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Discussion in 'UHall' started by Phoenix_Mythic, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Phoenix_Mythic

    Phoenix_Mythic UO Legend
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    Way back in the latter half of ‘aught zero, after Y2K failed to end the world, I was writing database software in Phoenix for a living and playing a whole lot of Ultima Online for fun. Then, a very rare and special opportunity presented itself to me: the chance to turn UO from a hobby into a profession. Taking advantage of that was a no-brainer, so I moved to Austin and become the designer called Vex.

    During my years working on UO I made many contributions to the game, got promoted, and eventually moved to the San Francisco area when EA closed down the Origin studio. Over time, many faces came and went. One new face was that of Leurocian, who not only proved to be a talented and creative designer but also became a good personal friend to me. At the time he joined the team, I and several other UO folks had begun preproduction on an unannounced project.

    Unfortunately, that project was killed in early preproduction. For many reasons personal and professional, I decided at that time to move on. This kind of fluidity is the norm for game development, and to me it has a big upside and a big downside as well. I wound up moving back to Austin to take a job as Lead Systems Designer at NCsoft on Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa.

    It was my honor to contribute to that project through its full production cycle, and I stayed with it on its Live team right up until it was cancelled one year after launch. During my time on TR I worked closely with my former UO boss Lead Designer Paul Sage, and I had the treasured pleasure of working with Richard Garriott and Starr Long, along with a few other former Origin folks, and got to know and work with many new talented and motivated people.

    After the cancellation of TR, I was out of work and looking. During those months, prospects were pretty bleak across the industry, because it was the height of our country’s recent financial crisis. Few new projects were getting funded and those who were hiring were not hiring very many. I picked up some contract programming work for a company in the Phoenix area, a connection I had from before entering the game business, and seriously considered a permanent exit back into mundane software development.

    I found another golden opportunity when Leurocian told me there was a Sr. Designer spot opening up on the UO team. As it turned out, the folks here at Mythic were very interested in seeing if I would fit. They moved with remarkable alacrity to bring me up here for interviews. When I got here, it really felt like coming home, even though most of the faces are new. Even though nearly everyone I worked with on UO before has moved on, the spirit of UO’s development team remains the same.

    This team has built an amazing expansion in Stygian Abyss, and it’s clear to me that everyone here is dedicated heart and soul to continuing to grow and improve Ultima Online. As one of the premier MMORPGs it continues to bring something unique and special to online entertainment, and it just keeps getting better. Long Live Britannia!

    So, here I am. Everything old is new again, and I couldn’t be happier to be back contributing to UO, working with this truly talented and dedicated group. In the weeks since my re-hire, I have rapidly gotten back up to speed, helping fix bugs from the Stygian Abyss launch. Soon it will be time to start on future feature development; at the moment the team is working out the details of where we want to go next. The time to start talking about those plans will arrive in coming weeks.

    To commemorate my resurrection as a Ultima Online designer, I’ve decided to re-register with a new nick. Henceforth, Vex is no more. Now, I am Phoenix. And I'll see you at the HoC Chat tonight!
     
  2. Black Sun

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    Welcome (back) Phoenix, nice to hear we have some new (old) blood on the team.
     
  3. Basara

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    Welcome back, Phoenix, born of the ashes of Vex.

    After all, it was my showing you and some others how messed up Haven was at Gen Con that one year, that led to it being blown up... :)

    Let's see if we can some other places detonated...
     
  4. Piotr

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    Welcome back Ve.. erm Phoenix! :)
     
  5. Nastia Cross

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    Welcome back!
     
  6. Manny

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    Welcome home Phoenix.
     
  7. Gheed

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    Welcome back.
     
  8. Kojak

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    oh god just use Vex so there's no confusion jeez

    it's like a bad xmen episode hehe
     
  9. Alezi

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    Nice read. Do you do PvP or PvM as your main gamestyle?
     
  10. Tazar

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    Welcome back! Xineohp makes for an interesting Demon name...
     
  11. hawkeye_pike

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    I know where to go next:

    To the sea!


    Welcome back to the UO team!
     
  12. DevilsOwn

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    Welcome back :)
     
  13. MalagAste

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    Welcome home...

    I sure hope they put a nice flame retardant suit behind your office door. You just might need it.

    May you lead us on many new wondrous adventures.

    Long live UO! :party::party:
     
  14. kittykat

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    It's true old players always come back at some point...it appears it's true of old developers as well *grins* - welcome back :)
     
  15. Exgirlfriend

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    Do we get Holiday Bell name change deeds now?

    WB
     
  16. Leurocian

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    Welcome back to Ultima Online! UO is in good hands :thumbup:

    Take care, friend!

    - L
     
  17. Tazar

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    I'm glad to have Vex/Phoenix here with us, but we still miss you Leurocian. If they do another townhall in Austin sometime, I hope you'll stop in. :)
     
  18. Crysta

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    Huh. Never expected to see Vex again.
     
  19. Deb

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    Wow that is a name from Olden Times...Welcome Back Vex.
     
  20. Storm

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    About time ! Welcome back
     
  21. XLaCeDX

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    Welcome back!


    Things do look alot better around UO lately, I must say.

    GMs are GMing, players are asking for things to be changed or included in the game and they are.

    Now if you guys would just consider cleaning up all the following exploit items by making them available to everyone,

    black faction horses,

    glacial blue spellbooks/pickaxes, pants, headbands,

    clothing crafted by cutting up Europa gold Brit guard sashes,

    liquid gold cloth, not sure where it came from originally, which used to be rare but this past week one guy on Pac, a recent xfer from Baja, is telling people he has 5000 pieces of,

    ethereal cloaks created by duping a cloak of shadows?,

    bright orange ingots from Heartwood exploit,

    and of course by stopping the scritpers/dupers,

    AND then by advertising so that we could attract 200k+ new players,

    UO, like a Phoenix, might just rise again as well.

