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Interview Avadon: The Black Fortress Interview

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Jason, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Jason chasing a bee

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    <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Now that the details for <a href="http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html" target="_blank"><strong>Avadon: The Black Fortess</strong></a> are out and about, we thought it time to pin down Jeff Vogel for another <a href="http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=205">round of questioning</a>.</p>
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    <blockquote>Any future plans not related to Avadon?<br /><br />Quite a few. We&rsquo;re looking hard at the future, figuring out if we have a place in it. In the near future, will will be releasing new, highly upgraded versions of the first Avernum trilogy. They are about a decade old and really showing their age.<br /><br />We are also looking hard at other platforms. Specifically the little ones that you carry around everywhere.</blockquote>
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  2. mondblut Arcane

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    That's not even funny anymore. Imagine Bioware remaking BG 4 times, whenever a new engine is available.

    Oh wai-...

    Imagine Bioware remaking BG 4 times and not even bothering to alter the character names, that is.
     
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  3. SuicideBunny (ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻

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    Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Torment: Tides of Numenera
    that was disappointing on quite many levels.... it even has friggin giant rats...

    at least i won't have to play it with those first trilogy remakes.
     
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  4. Trash Pointing and laughing.

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    I think he'll be sorry about spending more time on yet more Avernum/Exile remakes. His core demographic has already played them extensively and if he wants to attract new people with his new awesome graphics, well, he's going to fail. I think he's frightened about leaving the ip/cashcow behind that was so popular.
     
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  5. Andhaira Arcane

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    What the fuck? Remaking Avernum/Exile AGAIN???
     
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  6. Abelon Blanchetourbe Educated

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    Gamepad support and fights requiring tactics such as pressing A, B, and X from time to time should be enough to recreate the kind of hardcore fun Dragon Age provides on 360. Can't wait !
     
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  7. clockradiospeakers Educated

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    I wouldn't mind remakes of the first three Geneforge games with the Geneforge 4/5/Avadon engine...
     
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  8. Saxon1974 Prophet

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    I would be down for remakes if he upgraded the graphics and walking animation since I only played about half way throught the first Avernum.

    But I do agree that those that have already played them arent likely to buy new and improved versions. Maybe he thinks he can appeal to new gamers or something.
     
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  9. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    So bascially, he only marginally improved the graphics, the engine is still the same... and he's going to do remakes?

    At least they won't take him more than a month if he works quickly, heh.
     
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  10. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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  11. OldSkoolKamikaze Arcane Patron

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    WHHHHHHHHY?

    At least re-make the Exile trilogy. Exile > Avernum.
     
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  12. I'm OK with the remakes. It's not like there aren't other RPGs out there that would benefit from being remade with one or more of their core features scrapped and redone. (Arcanum with a proper turn-based system for instance.)

    I've only bought one of the trilogies so far, so there's no way it could hurt me. ;)
     
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  13. GarfunkeL Racism Expert

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    Stupid remakes and stupid DAO aping. It's gonna be frigging awesome, sure.
     
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  14. Elzair Cipher

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    Honestly, I would rather play BG 4 times than play the shit they released after it.
     
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  15. syllopsium Educated

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    Of course he's remaking the games - it worked before and will (probably) work again. Look at the previous posts on his blog about how he makes money.

    It should be fairly low effort on his behalf. I've only just started playing Avernum 6 demo and I can see why his games are successful. Sure, they're a bit clunky, but there's some nice touches and a definite storyline.
     
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  16. Tails Arbiter

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    Indeed, this would be a wiser decision. Still I didn't play the first three ones, they just start have weird slowdowns in some places. 4/5 Geneforge work just fine.
     
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  17. istara Novice

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    Anyone pick up on this?

    "We are also looking hard at other platforms. Specifically the little ones that you carry around everywhere."

    Just imagine BoA for the iPhone... I cannot wait...
     
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  18. Hobo Elf Arcane

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    From the look of the character portrait in one of the Avadon screen shots I can at least say that Vogel has hired a better artist if anything. At least that much has improved.
     
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  19. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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  20. SimpleComplexity Arbiter

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    I heard he's also writing a book about himself:
    Jeff Vogel: From Nerd to Pimp
     
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  21. WarHamster Educated Patron

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    The first three Geneforges work just as fine 99% of the time. The slowdowns only happen in areas with a lot of NPCs who have "flavor dialogue" popups (namely, the guards in cities). Other than that, I've experienced no problems with G1-3.
     
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  22. BlaineMono Educated

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    What the fuck is Avadon? Is it like Avalon with a runny nose?

    also Vogel either hides a horrible sequel-churning sweatshop in his basement or has this condition when his body literally excretes CRPGS.
     
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  23. Humanity has risen! Arcane Patron Repressed Homosexual

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    There was a lot of slowdown on my M11x with my Nvidia GPU, but when switching to Intel integrated graphics it was fine.

    The culprit is probably modern Nvidia and ATI drivers.
     
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  24. Yeah, I got slowdown when I tried playing AV4 if I remember correctly. No slowdown in 5 or 6 I think.

    Haven't tried recently since I got my new vid card tho.
     
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  25. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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    He sleeps 8 hours each night. It works wonders for productivity.
     
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