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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

When a Build Choice is Not Really a Choice [#ESO]


One of the blogs I follow is For The Record (FTR), which is run by a gamer named SilentStalker (SS) who covers World of Tanks (WoT) news. SS recently posted his take on Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). There were a

Posted in Camelot Unchained, Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Sage / Sorcerer, World of Warcraft

How Ready are You for WildStar?


We’re less than a month away from the most anticipated MMORPG launch since Guild Wars 2. WildStar! As I wrote earlier this year, WildStar game developer Carbine has thoughtfully diverged from traditional combat mechanics. They’ve been savvy about taking the

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, WildStar, World of Tanks

The Two Big Issues Plaguing MMORPG Game Developers


Here are the two most common, critical issues of game developers in the MMORPG space: They’re unable to contain scope and go “big game hunting” They’re lagging behind broader industry trends I’m going to unpack these in detail. The good

Posted in Business Analysis, Camelot Unchained, Game Design, League of Legends, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft

Mana Bars: Good or Bad Game Design?


Mana bars are the long-standing resource implementation for casters in MMORPGs. In this article, we’ll look at the implications of mana bars on game balance and mechanics. But first, let’s consider why mana bars were (probably) created. I’ll use the

Posted in Cleric, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, Mage, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft
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