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Chit Chat! / Re: Per Twitter-Isometric RPG games
« on: September 30, 2009, 03:58:03 PM »
Sierramindy, Planescape:Torment had a definite linear story, but you could explore and take side quests and such, if my memory serves me right. (It's been about 10 years since I played the game). I would really urge you to give Dave's future game a chance. You might like it more than you think.

I loved the story of Planescape. As an avid reader, it was one of the few games ever that really approached really an actual novel. It also had twists that I found really shocking because I didn't see them coming at all.

However, I'd like to be the first to beg Dave to please, please have a different ending. :P The ending to P:T was WAY depressing.

Chit Chat! / Re: Per Twitter-Isometric RPG games
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:46:14 AM »
sierramindy, have you ever had a chance to play Planescape:Torment? Because I don't think that Dave is contemplating that kind of Action RPG at all. The kind of RPGs that I think that Dave is talking about rely way more heavily on story than on combat. (Not that there is no combat, but just that those kind of games are not constant fighting like the new Aveyonds seem to be.)

Of course, I don't want to put words in Dave's mouth, but that's sure how I envisioned it once he mentioned Planescape:Torment.

The Shivah / Re: Thank you Dave!
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:27:46 AM »
Pistachio, I got mine right away within minutes. Have you checked your Spam folder? Sometimes automated messages like this end up in my Spam folder.

Chit Chat! / Re: I'm a billionaire now!
« on: September 28, 2009, 08:43:19 PM »
Yep, that was me. Glad you liked the review. :)

There are also a lot of questions cropping up in the forum thread over at Gamezebo. Some of the casual gamers over there are probably not used to the old-style adventure games like that. You may want to consider popping over to that thread to introduce yourself/answer some of the questions (if you have time). The forum users over there REALLY like it when devs show up and chat with them. It's also a very nice and mature forum. I've never seen anyone flamed over there.

Chit Chat! / Re: I'm a billionaire now!
« on: September 28, 2009, 05:11:11 PM »
lol, yeah I saw your Twitter feed on this and already congratulated you on it. :P (I'm Needlehawk on Twitter).

The Shivah / Re: Thank you Dave!
« on: September 27, 2009, 01:43:25 AM »
Me too! Many thanks!

Edit: Just wanted to say, I finished the game and WOW! This was one of the best and most mature stories I've ever seen in a game. Kudos Dave! I hope we see more of Rabbi Stone eventually!

Chit Chat! / Re: Per Twitter-Isometric RPG games
« on: September 27, 2009, 01:42:23 AM »
Dave, I'm absolutely agreed about Torchlight. If you ever decide to post on the official boards of Torchlight, I'm Needlehawk over there (and on other gaming forums).

Now I'm really excited about what you might come up with. I hadn't thought about Planescape: Torment for a long time, but it would be GREAT to have something with a really compelling story again. And an RPG engine that could be licensed out sounds great. Keep us updated!

Chit Chat! / Re: Per Twitter-Isometric RPG games
« on: September 25, 2009, 05:11:55 PM »
Dave, I *think* I know what you mean by "isometric RPG", but honestly, I thought you meant a "Diablo-style game", which had me confused, because that would be completely different than what you've done before. However, mentioning Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate gives me a much better idea where you're coming from.

That being said, let me mention a few games coming out that you will probably NOT want to compete against. The first is Torchlight. The background of this game is this-A few years ago, several of the developers of D1 and D2 broke away from Blizzard and formed their own company called Flagship. Unfortunately, Flagship went down in flames because their first offering Hellgate:London was widely panned. However, they had a second offering in the works, Mythos, that was in beta, that was widely anticipated.

The Mythos team went on to form Runic Games, and they are the ones developing Torchlight. Recently, it got rave reviews at PAX (see the Torchlight press page here). I am utterly certain that it will be a sleeper hit after it goes live next month.

In addition, there will several isometric online offerings within the next few years. Mythos (mentioned above) is being developed by a Korean company. Torchlight will be produced as an MMO. And of course there is the 800-lb gorilla, D3, which will be coming out sometime in the next few years.

All of this is to say that there will be a number of very big games that are isometric in style, both single-player and online, in play in the next few years.

With all that being said, I agree with you that there is a definite lack of isometric games that are primarily story driven. All of the offerings that I mentioned are definitely action RPGs. I never played Fallout, but I did play Planescape: Torment, and consider it one of the best games I ever played. I can't think of a single isometric game since then that had the in-depth story that P:T had. I could definitely see a real market for games that you could probably label "adventure RPGs", even though so many "action RPGs" are coming out in the next few years. By "adventure RPG" I mean an isometric RPG that is primarily driven by a compelling story in which your choices have an active impact on gameplay. I do agree with Dave that there has been a huge lack of those games in recent years.

Chit Chat! / Per Twitter-Isometric RPG games
« on: September 24, 2009, 10:29:11 PM »
Dave wrote on Twitter today:

Who likes isometric RPGs? We want to make one.

This is really interesting. It seems like isometric RPGs are heating up recently, because there seem to be several in development right now.

I really like this genre, but I'm just curious. Dave, are you thinking of a straight RPG, or some sort of cross-over between RPG and Adventure Games? At any rate, whether a straight RPG or some sort of cross-over, count me as a thumbs up!† ;D

The Blackwell series / Re: Convergence on casual gaming portals
« on: August 14, 2009, 02:02:44 AM »
Yeah!!!! I just downloaded it from BFG. Can't wait to play it!

Chit Chat! / Re: Erm, 3 games?
« on: August 10, 2009, 04:07:31 PM »

Is it Tuesday yet?

How about now?



Chit Chat! / Re: Erm, 3 games?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:38:26 PM »
So, I'm guessing that the big "fat Tuesday" event coming up is revealing what the new "super sekrit game" is.† :D You said that the BC had priority, so now that it's done, I'm guessing that you're ramping up the new game and can reveal what it is now.† ;D

I guess I'll know on Tuesday if I'm right.  ;)

Chit Chat! / Re: Blackwell Wiki page
« on: August 02, 2009, 12:18:54 AM »
Blackwell isn't a trilogy, and the series isn't over yet by any means. :)

Yeah!!!! ;D

Chit Chat! / Re: Erm, 3 games?
« on: April 16, 2009, 09:18:33 PM »
Arghh!!!!! Now I wish I hadn't asked.† :P Are you saying that we're going to have to bear the suspense for months again?!!!! Isn't that cruel and unusual punishment or something?

Chit Chat! / Erm, 3 games?
« on: April 15, 2009, 04:23:32 PM »
From Dave's blog - "Iíve got three games in-the-works."† :o So....the new Blackwell, Puzzlebots, and...???† Did I miss something somewhere, or is a new sekrit?† :P

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