The last day for
target="_blank">me at PAX has come and
gone. We had a great day with not just one, but two
presentations by Paul and I. The booth continued to be great,
the game showed really well, and I got to see my brother.
General happiness all around. *smiles*
there's a seven foot tall man who loves WAR. Maybe he plays a Gobbo.
Before answering questions, I will leave you with some random and odd
things from PAX;
- Josh was unable to reach his only real goal for PAX, which
was to autograph a baby. He was not being mean about it, but
he was definitely interested in being offered the chance to put his
name on someone’s child.
- Paul’s stalker showed up for the 20th time
today. He seemed fairly harmless, and I think all he wanted
was to smell Paul’s hair.
- The Stormtrooper sitting in the audience during our
presentation was definitely a sight to see.
- We were able to seat around 400 people for our presentation
today (the room would not hold anymore). We were scheduled
for one presentation, but when we arrived the line to see us was out
the door and around the block. We ended up giving two
presentations and turning a couple of hundred people away (sorry).
- We ran out of swag by noon on the 2nd day of the show.
- People tapping me on the shoulder to get my attention
really bothers me.
- Seattle’s Best Coffee still exists. *smiles*
Note: href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43052" target="_blank">See
Jeff’s first blog for more info. style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">)
- I met a man who is seven feet tall, and who really loves
- Getting “HELL” shaved onto the back of
your head, is one crazy marketing stunt.
OK – Now on to what you all really want to hear; more
questions and answers. There are A LOT more of these than I
expected so I will try to answer as many as possible, but will not be
able to get through all of them. Sorry if I don’t
get to yours…
it, the exclusive head for dwarfs HAS A MOHAWK and an EYE-PATCH just to
make your dwarf look like a true Slayer. And if it's not, change it
now. *big smile*
I will NOT admit that! *winks*
you Jeff for being badass and upstaging your fellow colleagues by
benefiting the fans.
You are very welcome, I try my best. *winks*
there any plans to allow character server transfers and/or name changes?
We have talked about this, but we are focused on launching the game
right now, once we do that we will start talking more about these types
of “special services”.
QUESTION: Ok I
really enjoy the crafting aspect but the question I have is when the
game goes live - or even open beta - will you have talisman making
trainers in the game?
We have a bunch of new stuff coming up in the patch for Open
Beta. This is one of the things that we have planned for the
Open Beta release.
QUESTION: I am
curious what the Warhammer team thinks about the initial character
I think we are in a great place actually. There are still
some kinks to work out, but we are hitting very close to home at this
point. We will, of course, pay very close attention to this
and continue to tweak as needed.
you all still planning to include the 'growth as you level' stuff later
on down the road, with either a content patch or in the first
expansion? I know you said that you all know how you would do it, but
do you still plan to do it?
We would love to do this. We have talked about it again
recently, but have made no decisions on whether to include this after
launch or not.
QUESTION: If it
were up to you, what races if any would you add as playable in future
All of the awesome ones *winks*
soon will the 4th classes be added to the races that only have 3? Is
there a possibility that you will not add a 4th class to these races?
I can’t talk about this yet, but we are definitely talking
about this, and working on our plan. As soon as we have it
all worked out, we will let you know.
live in Fairfax, VA and my wife and I would love to say hi and thank
you in person. Is Mythic having any sort of launch party or open house
event in September?
We are talking about having a launch event that the public can come to,
but we are unsure if we will do it. Keep an eye on the WAR
Herald as we will announce it there if/when we are doing it.
may be too early to ask, but in regards to new content and expansions,
do you plan to favor vertical or horizontal expansion? Is it going to
be new stuff (races/classes/cities/zones/what have you) that parallels
what you have now, or is it going to be new stuff
(dungeons/scenarios/ranks/gear) that follows after 'completing' the
It is too early to ask. *winks*
QUESTION: Is it
Mythic's intention to eventually include as many Warhammer Fantasy
armies as possible (when they can be applied to an MMO)? Any specifics
on ideas that have been discussed about this?
We intend to add things that fit with the game, and will enhance that
gameplay experience of our players. We look at everything
that we have available and will make our decisions based upon the
“fun” choice. *smiles*
the membership on Ten Ton Hammer spike when Josh and Paul wrote blogs?
Man, I hope so! It might be my only saving grace…
target="_blank">Check the forum thread style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;"> in a few
days to get
the answer to this question. We’ll see what we can find out.)
scenarios in Warhammer seem like the perfect environment for tournament
style play that is seen on the semi and pro gaming circuits. Do you
foresee Warhammer sponsoring and/or hosting these kinds of tournaments
in the future as a way to market Warhammer online?
It is very possible. This is something that we have discussed
and that fits very cleanly with our game. As soon as we know
more, we will let you know.
all the blood, sweat and tears going into this project (and I'm sure
countless hours away from home) does it ever make you second guess the
sacrifices you make to do something you love or do you get plenty of
time off to reassure and help your families understand what you do and
what it entails?
To be frank, it comes and goes. The entire team is pouring
their hearts into this right now and trying to balance their personal
lives with their work lives. It is very difficult sometimes,
but we are almost there and morale on the team is very high.
you fight on mounts?
Coming from Australia, will the Oceania servers go live simultaneously
with the NA servers?
are ya drinking?
I am generally a Bourbon drinker. Mainly Blantons, though I
was drinking Bookers last night. My favorite is Pappy Van
seen target="_blank">Paul wearing a thong. How many
subscribers to WAR will it take
before you and Josh try one on? *smiles*
Josh wears a thong everyday and anyone can see it simply by
asking. As for me, it will probably take around a million
subs to get me into one…
you guys continue to make podcasts and other things to keep community
interaction up? Something on a monthly sort of basis.
Absolutely! Paul and Josh especially will be continuing this
During the CE phase of the closed beta and the preview weekend, we were
occasionally able to loot the corpses of fallen opponents and receive
some very nice gear. Has there been any thought given to awarding
trophies in such a matter, maybe even serving as a way for members of
one realm to acquire trophies belonging to the opposing realm?
You will absolutely have the opportunity to earn trophies from
RvR. They will mainly be awarded based upon Tome unlocks.
-Jeff Hickman, Executive
Note: Due to the Penny Arcade Expo coming to a conclusion, obviously
this will be the last day for Jeff’s PAX blog. That said, the
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your questions in the blog's forum thread. We are constantly
developers a variety of question in our interviews, so we’ll
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