Chat Log - 06/01/2001
Red - Calis. Handler of Question Queue
and Asker of Questions
Blue - Members of the Troika dev. team
who diligently respond to queries
Orange - Chat moderators who blurt random
idiocies every now and then
Gray - Emotes, from most everybody
Who's who at Troika:
||Real name + job:
||Leonard Boyarsky - Troika CEO and Art Director
||Tim Cain - Troika CEO and Programmer/Designer
||Jason Anderson - Troika CEO and Artist/Designer
||Chad Moore (a.k.a. the Slayer of Mages)- Writer/artist
||Sharon Shellman - Artist, Operations Manager and semi-official
||Jesse Reynolds - Programmer
||Steve Moret - Programmer (multiplayer)
||Scott Jacobson - in-house tester
[Calis] Let me copy-paste my welcome
message 'n all that =)
[Calis] !topic DEVELOPER CHAT -
Send questions to Calis by /msg
[Sawtooth] don't flood yourself
off Calis ;)
[Calis] Hello everybody, and welcome
to this Arcanum developer chat! This is a moderated chat, meaning
that questions will need to be asked through me. To ask a question,
type "/msg Calis your question"
[Calis] where you replace "your
question" with the question you'd like to ask, obviously :-)
[Calis] For non-moderated chat,
you can use #arcanuminn. Pretty much every IRC client allows you
to be in two channels at once, so you won't have to miss any of
the questions if you decide to go to #arcanuminn!
[Calis] Questions about the release
date will NOT be answered. The current release expectation for Arcanum
is late spring 2001 (that's northern hemisphere spring, Q2 2001).
The demo will be released a bit before the release of the game.
[Calis] Now before we get started,
I suggest the almighty Troikalites introduce themselves =)
[shellman] I can talk!!!
[shellman] Hi everyone. :o)
[Ilraven] Howdy all!
[leon[Troika]] hi diddly ho, neighbors
[cmoore] I a writer and a artist!
[TimCain] I code and eat candy
[shellman] anderson's here!
[Ilraven] I am a programmer...I
make bugs and then fix them ;)
[Steve[Troika]] I too code, and
I try not to eat as much candy as Tim.
* Ilraven gets no candy.
[shellman] I am uh... someone that
does a lot of different stuff.
[Calis] Oh and one more thing before
[Calis] [harrigon] for the
1000th time congrats shellman on the spokesperson thingy
[shellman] :) Thanks!
[cmoore] we lover her so...
[leon[Troika]] I like to paint
pretty pictures, but mostly I gotta write stuff
[JDA] stop her head might explode
[monkeypunch] an other wb TRoika.
[shellman] shut up!
[cmoore] I mean...love her so...:)
[leon[Troika]] I'm being oppressed
by the man!
[shellman] (that was to JDA)
[cmoore] yo monkey!
[leon[Troika]] where's the questions?
[Calis] Well... now that we've
got the obligatory intro's out of the way... here comes.........
the first question!
[cmoore] monkeypunch always has
the best pictures on the Arcanum Main Site Boards...
[Calis] [magao] Is there any
chance that a character with high charisma could affect how followers
spend their character points?
[leon[Troika]] yes...I mean no
[Calis] One more thing... I suggest
you guys say "ga" or something when you're done with a Q =)
[monkeypunch] indeed :)
[cmoore] wait..mebbe I was wrong...your
[Do you think having followers help with X-tech Schematics will
be too unbalancing?]
[leon[Troika]] cmoore? JDA?
[cmoore] I will answer this...
[cmoore] Followers will NOT be
able to create the higher level technological schematics...
[shellman] friggin' slow typer...
[cmoore] Things like bullets, charges,
[cmoore] The coolest guns?
[leon[Troika]] remember to say
when you be done with questions
[Calis] [stravaig] now that
you've more time, are some of the cut areas like leahbo going to
make it back in?
[leon[Troika]] Leahbo? What's that?
[shellman] sort of ;)
[Calis] The halfling village I
[cmoore] what halfling village?
[leon[Troika]] I was being silly
[leon[Troika]] I'll take this
[cmoore] we never cut anything...
[leon[Troika]] We didn't put Leahbo
back in because it had never been fleshed out in the first place,
[cmoore] I'm aging...
[cmoore] a lot...
[shellman] it's called "re-design"
[leon[Troika]] it was one of the
things that kind of got left to the end..
[cmoore] It's called "leon learn
[leon[Troika]] we really didn't
cut alot else
[Calis] [Cruxington] I trust
you´ve read the recent discussion on humans in Arcanum. What are
your opinions on this? Should humans get any special "powers"?
