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  • Jason "Dymus" Roberts, Lead Content Designer for EverQuest 2, Interviewed

    Have you ever wondered how content makes it into EverQuest 2? Do they REALLY sit around, and pull stuff from a hat? Jason "Dymus" Roberts is the Lead Content Designer for EverQuest 2 and is intimately involved in many changes made to the game. The job sounds scary, but this interview is well worth your time if you're interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

    RadarX: Can we expect to see more "Old Norrath" resurface, and are you looking for a balance of the new and the old?

    Jason "Dymus" Roberts: There is a lot to draw upon from "Old Norrath" and several stories that were never told, and a lot can happen in 500 years. So to answer the first part of the question, yes, you will certainly see more of the familiar Norrath resurface, though likely with some notable changes. The new zones, or new looks at old zones, give us something that is uniquely EverQuest 2 and a mix of the two seems to work well for us. It's fun to surprise players with something initially recognizable but slightly twisted over time to now be what it is.

    Read the rest of this educational interview at EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Raiding as a lost art...

    In EverQuest II, they're called hard core, uber, or elite, but most of us just refer to them as raiders. Raiders are a special breed of players who exhibit skill, dedication, and motivation escaping the average player. Former raider Kiara, chats with a couple who raided and finds out the details on what raiding is all about.

    We all know that EQ2 was designed to be a little more friendly towards the casual gamer than EQ. There are a lot of people out there who are grateful for this particular development. I know I'm one of them. Coming from a hard core rading guild in EQ, and having done my time in a hard core raiding guild in EQ2, I rejoice in the more laid back family oriented guild that I'm currently torturing.

    Read the rest of this interesting interview at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • EQ2 TenTonHammer Sits Down with Larry Elmore...

    Larry Elmore! If you don't know what Dragonlance is or you've never seen EverQuest cover art, you're going to be clueless. Fear not! We'll explain. Coyote, from our EQ2 - TenTonHammer team, interviews this legendary artist and manages to complete sentences despite being in total awe of him!

    I've met a number of “celebrities” or “famous” individuals in my life, and around everyone of them I was proud at my composure and nonchalant manner. With a practiced apathy and casual demeanor, I was the epitome of cool. However, when I met Larry Elmore at the SOE Fan Faire, I have to admit that I was more than a bit “star struck”.

    Read the rest of this nifty exclusive interview at EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • black·guard  (blag' - ärd) n. 1. A thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel. (!)
    The EverQuest 2 Community Manager Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder considers the legitimacy of Alternate Advancement (AAs), bards that actually play instruments (imagine that!), and some crafting questions in "Ask SOE #39" at EQ2 Vault.

    "Andrew "Tamat" Beegle: Will you guys be introducing AA's (Alternate Abilities) for the high-end players that grind to 60 and get bored out of their minds? Or at least something similar to that, enabling players to advance their characters past the max adventure level?
    Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder: We’re absolutely looking into the kinds of things we can do for parallel or post-end game advancement. Adding new character powers is a tricky balancing act. We want to ensure that whatever we put out there is fun, rewarding, and powerful. At the same time, the trick is for us to do so in a way where we do not cause a stratified layer of “you must have all of your extra advancement, or you can no longer play the game,” as that then steers the entire direction of the game toward the hardest of the hardcore, which isn’t desirable for the other 97% of the people who play."

    Take a look at the latest EverQuest 2 interview at EQ2 Vault.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • Cherries Jubilee? No, that's a "Dessert of Flames"!

    With less than a week to go for the heavy-duty Everquest 2 expansion "Desert of Flmaes" launch, we're pleased to offed you an exclusive interview with Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, Sony Online Entertainment's EQ2 Community Manager.

    Want to know how to track your faction standing with the 70-80 NPC factions? What do know what the how adventures of all levels can fight in the in the new Quake 3-esque arena system? And the big question: when exactly will the much-discussed "Combat Changes" go live? TTH brings you answers to all these questions and more!

    "TTH: With regards to expansions, various MMOs have been criticized for catering too heavily to the high-level game while failing to keep the low-level game fresh and compelling for newcomers. While "Desert of Flames" is primarily geared to level 45-60 players, could you comment on what's in store for lower-level players in this expansion?

    Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder: Players of all levels will be able to participate in Arena Champions, our scenario-based PvP system that is part of Desert of Flames. All players in guilds will have access to guild vaults, which are a feature of Desert of Flames but will be accessible even to those without the expansion..."

    More, lots more, in the TTH Everquest 2" "Desert of Flames" SOE Q&A!

    Also check out the TTH "Desert of Flames" Preview!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • I'm thinking Queen Antonia ought to know a gnoll from a drakota!
    Gamecloud has two more "Everquest 2: Quest for Antonia" finalist interviews for those of you that like to see hot women with give blithe answers to questions about gaming. Before you start with the letters, I think its cool when women play MMORPGs, and I'm sure there's plenty of hot ones that know their stuff. But these ain't it... case in point:

    "Gamecloud - Do you play Everquest II yourself or any other PC or video games?

    Carin Ashley - Yes, I do play Everquest II and other PC/video games. Everquest II is a unique experience in that it keeps you entertained and challenged at the same time.

    Gamecloud - What opportunities do you think will open up for you if you win the Quest For Antonia contest?

    Carin Ashley - I think winning the Quest for Antonia will open up many opportunities that I would not otherwise be able to experience without the opportunity provided by such a cutting-edge company as Sony Online Entertainment. You never know the future until you go after the possibilities and from there the opportunities can be endless."

    Let's face it: you, like SOE, just want to see some pics. Get your pics here!
    Gamecloud's interview with Anna Wainscot, and
    Gamecloud's interview with Carin Ashley.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Aug 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • Gnolls have a saga?
    GameCloud has posted a Interview with Sony Online Entertainment's Scott Hartsman covering the latest EverQuest 2 adventure pack, The Splitpaw Saga. While watching the clouds drift by we saw one that looked a lot like Lord Nagafen and it appeared he was writing this:

    " The folks at Sony Online recently release the second "adventure pack" for their hit MMORPG Everquest 2 titled The Splitpaw Saga. Gamecloud got a chance to quiz the pack's senior producer Scott Hartsman to find out more about their mini-expansion pack for the game. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: The Splitpaw Saga Interview at GameCloud.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 04, 2005
    Boomjack
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