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.