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Over on the Flash Point Podcast, they just posted an interview they had with Funcom’s newly promoted Game Director Joel Bylos. The two hosts and Joel spend about 45 minutes talking about a wide range of topics including quite a few submitted questions and it really is worth a listen. One thing that really strikes me about Funcom, and one of the reasons I’m such a fan, is how open and willing they are to talk about these topics. We’ve heard tons of audio and video interviews with the team and there have been all sorts of written interviews that are not just fluff pieces of marketing speak but actual real information.
One of the first topics they discuss are the various issues Funcom has had to endure and like I talked about earlier, Norwegian laws do dictate a lot of what they have to release. However, it is also a conscious choice they’ve made as a company to be up front about problems and admit their mistakes.
This led very nicely into the discussion on zone progression and some of the issues people are running into. Joel admitted that they probably didn’t handle the difficulty curve all that well as Kingsmouth and Savage Coast are a little too easy which then means people get absolutely hammered when they hit the Blue Mountains. In addition to looking at that, they’re also brining out Starter Decks with Issue 4 to help people find “good” builds that are easier to obtain as they’ll only contain abilities from the inner part of the skill wheel. This should help people who are struggling with the openness of the skill wheel to more or less guarantee that they’ll have something that works.
They are also working on improving the PvP system, although Joel did admit that open world PvP is pretty much off the table. But Issue 4 will bring changes to Fusang and they’re also kicking around ideas for PvP events. I’ve also seen this in a couple of places that they’re really trying to amplify the faction battles and make that more of a part of the game. Joel pretty much admitted that this was an area that they didn’t quite hit the mark on and are going to focus on bringing more tension between the factions.
As for the new auxiliary weapon coming with Issue 4, I’m pretty sure if I read his hints correctly that we’ll be getting a chainsaw. I’m not real sure how I feel about, but then again I still don’t have my rocket launcher yet so I’m not entirely sure what all I’m really missing
On the heals of the 3-day trial and the 50% off weekend, they’re about 2 weeks away from another announcement regarding the trial periods. Joel didn’t go into details, but I would expect them to expand on that system somehow and perhaps roll in some sort of referral program.
A couple of other things they touched on:
- Looking at creating puzzle raids as another group activity which could be really fun considering how hard and how much work they’ve put into the existing puzzles. There are a couple of times when Joel really focuses on different ways to play this game and they want it to be viable and fun for those who just want to follow the story and/or solve puzzles.
- They’re REALLY focusing on horizontal growth and are very opposed to the vertical treadmills so many other games are following. I really hope they’re not only able to stick to this but create meaningful and fun ways to grow our characters.
- Some very interesting thoughts on other games including Guild Wars 2, Rift, and of course Pandas.
Like I said earlier, I would highly suggest taking a listen as I didn’t pull out everything in that episode just some of the big items that jumped out for me. I’m very much a believer in this game and the team and these kinds of interviews only make that belief stronger.
Anything that jumped out for you that I didn’t mention?
I wanted to try to get this post out before things ended, but I’ll sneak it in as a combo post. Plus I’ll also toss it out as an open question for bloggers and readers on cool tools/apps they use for similar tasks.
First off, I think this was a very cool idea of Syp’s to jump start some folks and also get some new views sprinkling around the web. He’s put up his own summary of the event as well as the listing of all the new blogs. I’ve gone through and added some to my reader and plan to revisit to see which ones I’ve missed. My Reader can never have enough gaming sites to check out
I really do hope this has helped not only spur on some new folks but also trigger new ideas for all of us. I’ve already been kicking around a number of ideas for things to write/talk about as well as some fun projects to tackle. My lack of writing lately has nothing to do with a lost passion or enjoyment of writing just a combination of a whole host of RL factors that are really kicking my butt lately. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I don’t think it’s the on-coming train.
Of all the posts that have come out during this month, one thing I didn’t see too much of were the technical details of how folks blog and I figured I’d toss out some of my favorites and open up the comments for other ideas/suggestions.
- For my actual writing, I use Windows Live Writer as it just makes laying things out easier and handles all the image uploading for you. I’m not sure what the future holds as this is being phased out by Microsoft but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it
- I use Evernote for all sorts of things, but mainly as a note taking tool and web clipper for things I want to come back to. Very handy as you can sync between machines and devices quite easily. Great for brainstorming!
- Most in-game snapshots are fine, but if you want to tweak them I personally use a tool called GIMP that’s an open source package that allows for all sorts of image manipulation while not being terribly complicated.
- For video editing, I’ve had good success with Avidemux as it again does all that I need it to do without being terribly complex.
- For all my audio needs (podcasting and video voice-overs) I use Audacity.
- And last but not least, for video capture I use Fraps. This is the only tool I use that costs any money, but for a lifetime fee of $35 it is well worth it.
Overall I really try to keep things on the free side, but in some cases that’s just not possible.
Any suggestions or other questions about how I do things from a technical perspective?
This episode is a pretty free-roaming conversation between myself and Rose, who is one of my cohorts over on Silverlode. We hit on a number of topics all around raiding and the end-game including but not limited to:
- Custom Chat Channels
- Favorite experiences/fights
- Raids vs. Skirmishes
- Traits and Deeds
- Online maps
- Beta experiences
As you may have caught at the end, Rose did give a couple shout-outs which I also wanted to echo as I’ve had nothing but good experiences with both groups:
- The White Council Kinship on Silverlode at their Guildlaunch Page or on Facebook.
- Deo-Volente raiding group.
As always, feel free to leave feedback and/or suggestions.
Since I finally was able to get my computer fixed, I’m back talking about things LOTRO related. I’d say I have show notes for this episode, but in reality it is just me chatting about my time post Update 6. I’m pretty much solely on my Warden and I talk about my impressions so far with the class.
I also tease a couple of upcoming interviews, the first of which should be posted in the next day or so with the second probably recording next week due to scheduling conflicts.
As always, let me know if you have suggestions or comments on future episodes.
I’ve been a bit quiet and occupied lately, but I did have a chance not too long ago to chat with Shipwreck on the Beneath Your Feet Podcast. He has a different spin on things as each episode focuses on another area of the game discussing the lore, backstory, and overall setting. When he approached me about recording, I figured I’d hop on and talk about everyone’s favorite Middle-Earth resort location – Angmar! While I know many don’t like the area, for me it still holds lots of fond memories and is definitely someplace you should at least visit – even if you decide to skip it while leveling and just go back at a higher level.
Take a listen as Shipwreck and I try our best to boost the Aughaire travel agency’s business