R.A. Salvatore. Drizzt Do’Urden. Two names that you pretty much have to know if a) You come to my blog ever, b) You know anything about 38 Studios, c) You have ever considered yourself a fan of fantasy at all. Drizzt is back in a new trilogy from R.A. Salvatore, and the first book is called The Orc King. Any good? Well, it’s currently #7 on the New York Times Bestselling List, #9 in the Wall Street Journal, and #6 in Publishers Weekly. Congrats to Bob, and pick up his new book to check it out. 🙂
Several interviews have gone up over the past few weeks. You may get some insight into what’s going on here at 38 Studios, or maybe you know everything there is to know about us already. Either way, check out the interviews! In chronological order: TenTonHammer interviews Brett Close. WarCry interviews Brett Close. MPOGD interviews Mary Kirchoff, Gamasutra interviews R.A. Salvatore and Brett Close. Enjoy the leet infos.
GameDaily BIZ has an article up by R.A. Salvatore called, “R.A. Salvatore Speaks about the New Fantasy.” For those of you who want a little insight into where Salvatore feels the genre of fantasy is heading, check it out. For any of you who don’t know, R.A. Salvatore is the Director of Creative Content and Storywriter here at 38 Studios. He also, more famously, is the creator of Drizzt Do’Urden and has written more than 40 novels, selling more than 15 million of them worldwide. So, yeah, he’s a giant in the fantasy/sci-fi space, and I’ve been blessed enough to work with him on our MMO at 38 Studios. Check out the article.
A New England blog called 93South has a great Boston Video Game Round-Up. It’s a good list of many of the video game development companies in the area, along with a description of each. You can find my home company, 38 Studios, on that list with the likes of Harmonix, Turbine, Irrational/2K Boston, and Iron Lore. We have a strong game development community out here, and with major new games like BioShock by Irrational Games (now 2k Boston), it is just getting stronger. This area has a lot of roots in Looking Glass Studios, which was one of my favorite dev companies ever and made my favorite game series ever, Thief.
There’s some great content on TenTonHammer after the recent visit to Comic-Con, where some folks from my company discussed more about our team and what we’re planning to accomplish. We still aren’t revealing details about the game or IP, but it’s definitely worth a read (you’ll get your taste of what we’re actually making when the time is right 😉 ). Check out the interview with four leaders, three “vision” videos, and a Brett Close interview. Good stuff. I especially like the “Passion of the Christian” (he’s the red haired guy doing the funny move when it says “Passion” on the screen in one of the videos). I’m the soon-to-be-not-chubby guy as “Commitment” rolls by.
A few folks from my company, 38 Studios, will be at Comic-Con this year. That will include Brett Close (President), R.A. Salvatore, and Todd McFarlane. They’ll be in Hall C at booth #2601, which I believe is McFarlane’s main booth. I won’t be there, but those people are even cooler than I am. They’re giving away a thing or two (with autographs!) and will be part of a panel as well. All of you who are going, enjoy and let us know what you think. Find out more in the press release.
I’ll try to make a habit of posting jobs we have available at 38 Studios here for those of you who are interested. Right now, we are looking for a remarkably skilled Concept Artist/Illustrator to work on a game we currently have in production. If you’re the one for the job, please submit your resume to jobs [insert at sign] 38studios.com for more specific details on requirements and qualifications. A few more details after the fold. Continue Reading »
Ten Ton Hammer recently interviewed Bob Salvatore about his involvement here at 38 Studios. It’s a great read for any of you folks who are following what I’m working on. Go here for part one, and then here for part two. You can also find a couple other recent interviews linked from our company website if you’re interested (mostly with Curt Schilling).
The company I work at, 38 Studios, has a brand-spanking-new website! It’s complete with a fun, semi-interactive rendition of Munch, and some information on the company you may not have seen on our old website. You’ll get a lot more regular news out of us in the coming months so keep an eye on the site. Check it out and let us know what you think. Yes, everything is intentionally in the bottom left corner, and yes that is intentional whitespace. Live in the now!
Curt Schilling has his own blog! That’s right, the near-infamously outspoken Boston Red Sox pitcher, 38 Studios founder, philanthropist, and all-around nice guy has a blog. The blog is called 38 Pitches, and so far has a single (long) entry, but I suspect you’ll see a heck of a lot of commentary on his part given Curt’s nature to speak out. As much as it looks like I’m kissing ass with the first part, I believe all that stuff myself, plus I had to link to the blog because it was up to me to get the thing set up.