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Exclusive Legends of Norrath: Ethernauts Interview with Evan Lorentz

Posted Wed, Oct 08, 2008 by Cody Bye

The lore of the EverQuest series has been a source of entertainment for a vast number of players throughout the years. From the shining sword of Mithaniel Marr to the horrible deeds of Cazic Thule, the history of Norrath is rife with faithful friends and fiendish foes.When SOE Denver’s Legends of Norrath online trading card game was originally released, it was apparent that the developers had really taken their time to explore the lore of this epic series. Cards like “Fippy Darkpaw” and “Nagafen” resonated with longtime EQ lovers. With their fifth expansion – dubbed “Ethernauts” – the LoN developers have delved even deeper into that rich lore to produce their cards. Recently, Ten Ton Hammer had the opportunity to sit down with Evan Lorentz and discuss this upcoming expansion. We hope you enjoy the interview and the two exclusive cards that we’ve included!

Ten Ton Hammer: You just recently announced the fifth set for Legends of Norrath, which you’ve titled Ethernauts. What can players expect from this latest 280 card set? Where did you focus the most attention?

Evan Lorentz:
The number one focus was on injecting greater strategic variety into the game. The last few expansions we’ve released have tipped the scales to a point where many serious tournament players tended toward similar decks. They would load a deck with inexpensive units, plan on never completing any quests, and “rush” the opponent for a quick kill. We wanted to slow down the pace of the game and rebalance things so that other strategies – especially avatar-vs.-avatar combat – could have a fighting chance. More variety is more fun, and better for players.


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