- Design by committee is going to fail, this project needs a benevolent dictator to go anywhere. Evidenced by no code, and no design document even preliminarily produced in the month and a week (!) this threads been around.
- Committing to Java is silly. Don't get me wrong, I do a lot of work in Java and its a fine language, but the libraries for decent game user interface just aren't there. Do it in C# using WPF or XNA, its close enough to Java to be easily picked up by those that want to contribute, but it won't look god awful. Heck, do it in Python with Pygame if that's better for those involved (I doubt it). Erfworld is simple enough, that a reference implementation on Windows* should be good enough for someone to hack-up ports to Linux & Mac if anyone wants one.
- Pet peeve; game rules aren't patentable, they're a process. Art, names, basic copyrightable material can be denied; game rules independent of non-obvious apparatuses cannot. That being said, I think those involved can agree not to try and monetize the game on principle.
- MMO vs. RTS vs. RPG vs. Wii-waggle ( ) discussions aren't contributing anything. Erfworld is clearly a turn based strategy game played on a hex grid. Even if some coherent argument for RTS or MMO is made, there's no way a community as small as Erfworld's could possibly produce either in a reasonable time frame.
- Seriously, where's the code?
*Lets leave any debate on the merits of each OS elsewhere. Bang-for-buck chooses Windows as the target OS if there's only one.
I'd suggest those who care to, or have already, volunteered to contribute take a personal, one-man-team hack at building something to serve as the basis of the project. Heck, there's even the possibility of competing designs from which the "best" can be chosen more communally.
To contribute something other than nitpicking, here's a PDF (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8BBJY9YK, since attachments aren't permitted) where I went through comic by comic and tried to pick out the rules as they were introduced. Its not a design document by any means, but it collects a lot of information that's just kind of floating out there together.