    :)

    Oh yes a question.

    If all the above exploits are allowed to remain ingame without any action taken on players who buy, sell and own said exploits, I assume, because they only alter or add color to the game but no other advantage to the player who possesses them, why is it not allowed that we color our guildnames by creating a guildname using HTML code?

    It's just a COLOR and a true gold sink since each server up the code resets to code and the color is lost and you have to spend an additional 25k each morning to reset the color, 25k that is eaten by the game and gone forever, unlike the above mentioned exploit items when they are bought and sold.

    I don't own any of the above mentioned exploit items, although I certainly could buy them if I wanted.

    But the principal of the issue is that if others can have their fun exploit items then I want colored guildnames, which technically isn't even an exploit since we are allowed to enter letters and symbols and numbers into the guildname box when creating a new guild.

    So I got a mark on one of my accounts by typing in an allowed guildname that gave me no advantage ingame whatsoever.

    Is there some sort of reasoning behind this allowing some color exploits but not others?

    Sorry if not your job or too much work too soon!

    But thats MY UO.

    What's yours?
     
  22. Hildebrand

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    Welcome.
    I'd like to see some of your learned TR tricks added to UO to bring it up to par.
     
  23. Jermosh

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    Its good to see fresh but experienced blood in the game I love. SA was most likely one of the best expansions I have seen so far.
     
  24. Saunders

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    Hallo, and welcome back!
    May you enjoy your return to old pastures.
     
  25. LadyNico

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    Welcome home, Phoenix. :hug:
     
  26. Salivern_Diago

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    Welcome back mate! So far in the last few weeks I've seen more and more reason to keep playing UO! Mythic taking over development of UO has obviously made HUGE improvements and now... one of the key developers from the past back...

    Things can only get better!

    Have a pint on me ;)
     
  27. Salivern_Diago

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    Dude, you got my vote on that! You've put in alot of thought and preperation into it. They could at lest talk to you about it one on one etc.

    Would be another notch in the UO flag to have that!
     
  28. Experimental

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    Wow, nice to see you back (I still have a few holiday bells from Vex, lol)!!
     
  29. Harlequin

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    WB!

    i Am hOldiNG yoUr HOLidaY bELL hoStAgE. YoU cAn GeT IT BaCk FoR 100 miL
     
  30. hakeem

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    I second that vote and Nominate Hawkeye Pike to lead pirate consultant/seafaring dev thingy position.
     
  31. Harb

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    Very nice, I remember you well and fondly. A sincere welcome back. And hope things are a little more stable for you this round!
     
  32. Bathala

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    Welcome back!!!
     
  33. Sarsmi

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    Wow, neato! Welcome back! You picked a good time to do it too, the expansion is out the door and there will be some nice downtime to get back into the swing of things. :thumbsup:
     
  34. Gheed

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    Downtime? Are you sure?

    1. 11th/12th anni items/events
    2. expansion tweaks/bug sqaushing
    3. live event arc
    4. Halloween

    I wouldn't guess things will start to cool down until Christmas!
     
  35. Dai FHA

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    WELCOME HOME PHOENIX.....WELCOME HOME
     
  36. Sarsmi

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    Well, comparatively down. Probably half the team is sitting up in the office drinking coronas with lime and going "whew! ok who's going to get that bug with death hallway floors?" "NOT IT!" "Not me! I got the last one!" "Don't look at me, I'm making the crockpot queso." :D
     
  37. Zym Dragon

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    No crockpot queso until the enhanced client is out of beta! ;)
     
  38. Welcome back , pssstt two words for you " Classic Shard" , runs off in the shadows......
     
  39. zared of napa

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    Welcome Back !!!!!Now go whip Draconi back in shape ;)
     
  40. Petra Fyde

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    Welcome home. I agree, this team truely are amazing, I'd love to hug them all, but my arms are a bit too short to span the Atlantic.

    While there may be a lot of new faces there, if you look around here you'll find a lot of people who remember you and are delighted to welcome you back.

    If the posters get a bit too boisterous Draconi might lend you his flamethrower, or if the opposite effect is needed I can lend you this:

    [​IMG]
     
  41. Stupid Miner

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    No, I think he's pretty fire-proof as-is.
     
  42. EnigmaMaitreya

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    Welcome aboard and I can certainly identify with coming full circle, back to the beginning.
     
  43. Welcome home Phoenix (VEX!)
     
  44. athos_uo

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    Welcome back, Phoenix!
     
  45. Taylor

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    Great to have you, pal!
     
  46. Phoenix_Mythic

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    I misread that as "crackpot queso" and LOLled. And now I want some Maudie's migas. Curse you for mentioning queso! At least until I find some good tex-mex up here. Mmm, queso.

    Beer wise, I'm already missing Fireman's #4. C'est la vie!

    Thank you everyone, for the greetings. I woudn't have returned if I didn't feel like UO was going to have a bright future. Everything about my re-hire showed me that EA and Mythic are truly dedicated to this game. Accepting the offer really required very little thought.
     
  47. Taylor

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    Very good to hear. We're kinda addicted, if that wasn't evident. :party:
     
  48. zared of napa

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    I hate to admit it But EA/mythic loves us.
    I know the feeling My wife keeps trying to sell me to Cal and Supreem lol they are holding out for more gold pieces i think.
     
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    Welcome back/happy rebirth Phoenix!
     
  50. Sean

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    Wow, great to see you back...been a long time!


    Welcome!!


    Se'an Silverfoot aka SilverOne