Diablo III

Hell froze over and Blizzard finally announced Diablo III. This may be big news for all computer game fans but why here on Troika Chronicles? That’s because Leonard Boyarsky of Troika fame is the Lead World Designer of Blizzard’s upcoming Action RPG. Wow! I’ve heard rumors that Leon was working for Blizzard Entertainment but that he’s in charge of World Design just blows me away! Good luck, Leon, and try to smuggle some Brahmin into the Cow Level. πŸ˜€

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Blast from the past!

Some time ago I stumbled upon a great blog that I read almost every day: Briosafreak’s Fallout 3: A Post Nuclear Blog. In his blog he brings us daily news on everything related to the Fallout series with special focus on the upcoming Fallout 3 by Bethesda. One of the features on the site is a real blast from the past: Desslock’s interview with Tim Cain about ToEE. If you haven’t already read it, check it out and remember the good old days. πŸ™‚

Bloodlines patched again

Here’s the list of changes (taken from the forums at The Patches Scroll):

Made basic patch install as default and removed overlooked changes.
+Removed crossbow from Sin Bin and fixed Yukie double swords issue.
Included memory and widescreen resolution tools, thanks to Wabbite.
Many Malkavian lines added for blood dools, thanks to RobinHood70.
+Removed humanity for Dementating McFly and tutorial .38 on default.
Swapped Lily cutscene Phil with scrubs and adjusted Vandal’s line.
Made it possible to specify which clothes Heather should wear next.
Restored SM haven for traitorous Tremere and fixed sewer shortcut.

Re-did Ginger Swan knowledge fix and warehouse re-entering stopper.
Corrected boss flags for Mercurio, Chastity and Tzimisce Creation.
Fixed Venus’ reaction for persuading Boris and Asylum email issues.
Restored newscaster and Cal lines and fixed minor dialogue errors.
Repaired Imalia’s quest failure message and new Vandal alternative.
Fixed possible random crashes on exiting Grout’s Mansion and Dane.
Corrected hostess not getting elevator and phoning without a phone.
Added inspection to text at Society and a few more missing sounds.

The patch can be downloaded here.

Jason D. Anderson talks

GameBanshee’s Thomas Beekers has talked with Jason D. Anderson of Troika fame who is currently Creative Director for the Interplay Entertainment MMORPG project. Although he couldn’t reveal much about the project he’s working on since it was not “officially announced”, it seems a sure bet that it’s a Fallout MMOG. Here’s an excerpt:

As I am interviewing potential employees for Interplay, I am not only taking a hard look at people’s skills, but at their overall attitude on game making and the gaming industry as well. I am very interested in people with a “we can do it!” attitude – something you see much more of at small development houses and top-rated companies like Blizzard. I am trying to put together the best hand-picked team I can so that we can create a really great game. Pessimists need not apply.

You can check out the full interview here.

Jason Anderson working for Interplay again

According to this news post @ Blues News Interplay (yes, they are still around) has hired Jason Anderson. Jason will be working on an “unannounced MMORPG”. I am pretty sure that’s the Fallout MMORPG HervΓ© Caen has been talking about for some time now. Although it’s good to hear that Jason is back in the industry, I don’t think it was a good idea to work for Interplay again…

Update: According to the Fallout 3 Blog, Jason Anderson will not be working on the Fallout MMOG but on another yet unannounced MMOG. Hmm, I remember the unannounced part from the original news but assumed there hasn’t been a formal announcement of the Fallout MMOG yet. Hmm, I think I was mistaken. So Interplay is working on two MMOGs or has the Fallout MMOG been cancelled?

Bloodlines patched to 4.3

Another unofficial Vampire Bloodlines patch has been released. It can be downloaded at The Patches Scroll.

New Arcanum modules!

Although “Arcanum – Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura” is out for some years now, several avid fans are still working hard to bring us some new modules to play. And working hard they are, since WorldEd is not the easiest piece of software to use (I tried and failed). πŸ˜€

  • The first new module was created by Lord of Halifax and its written completely in the french language. It’s called “Le livre des Ombres” and can be dowloaded at the Arcanum Lab.
  • The second new module, called Doomsday was created by Terra Arcanum forum regular Quaid. This module is hosted at the other remaining Troika Games fansite “Terra Arcanum“. You can download it here.

I found news about both modules at Terra Arcanum. Special thanks to mathboy for posting the news!