You know how cool an idea is? Note the number of hip insiders that get involved. It’s the same in any arena, whether it be hollywood, sports, or, now, gaming. Chain World is a single-use Minecraft world set up on a USB stick, and passed along from player to player, in which you can die only once.
The idea and implementation came from Sleep Is Death creator Jason Rohrer, a fascinating individual if there ever was one. Here are the rules of the game, as reported by Rock Paper Shotgun and Kotaku:
1. Run Chain World via one of the included “run_ChainWorld” launchers.
2. Start a single-player game and pick “Chain World”.
3. Play until you die exactly once.
3a. Erecting wooden signs with text is forbidden
3b. Suicide is permissible.
4. Immediately after dying and respawning, quit to the menu.
5. Allow the world to save.
6. Exit the game and wait for your launcher to automatically copy Chain World back to the USB stick.
7. Pass the USB stick to someone else who expresses interest.
8. Never discuss what you saw or did in Chain World with anyone.
9. Never play again.
Which would be cool, in its own right, of course. But then you look a little further, to the “current chain:”
1. Jason Rohrer
2. Jia Ji = currently in possession of the chain in Pahoa, Hawaii.
3. Open Slot = determined by winning associated charity auction by March 18, 2011.
4. Jane McGonigal
5. Open Slot = determined by winning associated charity auction.
6. Will Wright
7. Open Slot = determined by winning associated charity auction.
8+ To Be Determined
What you’ll notice is the celebritification of the list. These are high end gaming folks, folks. So, as you can see, even the most “indie” of projects, when enough publicity happens, the celebrities come out to play. Which, you know, is cool and all, but kind of rankles a little.
Anyway, if any of you all decide to get your own “chain” started, let us know in the comments. Because you ain’t getting in on this one, unless you donate to the big old charity auction or are in the same league as Ms. McGonical and Mr. Wright. And really, who is?