its not hard for some bored player to buy a few grenades and start bombing the hell out of New York City (One of the game's locations.) but the LED almost always keeps such incidents to a minimum.   
 An LED patrol on the move

Becoming an LED is not easy, your first rank is achieved via xp, but in order to pass beyond that first rank, you need to take a player run class about how to enforce the law and why shooting first is a bad idea. This is run by the LED's Dominion Police Institute department. After taking it, you can get rank 2. But beyond that, its all up to your own ability as an officer, if you can attract the attention of a higher up you can be promoted. The highest rank is the faction commissioner, there are 2  (Although recently the 2nd commissioner resigned, so its sorta up in the air whether or not a new one will take his place.), they work directly with the other faction heads, and the player run government (The Dominion Senate.)  
 
 Not the prettiest game (For an MMO its not bad), but its got it where it counts.

I need to keep myself from trying to explain every detail of this game, but to sum it up, I am loving this game because the community interaction is so deep and you can become involved in so many crazy events. A month ago, a coup de' etat occured when the Freedom Defense corps (FDC), a military faction devoted to protecting the Senate, (It is considered the iron fist of the senate with the LED being law enforcement) locked the senators in the senate hall after calling an emergency meeting, and slaughtered them. A civil war raged in the game for the next week and a half. (The LED won and the FDC's high command had all their ranks removed) Today, a group of peace loving players charged the entrance to Demorgan's castle and did a sit in. Then a group of player's from the game's anarchist mercenary group used it as an opportunity to stage an assault, most of the protestors died.   
 
 Preparing to repel an FDC assault during the civil war. Note the matching uniforms (We are awesome at color coordination.)
So this post may seem disjointed because I keep stopping myself from getting too explicit. If thats the case, im sorry, I hope some of you at least decide to come check out this game, its so unique that you should at least try it. Anyways, I need to go loot some dead protester bodies........
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Posted by Gamez_hunter99

Sounds cool, I'm downloading it now.

Posted by Mikemcn
@Gamez_hunter99 said:
" Sounds cool, I'm downloading it now. "
Hope you like it, things are quiet right now, so its a good time to get started.
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Posted by MikkaQ

Dude, write more about this, a blog of happenings in this game would make for a good read! 
 
 
That sounds crazy, I love stuff like that. Reminds me of the roleplaying servers on Gary's Mod, where you had citizens, cops, and a mayor. Constant chaos. 

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@Mikemcn said:

" @Gamez_hunter99 said:

" Sounds cool, I'm downloading it now. "
Hope you like it, things are quiet right now, so its a good time to get started. "
My client won't load up, I'll try and get it working after the microsoft press conference. (Hopefully XD)
Edit: Got it working.
Posted by Mikemcn

So i tried getting back into this game after a 2 month Hiatus, and to be honest, its not the same. The gameplay is still there, but the community moves around so much that its hard to interact the way you once did. My department (Sorta like a clan) is gone, or at least reorganized so that the people who used to be in charge are no longer in charge. Alot of the players that I used to play with have either left the game or switched factions and some have been elevated in status to  the point that they can't interact with everyone else the same way they used to.
 
And there hasn't been any major wars or conflicts that made my previous stint in the LED worthwhile. Now we are basically hall monitors, nothing crazy ever happens. The senate is actually doing its job so no one feels the need to riot about that, the mercs and miners are still as abusive as ever but have fragmented to the point that they won't be making any major conflicts with the LED and FDC.
 
This might be the end of my time with Face of Mankind. If it ever becomes a full fledged game and not the beta it is currently (Did i mention its in beta?), i might dive back in, but its just not holding on to people like it needs to in order to keep me involved.
 
For now, This is Constable Mikemcn of the LED, signing off.

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Edited by BraveToaster

This game sounds awesome.

Posted by Fripplebubby

Wow man, that sounds crazy. I want to play it. I think I will. 

Posted by bartok

I think I will wait until Faces of Dude Love.
Just kidding but that game looks pretty neat but I will wait until I see it in play before I try it.

Edited by Mikemcn
@bartok:  Not gonna lie, Faces of Dude Love sounds like a way better title. Even if its a little....... different?
 

@Axxol:

I think its awesome, but keep in mind you need to get involved in order to get something out of it, if you decide to try it, make sure you send me your ingame name so I can add you.  (Mine is Mikemcn)
 

@Fripplebubby:

Like i said above, if you do decide to try it, give me your ingame name so I can find you. Hope it works out for you!
 
IF you do get involved, LED may not be the best choice, if you just want to run around and shoot people then become a merc or a Brotherhood of steel member. If you become LED or FDC you'll be more constrained by the various rules put into place by those factions, (for Example to reach Rank 2, you need to pass an Exam, I kidd you not, a freaking exam, its bananas but also kinda awesome.) i love being LED, and the crazy stuff tends to happen with them but it might be best to jump in as a different faction so you can learn the controls and such, then just kill yourself until you run out of clones and Try LED or FDC. 
 
Oh and Fun fact, The game used to look like Quake 1 mixed with Half Life 1. But then they revamped the entire engine when the original Face Of Mankind went bankrupt and was sold to a new company that wanted to fix the problems the original game had. So far they've been good about that.
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Posted by Fripplebubby
@Mikemcn: I'm in as FDC right now, and i'll pick up playing on Tuesday, at which point i'll add you.