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Leonard Boyarsky at SINFO 24 - A Life in Video Games

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Leonard Boyarsky at SINFO 24 - A Life in Video Games

People News - posted by Infinitron on Thu 23 February 2017, 22:57:38

Tags: Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura; Black Isle Studios; Blizzard Entertainment; Diablo III; Diablo III: Reaper of Souls; Fallout; Fallout 2; Interplay; inXile Entertainment; Leonard Boyarsky; Obsidian Entertainment; Stonekeep; Temple of Elemental Evil; Troika Games; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines; Wasteland 2

The esteemed Leonard Boyarsky, who joined Obsidian last April and is now apparently their Creative Director, gave a talk today at the Portuguese tech conference SINFO. With a title like "A Life in Video Games", it's tempting to view the talk as Leonard's formal reintroduction to the gaming world following his decade-long exile at Blizzard. For over an hour, he recapped his entire career - his humble origins as a background illustrator and his start at Interplay with Stonekeep, the creation of Fallout and his early contribution to Fallout 2 before leaving the company, the developments of Arcanum and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines at Troika, his short involvement with one of inXile's pre-Kickstarter attempts at making a Wasteland 2, and finally his work on Diablo III and its Reaper of Souls expansion.

The talk is a treasure trove of anecdotes, with a particular focus on art and design, and it should be a real treat for oldschool Codexers. Watch for the reference to a certain Codex newspost! What the talk doesn't contain, however, is any details about the game that Leonard and Tim Cain are currently working on at Obsidian, which we now know is codenamed Project Indiana. But maybe it means that an announcement isn't far off.

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