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Is Class Customization Going the Way of the Dinosaur?


In MMOs, on opposite ends of the spectrum you have two models for class design: Each class supports very high customization, where the player can invest in particular skill trees / talents / abilities to support their preferred playstyle and capabilities. E.g.

Posted in Game Design, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, WildStar, World of Warcraft

Where the Heck I’ve Been


It occurred to me when looking at my recent (well, not really recent) blog posts that I pretty much disappeared from the face of the earth for the 2nd half of 2016 and didn’t address it here. We had some major

Posted in Armored Warfare, Blog Musings, Camelot Unchained, Game Design, World of Tanks

RIP Armored Warfare, Road to Unicum is Back


As you may have heard, game publisher Mail.Ru is pulling the plug on Armored Warfare (AW) game developer Obsidian Entertainment (OEI) and taking the development effort in-house. This is rather unfortunate, as I had a positive impression of OEI and

Posted in Armored Warfare, Game Design, PVP, World of Tanks

Interview with My.com Senior Producer Josh Morris on Armored Warfare at GDC 2016


I sat down with Josh Morris at Game Developers Conference 2016 for an hour to discuss all things Armored Warfare (AW). Josh is the Senior Producer at My.com and previously worked at Wargaming for three years as NA Producer for

Posted in Armored Warfare, Business Analysis, Game Design, Interview, PVE, PVP

ArenaNet Executes a Deft Recovery for Heart of Thorns With F2P and Raid Annoucements


ArenaNet (AN) just executed one of the most deft and savvy recoveries I’ve seen in addressing player angst about an upcoming expansion. In January, AN announced the Heart of Thorns (HoT) expansion for Guild Wars 2 (GW2). There was much

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE
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