[TimCain] OK I have an answer for
[cmoore] go tim go!
[leon[Troika]] I'm aging
[TimCain] I read the discussions,
but I like having humans be the baseline. It's not like they "get
the shaft", they really are good at doing a variety of things
[TimCain] It's not like you start
the game and say "I must be Master of Force College", I usually
make someone with some good spells but who is willing to use cool
items that he finds along the way
[TimCain] Humans are GREAT at that
kind of flexibility
[leon[Troika]] we wanted all the
races to have a different feel, and you need at least one race to
be able to straddle tech and magick
[Calis] [BrotherNikko] Question
concerning the licensing of the world editor to Wizards of the Coast:
Will Troika have any input into its further development? If so,
who's on point for the project?
[leon[Troika]] we will not really
be involved in it
[JDA] No, just if they need help
with the tools
[TimCain] Actually, it was Fluid
Entertainment who licensed WorldEd for a WotC product
[Calis] Ok, next two questions
are kinda related so I'll fire 'em both:
[Calis] [Nobody] Here's my
question: Have the voice actors been finalized?
[Calis] [Skorpios] cmoore -
I really liked your piece on the voice-acting - were there any names
we might recognise?
[Heroman] Thought since humans were
neither plus or minus with anything but middle they already had
an advantage myself?
[Heroman] is that right tim?
[shellman] Voices are DONE! Yay!
[Calis] (i think Skorpios would
like to hear a few names =) )
[leon[Troika]] We got alot of great
voice actors, none that have really recognizable names, though
[cmoore] Leon will answer, Skorpios...hold
[cmoore] What about Dwight Schulz...Murdock
from the A-TEAM!
[leon[Troika]] he was awesome...
[Ilraven] did the channel split?
[TimCain] Yes Heroman, I agree
that that is the human's advantage...
[cmoore] All of the voices are
PHENOMENAL! I was really stoked...
[Xerophyte] Don't use name changing
chating. Really. Don't.
[leon[Troika]] I can't wait for
you the voices to be in the game.. they are SO COOL
just a quick question, is it possible to add custom cinematics to
[Calis] [Spoonman] will Arcanum
be published in Russia?
[JDA] It is up sierra ..
[shellman] We don't know.
[JDA] I don't think there will
[Calis] [Kozmo_Naut] can you
reveal some of the cross tech stuff (Gunsmithy + Explosives)?
[shellman] chad? JDA?
[cmoore] How about a tranquilizer
[TimCain] Kozmo_Naut really wants
a rocket launcher...
[cmoore] Got it..
[leon[Troika]] yay ratster!
[Calis] [Cruxington] If I have
a Half Orc with high Charisma and Beauty could he be mistaken as
[leon[Troika]] mechanized gun,
[leon[Troika]] no, people know
what race you are, but they will treat you better
[leon[Troika]] if you are better
looking or high charisma
[Calis] [CodeGuy] In mods,
could a script cause a follower or other NPC to switch character
[cmoore] not currently...
[TimCain] If you mean autolevel
[Calis] [JO_Telchar] Here a
question ! Will followers only join you when you get to their level
[cmoore] Its variable...
[cmoore] we can control it through
[leon[Troika]] no, we have the
ability (and so will you) of saying how large a level difference
their will be
[Calis] [ender] How much humor
will be in Arcanum in comparison to Fallout?
[TimCain] 130% more
[leon[Troika]] More, but different
[cmoore] I was thinking 123%
[Calis] [russianin] Will an
age affects the character's stats in any way? Maybe the losing of
strength or gaining the intelegence for an old man seem to be reasonable?
Or even death in some time.
[TimCain] Age was added as a side
stat, it doesn't effect anything
[shellman] Only if we set them
that way in the first place.
[cmoore] good idea, though...Tim,
get to work...
* TimCain adds to his growing todo list
* cmoore plays a really small violin
[Calis] [Ono-Sendai] Is the
story about personal discovery (Planscape: Torment) or is it about
how your character changes the surrounding world (Fallout)? Or is
it a gentle banalace of both?
[cmoore] There's never been a more
[cmoore] Hold on...
[Calis] ooooooh! Plugging! =)
[leon[Troika]] what moore said
* monkeypunch asks "whats going on?" (in a deep singin voice, with
lots of soul in it)
[cmoore] I think what's really
important in Arcanum is that you have the option of playing exactly
the kind of game you want to play...
[Xerophyte] Moore: You shameless
commercialist you :)
[cmoore] We have a little of all
of those elements...
[cmoore] Not just for the player..
[cmoore] But for followers as well...
[leon[Troika]] there's alot of
personal discovery for followers
[cmoore] I think you'll enjoy the
way we've crafted the storyline, and the NPC interactions...:)
[Calis] [XP-Cerastus] Could
you give an example of one of the special abilities a character
recieves upon raising an attribute to 20?
[cmoore] crushing death...:)
[TimCain] If you get a 20 Constitution,
you are immune to poison
[Calis] [Spoonman] Have you
drawn a hero sitting? Or will our heroes be doomed to just stand
[TimCain] They crouch too
[cmoore] heros never sit, don't
you know that?
[shellman] The citizens of arcanum
seem to have spinal malformations....
[leon[Troika]] the science of sitting
has not been discovered in the Arcanum universe
[cmoore] uh, sorry...heroes...:)
[Calis] [ArthurDent] Could
you please clarify the differences between spending a CP on a skill
vs. getting training?
[TimCain] You spend CP's to raise
the rank of a skill, from 0 up to 20. Rank determines chance of
[TimCain] You get training in a
skill from Untrained up to Master. These training levels extend
the usefulness of a skill
* shellman waves at Wartoy
[TimCain] For example...
[TimCain] One of the Bow training
levels lets you shoot two arrows at once. You still shoot at your
old rank level, but you shoot two instead of one, potentially doubling
your damage output
[TimCain] So think rank=success,
[Calis] My turn for a shameless
for a list of training bonuses in the beta! =)
[Calis] [magao] Leon mentioned
earlier that Sharon's sister put together a multiplayer map with
the World Editor in a couple of hours shortly after first using
the tool. How complex a map was she capable of doing in this time?
[leon[Troika]] that was tim that
[TimCain] I said that , actually,
And it was good looking too!
[leon[Troika]] how complex was
[shellman] He he, it looked gorgeous!
[shellman] She didn't really have
scripts or dialogs
[JDA] there were no scripts in
[shellman] just creatures running
[TimCain] She made a grotto surrounded
by a forest. She had wisps floating around, with a momma bear followed
by baby bears
[shellman] and little bunnies hopping
[cmoore] I didn't condone it...
[shellman] beautiful blue lights
came on at night and the lake got lit up
[leon[Troika]] it was a love nest
[TimCain] She had lights and a
swimming area and everything
[Calis] groovy :)
[cmoore] I'm naseous...
[Calis] [Xerophyte] Can you
script a follower to scavange parts for technological items and
automatically create them when he has the required components?
[cmoore] can't type, today...
[cmoore] I'll take this...
* TimCain eats more candy and listens
* shellman Stop eating all the chocolate Tim!
[cmoore] No...but followers do
"scavenge"...we just added that...and you will be able to "ask"
them to create objects for you...
* Ilraven Watches cooter watching Tim eat candy.
[Calis] [enclave_trooper] About
the cinematics, are there going to be any voice acting in the movies
or will they just have music. Also will we see important npcs rendered
in the movies?
[Calis] [Plastic_Couch] Since
I love cut-scenes, will there be plenty in Arcanum? And how many
end-game cut-scenes will be there?
* TimCain is eating Japanese sugar drops, thank you very much
[Calis] since they're kinda related
[leon[Troika]] he's thinking
* cmoore cleans his blunderbuss...
* TimCain eats more sugar candy
[leon[Troika]] don't forget the
[JDA] there be a few cut scenes
* cmoore loads his blunderbuss...
[shellman] and lots of end slides
[leon[Troika]] there will be some
voice over, and some important NPCs in at least one of them
* Ilraven Doesn't tell cmoore that he loaded it with candy.
[Calis] [Sawtooth] Are all
the tombstones finished yet?
* cmoore levels his blunderbuss at the unsuspecting ilraven...
[shellman] no... feel free to email
me your epitaph. :o)
* TimCain prepares to eat the ricochets
[shellman] uh... done
* Ilraven Knows that the sugar alone will destroy him.
[Calis] [jvogel] please dsecribe
the opposition A.I agaisntyou. Bald g2 was critized for some of
its ai,mainly ouver using charm,instant kill, and confuse against
[Calis] Answer that if you can
[TimCain] The AI mainly goes for
damage and debuff spells. We specifically do not allow mind control
and charm to be thrown on the player
[leon[Troika]] while tim types,
I'll say that we've been putting the fan fiction into the game
[shellman] Great fan fiction!
[TimCain] We have been improving
AI too, so NPC's do not cast themselves into unconsciousness
[leon[Troika]] that's right. I've
been working hard on improving the AI
[Calis] [Excalibur] Will having
a tech npc in your party effect your Mage or vice versa, Or will
you effect the npc at all too?
[leon[Troika]] the effect is on
things you target, so if you target them with a spell
[TimCain] Unless you target someone
with your magic or tech, it will not affect you
[TimCain] Doh! Sorry Leon
[leon[Troika]] there tech level
would effect it
[leon[Troika]] just being near
something or someone doesn't effect them
[Calis] [Eiloch] What advice
can you give to the would-be mod maker on creating a good, playable,
involving story and Arcanum game?
[leon[Troika]] lots of coffee
[shellman] Read the manual I am
writing very thoroughly. :)
* TimCain is out of candy!
[leon[Troika]] don't make it too
big, right Moore?
[Ilraven] Be creative: there is
a lot of flexibility via the dialogs and scripts...
[cmoore] I hear you...
* Steve[Troika] points out the cookies in the kitchen.
* TimCain is gone...
* shellman runs for the cookies
[JDA] dont have more than one quest
going on with a NPC at once
* shellman and Tim fight it out in the kitchen
* Steve[Troika] stays away from the chocolate covered coffee beans,
and Jesse's rum balls.
[Calis] [Thenomain] What are
the plans for updating the Arcanum editor once the game ie released?
[JDA] you can do it, but it can
get fairly complex
[cmoore] Advice? Never ask yourself..."what
if he talked to the OTHER guy, first...?"
* Ilraven thinks the cookies were evil.
[leon[Troika]] or what if he killed
the other guy and then ressurected him?
[shellman] We don't know at this
time... it will depend upon Sierra.
[cmoore] Or...what if he was a
[Calis] [Excalibur] Can you
own a house or stonghold to store stuff and do other things?
[cmoore] Only if you kill its current
[shellman] Can't really "own" a
[cmoore] Not that we condone such
[leon[Troika]] hmmm...maybe you
[shellman] But you can store your
stuff in any empty chests or other containers
[shellman] no one will take it,
[cmoore] Leon...put it on your
[Wartoy] if im not there
[Calis] [enclave_trooper] How
much do followers level up even when they are not in your party?
[shellman] zilch, nada, zip, none
[shellman] when they're not in
[TimCain] a follower not in the
party is not a follower. Confusion, crying...
[shellman] Otherwise, they level
when you level when they're in your party.
[Ilraven] mass histeria
[shellman] that make sense?
[Calis] [ratster] Will you
be able to go above the 20 stat limit?
[Calis] [Skorpios] Can you
clarify the stat maximums for various races?
[TimCain] I allow the 20 limit
to be broken by certain races...
[TimCain] If your races gets a
bonus, then he can exceed 20 by the amount of the bonus
* cmoore pulls a tesla rod from his pack...
[TimCain] I made a half-orc with
a 24 strength. He was a killing MACHINE
[shellman] He meant half-ogre
[Calis] [BrotherNikko] Question
to the Gentle CMoore (and others of the writing staff): Getting
away from all the talk of game mechanics, could you talk a bit about
your writing influences. Any favorites? Classics? Contemporaries?
[TimCain] Oops, yes halg-ogre!
[cmoore] Don't get me started!
* TimCain means HALF OGRE
[cmoore] No...hold on...
* Ilraven treads carefully around the halg-ogres...
[Steve[Troika]] Less chocolate
on fingers == better typing.
* wartoy thinks tim needs more candy
[leon[Troika]] Vonnegut, Orson
[cmoore] I have a lot of influences...some
of my favorite fantasy writers...Tolkien, Jordan, Brooks..
[cmoore] Sci-fi...Gibson, Stephenson...
[leon[Troika]] Dr. Seuss
[shellman] mary poppins...
[leon[Troika]] Gibson sucks, Moore
[TimCain] Zelazny...say it...Zelazny
[cmoore] I'm a HUGE Don DeLillo
[cmoore] Lots of others as well...
* TimCain is happy
[cmoore] Zelazny rules...
[Calis] so I've heard =)
[cmoore] Leon has no literary soul...
[leon[Troika]] Neil Stephenson
* TimCain goes GA
[Calis] [Excalibur] Can You
swim in arcanum?
[leon[Troika]] Yeah, but I no the
difference between your and you're, Moore
[Calis] and by "You", he means
[cmoore] no, but you sure can wade
[Steve[Troika]] You swim about
as much as you sit I think.
[shellman] but apparently not Know
* Ilraven dies laughing.
[leon[Troika]] you were going to
be able to swim, until we actaully started making the game
* TimCain eats more candy and laughs and laughs
[leon[Troika]] that's right
[leon[Troika]] I no nuthin
[Calis] [harrigon] or maybe
I should rephrase that to how often will randoms occur?
[TimCain] We had sharks in the
[cmoore] you can swim to the island
where the halfling females are...
[Wartoy] it depends on your location on the world map
[shellman] tim? Random encounters?
[Calis] yes, random encounters...
[TimCain] Hmm, I think you have
one every few nights, but it is random. You can have 3 in one day
[shellman] there's a table...
[Steve[Troika]] So basically its
[cmoore] Its a pretty table, too...
[Wartoy] certain areas are more likely to have random
encounters than others
[JDA] there are diffrent kinds
of enounters for night and day and region
[Calis] [Wojit] How easy would
it be for a really dumb person with no experience, and not very
willing to learn anything, to make a mod?
[leon[Troika]] Cmoore does it all
[JDA] dungeon crawl
* TimCain sighs at his empty candy box.
* shellman rolls on the floor laughing
[TimCain] LOL leon!
[Ilraven] The nice thing is, you
can create different types of mods...from simple dungeon-crawls
to complex dialog-driven stories
[Calis] [beaumont] In Fallout,
most of the quests had a peaceful solution to them (as opposed to
Fallout2). What about Arcanum? Will it be possible to solve quests
without using violence?
[cmoore] Wow...funny leon! Now
put some of that in your dry dialogues!
* wartoy knows tim still has dog biscuits
[leon[Troika]] Yes! We have a great
master quest for the persuasion master
[TimCain] Yes, especially since
in Arcanum you can knock people out and NOT kill them
* shellman thinks chad is forgetting about a certain BMC
[Ilraven] There are multiple solutions
to many of the quests...
[Wartoy] W C?
[leon[Troika]] that's what followers
are for, Shellman
* TimCain suggests using high Fatigue weapons
[leon[Troika]] cannon fodder
[cmoore] exactly...follower fodder...
[Wartoy] trap detectors
[cmoore] NO HINTS! NO HINTS!
[leon[Troika]] wartoy plays all
the time without killing anything, right?
* TimCain goes GA
[cmoore] Yeah...and he NEVER uses
cheat codes either....
[Calis] [Cruxington] How do
you guys get along with each other, day after day? Any corpses?
[shellman] (that was huge sarcasm
from leon & chad folks)
[Calis] (Thought that was appropriate
with all the bad vibes in here ;) )
[Wartoy] c h e a t ?
[shellman] uh... no comment (don't
tell them about the back room guys!)
[Ilraven] We have a dog that plays
dead for most of the day...
[cmoore] As long as everyone agrees
with me, there's no blood...
[leon[Troika]] we all get along
pretty well, except our bosses are no fun
[shellman] yeah... they suck
[TimCain] Like I said, I just code
and eat candy...
[cmoore] management sucks around
[Ilraven] ...and walk the dog
* TimCain wants some candy, dammit!
[leon[Troika]] As I said before,
we're being oppressed by the man
* shellman tells Gwyn to go fire everyone again
[cmoore] Uh...you are the man,
* wartoy says tim better stay out of my desk!!
* Steve[Troika] avoids the danger by showing up late every day.
[Calis] [Spoonman] What is
Arcanum soundtrack like? Was it synthesised or recorded using live
[TimCain] We used an undead quartet
[leon[Troika]] it's like, classical,
[cmoore] haunting...like the sunset
over the Tullan towers...
[Calis] [Skorpios] Are there
any more gods to be added to the Arcanum pantheon?
[cmoore] I'll take this...
[cmoore] Currently, you've seen
all of the gods for Arcanum...
[cmoore] But who knows what the
future may hold...?
* TimCain knows
[cmoore] For the old gods are powerful,
and their ways are terrible, and ....blah, blah, blah..:)
* Ilraven knows that Tim's future involves chocolate.
[cmoore] Wait for Arcanum 2!
[Thenomain] Hercules! Er, sorry.
[TimCain] Arcanum 2: The Reckoning
Wrath of Vengeance
[Calis] [Plastic_Couch] will
htere be food in Arcanum, and will it make a big difference? I found
no use of food in Fallout....
