SpiritWars is no longer affiliated with Havas and the World Opponent Network, and
we are open to discussions for new publishing partners.
This set of web pages is designed to provide some
general information about the game's history and the underlying
Established Online Strategy Game:
SpiritWars was first launched on the World Opponent Network on Dec. 20, 1998.
To date, the free version has been played by over 19,000 players logging in excess of 238,000 games.
(Combined with the member version and the extensive online
private beta before the launch, approximately 400,000 games of SpiritWars have
been played to date despite the lack of any commercial affiliation since
the split with Havas/WON.)
SpiritWars is a two-player online
strategy game that effectively combines the traditional features of
classic board games (like Chess or Stratego®) with the dynamic design model
normally found only in collectable trading card games (like Magic: The
Gathering®). One of the game's greatest attractions is the repeated play
We have many gamers now who have played over 3,000 games and our most active players have
nearing the 7,000 game mark.
SpiritWars is a fundamentally simple
game, drawing heavily on the proven designs of traditional board games.
The long-term appeal comes from the dynamic elements that introduce an
infinite variety of playing variations.
The most common description
of SpiritWars by our players is that it combines the best features of
Chess and Magic: The Gathering.
The use of traditional mythology and classical fine art give the game a
rich and elegant look; and also have been a key factor in the game's
ability to attract female players. The heavily moderated
G-rated atmosphere of the online community also is frequently cited by women
players as another major attraction for them.
The minimal bandwidth requirements for game play have proven popular both with
players using slow Internet connections and with foreign players who
frequently have significant problems playing many games with opponents
located on the other side of the globe.
Key marketing demographics for SpiritWars are the traditional board and
strategy game players, fans of the collectable trading card games and
traditional war gamers.
Dual Version Model:
SpiritWars was developed in a dual version model as part of our long-term
marketing plan developed with our soon-to-be former business
(While we still think this is the most viable business
model for this particular game design, we are certainly open to discuss
other possible options and marketing plans.
We have had some conversations with potential partners about making the entire game free -
including the pay-to-play features - and with the right business deal,
this is still a possibility.)
In the current delivery system, there is a free version of the game
This is not a "stripped" demo model.
The free game offers substantial long-term replay value.
We have players who have logged well over 5,000 games playing only the free version.
And we have many players who have been playing the game for over three years, with
no noticeable decline in the number of games they play.
The member (pay) version includes some enhanced features.
These include owning individual playing pieces (spirits, in our world;
comparable to "cards" in the CTCG world).
In the free version, all players share a common spirit population.
If you wish to evaluate the member version of SpiritWars, please contact Randy Chase
to get a house account created for your use.
SpiritWars represents a rich featured
mature online game environment.
This includes client-side applications, full functioning server configurations that support both the
free and "pay to play" versions of the game, an auto-update
system, player behavior controls and tools, a sophisticated moderator and
"helper" system for the SpiritWars chat environment, supporting
web sites, message boards, mailing lists, a versatile and dynamic
tournament feature, support for league play and e-commerce functionality.
None of this existing technology relies on any of the World Opponents
Network services and the game can easily and quickly be moved to any new
server location with a minimal interruption of online game play.
A brief review of supporting technology and features of the SpiritWars environment
can be found that this link: Technology
& Feature Summary.
SpiritWars is a registered trademark of Kellogg Creek Software.