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E3: Video Preview with Starr Long

 posted by: ConerVallore on Thursday, May 11 @ 6:59 pm

Our E3 reporters had the opportunity to sit down with Starr Long, producer of NCSoft's Tabula Rasa, for an exclusive video interview. Tabula Rasa, an MMOFPS, has been highly anticipated over the last year partly due to renowned developer Richard Garriott's involvement.

Click here to check it out!

E3 Preview: Richard Garriott talks TR, E3

 posted by: meta3001 on Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:34 pm

Eurogamer has posted an E3 interview with Tabula Rasa mastermind Richard Garriott, complements of NCSoft's internal publicity team.

In this official interview he discusses what has been updated from the last publicized version of Tabula Rasa, how the game holds up compared to other MMO's, and what we can look forward to at E3.Here's an excerpt:

Richard Garriot: Last year we debuted the bold new look and feel for Tabula Rasa. Since then we have fleshed out one complete world and some of our second. (We plan to launch with three worlds and build new worlds with expansions.) We have refined and balanced the combat systems and character growth. We have detailed hundreds of compelling quests and storylines. Most importantly, I believe we have delivered on our promise of integrating RPG mechanics and shooter pace and feel into a massively multiplayer game. And, we have dynamic changing battlefield environments that are sophisticated and compelling to play.

You can read the entire interview here.

E3 Preview: New Trailer, Screenshots and more!

 posted by: ConerVallore on Monday, May 1 @ 3:04 pm

1UP just got their hands on a new Tabula Rasa trailer along with an Interview with Richard Garriott and a few screenshots. The video is 2:32 min long and features tons of new visuals from the game.

Check it out:

An RPG at heart, the third-person shooting action of the game definitely benefits those with developed twitch skills, while "sticky" weapon targeting makes sure that those less skilled in the art of digitial murderfication can thrive as well. There are still spells in the game, special powers granted by angelic beings that can be used to buff your character or to take out your adversaries on the futuristic battleground, so that reinforces the RPG even as the glut of ballistic firepower at your disposal seemingly eats away at it.

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GDC Wrap Up: Exclusive Interview-Richard Garriott Part 2

 posted by: meta3001 on Thursday, March 30 @ 8:01 pm

Richard was kind enough to donate an hour of his time to field questions from the MMO community on Thursday. This is part two of the interview. Here's an snippet:

Question: Are you happy with the new version [of Tabula Rasa] that you've got?

Richard Garriott: Oh totally. But now everyone in the company now is 100% behind it. We're very confident we have a winner on our hands. The only thing we're not confident of us how fast we can get it out.

Click here to read the article.

GDC Wrap Up: Designing Tabula Rasa

 posted by: meta3001 on Wednesday, March 29 @ 8:01 pm

At GDC 2006, the LQGaming.com staff sat in on a discussion which reviewed the lessons learned while developing NCSoft's ambitious MMO Tabula Rasa. Lead Designer Richard Garriott guided the discussion with candor about the unexpected challenges that may not be able to be avoided with an All-Star line-up. Here's an snippet:

One of this year's highlighted events was Richard Garriott's "Designing Tabula Rasa". While loaded with many very interesting peaks into the design process for creating a large scale MMO, the lecture seemed to focus more on the many problems Tabula Rasa was faced with during its development.

While it is not unusual for a developing game to go back many times to correct minor or even major issues with gameplay, it is unusual for a game to go back and almost completely start over with a very different management structure.

Click here to read the article.

GDC Wrap Up: Exclusive Interview-Richard Garriott

 posted by: meta3001 on Tuesday, March 28 @ 12:23 pm

In a GDC 2006 Wrap Up, LQGaming is publishing the first part of an exclusive interview with Lifetime Achievement Award winner and legendary game designer Richard Garriott. LQGaming's very own Chris Wyatt had an extensive chat with Garriott at GDC. Here's a clip:

Richard Garriott: First of all, it's important to point out that it's not important to do at all. And all if I did was put it up as a backdrop in the game and nothing else, I would still do it because I think the richness and believability it provides the world - even if a tiny number of people did it - I would still think is worthwhile.

However, what I've done is incorporate it much more deeply into the game than that -- where yes I believe most every player will learn to read this. And the reason why I believe that is it's nothing they're forced to do, it will just happen by virtue of playing the game. Because one of the aspects of the game I was how the symbolic language is something players will discover through gameplay.

Click here to read the article.

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