I am pronouncing Legion officially ended. Oh yes, I know technically we have months to go in this expansion, and lots of people are still totally engrossed in it, but for all practical purposes it has shifted from a windshield view to one we see in the rear view mirror. Battle for Azeroth is now … Continue reading Aaaand we’re off!
In a recent post in his game design blog, Greg Street (aka Ghostcrawler) wrote a few words on the art and science of game rewards. It started me thinking about how Blizz has structured rewards in Legion. Overall, I would give Blizz a C+ on this aspect of the expansion. They have done some really … Continue reading On world quests and rewards
Admin note: We are having a terrific 2-day windstorm in my neck of the woods, and our power keeps going out, so today's post may end up being a bit choppy. Ghostcrawler has a piece on his Tumblr page that really caught my eye. If you have a couple of minutes, I encourage you to … Continue reading Unofficial and pertinent views
I am going to take a short break from posting in this blog -- maybe a week or so. Several reasons, actually. There are some real world work things I need to get to in my studio. I need to spend much of my game time between now and next Tuesday preparing my main for … Continue reading Housecleaning before vacation
As everyone probably knows by now, Blizz has officially announced that Legion will go live on August 30. Honestly, I'm not sure what I think about that. I've had a lot of thoughts darting through my head since the announcement. Here are a few of them. First, there is the big fat obvious fact that … Continue reading Legion! Yay, or something
Recently there was a series of tweets between Mr. J. Feasel, aka Muffinus, and a couple of WoW players. The conversations are nicely summarized here by MMO-C. In a nutshell, the tweets are an attempt at a fairly in depth explanation of Blizz's thinking on RNG as a mechanism for rewards, and also on some … Continue reading Communication 101 (again)
After the Big Emotional Flying Flap, I -- foolishly -- thought that Blizz had learned a lesson about how lack of meaningful communication can spiral out of control. In response, not only did they do the "Q& A" but there was even a decent follow-up a week or two later. Though both these events left … Continue reading Back to communication lockdown