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Discussion in 'UO Developer Feed' started by UODevTracker, Feb 17, 2010.
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What's really funny is we call him Billy Teng too.
We never call him just Billy.
"What's the difference between Billy Teng and Chuck Norris?"
"Billy Teng is not afraid of Chuck ..."
Thanks Joy-Elf for the sweet new sig ...
Gracias .. and yeah it should say Uriah ... but it's my first gift from a player and it's sheer sweetness ... so I'm accepting it.
To answer the question, though .. YES! There are people left on the team. Yes we have a stable of develeopers who you actually know ... and love ... others who contribute behind the scenes as well.
Also, we are actually adding a couple of people to the team in the next month or so ...
AND AND ...
Well for the rest of the stuff you'll just have to wait and see.
I'm not throwing promises by any means, but I'm excited about what we have planned for you guys ... and so is the team
And please stop making me get my post count up ... Air is watching ...
Yeah sorry, Canary ... I don't give out my Powerpoint slides to just anyone
Also, I really enjoy my job and my team so sharing that information at best would be unwise.
I hear what you guys are saying ... and I understand your concern. But for now please know the team is solid, and actually growing and we're paying attention to what you guy are asking about.
Now if you'll excuse me I have dinner waiting ... I had a New Year's resolution and no fast food for three months ...
Ummm no it's not going well ... I really want a Quarter pounder with cheese and a strawberry milkshake (small).
Great question ... I'll try to be thorough.
The focus this year is "The Live Game". We are trying to drive more roleplaying with the fiction, and with the update to factions, we'd like the system not only to be about PvP but give others who don't care to PvP a reason for participating.
What we find is that during an "Expansion" year the live game doesn't get as much attention while we're prepping goodness. So we'd like to let the playerbase know we're paying attention, and supporting what IS not just adding more stuff.
Many of the changes and direction will be addressed through fiction. We have folks dedicated to the Factions SYSTEMS specifically, and Shade and I (along with an additional game designer in the studio) are hashing out the main story arc. It's going to be dastardly. I tried my hand last year at writing a little bit, and it was met well ... I won't be doing much, but I'll get to be more creative.
I was an English major at USAFA ... but I guess not even Word 2007 can account for all my gaffs <-- Edit ... I spelled gaffes incorrectly but leaving it!!
<reads back to make certain he doesn't leave anything out>
As far as players who are actually playing the game ... Yes, we actually have several folks on the team who are more than committed to understanding the game and play it. Within the team, and also through the EMs we have several checks in place to make sure we stay in touch not only with UO ... but core Ultima. In addition, the team plays together weekly on Baja. Finally, Mesanna is the Divine Angel ON all shards so she'll snap at us if we get too out of hand.
Thanks everyone for all the encouragement. Yeah last week was rough, and I can't promise to always be around ... but if the team gets as warm a reception as you've given me, I'm sure you'll see more of us.
If not ... I'll nerf everything and start from scratch ... *
* - (Disclaimer: The previous sentence was sarcasm.)
Who do you think I am Obama? Baby steps, man ... how about we get what we're planning done first? Then move on to the next thing.
But for the record ... yeah, Saph and I were in dialog for a while, but time and circumstances happened and she got pulled on to something else.
Edit: (meaning I dragged my feet and lost the opportunity to work with Saph). Believe me, though, I know this is a topic near and dear to everyone's heart. But yeah, I've seen her works and it's awesome.
Maybe one day *looks off wistfully* ...
There are LOTS of Divine things we'd like to do but I can't let my eyes get ahead of my stomach for all the things I get from the UO buffet
Haha ... I KNOW. I am an English major with a Bachelor of Science, with a heavy engineering core. Which means I work constantly in two hemispheres of my brain.
I was also an acquisitions officer who bought missiles who became a Java Developer for a computer aid design company (and a small bit of DBA in there too -- this allows me to talk to Derek and Billy ...)
In my spare time I learned some C++, a bit of Perl, and played with XNA and C# ...
And no I cannot cook!
Yeah, I know ... I'll be very careful when I roll out percentages from now on that's for sure!