The Free Ryzom Campaign - A campaign to buy Ryzom and publish it under the GPL

Ryzom is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by the French company Nevrax. It is based on the NeL game engine (also from Nevrax), which is GPL'd already.

As "due to market conditions and other unforseen cirucumstances, a request to begin bankruptcy proceedings has been filed at the commerce tribunal", the Free Ryzom Campaign has formed with the aim to buy the source code and game data and release it under the GPL:

Help us make Ryzom a Free MMORPG! Donate now to help us purchase the source code, artwork and other game data associated with Ryzom, so we can breathe new life into it as an open, democratically run player project.

They've even set up a Social Contract (modeled after the Debian Social Contract) which states among other things that "Ryzom and all materials produced by the Free Ryzom Project will become and remain 100% Free Software".

If you want to support the project, you can make a donation pledge (used to convince the official presiding over the liquidation process). No real donations are possible at the moment.

More info/material on the game:

I'm looking forward to the day where I can apt-get install ryzom and play a fully free MMORG...

[1] I recommend using the Mozilla/Firefox/Iceweasel VideoDownloader extension to download the videos and watch them with mplayer.

(via Karl-Tux-Stadt)

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PLaneShift

PlaneShift is completely GPLed. No apt/deb package (yet?) but the game's installer works pretty allright. It reminds me of those nights at some friend's house, looking at installshield-screens because 'format c:' was the only rescue for a PC :)

Serious, I haven't gone deep into the game. But it looks and feels great. It can play along with the Big Kids.

Planeshift

Yeah, Planeshift would be nice, but unfortunately only the code is GPL'd , but the data is under a proprietary license (that's why there won't be any Debian packages). It's really a shame.

However, if Ryzom goes GPL that'll include the data and art stuff which is cool :)