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September 16, 2008

We’ve just announced our latest partnership with Vivox Entertainment. You can find it here.

So much of what matters to the game play experience is done/screwed up at the earliest stages of concept and development. Things people take for granted or ‘assume’ are the standard so often get overlooked.

I’m playing Warhammer pretty much exclusively and there is a ton to like, but I was totally blown away yesterday by something as simple as the mail system.

One of the better ‘upgrades’ in WoW was the ability to mail out several items at once, and to be able to do so at will. I also enjoyed the mail ‘recognition’, acting like Outlook it would recognize a name you’d typed before and insert it into the ‘TO’ field.

I would imagine there was some trepidation early on to allow this due to dupe bugs and hacking, and maybe even spammers; but I used the WAR mail service yesterday and was blown away by the fact that I could only mail ONE item at a time, and also had to wait 20 full seconds between mails?????

There are things I envision as just standard everyday minimums in MMO’s now a days and the mail system is one. I should be able to in game mail, in game voice chat, and a ton of other things with literally one to two clicks of my mouse shouldn’t I?

On another topic, man they nailed RvR/PvP. I have gone from a casual disinterested observer to someone enjoying the hell out of the experience. Hats off again to Mark Jacobs (who’s blog is here anyone interested in insight from someone who’s just looked into the sharks mouth and lived, check it out.)

What an incredible few weeks it had to be on top of the years he has spent pouring his and his teams blood, sweat and tears into that IP.

The beauty of the Warhammer World has to be, in addition to the incredibly rich and lore fat world, the incredible legs it can potentially have. Hell you could argue that even with the cool races/classes in game the even cooler ones aren’t in! The Skaven, Ogres, Lizardmen are all non-existent as player races. Of those three the only one I’ve actually even seen in game is the Ogres.

That franchise has the potential to be fresh 5 years from now, and that’s a claim very few IP’s in this game space can make.

Congrats again to the folks at Mythic…..

11 Comments leave one →
  1. denisesoxfan permalink
    September 16, 2008 1:17 pm

    Hey Curt! Congratulations on your new business association. I wish you much success. But I have to ask: Do the Skaven, Ogres and Lizardmen play at Yankee Stadium? :) Love ya, man! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Red Sox chances for the postseason!
    Denise

  2. badgertracker permalink
    September 16, 2008 1:28 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I couldn’t find an email address for you so I have to leave this message here; sorry about that. Anyway, a group of researchers on campus here at the University of Wisconsin have published a study that might lead to a therapy for ALS: http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/breaking_news/305115 … the best part is that they use adult stem cells from blood marrow to achieve the slowing of the disease state, so it’s ethical and the cells are plentiful.

    Could be a while before this gets into humans, but all that money you and your colleagues have been raising is showing what can be done …

    Take care,
    BT

  3. mattmcclime permalink
    September 16, 2008 8:08 pm

    I want to see a WW2 based MMO. It’s a big undertaking, but it would be awesome to see. You could choose sides and choose where you want to fight and what type of fighter you can be.
    Anyone know if one is in development?

  4. simms59 permalink
    September 16, 2008 10:42 pm

    I’m not sure I necessarily agree with the comment about the mail. The debate about mmorpg’s seems to differ on the concept of universal banking. You state that you feel you should be able to send all items without difficulty across the game world. Players of sandbox mmorpgs would argue that the economy of a mmorpg is much stronger when you eliminate the universal banking philosophy from the game. Again, I can understand how it would seem tedious to have to run all the way to one bank in order to grab one item for trading. I just wanted to state that just because WoW sets the standard, that does not mean it has to be the way to solve in game mechanics. The Eve-Online players would be appalled if their economy ever had the same problems that the WoW economy is faced with. In other words, it is necessary to make sure that every game element is fit to design within your game world, not that every game design fits the norm. Congrats on the company Curt, and I look forward to seeing what your company has coming in the future. The concept art was beyond amazing, and I just keep praying that you can take those images and create them in the game world! Good luck!

  5. mainermarsh permalink
    September 16, 2008 11:45 pm

    Warhammer looks interesting, but I fear it is going to go the same way as Age of Conan did. You get the feeling that they are rushing things out in order to capture some of the market before Lich King comes out, but unfortunately that can often lead to a product that hasnt been tested and tweaked enough.

    I also have to say that its really nice seeing such a young, powerful core developing in the starting rotation. Becket is a stud and you have to think that Dice-K is really coming into his own here in the states now. Add in a hell of a year from Lester and the potential of guys like Buccholz and Masters. It is really a fun time to be a Red Sox fan.

  6. justaguyinthenation permalink
    September 17, 2008 4:47 am

    Can we talk about Tampa Bay?

  7. September 17, 2008 11:35 am

    Due respect to mainermarsh, but WAR has had the hell tested out of it, and it shows. It’s not problem-free or perfect by any means, and I’m sure Mythic wouldn’t have minded another couple of months, but you have to pull the trigger some time. WAR is ready to go – far more ready than Age of Conan was.

  8. irishsoxfan permalink
    September 18, 2008 1:28 pm

    To expand on Ardwulf’s point,
    The launch of WAR was announced before the launch of Lich King. As a matter of fact it is WoW that is rushing to get Lich King out to minimize the impact of WAR on WoW. That being said, I don’t think the impact will be that big anyway. WAR appeals to a different type of gamer than the average WoW player. However, Blizzard is not going to simply let any players walk away with out a fight.

    I was ultra concerned when I heard Mythic has dropped four classes and there was a significant impact of that decision. Having it played for a month now and participated in the CE head start, let me reassure you the game is awesome. Feel free to ask for a more indepth report, I’d be happy to provide one.

    Brendan Smith,
    Dallas, TX

  9. September 18, 2008 1:53 pm

    irishsoxfan -

    There’s where I’ll disagree; while many WoW players are loyal and happy and will stick with the game, the percentage of the WoW population that’s gotten tired of the game has been growing steadily for some time now. Wrath won’t offer much that’s new, and Blizzard seems unaware that the chief problem of their game is now growth – it simply isn’t very attractive to prospective new customers anymore.

    If WAR’s performance is anything close to the recent Paul Barnett prediction (3 million subs by end of 2009, as I recall,) that will have a huge impact on WoW, taking away a substantial percentage (possibly as much as half) of its North American subscriptions. Blizzard is going to feel that in a big way; of the the much-touted 11-12 million figure, more than half are in Asia, and the numbers are very dodgy, to say the least.

    Blizzard has made a point of pimping PvP lately – that might actually hurt them now, because the bottom line is that WoW PvP, while better, is still pretty lame, and those people who actually like WoW PvP (a substantial percentage) are going to find that WAR offers a substantially better experience in that regard, without sacrificing the rest of the game.

  10. irishsoxfan permalink
    September 18, 2008 6:00 pm

    Ardwulf,
    Those are points I hadn’t thought of, thanks.

    I certainly hope you are correct. It’s not that I wish ill will toward WoW, I had fun in the game for a time, I just much prefer a game like WAR and really want it to succeed.

    By the way my friends and I are on Ulthuan, I am a lvl 11 Shammy right now, named Heelzum, will be Heelzum Datgud when I get high enough for a last name. Feel free to pop on Ulthuan and say hello!.

    You too, Curt.

  11. pitchpoint permalink
    October 7, 2008 2:04 pm

    Curt:
    Says here,”Curt Schilling is considering coming back next year — for half the season.”
    ‘Twould appear that you’re about to take a page from the recently great Mr Clemens now soiled book.
    Good luck with the never ending greed that you cannot forego when looking at the deep and foolish pockets of MLB management.

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