What is TESS-GEN
TESS-GEN is not a classic RP game in the format they are commonly played in Second Life. You don't need to interact with other players if you don't want. TESS-GEN is based in classic RPG PC games like Skyrim and World of Warcraft, but strongly focused in the crafting side. In fact, we can call TESS-GEN an advanced farming game.
Created to work in layers, TESS-GEN is more an RPG system than a game itself. You choose what you want to do. You can just do farming, fishing, crafting, be a medic, an engineer. The top level of the game is the DES - DNA Engineering Subject, where you, as human, slowly turns yourself into an alien form. If you don't want to play in a sci-fi setup, not problem, the two lowest TESS-GEN levels can fit any setup: medieval, gorean, modern, 50's. TESS-GEN objects have various styles to choose from. Only the DES is pure scifi-ish (unless the space elves find a way to turn you into an abomination with magic - and, believe me, they can find a way).
But, more important, is how the game works, and which player statistics it has. The HUD controls stats like hunger, thirst, energy, and health. You can see this part like The Sims game (but without the hygiene and social part). You need to have food and drinks to maintain these stats high, also energetics and beds to sleep and recover energy.
Another stat is based in the Skyrim Survival Mods: lands can be cold and hot, and you can suffer the consequences of it if you don't have adequate clothing or some food, drink, and medicine that can help.
The game also has a skill lines tree. Instead of just leveling up (or not leveling at all like some games), in TESS-GEN you earn experience points by doing various activities (our recipes have different levels of xp!). Once you level up, you earn a Skill Point. Then you decide which skill you want to level up with this point. You choose what you want to master. Experience here is not earned in each skill, it is a global stats.
Plus, you need to choose a class. Each class have their own set of skills. Looks complicate, no? But in the end you will see that this system is natural and logical (and this is why it is adopted in a lot of RPG and strategy games).
Want to be one of the most skilled farmers in the game? Join the game as civilian with class operational and spend your skill points in the Farming skill.
A fisherman famous for its catches? Level up your Fishing skill!
Want to make power drugs and medicine to help fellow players treat injuries and diseases (yes, we have it too)? You can be a medic and level up your skills of Medicine and Bio-Chemistry.
And much, much more. TESS-GEN is a game that will be always evolving.
If you played another farming or RPG game, you will see that TESS-GEN is familiar, yet different.