Massively OP Podcast Episode 57: Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs

After taking in scads of questions from our readers about Camelot Unchained, we roped in Mark Jacobs to see how many of them he could answer in a tight hour! It’s everything you wanted to know about this Arthurian RvR title — and then some. Even if you’re not into Camelot Unchained, we think you’ll find this episode a fascinating look into the development process. (And if we don’t answer your question, check back tomorrow: This one’s a two-parter!)

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Show notes:

  • 00:00 – Intro, crunch, beta prep
  • 03:13 – Building an engine from scratch
  • 05:19 – What is Camelot Unchained?
  • 07:30 – Server structure
  • 15:31 – Free trials and open beta
  • 19:07 – Tutorials and newbie acclimation
  • 22:36 – PvP design goals
  • 28:47 – RvR vs. FFA
  • 37:53 – Economic PvP design goals
  • 42:18 – The state of trade
  • 43:46 – Balancing 30 classes
  • 49:54 – Crafting vs. combat development
  • 51:31 – What does CU bring to the genre that’s new?
  • 54:21 – Addressing visual chaos
  • 56:54 – Outro

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TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

I find the lack of Star Wars related questions disturbing.

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disUserNameTake

Thanks Mark.  A few of mine made it in there I see.  :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Cramit Thanks for your support of Dark Age of Camelot, it was a great game, made by a great team. As to Camelot Unchained, I hope that get that same feeling in the larger-scale battles that we are planning on being able to support for this game. Things are moving along nicely.

Thanks again for your support of Dark Age of Camelot and Camelot Unchained.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Laeesh Thanks! It was indeed fun.

Cramit
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Cramit

breetoplay Cramit moirrey O I wasn’t talking about the content of the question.  I agree, it’s something very important to get a handle on.  Honestly, in this particular instance I think most of the questions asked or the ones chosen to be asked were all pretty great questions, definitely.

I was more highlighting the wording of the question.  Scrub certainly was only used in context of a segment of gamers but as we all learned yesterday, and probably drinking heavily from it, perception is everything and it certainly could be perceived in multiple ways.  Some food for thought.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Cramit moirrey I wasn’t calling our community scrubs or using the word pejoratively at all. As I recall, the person proposing the question was basically coming at it from the viewpoint of being inexperienced at PvP. He/she was basically asking how elitist the game was going to be — whether the gameplay would allow for people who want to romp around in a zerg and kill for the fun of it, or whether those people would be trampled and ostracized because players would be better off with a small group of elite PvPers of precisely the right class and skill than 40 casuals just there for a good time.
A perfectly fair question, frankly.
There’s nothing wrong with being a scrub or an amateur or someone who’s there for the fun rather than the challenge. DAOC was very good at allowing room for all types and skill levels. Gameplay that encourages PvP elitism don’t do so well.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Mark Jacobs Esoteric Coyote  Caffeine?

Cramit
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Cramit

Dark Age was so much fun, really miss it.  Although I enjoyed the grouping leveling ala EQ.  Hate how it turned into pling at certain camps with a high level mentalist or something.  Really killed 1/2 of the game.

RvR though was SO MUCH FUN.  Man, those first large battles at release, it was amazing watching a zerg of Mid’s, Albs, or Hibs come running at you was so immersive and fun.  Hoping they can really re-create and build upon the DAoC RvR system to make it just amazing, so looking forward to it.

Cramit
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Cramit

moirrey Cramit It’s ok, I just find it amazing that they’ll complain about a butt and then turn around and call their community scrubs, hilarious.

moirrey
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moirrey

Cramit Scrubs Anti-Defamation League should be informed.