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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

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It has been a while since my first blog entry and I have been meaning to share a few behind the scene events with everyone.

For over a year I have been officially working with Sword of the New World and its community. This blog is inspired by some of the incidents and comments posted by few members since then.

There is a general feel amongst some who rarely follows all the messages that our team conveys through the forum or other places that we are not going anywhere with our title. Even though I am supposed to ignore such comments, it has proven to be a difficult task to do so.

We as a team have been pouring our hearts in and have been putting in so much effort into this project that it has become near impossible to ignore such comments anymore. I cannot blame the few members either. After all, you do not have the complete picture of what is going on behind the scenes.

The past few months have been so crazy around here, that I am surprised that we still have enough hair left on our heads to pull. December was the craziest of them all. Even though it was the holidays and I finally got a chance to take a vacation after 2 years (that’s right), I was never on a complete black out. The entire team was on e-mails and IM and phone, maintaining a constant communication between each other as if we were running a secret op for the military.

Even then, the toaster blew up!

It was disheartening to watch some of the events fall apart like a deck of cards even after putting in so much effort into them. It painfully reminded us that at the end of the day we are dealing with 1s and 0s and we should never forget to anticipate the unexpected.

Our mistake in the whole plot was that we were in a hurry to release the events to the community. Christmas and New Years were around the corner and we wanted to give something different this year. We forgot for a minute that we do not have enough time to test the new event patch nor did we want to be the Grinch who delayed the events. Well…lesson learned.

January has already turned out to be another busy month for the Sword team. Quinzel has been staying awake up till 2 to 3 in the morning spamming e-mails and working on the big plans. The monitor on my PC is decorated with Post-its that has a long list of tasks that require my attention. Nutc4se hasn’t shut down his PC in over 2 weeks because he has e-mails and tasks open on his monitor that he needs to tend to. I guess I shouldn’t even begin to mention about Neume since you can imagine how slammed he would be handling War Rock also, apart from baby-sitting all of us.

Last month we ran a 50% EXP event on the servers and launched two new costume boxes. What is the occasion you might ask. Well…..it was Martin Luther King Day.

“50% increase in EXP for an entire week because it’s Martin Luther King day??”. Sorry to burst your bubble. But we haven’t gone completely bonkers yet.

The internal story behind it is that Quinzel wanted to launch this event for no apparent reason. However when we conveyed our wishes to our comrades at IMC, they wanted to know why we were doing it. After all 50% EXP boost for a week is a huge thing.

Since she couldn’t say, “well when I woke up this morning, I wanted to initiate this event on the servers”, she started flipping through the calendar hoping that Christmas got postponed to January. We are not sure if someone foresaw our predicament years ago or we were just plain lucky, the week wasn’t empty and there was one holiday coming up.
Martin Luther King Day!

Bonkers? No. Getting things done for Sword? Yes.

Well, this has not been a long explanation nor have I revealed a lot of what is going on behind the scenes. If I am to do that, this post will turn into a mini book. Over the days, I hope that I will be able to key in lot more and I will definitely bring you the news from the people behind the game you love so much.

The fact is that everyone in the organization is putting all their bets on Sword and they have high hopes for it. I am one lucky nub to be working along with all the fine people in my team.

We all agree that there have been a lot of screw ups from our end. But we have always overcome those and have always learned from our mistakes. One promise that I can make is that you won’t catch us messing up on the same thing twice.

It will always be on something new.

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