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News Flash: Mark=UOSA FTW

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Mark_Mythic, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Mark_Mythic

    Mark_Mythic UO Legend
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    Hi everyone! My name is Mark Steelman and I just started on the UO team doing content development for the new expansion, “Stygian Abyss.” Basically, I write quests and make monsters try to kill you. I have worked for Mythic Entertainment for a year now. I started on Dark Age of Camelot and then worked on Warhammer during their crunch time. Now that Warhammer Online has launched I jumped at the opportunity to work with the UO team to expand this online classic!

    I grew up in North Carolina in a little town north of Charlotte called Salisbury. As a kid, I played some old school text based RPGs like Zork, then graduated to the Sierra classics like King’s Quest. These are the games that made me want to make games. I started trying to make games in Jr. High using GW Basic and True Basic but found that those languages weren’t really made for that. I went to college at UNC Chapel Hill (Go heels! Woot!) where I studied English and Communication Arts with a focus in theater and directing. I played a decent amount of arcade games during college, mostly Daytona USA and Killer Instinct as well as a healthy amount of Adam’s Family Pinball (what a great game!!) After college I got a job… and with a job came money to buy a console! My first console was the Sega Saturn which I got for Virtua Fighter 2 but played a few good RPGs, “Legend of Oasis” and “Mystaria: The Realms of Lore” come to mind as my favorites.

    My first online game was called Dark Ages by KRU Interactive and from that day I was hooked on online games. I couldn’t get over how awesome it was to be playing with people all over the world! When Dark Age of Camelot came out, I had just bought a new computer and a buddy got me into it. That game introduced me to online pvp and that was awesome. Last year there was an add on the Camelot Herald that Mythic was looking for writers to write quests, that you didn’t need programming experience, you just needed to be able to write… I remember writing a letter that said, “If I had this job, my life would make a lot more sense!”

    Right now, when I’m not working, I am playing Ultima Online and Warhammer. The thing I love about UO is that is feels like a real RPG, more like a game of D&D than most MMOs today. Most MMOs today are less about the adventure and more about killin’ stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I love killin’ stuff but I definitely know why UO is still going strong. Speaking of killin’ stuff, I’m also playing Mercinaries 2 on Xbox360 and that is a blast (especially online). Of course, it’s not like I spend all my time playing video games (boggle!) I also play D&D 3.5 and I have a pretty extensive collection of board games. Some of my favorite board games are Twilight Imperium 3, BattleLore, or Dungeon Twister. Oh, and sometimes I eat and sleep.

    I’m really looking forward to this UO expansion, we are doing some sweet stuff and I can’t wait for the players to check it out!
     
  2. Welcome to the family Mark.

    We hope to hear lots from you.

    p.s.- We need to work on your name.............. :lick:

    Also, make sure you put in a plug for dishing stumps.

    hehehe
     
  3. Magdalene

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    Welcome, Mark
    make yourself at home.

    :D
     
  4. christy1221

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    Hello and welcome.
     
  6. Teeshy

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    Ahh, I don't care if you never post here again, you won me with those two ;)

    Adam’s Family Pinball to this day, is my favourite EVER pinball game, and when we eventually move and get a proper "game" room set up, I am totally looking for that to buy it ;)

    And the first Legend of Thor (Beyond Oasis) game is the game that made me want to design video games. There was a hidden cave in that game somewhere, where you could run a race against your (I want to say "familiars" my memory is rusty) and win stuff - that little hidden cave inspired me no end =) One day I might even get around to doing that ;)

    Really looking forward to seeing what you all do with SA =) Am excitedly waiting for it to be released =) This bit though - "make monsters try to kill you" don't do your job *too* well ;) LOL!
     
  7. UltimaSword

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    Welcome and hey if you want we can trade gamertags on 360. lol
     
  8. Oriana

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    Will you marry me? Oh wait I am married.....um um Welcome to the team! You're love of true RPG's is a wonderful thing to hear. And Addams Family Pinball, I begged the owner of the arcade I worked for to get it, instead I had to go into the theater next door everyday to play (helps when you know the manager) lol. My hubby and I played many of the games you played (never did get that last bit on King's Quest though) and love our UO time together. We've played UO 8 years and it's looking more and more like we'll be playing that much longer.

    Thanks for stopping by to say Hi, and look forward to seeing more of you.

    Oriana
     
  9. Lady Kiara

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    Welcome Aboard and i hope to hear more from ya in the future:hug:
     
  10. Mishra_

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    You have arrived! Heh... You seem like great fun! Wish you well! :)
     
  12. Wynne

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of UO! It sounds like your position is a perfect fit for you!
     
  13. Sarphus

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    Welcome to the team.

    I look forward to trying out your quests
     
  14. ColterDC

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    UO PvP could use some love.........any chance you could take a look at that?

    Most importantly getting rid of all the speedhacking cheaters that infest my beloved land of Fel.
     
  15. welcome to the forum, I am looking forward to seeing anything you done in game soon!
     
  16. MalagAste

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    Fantastic to hear from you Mark... You know this will open you up to a bunch of fire and flame posting here. But all the best of luck to you!..... Can't wait to see what SA offers.


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  17. Welcome Mark! I hope we will be seeing many more posts from you updating us on what is in the works and what is yet to come. We appreciate any information we can get about out beloved game!:)
     
  18. Jesara

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    Welcome Mark! It was great to read your game bio. Can't wait to read more and to do your quests in the near future. The Hall might get explosive at times, but its only because we all care so much about UO. :)
     
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    "I have worked for Mythic Entertainment for a year now. I started on Dark Age of Camelot and then worked on Warhammer during their crunch time."


