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My Perspective on Foundation Principles 2 Through 4 for Camelot Unchained


You’ve probably heard that former Mythic studio head Mark Jacobs is back in the saddle again. He is laying the groundwork for an MMORPG called “Camelot Unchained” (CU) that will be funded via Kickstarter. Jacobs has been a significant player

Posted in Business Analysis, Camelot Unchained, Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, PVP, World of Warcraft

Elder Scrolls Online Trailer and High Level Design


Tonight I watched the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) trailer that was shared on Tuesday by game publisher Bethesda Softworks: Pretty entertaining trailer, but it immediately opened up some questions. Is this a 3-faction game? (Yes.) Are there going to be

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, Video, Warhammer Online, 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

Top 5 PVP Design Flaws – TaugVlog Ep. 3


I discuss my top 5 design flaws for PVP combat of MMORPGs. In reverse order, they are…drum roll please… #5: 50% healing debuffs E.g. Mortal Strike for pre-Cataclysm Arms Warrior in WoW. When 50% healing debuffs are part of a

Posted in Game Design, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Video, Vlog, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

The Business Models for MMORPGs Must Evolve


Let’s review what we’ve seen in recent years. In 2008, we witnessed the failure of 2 hugely-hyped titles: Warhammer Online and Age of Conan. Mythic cut 4 of the 6 capital cities and 4 of the 24 classes just before

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, PVE, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft
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