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Chris Avellone's Blog


Un-Ravel-ling Torment.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 21 September 2007 - - - - - - · 8787 views

Some fan-based questions I answered recently, posting them to share - it's about Ravel Puzzlewell from Planescape: Torment and some of the thoughts behind her creation.

What was the origin of Ravel?

We had a number of physically powerful enemies in Torment, and I thought a night hag would be a good adversary, especially if she was a cryptic, deadly...


Questions about Work

Posted by Chris Avellone , 12 September 2007 - - - - - - · 2284 views

I occasionally get interview questions from students aspiring to be designers. I try to warn them, but...

...anyway, if you're curious, here's some answers. And some questions to go along with them.

1. What is a typical day for you as far as working on a project or projects?

I get into work at 9:30, and try to work for an hour without checking...


Comic-con Pix (II)

Posted by Chris Avellone , 16 August 2007 - - - - - - · 1086 views

Comic-con redux, and here are some "celebrity" pix from the show.

Again, we'll be at Gen Con and PAX, so keep an eye out for Mask of the Betrayer.


Comic-con Pix (I)

Posted by Chris Avellone , 12 August 2007 - - - - - - · 925 views

Got back from Comic-con, and here are some pix from the show, in case anyone is interested.

Just a heads up that we'll be at Gen Con and PAX in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for Mask of the Betrayer.


Blog o' Romance

Posted by Chris Avellone , 23 July 2007 - - - - - - · 21654 views

So, I generally despise writing companion romances (I think unrequited and/or doomed ones are ultimately more dramatic), but there are some techniques I've accumulated over the years that I try to incorporate into writing and designing romances in RPGs.

A lot of these things came out while writing Gannayev-of-Dreams in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of...


NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer + Convention Season

Posted by Chris Avellone , 20 July 2007 - - - - - - · 792 views

Off to Comic-Con within a week, although we won't be showing Mask of the Betrayer there, the plan is to show it at Gen-Con Aug 16-19, and PAX Aug 23-25 as it currently stands. This may fluctuate, so don't quote me on this.

In honor of convention season, I present some things to look forward to at game conventions.

Enjoy and have a good weekend,...


Aliens and the "Action RPG."

Posted by Chris Avellone , 21 May 2007 - - - - - - · 1457 views

There were some concerns floating around about Aliens being an action RPG, so I thought it would best to clarify. While there will be action elements to it, it is still an RPG in every sense of the word.

An analysis of the elements, along with diagrams as to what constitutes an action RPG in the aliens universe, is presented for your viewing enjoyment...


Aliens Light Table Interface

Posted by Chris Avellone , 04 May 2007 - - - - - - · 893 views

As part of the discussion involving Aliens interface design, our Systems Lead, Paul Boyle, showed us this supercool lighttable interface.

Here's a glimpse of what future keyboards may be like.

There's also pretty lights and a cartoon in there as well, for your viewing pleasure.


Why we love the fans who hate us.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 14 March 2007 - - - - - - · 979 views

Technically, this is "Unofficial GDC Report, Part 3." Technically. This is because this topic goes faaaaaar beyond GDC.

Regardless, I wanted to take a moment to show you why we love the fans who hate us.


Unofficial GDC Report, Part 1

Posted by Chris Avellone , 10 March 2007 - - - - - - · 838 views

Finally made it back from the Game Developer's Conference, and I'll be blogging the experiences through this coming week and the next.

I will say, that parties at GDC can get awkward, depending on the celebrity turnout.

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