A good week...

...incredibly busy, but very satisfying. The period after you launch a major update (or in this case an expansion pack to your game) is usually a short respite for the developers. In my case however it actually usually amps things up a little, as it is the period when the 'what next' plans are revisited, reviewed and put into action. I have also been out visiting the North Carolina office, where our Customer Service staff are based, so the iPad has been getting good use while out on the road.

Lots of planning getting done, and prep work for the next set of content additions, and beyond, being done. Each milestone leads to the next one, so this period just after one finishes gets very busy higher up the chain, as you have to try and take as many learning away from the previous project as you can, so that you are always doing things at least a little better next time out. What worked, what didn't, what you will definitely do again, and what you will definitely try to avoid. So in weeks like these I see far more time-lines, spreadsheets and budget documents than I might like, but it is almost always worth it...

It has also been satisfying to see some of the recognition the game has been getting of late, with a nomination for this years Golden Joysticks awards, and a great re-review over at Dualshockers. I really like to see reviews like that one because it was in-depth and detailed. The reviewer clearly spent a good few weeks playing the game, played through to max level, and took the time to properly assess the game, as an MMO, something that we don't always see happen when the press review an MMO. It was nice that the score was great, and he had positive impressions, but I most appreciated the fact that they took the time to give the game such a fair shake! A great example of how to do an MMO review properly. Far too many times an MMO review falls foul of the fans because they can tell the reviewer didn't really play the game too deeply, so when you get a lengthy, detailed review like that one, you can't really knock them for that. You might disagree with some of their conclusions, but it is great to see them take such a detailed approach. 

So all in all, the kind of week that I happy to be tired at the end of!

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