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NWN 2 News brings you yet again another exclusive interview. This time from Ferret Baudoin, Lead Designer at Obsidian Entertainment. We ask him about his past works and influence but also his views on where CRPG's are and where they are going.

 

http://www.nwn2news.net/modules/smartsecti...m.php?itemid=29

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NWN 2 News brings you yet again another exclusive interview. This time from Ferret Baudoin, Lead Designer at Obsidian Entertainment. We ask him about his past works and influence but also his views on where CRPG's are and where they are going.

 

http://www.nwn2news.net/modules/smartsecti...m.php?itemid=29

Ask whats his favorite race is! (not just playable one) (w00t)

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Any final comments?

 

 

Ferret: I liked looking backwards and thinking about the good old days. Here

"Some men see things as they are and say why?"
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Why did you ask so few questions about NWN2?

 

"Oldies, but goldies" is kinda boring subject(done to death) if you have spend time at any game company

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Jericho sassed me so I broke into his house and stabbed him to death in his sleep. Problem solved. - J.E. Sawyer

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"I cannot profess to be a theologian; but it seems to me that Christians who believe in a super human Satan have got themselves into a logical impasse with regard to their own religion. For either God can not prevent the mischief of Satan, in which case he is not omnipotent; or else He could do so if he wished, but will not, in which case He is not benevolent. Fortunately, being a pagan witch, I am not called upon to solve this problem."

- Doreen Valiente

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Expecting "innovation" from Bioware is like expecting "normality" from Valve -Moatilliatta

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I'd be happy to see it hit the shelves. If we consider it a classic in ten years, that's just icing on the cake. :Eldar's dreaming of a classic NWN2 collector's edition on his shelf icon:

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.  :Eldar's dreaming of a classic NWN2 collector's edition on his shelf icon:

 

 

You're dedicated.

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Is that the same thing as saying I'm crazy?! Huh? Huh? :D

 

NWN2 sounds like it has some good ideas and I hope I'll enjoy every game I buy and that others do as well. Essentially, I hope every game I buy is a classic.

 

...But I'm probably dedicated also.

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The goal of this was to get insight into Ferret's viewpoint of designing CRPGs and where in his opinion they are headed. NWN 2 while impossible to ignore being his current project was not the focus.

 

My bad. Somehow I instantly thought of NWN2 when I saw "Ferret Interview".

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Beautiful. Ferret rules.

 

Yes... Yes he does. I chat with him from time to time and he is a fountain of knowledge. A really cool guy to just talking about the gaming industry and pick his brain on that level.

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"I cannot profess to be a theologian; but it seems to me that Christians who believe in a super human Satan have got themselves into a logical impasse with regard to their own religion. For either God can not prevent the mischief of Satan, in which case he is not omnipotent; or else He could do so if he wished, but will not, in which case He is not benevolent. Fortunately, being a pagan witch, I am not called upon to solve this problem."

- Doreen Valiente

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Expecting "innovation" from Bioware is like expecting "normality" from Valve -Moatilliatta

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I chat with [Ferret] from time to time and he is a fountain of knowledge. A really cool guy to just talking about the gaming industry and pick his brain on that level.

He does indeed sound like a hoopy frood.

Regarding:

There seems to be this opinion in the CRPG community you can not have great game play and eye candy. 'It is one or the other' is a view held by many using posts on the forums to measure this stance. Why do you think that is and what is your take on that?

Ferret: You can certainly have both - it

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I would disagree to a degree with the notion that it is necessarily difficult to add eye candy simply because contemporary graphics capabilities are so advanced.

The amount of time required to build, texture, skin, weight, and animate a character in a contemporary video game is immense compared to the time required even five years ago. The same applies for levels.

 

If all a module-builder wants to do is scale and tint critters that are already built in the NWN2 toolset, great. But if someone wants to create new creature or prop/building models, it's going to be a lot more involved than it was in the first NWN.

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If OE are using the same MAX+Zbrush method to create models/skins/displacement maps as us then it wont be that complex to make new models and maps. In a way it will be easier because the way those programs work together

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If OE are using the same MAX+Zbrush method to create models/skins/displacement maps as us then it wont be that complex to make new models and maps. In a way it will be easier because the way those programs work together

 

It's already been established they are not and it wont. They are using middleware granny for the models and it is causing some concern in the custom content community.

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Jericho sassed me so I broke into his house and stabbed him to death in his sleep. Problem solved. - J.E. Sawyer

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"I cannot profess to be a theologian; but it seems to me that Christians who believe in a super human Satan have got themselves into a logical impasse with regard to their own religion. For either God can not prevent the mischief of Satan, in which case he is not omnipotent; or else He could do so if he wished, but will not, in which case He is not benevolent. Fortunately, being a pagan witch, I am not called upon to solve this problem."

- Doreen Valiente

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If OE are using the same MAX+Zbrush method to create models/skins/displacement maps as us then it wont be that complex to make new models and maps. In a way it will be easier because the way those programs work together

 

It's already been established they are not and it wont. They are using middleware granny for the models and it is causing some concern in the custom content community.

 

Hold on, was granny actually 100% confirmed? Last I heard it was just a rumour.

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If OE are using the same MAX+Zbrush method to create models/skins/displacement maps as us then it wont be that complex to make new models and maps. In a way it will be easier because the way those programs work together

 

It's already been established they are not and it wont. They are using middleware granny for the models and it is causing some concern in the custom content community.

 

Hold on, was granny actually 100% confirmed? Last I heard it was just a rumour.

 

If you followed my front page news you'd have known it was confirmed awhile ago :)

Do a search on nwn2news for 'granny' if you want the gory details.

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Jericho sassed me so I broke into his house and stabbed him to death in his sleep. Problem solved. - J.E. Sawyer

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"I cannot profess to be a theologian; but it seems to me that Christians who believe in a super human Satan have got themselves into a logical impasse with regard to their own religion. For either God can not prevent the mischief of Satan, in which case he is not omnipotent; or else He could do so if he wished, but will not, in which case He is not benevolent. Fortunately, being a pagan witch, I am not called upon to solve this problem."

- Doreen Valiente

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Expecting "innovation" from Bioware is like expecting "normality" from Valve -Moatilliatta

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I would disagree to a degree with the notion that it is necessarily difficult to add eye candy simply because contemporary graphics capabilities are so advanced.

The amount of time required to build, texture, skin, weight, and animate a character in a contemporary video game is immense compared to the time required even five years ago. The same applies for levels.

 

If all a module-builder wants to do is scale and tint critters that are already built in the NWN2 toolset, great. But if someone wants to create new creature or prop/building models, it's going to be a lot more involved than it was in the first NWN.

This is true but it's not as if it was easy to add thing to NWN anyway. Hundreds of parts just to change one little thing? I don't really care what's involved as long as there's decent support info I'll get stuff into the game...

Yaw devs, Yaw!!! (

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