Interview with Paul Barnett (english)
On the day of the European headstart , buffed.de was able to talk to Mythic Entertainments Lead Designer Paul Barnett. Here’s a transcript of the conversation – enjoy =)
buffed.de: Where are you now, exactly?
Paul Barnett: I am in Nottingham, sorry, I am not. (laughs) I am in Birmingham, in England, for Games Day UK, which is a big gathering of Games Workshop Warhammer fans. We have got a big booth here and hundreds of people playing the game.
buffed.de: What’s your favourite career? (question from Dense)
Paul Barnett: The squig herder, because he’s got the battle armored squig, which is awesome. And because the little tiny goblins, they struggle to stay alive. And they can hide in the back – and I also like their twitchy ears.
buffed.de: Are there certain NPCs in the game that look like any of the designers? (question from Wolfsrain23)
Paul Barnett: There are certain NPCs and they have got names of the designers – ande they have an uncanny resemblance to certain team members.
buffed.de: So, is there an NPC called Paul?
Paul Barnett: Well, not directly… but, yes.
buffed.de: How did you come up with the idea of a chaos chicken, instead of (let’s say) making lower targets just not attackable? (question from Vakeros)
Paul Barnett: We came up with the idea because we don’t want ganking. We don’t want people picking on people. We told the designers to come up with the system. And the system they had was very long and complicated. Ultimately we said: Why don’t we just turn them into a chicken? That’s the way forward: It‘s simple, it’s straightforward. You know where you stand – it’s great.
buffed.de: What was the funniest bug during development? (question from Eventer)
Paul Barnett: The only thing that mattered: are the chickens big enough. You have to keep making them bigger. They are very big now, but not big enough.
buffed.de: Will there be other playable races (bretons, skaven, wood elves, undead) in the future? (question from Malinkaja)
Paul Barnett: Yes. We can’t tell you which one. It’s a secret, but, yes.
buffed.de: We heard there will be server wide events – can you tell us something about it? We can’t really imagine the Inevitable City dressed up in chistmas lights or something… what would be one of those events? (question by guild Lords of Destruction)
Paul Barnett: Serverwide events don’t neccessarily mean things like holidays. Serverwide events could be things like like a plague that grips the entire world, so if you are not careful you can all catch the plague.