Developer’s Desk: Looking Backward, Looking Forward :
As with most people, the end of 2010 lead to the Virtrium team taking a look back at the closing year, but looking forward to the year to come. *And for this special “Developer’s Desk”, I wanted to share some of what we talked about with you.
We began the year with another tier revamp, this time focusing on tier 2 (content for players around levels 20 to 40), the area known as the “Dalimond Peninsula”. *The main enemy players face in this particular area are the Skulks, a biped-reptilian creature with a complex society that are trying to take over control of the region. *Many of the stories set in this area focus on the skulks, but the region is also rich in history that has been developed through new quests and areas to explore. *One of the new places players can explore is Ashlander’s Tomb. *The first king of the Kingdom of Vandus, Ashlander Vandus came to power during the last years of human slavery. He studied the Dragons and then eventually led a near-bloodless revolution that freed his people. He founded the city of Dalimond as his capital. He was buried in a grand tomb in southern end of the peninsula. **Gaining access to the tomb requires players to complete quests which tell more about the story of this area. *There were over 100 new quests added with the initial patch for the tier revamp, and even more are still planned for the future. (read more here)
Developer's Desk: Two-Hundred and Counting
Soon we will be applying the two-hundredth delta to Blight! That’s a major milestone in and of itself. But as there are two new Developer’s Desks coming out at once, I decided that the combination of two such momentous events meant that it was time to pull the whole Virtrium team together and get them to sit down and put into writing something they had only talked about in the past.... the Virtrium Team’s Vision for Istaria! (That sounds somehow heavy and ominous!) (read more here)