A downloadable game for Windows

What is Whispers in Akarra?

Whispers in Akarra (or WiA for short) was a minimalist graphics MMO created by jeb (y'know, the guy who worked on Minecraft?) a long time ago. 2002-03 to be precise. For how early in the development cycle it was (it never made it out of Alpha, sadly), it was jam packed full of features: functional party system, guilds, several hundreds of items, quests, and a lot more. Sure, it wasn't the prettiest to look at, but that's what made it so charming. From an outsider's perspective, you may not see the appeal, but I assure you that playing it, especially with other people, may have you change your mind.

Why host a server?

If I'm being completely honest, it's purely nostalgic for me. I spent countless hours rushing home from school and hanging with one of my best friends playing this game non-stop. I'm not sure why it was so appealing to me... I just enjoyed it. It's hard to explain. I know it seems crazy, but I'd love to see all of the old players I remember come back and play, if for nothing else than to reconnect with everyone again. A lot has changed in nearly 20 years. My love for this game has not.

Where is it hosted? How often will the server be on?

It's hosted on Amazon Web Services. The beauty of this game being so old is that it will run on just about anything as long as the prerequisites are available. I picked up a super tiny server (1 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD), and am running with it. I honestly don't see a need for more unless more players show up and it shows signs of slowing down, but for now, that's all that's required for a seamless experience. The beauty of it? Since it's on a cloud host, I can run it 24/7. This server will always be on (as long as it doesn't crash).

Are you developing any more in it/expanding on it?

Originally that was the plan but I have decided to take a different approach to it than the rest of the shards. If you're looking for something that's more fleshed out, has a lot more time/development into this base game, look at Akarra X2. My instance of Akarra is more for those who are wanting to experience the game as we all last remember it before it shut down, so there are many flaws within it. But if you are looking for the original vision that Jens had in mind when he started this game, you've come to the right place!

Take a look at the screenshots or download the client and tinker around. It's free, after all. It may not suit your fancy as it did my little 16-year-old heart back in the day, but the game was charming, ambitious, and a ton of fun to play with friends. Enjoy!


WiA_Mostly_Vanilla_Client.zip 4 MB

Install instructions

Whispers in Akarra is an old game, and therefore needs some settings established before you can play. The game runs off of port 19132, so be sure that isn't restricted when trying to play. You'll also need to make sure you have an older version of DirectX 8.1, and you'll need to right click on the .EXE and set the game up in Compatibility Mode for WinXP SP2 and Run as Administrator. I've already set up the connection to the AWS server, so you shouldn't have to fiddle with those settings.

If you have any other questions, Discord is where you can reach me: https://discord.gg/ku9esWFFR2

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