[shellman] Alcohol sure makes a
[cmoore] anyone? anyone?
[TimCain] There are some food quests,
[Steve[Troika]] I've found my character
passed out on the stool of a bar from time to time.
[leon[Troika]] chocolate quests
[JDA] there is some food but it
wont make little diffrence if any
[cmoore] We have sweetcakes...:)
[Calis] on a side note... how long
do you guys want to stay here? just so I know when to wrap this
[Steve[Troika]] But you don't get
hungry or anything.
* TimCain must flee in 30 minutes
[leon[Troika]] 30 sounds good
[Calis] [ArthurDent] If your
current level of Charisma is too low, will a potential follower
say "no, you have too many people in your group" ala Fallout?
[cmoore] what an idea! Implement!
[Calis] [Xerophyte] Will there
be Fallout-styled easter egg encounters?
[Calis] you big meanies
[cmoore] all in good fun...:)
[leon[Troika]] Arcanum styled easter
[shellman] someone! Put those on
[leon[Troika]] no, not really
[cmoore] NO HINTS! NO HINTS!
[cmoore] leon...add that to your
[Steve[Troika]] All your base are
belong to us!!!!
* Ilraven ducks.
[leon[Troika]] yes! No! Maybe!
[cmoore] I work with strange folk...
[Wartoy] someone set up us the bomb?
[Calis] [Cruxington] Will there
be references to some of the real people who lived in the Victorian
[leon[Troika]] hmmmmm perhaps
[cmoore] Not specifically...
[leon[Troika]] hopefully nothing
[shellman] ooo oo more vague answers...
[cmoore] you shall see...
[cmoore] Was that cryptic enough?
[leon[Troika]] we looked alot at
the era to get ideas....:]
[Calis] [XP-Cerastus] After
completing the single-player game, will it be possible to continue
on with the same character? If so, will there be noticeable differences
[JDA] nope, that is what the multiplayer
[Calis] [Thenomain] Is there
any desire for the Troika team (or individual members) to make a
game based on Saturday Morning Cartoons?
[Calis] baaa, what a nasty question
[cmoore] which ones?
* TimCain likes the PowerPuff Girls!
[leon[Troika]] yes, especially
Sea Lab 2020
[Thenomain] Muahaha. Any ones!
[cmoore] I'll bring back Thundarr
[shellman] The sponge bob mod!
* Ilraven chuckles, remembering Thundarr...
[cmoore] Ookla the Mach!
[cmoore] Princess Ariel!
[leon[Troika]] Dragon Tales, the
[cmoore] His fabulous sun-Sword!
[Steve[Troika]] I had hoped we
could do a Space Ghost: Coast to Coast action Talk Show type game...
but it never got beyond paper.
[shellman] man... now you got us
* Ilraven oohs and aaahs.
* TimCain is losing his sugar high...
[leon[Troika]] Dexter's lab!
[cmoore] what about Grape Ape?
* Ilraven suggests that Tim needs a Mocha Rum Ball.
[Calis] I'm taking that as a general
[leon[Troika]] we're driving people
away it seems
[Calis] [Olvan] How many cross-disciplinary
tech schematics will there approximately be?
* wartoy likes concentrated evil... Gobmaster[modemcable065.198-200-24.que.mc.videotron.ca])
[cmoore] Currently, about 50
[cmoore] give or take...
[cmoore] lots of guns!
[Sawtooth] go techies! :)
[cmoore] tech rulz!
[cmoore] TecH RulZ!
* shellman knows chad is a closet mage.
* Ilraven shakes his head sagely at Chad.
[cmoore] Cast this, mage-boy!
[Calis] [Excalibur] Can any
of our actions during the game casue the game to be over, Say killing
A plot character, or something other then dying.
[leon[Troika]] I prefer dine
* TimCain knows the mages never go "dine"
[leon[Troika]] Nope, not until
[TimCain] We worked HARD to make
it that way too
[leon[Troika]] our design is flawless!
You shall bow down to it
[cmoore] yeah...we are fairly averse
to linearity around here...
* wartoy kills everybody to make leon cry
[shellman] I think they're done...
[Calis] [Sawtooth] Do the vertically
challenged races have a hard time wading? Or is all the water you
can wade in shallow enough for them?
[JDA] shallow enough for them
[shellman] yeah, what he said
[cmoore] Everyone can wade. Everyone
is made equal in shallow waters...
[Calis] [enclave_trooper] Can
you give us a new estimate about total hours to finish the game?
[shellman] they haven't finished
it yet and done all the side quests....
