Friday, March 11, 2011

Ramblings from the Meet & Greet

I spent quite some time at the NCSoft Meet and Greet up here in Boston. It was a great time being able to hang out with other fans and developers. Sadly, by the time I got there all of the demo slots are full, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to try and snag a spot. I spoke with (rather, listened to) Jeff Grubb a few times, and figured I'd share the sorts of tidbits that came up. Not sure how much of it will be interesting, but why not?

  • The natural lifetime of a Norn is roughly 120 years. However, Norn rarely, if ever, live that long; they go from feat to feat, never taking a break, always seeking the next form of excitement. Norn tend to die boasting to a friend, attempting to perform an act they have no hope of completing.
  • If there were to be multiple universes (meaning, if there were a reason to discuss them in the game), the would be based off a form of the multi-verse theory: universes are spawned around major events. In every universe, there would be a Kormir, Abaddon would be a god, and things like that.
  • There was also some talk about the Asura and Sylvari. The Asura were created by Jeff, and they are spawned from his engineering background (he created similar races in other games he worked on). Their design was drawn up by Katy Hargrove, who based the design off many different sources including sharks (the teeth) and Stewie Griffin. Somewhere in Arenanet is an audio file of Maurice LaMarche reading Poe's "The Raven" in the voice of the Brain and as Orson Wells from when he did a voice test for the Asura.
Some more tidbits include how the immensely popular reaction to the Kodan blog post has lead to more blog posts being constructed about other races; I believe the Grawl are the next one to be posted. Overall, it was a fun party to go to, even though I didn't win anything in the raffle. Until tomorrow.