Browsing through content from years ago is both embarrassing and tons of fun. It’s mostly nice to read old opinions on certain topics and take a stroll down memory lane. But there are obviously also some bold predictions that never happened or stuff that makes you cringe because you can’t believe that it was actually posted. This column was created to uncover everything! We revisit old posts and discuss both the topic and the content in hindsight!
Since it’s the first piece of a new column I’d like to add a little context to the intro above. Going back to old posts is both interesting and a necessity. When I change stuff on the blog I have to make sure that old posts are still functional. I pretty much only have to check layout related issues but often re-read the full thing. While doing this I’ve stumbled upon more than one facepalms or topics I’d like to revisit. So hey, why not make a series out of it and let you guys join the fun, right? So without further ado, let’s go back to our first post!
AMA Reddit with Producer HeyRogers from December 2014 (Link)
The post we’re going to revisit today is one of the very first ones on the site. In December of 2014 Producer HeyRogers joined the official subreddit for an AMA, in which he mainly talked about the upcoming Elemental Evil update. We know today that the module would turnout to be one of the worst in Neverwinter’s history. So let’s see how HeyRogers tried to sell it and more importantly, how we evaluated the AMA back in 2014!
Nobody could anticipate that Elemental Evil would be such a gigantic fail, but at least were were cautious enough to throw in that the mod used as comparison (Icewind Dale) also didn’t turn out too well. More interestingly however, I wonder what those huge/big/etc. things were? Looking at the feature list, the HUGE stuff is probably the level cap raise and the Oathbound Paladin class. The big things could include Enchantment or Artifact level increases, although this is technically part of the cap raise. But what does “strange and unexpected” refer to? Minsc and Boo? I’m lost here.
Hey Rogers (ha!), we’re still waiting. What did happen to this feature? Also funny that they did the contrary in the mod by removing a large amount of the dungeons instead. Oh well…
Oh wow, this was indeed really annoying. Most of you probably haven’t witnessed it, but Tiamat back in the day was a full pug-fest, because you had to enter the instance solo and then were randomly grouped up with other people that entered the instance at the same time. “A little bit more reliability” is the understatement of the year by the way. This was a true pain.
“Sooner than we might think” probably refers to “never”. Unless they somehow count that Guild Hall thing as “housing”, both features have yet to make the game. FOUR YEARS LATER!
Hand over that “The Prophet” title Nova. We called loadouts before Mod 6! Kind of… I guess?
How about no more maps for the next 10 mods? Because that’s what it’s looking like right now!
Oh yeah. The changes definitely did affect PVP… for the worse! Paladins were unbeatable and caused major balancing woes. Back then we also still had some sort of hope that they would do something for the game mode. They brought in the solo queue, which was progress, but they failed til today to really give PVP a competitive environment (that can’t be exploited). Reading this really makes you *sigh* because you suddenly realize that not a lot of things have changed for PVP since then.
That’s the recap of the post’s topic and content! Overall I was really surprised how solid it was given that the site was just starting out. We have changed formatting and layout since then, but in terms of what was written this definitely could have been posted today. In fact, we’re still doing those reviews whenever an AMA rolls around. So it’s something that definitely stuck with the site over the years. But don’t fret, we’ll definitely get to much more embarrassing things in this column!
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