* TimCain thinks 90 sounds good
[shellman] at least in 1 week
* wartoy knows where to go
[Calis] [XP-Cerastus] Are some
of the hidden locations in the game accessible only by foregoing
fast-travel and romping about the wilderness?
[TimCain] I played for a whole
week and didn't finish
[TimCain] Um, yes!
[leon[Troika]] Yes! Yes!
[Calis] so I take it that's a yes?
[Calis] [Cruxington] What kinds
of updates are you planning on writing for the official site?
[cmoore] Go ye and travel the wastelands...
[shellman] more monsters
[leon[Troika]] we (hopefully) have
something really cool coming up soon
[cmoore] I will be writing another
developer journal in a couple weeks..
[Calis] [Ono-Sendai] Is it
possible to obtain currency by teaching skills your character has
already aquired? (Gibson rules)
[shellman] we are going to start
giving little "tidbits" fromt he game
[cmoore] GIBSON! GIBSON!
[leon[Troika]] No, (an no)
[Calis] [BrotherNikko] Question
to the WHOLE development group (even Leon!): Could you discuss the
genesis of the game concept? Was "steampunk" the genre you were
wanting to emulate, or was it something beyond "Jules Verne visits
Elfland"? What sets Arcanum apart?
[leon[Troika]] I'm sulking in the
[leon[Troika]] Tim said he wanted
to do fantasy, and I said "only if it takes place in the 1800s and
we get guns"
[shellman] Fantasy with a twist
[leon[Troika]] and Jason saw that
it was good
[cmoore] And I said...really BIG
[leon[Troika]] and came up with
the magick/tech antagonism
[leon[Troika]] I like the idea
of treating a fantasy world as a real world where everyone has their
[leon[Troika]] and motivations
[Calis] [Wojit] If you start
a fight, then flee, and come back in 150 days time, will the enemies
still be waiting for you?
[TimCain] They will return to the
stand locations, and they will remember you...
[TimCain] In the case of guards,
they go back to patrolling
[Wartoy] stupid guards
[shellman] But not in a random
encounter... they will no longer be in the area.
[TimCain] But they remember...oh,
[Wartoy] ...wreck my fun
* TimCain goes GA
[Calis] [Excalibur] Is Troy
going to put any small multiplayer mods other then the real game
in for multiplayer like ctf or deathmatch with differnt rules...
[leon[Troika]] who is Troy?
[Ilraven] Troika I presume?
[leon[Troika]] I knew that
* TimCain raises an eyebrow at Leon
[shellman] we hope to
[Calis] [enclave_trooper] Is
there a mayor of the city of tarant? City hall? How about a Gambling
[leon[Troika]] there's an industrrial
council, but only one of them can be found in the game
[leon[Troika]] whoops, I mean two
[leon[Troika]] there is a hall
* Sawtooth hands leon an abacus
[Calis] [russianin] Are there
any special random encounters (not just a pack of monsters, but
[leon[Troika]] perhaps, perhaps
[shellman] he he yes.
[Calis] [Eiloch] Did you have
to approach publishers for Arcanum, or did they come running to
you to put Arcanum out?
[leon[Troika]] they ran by us
[shellman] oh sure they did...
[leon[Troika]] we had to chase
[JDA] we had to shop around
[TimCain] Sierra came to us, though
[cmoore] They chased me down, too...
[leon[Troika]] for five freakin
[shellman] held them down and beat
them within an inch of their life...
[cmoore] These guys are brutal...
[shellman] PUBLISH OUR GAME!
[Calis][Xerophyte] Which part
of Arcanum do you want to change the most but lack the time to actually
change before release?
[leon[Troika]] I want to cut Cmoore's
[cmoore] Either design, art, or
[shellman] he he
[Xerophyte] Hey, no avoiding the
[TimCain] I am thinking...
[cmoore] me 2
[shellman] I can't think of anything..
[shellman] We're really happy with
[Ilraven] I can't think of anything
[leon[Troika]] There are a few
small things, as we got ALOT of great suggestions from the beta,
but we'll just have to see what we have time for
[cmoore] I think I'd make the followers
[TimCain] Most of my changes are
technical. I can think of several data structures I would want to
change that would make the game run smoother and WorldEd be easier
[Sawtooth] in other words, they'll
find something after they go gold
[Calis] [Cruxington] Will there
be lots of useless things lying around in Arcanum? Like in Fallout
you could find all sorts of crazy and more often than not very twisted
[cmoore] I'm pretty happy with
what we've got...
