Archive for July, 2007

Out of Office

Posted: July 27, 2007 by Kendricke in Out of Character

There’s nothing quite so fulfilling as opening up Outlook at 4:32 on the Friday before your vacation just to turn on the Out of Office assistant:

I am out of the office beginning Monday, July 30th.  I will be returning on Monday, August 5th.   If this is an urgent issue, please contact…

Vegas, here I come. 

I’m actually not flying out till Tuesday, but I haven’t taken a real vacation since becoming a consultant, so I decided to take the entire week off.  My project’s not at a critical phase right now.  We’re not behind on our milestones.  Everything’s currently in order, and besides, if there ARE problems, the team has my number.

So, a full week off.  I have no idea exactly how to spend it.  And for a guy who makes his living helping companies plan their time…it’s a great feeling. 

See you at FanFaire!

38 pulls back the curtain…just a bit

Posted: July 27, 2007 by Kendricke in 38 Studios

The Boston Globe picked up a nice little article which drops a few hints on what’s going on in the minds of 38 studios:

“But a stroll through the company’s offices revealed hundreds of sketches of creatures who seem to have come from central casting in Middle Earth. The designers are planning for 12 species or “races” in the game, and while they may not be called elves or orcs or dragons, there is certainly a family resemblance.”

I don’t have much to say on the article other than the obvious “wait and see” advice.  I’m a big fan of several of the guys at 38 and I think they’ve got a solid plan, but I’m more than happy to wait out the next few years to determine if they’ve got a game I want to play.

EDIT:  And of course, Cuppy beat me to it.  Oh well, back to preparing for Vegas.

Are We There Yet?

Posted: July 25, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2, General Game Concepts, SOE, Uncategorized

Time passes slowly up here in the mountain
We sit beside the bridges and walk beside the fountains
Catch the wild fishes that float though the stream
Time passes slowly when you’re lost in a dream.

-Bob Dylan

Just weeks ago I booked my flights to Las Vegas for FanFaire, and bemoaned the fact that I’ll have to spent around 3.5 hours in the air flying from Minneapolis.  Seriously – three whole hours!!

Well, a flight that long demands some new reading material, so it’s off to the bookstore with me.  I’m a bit of history buff, so I head right over to that section and start poring through the titles.   Though a lot of the books I  read might seem pretty dry to most people, I find myself completely engrossed in the titles.

One fact I find myself continually fascinated by is the amount of time spent travelling throughout history.  When Julias Ceasar took his command in the provice of Baetica in  “Farther Spain” in 61 BC, it took him 3 weeks by litter from Rome.  In 1820, it took nearly 4 months time for the whaler Essex to travel from Nantucket to the whaling grounds of the central Pacific.  Even at the turn of the 20th century, it could take weeks for a steamboat to travel less than a thousand miles up the Congo river.

Compared to all that, my meager 3 hour flight seems fairly meaningless.  And yet, players still complain today that it can take 20 whole minutes to travel from one end of an MMO’s online world to the other.  Seriously – 20 whole minutes!!

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FanFaire

Posted: July 24, 2007 by Kendricke in Guilds, Out of Character, SOE

I’ll be there.  Will you?

It’s official.  At least a dozen members of the Legion of the White Rose will be at FanFaire.  We’ll even be wearing official Legion of the White Rose gear.  Most of the really good stuff is marked as NO TRADE, but if you have the plat, you can pick up some of our lesser loot from the broker

A Wild and Crazy Week (from Czechoslovakia?)

Posted: July 24, 2007 by Kendricke in Out of Character

It’s been a roller coaster of a week.  I’ve managed to start (yet not finish) a good half dozen articles, but between work and some familial issues, it’s been hard to sit down and finish the articles as I’d prefer.

Expect a few shorter than usual (What?!  No 5,000 word monstrosities about guild politics?) posts sporadically throughout the week. 

Auto Assault on the PS3?

Posted: July 12, 2007 by Kendricke in SOE, The Gaming Industry, Warcry

Could City of Heroes be coming to the PS3?  What about Lineage III? Auto Assault?

According to Sony’s announcement at E3, it’s not just possible – but even likely.  You see, at E3, Sony has announced that NC Soft has will be producing all future MMOG’s “exclusively” for the Playstation 3.

Read more here and here at Warcry.  (/shameless plug)

If this is the case, it could explain why NC Soft isn’t necessarily releasing it’s iron grip on the Auto Assault property just yet.  It  could also explain the suddeness of the announcements lately regarding the imminent shut down of service just prior to E3.

It’s definately interesting, to say the least.

Nobody Cared About Guild Level 59

Posted: July 12, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2, Guilds

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages.”

-Adam Smith

I want more rewards.

If we’re honest, we all want more rewards.  It’s human nature to want to receive rewards, not only as a gift, but as a sign of recognition.  In our daily lives, often we don’t have the opportunity to stand out to large numbers of people.  Occasionally, we might pick up an office award or find ourselves named employee of the month.  Maybe we get to keep the game ball after a season of beer-league softball.  Maybe we wake up and find that the kids have destroyed the kitchen to make us some early 20th century cubist masterpiece of a breakfast to remind us that we really aren’t such bad parents after all (or because the little monsters want something). 

For the most part, most of us go through live largely unrecognized.  For many of you reading this article right now, you earn that recognition nightly in MMO’s like Everquest 2.  And yet, even then, you’d like more rewards.

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