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May 23rd, 2011, 19:08
Gamespot interviewed Derek Paxton, lead producer and designer on Elemtal: Fallen Enchantress. Here is a snippet from the interview:
GameSpot: War of Magic was a massive strategy game, but it sounds like you're scaling back this project to make it a more focused experience with a deeper story. Can you talk to us about some of the broad changes you're making in Fallen Enchantress?

Derek Paxton: Fallen Enchantress adds a lot of depth and options to some systems and reduces or removes others. The result is a more focused game. The systems that we determined were critical to the game have received a lot of designer and developer attention and love. Most notably these are the broad strokes:

First up, tactical combat. Units and enemies have more strategic abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Every monster has been reviewed to be as strategically (and conceptually) interesting as possible. Elemental lords are huge multi-tile monsters that are devastating to all but the most powerful champions and armies. Some monsters are unique in the world, setting up boss-type battles that give the game a role-playing-game feel.

Second, the world. A lot of time is going into making the world as interesting as possible. It's a dangerous world; many of your early explorers will not make it back. But those who do will have resources, riches, and new recruits that make the risk worthwhile. As important as making the world worth exploring is [making it] interesting to explore. Though it's good to know that there are iron deposits in the next valley, we also want that valley to be filled with wilderness areas, sites, creatures, and opportunities for adventure that are new to even experienced players.

Third, magic. Magic should be as effective a path to victory as creating armies. A player that is sitting on a large supply of mana and has invested in magic should be able to change the course of the game, much as a player sitting on a nuclear weapon stockpile can in modern games. Magic should be available earlier, have a larger impact, and do more interesting things.

Other systems, such as population storage (aka housing) that used to require that the player find food to build houses to grow cities, have been simplified (less city micromanagement), and systems such as dynasties have been cut entirely. Technology research is a more elaborate system where the player can plan out his future goals and plans. Leveling up your champions and designing units both offer more options and, more importantly, more flavorful options.
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May 23rd, 2011, 19:09
I hope this lives up to the missing promise of the original. I think I get it for free anyway so will definitely pick this up, fingers crossed that they've got it right this time.

Does sound like they're focusing on the right things anyway, although I've not heard much about any distinction between races / troops which was a concern.
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Agreed. I had my hopes up until the launch and was extremely disappointed. It was too boring and bland. So I really hope they can make it fun.
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May 23rd, 2011, 22:42
The 1.1 (?) release was pretty good but still tainted by bad memories of the awful release state. I keep meaning to go see if they've gotten more stuff working better but, sigh, …
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May 23rd, 2011, 23:13
Well, if anyone can muster the strength, I'd appreciate hearing what folks think of this latest version coming out.
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Originally Posted by BillSeurer View Post
The 1.1 (?) release was pretty good but still tainted by bad memories of the awful release state. I keep meaning to go see if they've gotten more stuff working better but, sigh,
Glad to hear there's some progress being made, I thought I'd just wait until this fallen enchantress release before trying it again.
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May 25th, 2011, 10:38
E:WoM is actually up to version 1.2 now.

Has anyone played it recently? I noticed a local shop has it for $19.99, and I'm very tempted to get it.
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May 25th, 2011, 15:10
Game is crappy and hollow still. Basically, it's a shell that may or may not contain a decent game in the future.

The expansion sounds pretty good though. Personally, I'd wait until that gets out and people respond favorably.
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May 25th, 2011, 15:43
I've played it in short spans. They have changed a lot in the game and it looks nothing like the original release. With that said I'm still waiting for the expansion to be released to give it a real try. So I can't really say if it is better or not, only that it is a lot different.

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Originally Posted by skavenhorde View Post
With that said I'm still waiting for the expansion to be released to give it a real try.
Isn't Fallen Enchantress going to be a seperate standalone game? That's the impression that I get.
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May 25th, 2011, 16:12
I think it's more like a reboot and whatever changes they make to the game will be made in Elemental. That's the impression I got, but don't take my word on it. I have only a passing interest in Elemental now. I'm choosing to ignore the Elemental release and see what they do with Fallen Enchantress or some big announcement on a huge patch that fixes everything. Sorta like the Gothic 3 community patch that fixed that game.

I believe they can fix it and from the little bit I've played I think they are headed in the right direction. I'm just going to give them a bit more time to fix their mess before I learn all of the new rules they have.

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