[cmoore] Most things have a purpose...
[Ilraven] Most things have a use...though
not necessarily for your character...depending on how you develop
your character, that is
[JDA] what about the wooden teeth
[cmoore] don't get me started...:)
[Calis] ok guys, the 30 minutes
are up in 5 mins... how about 3 more questions?
[shellman] go for it
[Calis] I'll try to pick a few
good ones =)
[Calis] [Eiloch] If you could
could have poeple who play Arcanum walk away from the game after
finishing it, thinking only one thing, what would that be? Is there
one aspect of the game you'd especially like people to look at and
say, "Wow! What a great idea!"?
[leon[Troika]] the reactiveness
of the world
[shellman] That was the coolest
game I've ever played..
[TimCain] That was fun!
[leon[Troika]] that it felt like
your choices really affected the world
[shellman] Or.. I'm gonna play
that again, but this time as a (insert different character here)
[Ilraven] yeah, and that it responded
to your particular character & his/her choices...
[cmoore] "I think tech was the
[shellman] Those master trainers
were the best!
[Steve[Troika]] I'd like them to
say, "Oh, and the animations never chugged one bit!"
[TimCain] "I want some candy now."
[Calis] well to reassure you, I
thought a fair number of those after playing the press beta =)
[leon[Troika]] no, the portraits
[cmoore] "I've never seen cooler
[Calis] [Skorpios] Are any
of the NPCs based on Troika staff members?
[Calis] [-- suckup ;)
[cmoore] Yes...Sogg is Shellman...:)
* Ilraven raises an eyebrow at Calis. ;)
[leon[Troika]] I think Moore wants
to be...oops, almost let it slip
[Steve[Troika]] I always thought
some of the people looked familiar...but I could never put a finger
* shellman runs off to kick chad's a**
[cmoore] sorry, Shellman...:)
[Wartoy] run chad!!
* Ilraven listens to the screaming.
* cmoore dies horribly...
[Calis] ok I lied. I'm making it
2 more now =)
[leon[Troika]] the blood! I can't
* wartoy was glad not to be in theline of fire
* shellman returns to her desk. Now where were we...
[TimCain] Not MORE blood...
[Calis] [Excalibur] Can You
tell Npcs where to meet you when u kick them out of the party?
[cmoore] I don't think there was
[Ilraven] Do you need more towels
[TimCain] They will go home if
you kick them out.
[leon[Troika]] they go back to
where they started, eventually
[Calis] ok, *last question:*
[Calis] [enclave_trooper] what
game has influenced you the most?
[Xerophyte] Xerophyte's note: Sogg
Mead Mugg is a Half-Ogre. He smells and drinks copious amounts of
[leon[Troika]] you can tell them
to wait, instead of kicking them out
[shellman] thanks... we needed
that Xero :p
[shellman] shameless plug by Leon...
[leon[Troika]] hee hee
[TimCain] AD&D of course
[TimCain] and I mean version 1
[Ilraven] Uno...and AD&D/etc.
[JDA] truthfuly, D&D
[cmoore] Chutes and Ladders
[shellman] Telengard (that's where
we got the idea for our graphics) :p
[Heroman] not candy land Tim?
[cmoore] Oh...and uh, D&D...
[TimCain] I ate that Heroman
[Ilraven] He did! We have pictures!
[shellman] Tim's a dangerous guy
to have around...
[Wartoy] earth dawn!
[JDA] I played more D&D than AD&D
[cmoore] Excuse you, leon...
[Ilraven] True, GURPS was big for
[Heroman] So do I I like the AD&D
answer myself. ;-)
[Calis] [harrigon] GURPS RULES!=)
[Calis] you can thank me later
[leon[Troika]] If it wasn't for
Gurps, I wouldn't be working with Tim
[cmoore] Those are the breaks,
[leon[Troika]] Wait, does that
mean I like Gurps or not....hmmmm
[Ilraven] If it wasn't for GURPS,
I wouldn't have applied to Interplay way back when... :)
[Sawtooth] Should we open the flood
gates before troika leaves so that everyone can thank them?
[Calis] Well, that pretty much
wraps it up.. Thanks for your time guys, and if the final Arcanum
disappoints me in any way, I will hunt you all down ;). I'd also
like to thank Sawtooth for writing this nifty question queue script...
copy-pasting all those questions would've been sheer hell :)
[Calis] yes, I'll do that now.
[cmoore] thanks all!!!!
* wartoy is invisible!!!
[Ilraven] Yes, thank you!