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The Chronicles of Spellborn Developer Blog

In The Chronicles of Spellborn players enter an impressive online game world containing scenic landscapes, majestic cities and the remnants of a shattered world.

Author: tcos

Contributor: TheHistorian

Underdogs Win By Changing The Rules

Posted by TheHistorian Monday May 11 2009 at 1:52PM
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In an interesting article in the New Yorker, entitled Annals of Innovation: How David Beats Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell explores just how underdogs topple giants. Gladwell recounts the story of a basketball team of preteen girls, coached by Vivek Ranadivè, as they encounter teams who are taller and more skillful than they are. Using a full-court press tactic for most of the game, they confuse and wear down teams used to more traditional play, and they soon started to win games. By adapting the way their play style to work to their own strengths the were not just winning games, they were dominating other teams.

Spellborn is a bit of an underdog in itself. It is changing thoughts on how an MMO should be run and the very nature of the Skilldeck and the quest based advancement in-game is a bold "Changing of the Rules". That Skilldeck is the unique aspect of Spellborn's combat that allows a player of lower level to potentially railroad players of much higher levels. The beauty is that we are just getting started with Spellborn and we are just now starting to explore the many combination of deck setups. Who knows what the combat will be like in the 6 months.

Read the article and take a look at Spellborn, then take a deeper look at the Skilldeck. You might be the underdog putting a total beat down on those other players.

Annals of Innovation: How David Beats Goliath: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker