I guess James Ohlen isn’t totally out of game dev quite yet. After announcing his retirement in July of 2018 and then going on to open a Kickstarter for his own D&D adventure book, Ohlen has been selected by Wizards of the Coast to be the head of a new game studio opening in Austin, Texas, and has confirmed that the studio will be working on a new IP. Details are understandably sparse at this point, considering Ohlen’s tenure at Wizards of the Coast won’t begin until this May. Even so, details from VentureBeat reveal that this new game will not be from the worlds of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, or Ohlen’s own projects at Arcanum Worlds. We’re also not sure whether this new game will be on PC, console, or mobile. All we do know is that Ohlen will be heading up the entire thing and he seems pretty jazzed about it. “My plan was to spend several years away from the industry and just focus on doing the books, [but] they really … [Read more...] about SWTOR’s James Ohlen is heading up a new Wizards of the Coast game studio working on a new IP
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Forgive me father for I have sinned, it has been forever and a day since I have last blogged. I’ve been tied up with all the tasks and responsibilities that come with being the guild master of a 600 character guild. Honestly for me, that has been a major adjustment. We have always been a small tight knit family of raiders, and with the release of cataclysm some massive changes happened in House Stalwart. In the past, by choice, we had shunned the concept of guild based raiding. Throughout our history as a guild we have been the core of several different non-guild raid groups, and at the tail end of Burning Crusade we struck out on our own and build one known as the Duranub Raiding Company. If you’ve read much of my posts in the past, you’ve followed some of our adventures. Cataclysm however brought into line several things that rocked the core of this group. Namely the guild rewards changes, and the guild based achievement system … [Read more...] about A New Challenger Awaits…
This is the full version of entries that have been published in the last week! I just thought it might be nicer to have everything in one huge entry instead of in separate ones (either way: You can find all entries in the category labelled “rift vs. lotro vs. wow” on the right). The topic I wrote some time ago about “Rift vs. LotRO” is still getting readers almost every day. Unfortunately, it is probably not the kind of topic they were looking for. So, since I’ve played both games (at least for a little while), I thought I would make an elaborate posting about those games. I’m also going to throw in World of Warcraft because, apart from playing it as well, the big majority of MMO gamers have played the game or know something about the game, at least. :) (After starting to write this, I realised how long this entry would be in the end and decided to split it into different topics to be posted separately. So expect a posting every day for the next few … [Read more...] about Rift vs. LotRO vs. World of Warcraft – a closer look at all three MMOs (all entries in one)
In September, the world learned that former Blizzard Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo launched a new video game studio called Bonfire Studios. Pardo’s biggest claim to fame which earned him a spot-on TIME Magazine’s 100 influential people of 2006 was that he was the prime architect of the record shattering MMORPG: World of Warcraft. Pardo’s success with WoW granted him luminary status in the video game industry. As a frequent speaker in the video game conference circuit, people listen to what he has to say, even the BBC. Recently he told them that he believes that e-sports should be an Olympic sport. It’s now clear that Rob was one of the prime proponents of Blizzard’s initiative in e-sports. It’s hard not to be impressed by Rob’s journey from mere game designer on Starcraft to entertainment visionary. But this journey is far from over. Rob left Blizzard in 2014. When people leave a video game studio the real reasons for their … [Read more...] about Rob Pardo’s Journey of Redemption Begins with Bonfire Studios
Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.). To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome. Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted. And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, … [Read more...] about 7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.