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Vanguard: Steve Williams Interview @ VGTact
by Inauro, 2006-06-29 00:26:00VGTact speaks with Steve Williams, Associate Designer on Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, about his role in the development of Sigil's upcoming MMORPG.
VGTact: "From the several leaked beta newsletters, we've heard that Diplomacy is being revised and improved - can you comment on how Diplomacy is improving, and how major of a change it is?"More...
Williams: Making the art of conversation 'fun' can be quite the challenge. Beta test feedback and our own internal review of the systems we had implemented showed that they needed a facelift. For this reason we sat down and took a good hard look at the ultimate decision-maker of the success of a system: gameplay. Going from that standpoint, we are moving closer to the concept of what I call "the dance of argument" - pushing and pulling on each other until one side comes out victorious.
The playtests of the enhanced system that Zahariel and I have cooked up is like nothing seen before in an MMO - yet, we're building off the original system and the original vision of Diplomacy.