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Thread: Yoss' Trip Report: Game Night April 16

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    Yoss' Trip Report: Game Night April 16

    I finally was able to find some time to sneak away to visit CZE HQ for Game Night on April 16, and I'm glad I did. Here's my report, limited by the NDA of course.

    Will (AKA Shaq):
    Will received me and helped me find the other guys to talk to. We didn't talk a whole lot, but it was nice to meet him and hear a little about his place on the Hex team.

    Kevin:
    I spoke with Kevin a bit about the levelling system. He confirmed that the Might system of levelling for each champion on each dungeon is the way they're headed. The goal is to never lock a player out of the ability to customize his deck into any style he wishes at any given time. In other words, they do not want you to be locked into an orc aggro style forever just because that's what you chose back at level 1. The other half of their levelling system I do not believe has been confirmed publicly yet, so I can't give any details, but it fits with the expressed design goals. While I might not love everything about the system, I am no longer worried about what they will end up delivering. Kevin voiced all the design goals and trade offs that I would have wanted him to be considering, so even if they don't choose my favorite path (and I'm not sure I even know what "my favorite" would be), I know they're going to be doing what's best for the game as a whole.

    We also talked about the PvE game's difficulty curve and how much of a design challenge it will be to let newbies come in and have some success (and fun!) while still providing a high end for the elite players. Kevin talked about some of his ideas for how to get there. He didn't mention anything from our hard modes thread but maybe it just slipped his mind.

    Dan/Ben:
    I also had the opportunity to sit with Ben and Dan as they made one of their final passes through the Set 2 designs. During the process I was able to find out about one of the new mechanics they'll be introducing. It's neat, but that's all I'm allowed to say about it. A couple of my favorite Set 1 Constructed decks will also be getting some new toys, so that's something to look forward to. It was quite funny listening to Ben and Dan debate and joke about what modifications to make to various cards. At least based on this one sample, it seemed like Ben is the crazy idea guy and Dan is the stabilizer. They seem to make a great team.

    Ben/Colin:
    Everyone's favorite KS backer, Colin, was also there. He, Ben, and I were able to sit and chat a bit about this and that after Dan took off for home. (Who authorized going home, anyway? ) Ben showed me their PvE progress board, which showed lots of PvE content that has cleared Design and is ready for next steps. There's also a bunch that's still in Design and/or Design rework. We also chatted about what decks and cards are showing up in the Set 1 competitive scene and pondered whether there would need to be any more changes at the last minute. (That was mostly Colin and I, Ben didn't seem too interested in making further tweaks unless there was desperate need.) I also asked and heard what some of Ben's favorite Set 2 cards are (but sorry, I can't tell you ).

    Matt:
    Once Ben and Colin pooped out, I headed over to the game room and had an opportunity to meet Matt and try CZE's upcoming Hobbit game (link). Matt is the lead designer for the board and non-tradeable card games (I hope I got that right). He also has done a bunch of work on Hex PvE for inventing modes that will break the mold of the normal Hex play style. The Hobbit game was pretty fun. I played it with CZE Ryan and another Hex KS backer who seemed to be a Game Night regular. The game plays very much like Dominion, but the kingdom cards are replaced with a quest deck that spits out a few cards at a time for you to interact with, and there are archenemies to defeat as an alternative to just buying cards every turn.

    And that was it. We closed up shop around 12:30 AM and I headed back to the hotel.

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    Back in the Eighties there was this commercials series "Where is the meat"?

    It kind of applies here. It's great that some people get to visit the offices and have a look at the game, but the confirmations of "PvE is shaping" up are getting a bit old. I really would like to see something official on that .

    Nothing against you, Yoss, thanks for the report (albeit hobbled by the NDA), but can we get some sort of official update report? I imagine many PvE/MMO-oriented backers currently feel a bit left out.
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    You know what bums me out? The stream a while ago that was meant to be with Ben, I asked if he had favourite set 2 cards - it is something I really want to know (about all the devs really). I don't need to know what they are exactly, but those hints at the cards would give me something to hold me off until set 2 is ready.

    Too bad Ben got switched out and then all my questions got ignored.
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    Yoss, it was great to get a chance to meet you in person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AstaSyneri View Post
    Back in the Eighties there was this commercials series "Where is the meat"?

    It kind of applies here. It's great that some people get to visit the offices and have a look at the game, but the confirmations of "PvE is shaping" up are getting a bit old. I really would like to see something official on that .

    Nothing against you, Yoss, thanks for the report (albeit hobbled by the NDA), but can we get some sort of official update report? I imagine many PvE/MMO-oriented backers currently feel a bit left out.
    Well considering Yoss said they're in design stage means they're not implemented into the client, ie. there is nothing to show. Gunna be a while for PVE.

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. Ib wish there is a "thumb up" feature in the forums so that I didn't have to make this silly post saying I like it.

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    Thanks for sharing Yoss. It is always exciting to hear what's going on, even if you can't share the juiciest details
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    Quote Originally Posted by bojanglesz View Post
    Well considering Yoss said they're in design stage means they're not implemented into the client, ie. there is nothing to show. Gunna be a while for PVE.
    < insert my usual spiel about not judging progress by what you currently see in the client >

    Personally, I'm less worried about the specific date that they'll "release" PVE and more focused on whether or not they're making good progress overall. Every time I visit I see significant progress on the PVE board, core game systems, card designs, iPad version, etc. A great PVE game a year from now is significantly preferable to a crap, rushed version in the near future.

    Edit: not that it's going to be a year, I have no knowledge of the specific plans...
    Last edited by hex_colin; 04-19-2014 at 08:09 AM.
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    "The Magi of the Carloth highlands are renowned for their enthusiasm and generosity."
    "Speed is far more important than size when determining the power of a strike."
    "One needs no armor if both your mind and your fist are faster than your enemy's."

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    Yoss, are you really tall? I was there Wednesday, too. I stopped to thank Colin for being such great community example & avid supporter; and to thank Ben for his passion and dedication. I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself better, the girlfriend was ready to go.
    Last edited by Ju66ernaut; 04-19-2014 at 09:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ju66ernaut View Post
    Yoss, are you really tall? I was there Wednesday, too. I stopped to thank Colin for being such great community example & avid supporter; and to thank Ben for his passion and dedication. I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself better, the girlfriend was ready to go.
    Yup, that was Yoss.
    Hex: Shards of Fate KS || Producer

    "The Magi of the Carloth highlands are renowned for their enthusiasm and generosity."
    "Speed is far more important than size when determining the power of a strike."
    "One needs no armor if both your mind and your fist are faster than your enemy's."

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