The 'I love you guys' edition...

Been a very busy few weeks, not just because work is hectic (which it is, lots happening at the moment, that's well covered elsewhere), but also because I have a couple of really interesting side projects on the go. One of which is helping to prepare a special publication we will be putting out later in the summer to celebrate the community around Anarchy Online, since the game is soon to be ten years old. 

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we have been getting players to contribute some of the own memories about the game, and to explain why they enjoy it...or indeed why they might have a special affection for all things Rubi-Ka. The community elements is what most appeals to me about working on MMO titles, always has done, and getting to do a project like this reminds me of all the wonderful ways people contribute to each others lives, virtual or otherwise, because of these worlds that are created...and Rubi-Ka is a very special world in that regard for many of us (it is undoubtedly the reason I have this job!). The project is coming together nicely and I think the AO community will enjoy the results. In the meantime it's filling a good few evenings with some extra smiles, as I read through and edit together all these memories.

I have spoken before about the special feeling that creating and looking after these worlds can generate for working through all the wonderful feedback at the moment, and getting a fantastic impression of just how much of a bond people have with the game, just re-enforces that feeling. The communities really are what make these games.

Hearing the stories from players, and getting that sense of their genuine enjoyment and appreciation for what we do, always makes it worthwhile. We might argue now and again about what is best for our relationship, but at a fundamental level we always share that passion for these worlds and the people we meet within them.

The community around Anarchy Online and Age of Conan alike, are why this job doesn't really 'get old' for me. In fact I hope I get the chance to work on something similar for the tenth anniversary of AoC...and who knows? Maybe even the twentieth birthday celebrations for Rubi-Ka!


Denzien said…
Rubi-ka is above and beyond any other MMO imho. I have never felt another community like it, and it was not my first MMO. There is just something special about that particular world, and the people that came to inhabit it because they are a bizzare split between the crazy, crazy hardcore and the amazingly social, patient and crazy. Anyone who can both twink into stuff using that complex skill system at the same time as wanting to raid wearing only a pink tutu is a very special type of person (and I dont mean that in a bad way :p)
false said…
I think it boils down to the fact that we can see the quality that the Funcom studio is trying to put into their work. We can see that with the changes that have come to AO and AoC over the years. Plus the open communication is appreciated. What amazes me is how you can take can game and get the feedback then address the issues. I prefer Sci Fi but have been pretty happy with AoC. I also think the artwork and combat have really changed my take on how I view MMORPG's.
Burmese said…
"...putting out later in the summer..."

Pooh, was hoping it would be with the 10th anniversary festivities later this month.

Hopefully will be put out in conjunction with a bigger AO event...;)
Craig Morrison said…
Yeah, I had hoped to have it ready for the original birthday, but it is project some of us are doing in our own time, and the whole honeymoon thing got in the way a little too on my end ;)

I wanted to do it justice though, rather than rush it just for the birthday date...and it should be done during the summer so it won't be too far out :)