- The 4th Coming
title = The 4th Coming
developer = Vircom Interactive (1999-2006)
Dialsoft (2006-present)cite web | author=| year= 2006| title=The 4th Coming| format= | work=the4thcoming.com | url=http://www.the4thcoming.com/ | accessdate=2006-10-25] cite web | author=| year= 2006| title=T4C V2 Project| format= | work=t4cv2.com | url=http://www.t4cv2.com/ | accessdate=2006-10-25]
released = PC
May 14, 1999|EU= May 14, 1999
version = 1.61c
genre = Online Role-Playing Game
modes = Online Multiplayer
ratings = vgratings|ESRB=T (Teen)|OFLC=MA15+|OFLC=R16+|BBFC=15|ELSPA=15+|PEGI=16+|USK=16
platforms = Microsoft Windows
requirements = Microsoft Windows
Windows 98or better, 350MHz Pentium II or better, 32MB RAM or better
input = Keyboard, Mouse
The 4th Coming (abbreviated T4C), and also known in French as [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Quatri%C3%A8me_Proph%C3%A9tie "La Quatrième Prophétie"] , is an
MMORPG(Massive multiplayer online role-playing game) originally produced by Vircom Interactivefor Windows-based operating systems. Vircom opened the first server for testing before releasing server licenses. There are no known release notes for versions prior to the release of version 1.0. The 4th Coming was later purchased by Dialsoft, who now sells server licenses and continues to develop the game under the unofficial project name of T4C V2. Dialsoft hopes to upgrade The 4th Coming into a much more modern program without bugs and with many new features. The current official version released is 1.61c.
Background story and setting
The game takes place in the world of Althea. Althea spans three islands: Arakas, Raven's Dust, and Stoneheim. In these islands, there is much commotion about the various evil deeds being committed. Beginning on Arakas island, players are eventually given the choice to choose their alignment - good or evil. At the end of the long path through the game lies the ultimate evil entity, the powerful
lichMakrsh P'Tangh, the corrupt elven king.
There was a time long ago when Elves wandered the world in great numbers, when their achievements outshone even the brightness of the sun, when human and dwarven civilizations were still in their infancies. There was a time of legends and heroes, of incredible accomplishments and great deeds, a time when the world knew true grandeur. That time is long gone, however, crushed under the heel of fate and decay. The Elves are gone, now, victims to their own delusions. They failed to heed the warnings of the Harbinger, the one who came to warn them... a DragonT4C is set in a time when the prophesied 4th Coming is to occur, the stars and moons have aligned once more. Inhabitants of Althea are not sure if the tales of old are true, and that it may just be superstitious nonsense. Rumour has it there really is a Harbinger that is walking the land.
He arrived on the night the moons and the Centaur constellation were aligned, several millennia ago, his appearance foul and nightmarish, and warned all who would listen of the impending doom that lay ahead. He issued warnings and prophecies, but the Elves had grown vain and arrogant, and heeded him not. The Harbinger left, promising to return when the time would be right again.
Several generations later-a short time by Elven reckoning-the Harbinger returned, once more treading under an alignment of the moons and constellations. The Elves had all but forgotten his past warnings. As the Curse fell upon their race, they stood defenseless. Despite their arcane lore and magical skills, they could not resist the godly powers that crushed them. When the Harbinger left their lands, there was not a single building standing. It is said that the winds carried the stench of death even as far as the Dwarven villages in the north. The latter took this for a sign that evil was coming, and prepared to defend themselves. When the Harbinger came to their lands to warn them too that their turn would come, that great danger lay ahead, they grew fearful of the visitor's appearance, and shunned him. He left them, warning them that achievements alone were not the measure of a worthy people.
A millennia later, the skies repeated their fateful alignment of moons and stars. The Dwarves had flourished into a society of craftsmen and artisans. They had built great cities and were dutifully worshiping their god. Prophecies from long ago warned them against a fate similar to that of the Elves, so they had taken care to properly groom themselves and prepare for the Third Coming. When the Harbinger came to them, however, they could not stand the sight and smell of him, and, mistaking him for some fiend from hell, immediately struck him down. This, historians say, was the very act that caused the downfall of the Dwarves. They also say that some humans witnessed the event, and that the Harbinger warned them as well, that he told them they too would be judged, lest their worthiness was greater than that of the Elves and the Dwarves. [cite web | author=| year= 2008| title=The 4th Coming| format= | work=the4thcoming.com | url=http://www.the4thcoming.com/ | accessdate=2008-07-01]
T4C appears similar to other MMORPGs (especially
Diablo (computer game)), but it survives because it is unique. Many other MMORPGs require the player to choose a character class at the beginning of the game, but T4C allows the player to develop his or her own unique character as he or she progresses in level and chooses strength, endurance, agility, wisdom, or intelligence. The most common fantasy classes such as the warrior, archer, mage, and priest are made possible by various spells, weapons, armors, etc., but anyone can equip any item or learn any spell if he or she attains the required stats. This means that the imagination of the player is limited only by his own determination to progress in level and the server developers who create the game content. The technical level cap is currently 300, but because of the steep experience curve for each level and the restraint of developers from creating ultra-high experience monsters, a common practical level cap is around 200.
Gameplay can vary greatly from server to server, as sys-ops can alter certain server settings and use the T4C Editor to change the game world. Most servers have chosen to edit or expand the original game in some way, with alterations varying from minor functional improvements to major new land masses and stories. It is even possible to completely bypass the original story of The 4th Coming and to create a new game setting. This is being attempted by just one server, The Kingdom of Goldmoon. On most servers, players are able to experience either of two sides of the original storyline, good or evil, which compete at times but have the same end. Some servers have also implemented a neutral alignment as an addition to the traditional storyline.
