Jeff Grubb leaves Guild Wars 2 for Amazon Game Studios

    
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ArenaNet game designer and author Jeff Grubb is leaving the studio, according to his personal blog. He revealed that he decided to depart his work on Guild Wars 2 to take up a role as a senior narrative designer at Amazon Game Studios on an undisclosed project.

February 12th will be my last day at ArenaNet. I have been here nearly a decade, and am extremely proud of what I and my co-workers have achieved in creating a deep, engaging MMO with broad appeal. I know that both Tyria and Guild Wars are in good hands with my departure. Over the years, ArenaNet has put together an amazing team of talented individuals and empowered them to create cool things.

February 15th will be my first day at Amazon Game Studios. I have accepted a position as senior narrative designer. I can’t say much at this point, but readers of this blog know that I rarely share information until it is time to do so (So yeah, you’ll find out what I’m working on when it ships). I’m really looking forward to the new opportunities (though not, of course, the commute).

It is a start of a new chapter in my life. I am both thrilled and terrified by the possibilities.

Among his many projects was writing the Guild Wars 2 novel Ghosts of Ascalon with Matt Forbeck. Grubb is not the first ArenaNet employee to join Amazon; former Game Design Lead Jon Peters and former Lead Designer Eric Flannum both left in 2015, while former Head of Global Marketing Stephen Fowler joined them last month.

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Islarose
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Polyanna Their website says they’re working on three AAA titles for PC games that incorporate twitch somehow. Something about an open source engine as well. Go check out their website. 

They’ve recruited employees at every level from administrative, recruitment, design, art, VFX, programming, to upper management and game directors from every major developer – Blizzard (32), ArenaNet (15+), Bioware (12), EA (115), etc. And those are JUST of the employees who have updated profiles on LinkedIn with searchable employment history. 

I don’t imagine the crew they’ve assembled would be satisfied with tablet games.

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Jeff Grubb is awesome. One of, (if not, if not the) favorite book of mine from TSR was Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak’s Finder’s Stone trilogy. 
If you can find it somewhere, totally worth picking up. Oddly enough, the first one, I believe, was written as a novelization of the game that came out, with the same title, WAY back in the day. But the characters they created were nothing short of amazing. Giogi Wyvernspur was quite a character – funny and clumsy, but very human and charismatic. . ;)
They ended up making quite a few cameos in other stories and resource books for the Forgotten Realms over the years.  Makes me want to go find the series and re-read it.

JakeDunnegan
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Damonvile Dystopiq Pretty terrible? They have exactly one failed device – their phone. The kindle (reader) has redefined what “reading a book” even means. The Alexa has taken the “smart home” world by storm. Their Kindle Fire (tablet) has competed favorably with the iPad, and only Samsung competes with iPad and Fire on anything like the same level in the tablet world. 
Then there’s the Fire Stick which which makes the Chromecast look like a joke, and Roku’s entire business model is tenuous because of it.
Then there’s all the other tech that Amazon does that is behind the scenes, as mentioned in some other comments, that Amazon completely OWNS – servers, infrastructure, and the like, which is one of the core components of any online game. I mean, they started streaming Amazon Prime video, b/c Netflix was doing it, using their own infrastructure, and now competes directly with them. And yet, Netflix still  uses Amazon’s infrastructure. 
Long story short – your comment makes no sense.

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Serrenity SallyBowls1 DJjazzy Uhhh just drop the cash to make it a non-sponsored version? It’s 15-20 dollars, which is around the price difference with the Kindle models that come ad-free out of the box

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Grimmtooth That is where I remember him from, his pen and paper rpg days. Didn’t even know he was in this line of work now. Interesting. Hope he gets to work on an rpg of some sort.

Xijit
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Polyanna well, they have yet to produce anything, despite being a thing that exists for years now.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

Good luck Jeff
I met him a couple of times during his TSR days. 
He was always friendly. A good guy.

Wakkander
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agemyth Ah, I had him confused with david gross for some reason, he hasn’t written pathfinder novels.

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Serrenity SallyBowls1 DJjazzy That’s because you bought the special offers versions. Nearly every one of their devices, possibly all of them still, come in versions with and without special offers. If you pay less for the device, you get the special offers, which are only on sleep screens and end up getting you a bunch of deals for other products.

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SallyBowls1 mysecretid Serrenity Samizdat A Dad Supreme Tl;dr: Silicon Valley style startups are lockboxes.

TRUTH!