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Posts tagged “They Are The Champions Online”

The Complete They Are The Champions Online

Cryptic invited us over to have a long, hard look at their Champions Online. We had a good stare, talked to anyone who never actively hit us and came back and wrote up a full week of features about it, which I compile now here for the full-on RPG ultromegafeature experience. The Game's Afoot: An overview of the game, what's new, their aims and a…

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They Are The Champions Online: Randy Mosiondz

Halfway through my time at Cryptic, we stop to gorge ourselves on takeaway Chinese. I find myself sitting alongside the worryingly silent Craig Pearson of PC Gamer, the ever-lovin' Keith Cross of MMORPG.com and the charmingly self-effacing Lead Designer of Champions, Randy Mosiondz. Since he couldn't run away as he had food in front of him, I figured it would be a good time to…

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They Are The Champions: Character Customisation

Shayne Herrera, Cryptic's Art Development Director, has finished his presentation about the whole art side of Champions Online: its comic-shading approach which hybridizes trad-characters with cell-shading, tranforming comic-dynamic poses into action and masses more. I'm left with a single, burning question. “Can I have an enormous head?” “Like you do?” “That was a set up.” “Thankyou.” It's official. In Champions Online, you can have an…

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They Are The Champions Online: George MacDonald

With twenty five years of history, there's more to Champions than Cryptic's forthcoming game. Present, and putting the game into its context, was original pen-and-paper designer George MacDonald. We grabbed an opportunity to chat to him about the history the Superhero role-playing game, the power of game mechanics to create emotions and how gargantuan Cryptic's intellects are...

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They Are The Champions Online: Jack Emmert

If any single figure's connected in the public mind with Cryptic games, it's its oft-outspoken Chief Creative Officer, Jack Emmert. While he was particularly busy showing off his new child to anyone in the buliding, we managed to grab him to talk about the interface between online MMOs and Pen and Paper games, the biggest challenges of Champions and the sacred cow of MMO design…

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They Are The Champions Online: The Game’s Afoot

Los Gatos is the Beverly Hills of The San Francisco satellites. It's not just home of people who really fancy a posh ZIP code, however. It's also Cryptic Studios' base. The veterans of the City of Heroes games are giving their first, real public showing of now-to-be-2K-distributed Champions to a selected band of gentlemen of the press. For some reason, I was invited. Spooks. Since…

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