Yesterday Sapience posted a new “Twenty Questions with the LOTRO Dev Team”. I was going to call this “20 Opinions on 20 Questions” but honestly a good number of these don’t even evoke an opinion from me. More of a “ok good to know”, “who cares” or “duh” response. So here’s the few items that did make feel I had something to say.
Q4: Do the developers find the player council helpful or just another annoyance?
A4: The council has been very helpful. It gives us the opportunity to have very focused conversations. The threads don’t go on in to 40+ pages and the topics are very pertinent to current development. So far it has been a great and responsive sounding board. – Zimmitti
First of all I think this question is kind of silly. As if Zimmitti would say “no all these people are a waste of our time!”.
Right now the whole player council is shrouded in mystery. We’re told a lot of good stuff is coming out of their discussion which is good to hear. It is hard to get excited though as we’re not really sure where their influence was in our favor.
Who’d really like to hear about on this topic are the players on the council. Do they feel like they are helping and making a difference? Is Turbine listening to them and are ideas being incorporated? I’m not certain that these folks can tell us this as part of the gig was to be under an NDA.
My hope is that sometime we get a list of what the Player Council helped bring us players. We don’t need to name the people personally but give the group as a whole credit where credit is due. Show all us on the outside that it really has been a benefit. Sorry Turbine but you got to prove it worked; just telling us it’s going great isn’t really enough for me.
Q16: Given player concerns about the license and Turbine’s relationship with Saul Zaentz/Middle-earth Enterprises, can you say anything about LOTRO ending in 2014 as some have predicted?
A16: We plan to support LOTRO for many more years to come. We are very fortunate in that we enjoy a great relationship with Middle-earth Enterprises. They visit our offices several times a year to check out our upcoming plans for LOTRO and continue to be very supportive. – Sapience
This one was odd to me. The answer seems to be clear that no, LOTRO isn’t shutting down.
What I find odd is the question is about the license and the relationship but really only the relationship is clearly addressed. Is there some reason you can’t just make everyone stop flapping their cake-holes about the end of LOTRO by saying “the license has been secured” or something? This whole answer smacks of a PR or Marketing cleaned up response and I hope it’s clear to Turbine that this wasn’t good enough.
The happy answer is that LOTRO is going to continue for “many more years”.
Q20: Why can’t we mail more than one item at a time? How hard is it to change this?
A20: This has come up for discussion several times. It’s difficult to concretely answer a question like “how hard is it to…”, but suffice to say this is more than a few days of work – “bigger than a breadbox”, as we like to say. – Nathan
My only comment on this is MAKE IT HAPPEN TURBINE. Monetize it even. I will pay for the privilege of sending items more than one at a time. Surely this is worth more than a few days of someone’s time?