I managed to build the ryzom server on Ubuntu GNU/Linux and used the official Ryzom client for GNU/Linux to connect to it. I did not succeed in running the client from source.When I click on the Ryzom link on the applications menu a dialog box states the ff.
Could not launch 'Ryzom' Failed to execute child process "/usr/local/bin/ryzom_client" (No such file or directory)
So I opened a terminal and typed ryzom_client but it merely said:
nel_drv_opengl not found
The ryzom official linux client worked but it's menu bar dissappears when the window is moved. The in game menus are at times unresponsive and sometimes freezes. But all in all this is a promising free software.
Ryzom is a full pleged mmorpg. I had never played the game before, but when the world rezzed I 'm impressed. For me the most important visual effect is the animated movement of the avatar. I think it has the same flexibility as the OpenSim avatar. The environment also has a strong visual impact. I think this would be a good platform to create history games. But the code is massive and would require a lot of study. The compiled code is around 11 gigabytes, and the official client is around 6 gig.
I think this is a project the free software community should support.