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Larian General Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Larian Studios' started by LESS T_T, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Let's start with this; these people are writers at Larian:

    Jan Van Dosselaer (2007~), working at Gent - Divinity II, Dragon Commander, Original Sin

    Sarah Baylus (2013~), working at Gent - Original Sin

    Devin John Doyle (2015~), working at Dublin
    https://ie.linkedin.com/in/devinjohndoyle

    John Corcoran (2015~), working at Dublin
    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-corcoran/6b/352/360

    Stephen Rooney (2015~), working at Dublin
    https://ie.linkedin.com/pub/stephen-rooney/23/582/a57

    Charlene Putney (2015~), working at Dublin
    https://ie.linkedin.com/in/charleneputney

    Julien Brun (2015~), working at Quebec
    https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jbrun

    Kieron Kelly (2015~) working at Dublin
    https://ie.linkedin.com/pub/kieron-kelly/67/15b/748


    It's interesting that most of writers doesn't have experience in videogame writing before Larian (even Dosselaer). Some of them have fiction and film writing experience, some of them have technical writing experience.
     
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  2. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    In before subforum
     
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  3. Athelas Arcane

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    I'm not sure publicly outing the writers of D:OS is such a good idea.
     
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  4. Doktor Best Arcane

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    So what is this? A public shaming thread? Larian needs to get some decent writers. If theres one thing that holds them back from being really awesome then its their shallow writing. It always reminds me on some poor mans Terry Pratchett Flick.
     
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  5. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    You are going to upset a lot of people with that comment
     
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  6. Jedi Exile Arcane Patron

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    Larian has awesome writers. Too bad Codex is into grimdark shit and cannot really appreciate their awesomeness.
     
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  7. Roguey Arcane Sawyerite Sawyerist Sawyer's Bride No Fun Allowed

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    They're okay imo. Not everyone should try to aim high.

    It wasn't really a secret.
     
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  8. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    uh-huh
     
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  9. Crooked Bee wide-wandering bee Patron

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  10. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Are there any writers who worked on Divinity II/Divinity II and Dragon Commander, but not on D:OS?
     
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  11. Crooked Bee wide-wandering bee Patron

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    Rhianna Pratchett?
     
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  12. Andnjord Arcane

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    It seems they have taken the Kool Kodex Kouncil at heart though, all those drunken Irishmen Dublin based writers have been hired after Original Sin was released. Who knows, maybe they might be competent. Not that they have a whole lot of experience (couple of social media employee and one "Joltonline" which redirects to a dead site) but hey, better than having just two guys writing content for a 30 hours cRPG.

    Incidentally, were they really only two guys on Original Sin? Surely there must have been a couple of interns/janitor writing stuff.
     
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  13. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Serpent in the Staglands Torment: Tides of Numenera
    It's true, I also find it hard to enjoy the Disney Channel.
     
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  14. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Well, I :lol:'d heartily a lot in Divinity II and more than once in DC (overarching story was meh, but some conversations were stellar), but mostly just :hmmm:'d in D:OS.
     
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  15. MarkedOne Educated

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    there are some dark moments in the game:
    1) Madora failing to protect this boy from the Orc invasion and having her eyes gouged out
    2) Contemplation to restore the soul forge between Icara and Leandra after Leandra's atrocities
    3) A sinister foreshadowing of colluding puppet-master Gods, probably to connect to Divine Divinity or something in between
    4) The tragic downfall of Astarte and how her situation was engineered by shadowy schemers
    5) Finding Baidotr's mentor which has a real nasty twist
    6) The ugly truth of how the imps breached their contracts and fought their way to freedom, at the cost of blood
    7) How Braccus Rex inflicted something really fucked up on his sister

    Hope you guys finished the game.

    Th best line in the game came from Balberith the demon, chastising Jahan for his flowery language: "You're gonna have to dumb it down for me, Your Highness. I deal in souls, not poetry."
     
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  16. Roguey Arcane Sawyerite Sawyerist Sawyer's Bride No Fun Allowed

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    There's dark stuff in all their games. In Div2, almost everyone in the first town is slaughtered in the final act. :M

    Credits
    Lead Writer
    Jan Van Dosselaer

    Story
    Jan Van Dosselaer
    Sarah Baylus
    Swen Vincke

    Dialogs
    Jan Van Dosselaer
    Sarah Baylus

    That's it. From all the comments, I was expecting a snoozefest, and instead got something all right that just needed some editing/script doctoring.
     
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    What's important is who's doing the music now. I wouldn't be surprised if they come up with another Russian.
     
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  18. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    The only Larian game I have played is Divinity: Original Sin.

    Yeah.

    Let's just say I didn't pick up any of their other games.

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    2 hours was more than enough, I assure you.
     
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  20. undecaf Arcane Patron

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    Before deciding that these people are shit and getting new ones, they should probably tell their current writers to write about something else than lighthearted fantasy, and for a game that decidedly aims for a notch or two higher narrative intensity and tone. Divinity is hardly a proper yardstick to tell whether the writer's lousy.
     
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  21. Doktor Best Arcane

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    Lighthearted fantasy is not the problem in itself, the problem is that the dialogue is too inflated, lacking meaning and often failing to be on point. Youre mostly reading big masses of dialogue text with people talking in a convoluted swollen way so the punchline gets lost somewhere in the middle of it. Thats a big no go for the narrative style they are shooting for. Like i said, look at Terry Pratchetts books if you want to see Larians style done right.

    Speaking of which, the Discworld setting would probably be a really nice background setting for a Larian game, if they manage to improve their writing. It would also help alot with publicity since there is a really fucking large fanbase all around the world. There is even a Discworld variation of the GURPS ruleset they could base their work up on.
     
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  23. imweasel Guest

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    Sounds like Larian is going to announce that new project soon.

    :smug:
     
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