World of Blood, Booted from Facebook, Reappears on Twitter

140BloodIt was late last year that we took a look at Elven Blood, the fantasy text-based Facebook RPG from Patrick Shyu who had built the app under the alias Royal East India Trading Company. In addition, Shyu also created three other popular titles including Blood Lust, Skies of Blood, and City of Blood. Though the core game play was more or less the same, the series of games encompassed very different styles, and at its peak, the original Elven Blood alone garnered over 240,000 monthly players.

However, due to multiple repeated breaches of Facebook’s Terms of Service, all of Shyu’s titles were banned completely from the Platform. This marked the first time that such a popular game, or series for that matter, was removed from Facebook. Nevertheless, Shyu was only down and not out – as he has just reappeared on Twitter with 140Blood.

Elven Blood on TwitterAs expected, all four Blood games are present and accounted for and are virtually identical to their Facebook counterparts. Players create a character, complete missions/quests to gain experience, earn money, buy items, build buildings, and team up with friends using limited resources and character stats. The only difference between them is, of course, the themes that range from the gothic vampire world of Blood Lust to the post-apocalyptic realm of cyborgs and mechanized battle suits in Skies of Blood. However, while this is the only difference between the four Twitter titles, there is one key change with the new adaptation.

Coinciding with the tradition of other previous Twitter games such as Spymaster and 140 Mafia, the World of Blood games are set up to incorporate automatic tweets. Tweets are sent out when you join, buy items, travel, win in combat, or comment on another player’s profile. As with the earlier games, the concern of tweet spam is always prevalent, but it does look like Blood has done a decent job of blunting the problem. Currently, the number of tweetable activities is relatively small, and most of them are limited to once per day with the only exception being the commentary on player profiles.

Overall, the games are just as strong as they were on Facebook. In fact, with the addition of the viral capabilities of Twitter, they are perhaps even more so. Long story short, if you enjoyed any of the World of Blood titles on Facebook, then you’ll enjoy them again on Twitter. Granted, veteran players will have to start from scratch again, but it’s better than nothing. With any luck, Shyu has learned from his negative experiences with Facebook, and the revived Blood series will be around for a while.

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  3. Castle Age (Facebook) game reviews | chronicles of confusion says:

    [...] Upon complaints, this is when they (the players and non-players alike) discover that The Royal East India Trading Company actually didn’t exist, or more like a one-man operation company. Therefore the poor developer was reported to Facebook, thus ending the Blood game series from Facebook abruptly (yes, we search all over Facebook to find these games back!). The smart developer then changed the name of all Blood games to a new one where Elven Blood becomes the Twilight of Dragons, and changed the location (url) of the game in Facebook too! To this date, you can still find the Twilight of Dragons on and off in Facebook, but don’t bother to bookmark it as the url will definitely be changed again! Word is – Facebook Platform Team is still looking out for any games that are operated by Patrick Shyu (the Blood series developer) in Facebook! That’s when I completely stopped playing these Blood games series, and started getting serious with Castle Age (CA). The Blood series later debuted to Twitter platform under the name – 140Blood, and still a huge success! [...]

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