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Evening all,

Thanks go out to GreyDragon for his visit and taking his time to answer our questions. Thanks also go to Thend and Zedra for moderating the questions! Helped make my job a lot easier!

Here's my distilled version of the Q&A in Canadian Bevin this evening featuring GreyDragon from CyanWorlds:

(05/04 17:32:17) Julian Lapis: Evening Greydragon sah. How goes all?
(05/04 17:32:48) Greydragon: You tell me
(05/04 17:32:55) Greydragon: like the new plan?

<various responses, mostly affirmative>
(05/04 17:33:23) Greydragon: Seems like a lot of us do..

(05/04 17:33:41) Julian Lapis: Having clearly defined story 'segments' would really solve a lot of problems
(05/04 17:33:45) Cyrix: it will make those who don't actually live here have an easier time of it
(05/04 17:33:56) Greydragon: yes the episodes are planned to be one week a month.

(05/04 17:34:36) Mutley: Greydragon, how will they deal with the lag problem?
(05/04 17:35:05) Thend: Yes, is lag ALWAYS gonna be an issue?
(05/04 17:35:02) Greydragon: it is something we are talking about
(05/04 17:35:56) Greydragon: and something we are working on.. now.. if this new format helps us fix that problem sooner to improve the game.. i am all for it
(05/04 17:36:13) Greydragon: I know we are planning to do stuff so that the load is spread out..
(05/04 17:37:17) Greydragon: Yes i think the private cities will help too..
(05/04 17:37:53) Greydragon: i look at neighborhoods become closer.. meaning people start playing with there hoods more..


(05/04 17:38:19) Greydragon: someone want to be moderator of the questiosn..?
(05/04 17:38:38) ommadawn: thend - moderate!
(05/04 17:38:44) Greydragon: thanks thend
(05/04 17:38:45) Thend: Fine...
(05/04 17:38:49) Greydragon: :)

(05/04 17:39:52) Thend: Chloe, once more please, with gusto
(05/04 17:40:11) Chloe: lol okay.
(05/04 17:38:00) Chloe: gd, just wondering if the episode content is going to be autonomous from the fan created storylines. Or does Cyan intend to take little bits of the storyline we create, and incorporate it into the next months episode adeventures.
(05/04 17:40:12) Greydragon: Chloe - hard to say
(05/04 17:40:38) Greydragon: I think the explorer stores do effect the cavern, and still will in the future..


(05/04 17:41:13) Thend: Julian
(05/04 17:41:18) Julian Lapis: What was the attitude of the meeting? Was it a decision borne from necessity, or a model that everyone was really enthusiastic about?
(05/04 17:42:30) Greydragon: julian - Both, everyone at cyan and turner loved the idea.. We just didn't know what the fans would think about it.. I felt pretty good.. but it was great to see everyone really behind it..
(05/04 17:42:48) Julian Lapis: Ah, good stuff.
(05/04 17:42:54) Greydragon: of course it looks great in theory.. now we need to make it happen :)
(05/04 17:43:04) Greydragon: i hope we can deliver :)


(05/04 17:43:13) