As we head out for the really, really rainy weekend, I thought I’d share some news coverage from the week.
This afternoon we received some exciting news that Shivering Isles won RPG of the Year over at Gameindustry.com. Pretty cool for a couple reasons. First, in the site’s ten years of doing annual awards, Shivering Isles is the first expansion to win this category. Even better is the fact that the voting came from Gameindustry.com readers. We’re truly honored that our fans came out in large numbers to vote, particularly since it was up against some really great games. Many thanks!
Speaking of honors, I just saw on Kotaku that Game Developers Magazine has announced their first ever Top 50 Developers list. If you take a look at their site, you can see we made the list at #26. I thought it would be interesting to check out the survey it’s based on, but it looks like you need about three grand to do so. Whoa! Anyway, it’s great to be on the list, and congrats to the other developers that made the list as well.
Howard emphasises the importance of getting off to a good start: “You always want the first few hours of the game to be nice to any player, “ he says . “No matter how good they are at games, they haven’t played this particular one yet, so you need to ease whoever it is into it.”Here at least, the RPG has an advantage: it’s fundamentally designed to train you up from nothing, as Howard points out. “It’s often easy in an RPG to keep layering on the complexity with new abilities. It actually makes the game more fun and addictive then if you gave all that stuff out at the beginning.”
Head over to Gameplayer to read the rest.