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Incline Chris Avellone Appreciation Station

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Crooked Bee, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Nutria Cipher Patron

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    You know that nondescript van that's been parked across the street from your home? We've got our eyes on you.
     
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  2. Chris Avellone Arcane Developer

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    Even though I'm not a fan, I do think linear games can tell a good story (and they do have advantages in being linear - a number of JRPGs have proved it), but I have noticed that people don't share those stories nearly as much as they'd share, say, what they did in an open-world game where they can push-pull the narrative systems more. I do prefer the sandbox approach, though, but it can be tough to get right (as cited by the Radiant AI comment - agreed, it's tough b/c so much can go wrong).

    I do agree Bethesda is struggling with the open world vs. single-player narrative, and the single-player narrative often feels in conflict with the nature of the open-world mechanics. I proposed a solution for that in Tyranny (in the original pitch), where any action you do makes the story come to you in various forms - so anything you do in the world could attract attention and draw people's notice. I also (briefly) proposed the idea of bosses, antagonists, rivals, and companions as "system boxes" that would behave in certain ways based on your actions in the environment, so rather than scripted sequences, you'd be playing a more systemic gain with their scripting behavior to beat them (or change them, or recruit them, or...). I agree it's a lot of work, and there's a lot that can go wrong, but at the end of the day, I think people are more likely to share and talk about those stories (since they were involved in them) vs. a linear storyline.

    Also, I'm not saying I love sandbox more than any other story-type presentation, I think each category has its strengths.

    Microsoft also did an interesting study where they found that players tended to remember NPCs in a game vs. the story itself, which was an interesting observation that I can't disagree with.
     
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  3. IHaveHugeNick Arcane

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    I'm Avellone Chris
    My writing bring incline
    The only thing I miss
    Is my old hairline.
     
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  4. Chris Avellone Arcane Developer

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    Granted, it is why I've started scalping people.
     
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  5. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    Is this a good time to ask about those Chris Avellone body pillows?
     
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  6. vivec Self-Ejected

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    Chris Avellone

    What is your favourite Conan story? Also, if you have time, can you explain why? Have you ever indulged in Conan pastiche, say from Savage Sword of Conan?
     
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  7. Blaine Cis-Het Oppressor Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    My name is Blaine
    My life is woebegone
    I'm only still sane
    Thanks to Chris Avellone

    You make good game
    For me to click
    Or through your windowpane
    I throw big brick


    I truly treasure these healthy fan-developer relationships.
     
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  8. Viata Arcane

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    That Chris Avellone is back
     
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  9. Master Arbiter

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    Did anyone notice how Chris Avellone looks like Data from Star Trek?



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    Are they brothers or something?


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    Seriously if he put some powder he would look exactly like him.
     
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  10. fantadomat Arcane Edgy Wumao

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    Chris Avellone why writers have stopped coming up with original,unique and insane settings like Morrowind or Torment? Is there no imagination left in the industry? And do you still daydream about alien new worlds filled with adventures and exotic encounters?
     
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    He has time to comment on inane poetry but not so much when he has to give some answers on his promised Arcanum playthrough.
    Maybe it was Urquhart's idea and this brings back... memories...

    So how about Chris "Postpone" Avellone?
    Who forced you into accepting to play Arcanum for coverage?
     
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  12. IHaveHugeNick Arcane

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    What the fuck did you just fucking say about my poetry, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in creative writing and I’ve been involved in numerous open mic competitions and I have over 300 published poems. I am trained in language warfare and I’m the top wordsmith in the entire US population. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with my vicious rhymes, precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of English teachers across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my pencil. Not only am I extensively trained in verbal judo, but I have access to the entire catalogue of the United States Library of Congress and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it.

    You’re fucking dead, kiddo.
     
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  13. vivec Self-Ejected

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    Missed opportunity there with Simian Simile.
     
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  14. agentorange Arcane Patron

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    Who wrote Kreia.
     
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  16. ga♥ Liturgist

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    Chris, could you dedicate some time to the Codex interview (the one by Fairfax) pretty please? It has been in the working since... years?

    I know you are busy and such, but I keep seeing your interviews on, arguably, less prestigious places than ours, and this hurts me deep in my heart.
     
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  17. Quillon Magister

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    Wowowow finally? :D

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  18. Nano Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Interesting to see Avellone giving that endorsement to Carrie Patel.
     
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  19. Roguey Codex Staff Sawyerite

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    Going to be a whole lot of feet bouncing going on.
     
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  20. TheSentinel Arcane

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    Can't really expect him to publicly trash her.
     
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  21. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    He volunteered that compliment, he wasn't asked about her at all.

    I wonder how plausible it is that Chris doesn't know who is writing PoE2's story, though. :M
     
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  22. Lhynn Arcane

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    Ohh boi, who will write poe 2 i wonder? hard to top PoE 1 in terms of writing. I still fondly remember saving that dude from those kobolds and doing a quest for a braveboi. I also remember reading 3 year old threads about bugs that are still present today. Those were masterfully writen.

    But the most memorable moment was when some girls asked me why i was bothering to chase some cuck and i could reply "to be honest, no idea". The Irenicus of our time i tell you.

    If you care the slightest bit about good writing, Then you didnt play PoE for any significant period of time. If you didnt give a shit about the writing, why would you even care who is doing it?
     
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  23. CptMace Self-Ejected

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    What the fuck, Lhynn ?
     
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  24. Sordid MCA/Prosper Hybryd Arcane Patron

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    It's not the first time he mentions Carrie favourably.
    E.g.
     
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  25. Roguey Codex Staff Sawyerite

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    Chris better cool it before an angry Pajeet comes knocking on his door.
     
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