If you have read the last article, I shared to you the first part of the letter of one of the earliest programmers of Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 gold material here. Enjoy!
Guild Wars 2 Gold: Second Part
I knew it was a special place when I was immediately made a part of the family. No one ever treated me like an outsider who came in for the final months, I was made to feel like a true part of the team who was helping make something great and it was clear to me I had found a home. Shortly after the launch of Guild Wars, the company banded together to work on the most fun project I’ve ever been a part of in my gaming career: a free update to the game called Sorrow’s Furnace. So much pure joy and love was poured into that little update and most importantly the amazing friends who I got to work with on it will last with me forever.
As a game designer on Guild Wars ArenaNet continued to support me and let me take chances on wild ideas like a Mad King who told jokes for Halloween (thanks for the jokes James!), an iron forgeman, rollerbeetle racing, a Grenth vs. Dwayna wintersday battle, dwarven boxing, Polymock, mimes galore, bog beasts, glint’s challenge, siege turtles, journey’s with Koss, a dungeon full of snowmen, an Elonan party, a lunar iron chef battle and so many more fun projects I can’t begin to remember them all. They took a chance on me again when they let me become the quest design lead for the Eye of the North (I love you team quest!). In my final project before moving to the Guild Wars 2 team, they took one last roll of the dice and give me a shot at being the lead designer of the bonus mission pack.
Amazing. I have always assumed that a programmer would be like a robot towards the company they are working for, emotionless. I always think that they just do their job and that would be enough. It is refreshing to read this part that ArenaNet values the growth of their programmers and let them work freely within the boundaries of the project. Cool stuff. You would buy Guild Wars 2 gold for this kind of information and we got it for free!
To be continued…