PVP (player-versus-player) has always been vital to the success of T4C, as players create rivalries that play out into battles or friendships that evolve into guilds. The versatile character system makes PVP more interesting as opponents are unlikely to have the exact same builds as each other.
The game contains songs created by musician
Erik Ashley.cite web | author=| year= 2006| title=Erik Ashley| format= | work=http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:EguXQO0Ce-EJ:www.jungleii.com/fountain/t4c/Library/books/T4c/T4C_Book.html+Erik+Ashley+jungleii&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=firefox-a | url=http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:EguXQO0Ce-EJ:www.jungleii.com/fountain/t4c/Library/books/T4c/T4C_Book.html+Erik+Ashley+jungleii&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=firefox-a | accessdate=2006-12-03]
Vircom Interactive, a subdivision of Vircom(specializing in e-mail protection, and previously having hands in on Major BBS), was a company that worked on online games that include, but are not limited to: Swords of Chaos, The 4th Coming, The 4th Prophecy, and Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War. The 4th Prophecycite web | author=| year= 2006| title=The 4th Prophecy| format= | work=http://media.thierrygagnon.com/Albertus/T4P-end.htm | url=http://media.thierrygagnon.com/Albertus/T4P-end.htm | accessdate=2006-12-02] was a customized version of The 4th Coming that Vircom ran for a couple of years until 2002. Unfortunately, due to its lack of success, it was shut down.
Vircom then began working on another game surrounded by much hype called
Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War. It probably used the base engine from The 4th Coming although it was quite different. Along with more advanced features, the graphics were hand-drawn and the class system was designated. It is rumored that Vircom produced The 4th Coming version 1.25 to make money to support the new project. It is also rumoured that Vircom hired new developers to work on their Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War project and had them create The 4th Coming version version 1.25 to get them accustomed to the engine. This could explain why critics complain that 1.25 is the worst The 4th Coming expansion ever. Besides additions from servers with the editor tool, The 4th Coming stayed at version 1.25 for a number of years. Many players left the community during this period of inactivity.
Vircom Interactive's parent company went into debt, and as a result, both companies had to be shut down. Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War was shut down shortly after due to claimed "server hardware problems". Neither
Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War nor The 4th Coming would see any new additions by Vircom even though licenses were still being sold. In August 2007, it was discovered the Black Moon Chronicles: Winds of War had been purchased by a French company, and there have been efforts to get the game going again.
Chances of any new online games being developed by Vircom are very low seeing as how "François Bourdeau" (Previously Director of Marketing) stated, when asked about Vircom's future in online gaming, the following:
"Vircom does not plan to make any more video games in the future. Since 2002, we have focused on email security software development and we are quite successful at it. Things are going well, but we do not have any expertise in online gaming anymore. I consider it highly improbable that Vircom will ever make games again."
Marc Frega (owner of
Dialsoft) acquired The 4th Coming from emailing and messaging company Vircom on July 3, 2006.cite web | author=| year= 2006| title=The 4th Coming| format= | work=http://the4thcoming.com/News.asp | url=http://www.the4thcoming.com/News.asp | accessdate=2006-12-10] cite web | author=| year= 2006| title=Dialsoft| format= | work=http://dialsoft.com | url=http://www.dialsoft.com/ | accessdate=2006-12-10] Dialsoft is now in charge of selling server licenses and continues to expand the game through the V2 project available to all servers who are willing to pay for it. Dialsoft allows other server versions to exist provided they maintain their server license.
The leak of the server files along with the Game Master manuals is all said to originate from Kingdom Connection's test server, "Paradox", after having been hacked. Since acquiring The 4th Coming,
Dialsofthas not made any legal pursuits against pirate servers, but some, if not many, still exist.
* [http://t4c.4genet.com/ 4GE Net]
* [http://www.abot4c.com/ Abomination T4C]
* [http://www.amalgame-online.com/ AmalGame Online]
* [http://t4c.thevine.net/ Grapevine]
* [http://www.havoct4c.com/ Havoc T4C]
* [http://www.the4th-coming.com/ Kingdom Connection]
* [http://www.maggicrealm.com/ MaggicRealm]
* [http://memoria.amalgame-online.com/ Mémoria]
* [http://www.prophetie-neerya.fr/ Neerya]
* [http://www.nightmaret4c.com/ NMS Révolution]
* [http://www.realmud.com/ Realmud]
* [http://www.t4ctrilogy.com/ T4C Trilogy]
* [http://www.goldmoont4c.com/ The Kingdom of Goldmoon]
* [http://www.t4c.com/ Aurora]
* [http://d4o.gamigo.de/ Die 4te Offenbarung]
* [http://t4c.eacceleration.com/ eAcceleration Play/Chaos/Myth]
* [http://126.96.36.199:2698/ T4C Fantasy]
Note: These servers no longer run; they have been shut down.
*GamersRevolt (the 6 Italian servers)
* [http://www.4genet.com/ 4GE Net - Official Website]
* [http://www.the4thcoming.com/ The 4th Coming - Official Website]
* [http://www.t4cv2.com/ T4C V2 - The 4th Coming Development]
* [http://www.t4cbible.com/ T4C Bible - Central Guide and Community Site]
* [http://l4p.fr/ The "French T4C Bible"]
* [http://editthis.info/eacceleration_t4c/ eAcceleration T4C Wiki]
* [http://www.the4thwebsite.com eAcceleration/T4C New Content Site]
* [http://forum.gamersrevolt.com/oldforum/forumdisplay.php?f=9/T4C Italian Forum]
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