    Welcome.

    *Falls down the Grey Lady Coaching Inn steps for the upteenth time*

    Please, don't write quests that involve steps that can not be walked down!

    My mom says "upteenth" so it must be a word!.
     
  20. Maplestone

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    Welcome to the party!

    ( if you need a few bazillion ideas / suggestions / demands , just let us know ... we've got a few years of pent-up imagination :) )
     
  21. Syfka

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    Welcome to the UO family mark glad to have you as a member and from the sounds of it you will make a perfect fit into this huge family :):hug:
     
  22. <perk> I have the Zork collection ... many of the Sierra games appear to be in the public domain (gotta check for sure) and if so, they will be mine! :) Just for old times sake I have kept my copy of Leisure Suit Larry through all the moves and purges. <shrug>

    Hail and well met to ye! I hope to hear from you more and more as we get closer to SA!

    'Til then ... be well and do stop by every so often.
     
  23. Trevelyan

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    I think all new developer applicants should be given Ultima 7 and then asked questions on it at the interview.
     
  24. _zigzag_

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    Welcome Mark :)
     
  25. Esmeralda

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    Hello and welcome Mark!
    It´s great to see, that there are still ppl interested in working on UO!

    I bet we all drool for information about Stygian Abyss, so your posts will always be welcome!
    And as someone else stated above, if you need any ideas, there are a lot of veteran and new players lurking around the board, willing to share their thoughts :)
     
  26. Nok

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    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to UO Stratics and the UO community! Great to see an old school gamer as a developer and new member of the UO Team.
    Oh you so hit the nail on the head. UO is the true sandbox of MMOs that AD&D is to tabletop games.

    Looking forward to seeing & playing your work in the near future.

    News item - Mark, Content Dev For SA.
     
  27. PixelPusher

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    Welcome home! Somehow, you have raised my already near explosive excitment over S.A. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
     
  28. kelmo

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    *tips hat* They told you about Siege, right?
     
  29. _zigzag_

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    I'm sure he has a clue regarding SP....let's let the guy have *one* day before the same ol' stuff starts, shall we? :D
     
  30. Katlene

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    They are just trying to make him feel like one of the crew *laughs*

    Welcome aboard Mark.
    And good luck!
     
  31. AnneNomilly

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    Welcome to the forums! Even if you ARE a Tarheel fan (GOOOO PACK!!!!) :D
     
  32. Frarc

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    Welcome to Hell!..... uhm i mean... uhm.... UO and Stratics... ;)




    Write quest...mmmmm.....we could use quests that involves Virtue stuff.....*hints* :D
     
  33. Cear Dallben Dragon

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    NC heck yeah. im from Matthews/Charlotte. hook me up with a job!
     
  34. kelmo

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    You never let me have any fun! *pouts*;)
     
  35. ZippyTwitch

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    Welcome Mark. I seriously hope you actually play UO. Please no stupid changes or dumb stuff added to the game.:) We got enough of that already.
     
  36. Lord Kynd

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    so who are you in UO ?
    and what shard do you play on ?

    no one really cares about the next flop for UO 3d.
    dead dogs shouldn't be beaten anymore :p

    and one more question...

    you don't play WoW do you ?
    would hate to have a copycat of wow... yuck .
     
  37. Aran

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    QFMFT
     
  38. jelinidas

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    Hiyas Mark! I see you have met the crew! Never fear, pretty good peeps deep down. Dont be a EA stranger, I hope to see your post count grow. If ya see Jeremy around, push her back our direction. We miss her.
     
  39. Coppelia

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    Hi! Welcome and good luck! Don't screw it up or we bring the torches to respect Mark Jacobs will :D
     
  40. Sir Kenga

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    That thing about u sometimes eating and sleeping... that make u a real uo player =)
     
  41. Hoffs

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    Thanks for the post, Mark. Always uplifting to read something like that.

    Perhaps 'Zork' would be a suitable nickname.
     
  42. Ozymandies

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    Welcome Mark, glad to see new faces / resources working on my favorite game.

    Ever played Traveller? My other favorite game besides D&D. Can check it out at www.downport.com. It's an old sci-fi PnP RPG from the 70s.

    OZ
     
  43. Anakena

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    Hi Mark. Welcome in Ultima online. It is refreshing for us players to see new blood coming.

    I have on the other hand to warn you. If you ever played Simcity, we the UoPlayers are like the sims : in the end you can do whatever, we are never happy, so do not stress too much when we flame on these boards.

    :gun:
     
  44. D'Amavir

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    Best

    Comment

    Ever!

    Welcome.
     
  45. Kariny

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    Welcome Mark!:hug:

    *Passes over Mark a new pair of abestos undies*

    You might wanna keep these on hand around here. Things tend to get heated up somedays!:flame:

    Don't worry! All fresh meat on the boards gets at least one new pair!:gee:
     
  46. Haddy G

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    The only thing I want to know is have you painted your Battlelore army?:)?
     
  47. Splup

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    Ouch, tought job you got. We'r not easy to please, and especially most of us are not too thrilled about new client... I hope it's good, but I don't expect it to be. All these 3D clients till now have been a real disappointments. And all the good stuff the first 3D had, they removed and added something thats not working and is not good... I mean ohh my god.

    But welcome! I hope you get into UO PvP also, so we some devs that understand our flaming ;)
     
  48. Can you save the world?
     
  49. BlissMarie

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    Hi, Mark!

    I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. =)
     
  50. Seismic

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    Can I have your stuff?