Doctor - Healing Abilities Gunslinger - PvP class, increased gun skills Merchant - call sell items to other players Tailor - create clothing which modifies skills (protection, warmth, etc.) Pastor - Buffs characters Trapper - Detect animal, increased hunting ability Bandit - Steal from other players, kidnap npcs Cook - best cooking skills, more food from dead animals, can gather berries Entertainer - tells stories and sings songs to increase moralThe game would progress exactly like the 2D game, as you head down the trail, but this time you make your own route. Will you take the mountains and risk the cold harsh climate, or go around and take longer and use more supplies? Do you trust the player and his wagon you just came across to make a wagon train? I always think that one of the most exciting parts of online adventure games like World of Warcraft is filling in the empty map as you explore and that is literally what americans were doing at the Oregon Trail time in history. This was the old west, it had a layer of mystery, legend, and pure danger to it and Oregon Trail Online could capture that. Over every mountain pass could be a camp of native americans or a herd of buffalo, you can never know. Even though it is the only genre that is purely American, western have yet to be captured in modern gaming. If video games existed in the 1960's there probably would have been thousands of western video games, why haven't we caught on to this?
For the hunting sections of the game, it could switch into a version of the 3D hunting games you see at Wal*marts. The hunting section was always the most popular, although I would get so sad when people would shoot the little bunnies (they only gave you a pound of meat, why waste a bullet on them? Looking back at the classmates that shot nothing but bunnies and they all ended up as criminals, so I guess there is some truth to what they say about violence in games). I think I am on to something, so much in fact that I would not be surprised if this game is not in development already. We have seen online movements spread like wildfire to grow into bigger projects. I ask if it does, my resume is available. So what do you think? Leave your ideas for Oregon Trail Online below in the comments. If would like to see Oregon Trail Online developed, pass this article on to your friends, digg it, blog it yourself. With each child that goes through elementary school without reaching California with dysentery, a piece of America dies.