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Nightfall 7, Game Design Jam and Guild Wars 2

David Gregg
United States
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Nightfall 7

Well we've begun reviewing the final production copies of Nightfall 6 and that means it's time to start working on Nightfall 7. The first step that I'm working on now is writing a custom script that I use to figure out the optimal card colors. Given that there is a limited number of unique color combinations that can be used, I'm going to have to start repeating some of them as we move forward. However, I can at least focus on keeping repeats to a minimum and of course ensure that any cards having matching colors have very different effects.

Also on the Nightfall front, the iOS initial release has been going very well. A few hiccups here and there, but overall the reception has been quite positive. From what I've seen of footage online it looks like Playdek has done a great job and will continue to improve the current release as well as develop expansions.

Game Design Jam

Had a nice chat recently with Clive Lovett, a fellow game designer, who is trying to put together a Global Game Design Jam this fall. Essentially he's looking for amateur game designers to group up in various areas around the world, forming teams that can then be led by an established designer.

The teams would work together over a 48 hour period in the attempt to cooperatively progress their game ideas as much as possible during that time. So a dedicated design session with multiple creative minds focusing on single projects. I imagine it'd likely be a lot of fun and I wouldn't be surprised if a few projects progress all the way to completion. Depending on how my schedule looks this fall, I may very well look into leading a team in my area.

Random image that felt good for this spot...

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 will finally be available for pre-purchase tomorrow (guaranteeing access to beta weekend events from now until retail release of the game)!

From all the beta footage that's been revealed so far, I'm pretty sure that I'll be playing an Elementalist, though I'm not sure yet whether I'm more inclined to play a Sylvari or a Charr. For now, here's some great Elementalist PvP footage:

Time to Move

My sis managed to upgrade her apartment from a single bedroom on the 2nd floor of her complex to a 2 bedroom on the first floor. Just in time too, as she's getting far enough along that it's going to be getting very difficult for her to handle all those stairs, not to mention needing the additional space for my nephew. On the downside, with each move means that someone's got to do the moving... and since it's for family, I'm obligated. Normally I wouldn't mind so much, but I'm just getting over a cold, so it definitely stressed what little energy I had. Oh well, good times were had regardless, so I guess I can't complain too much.

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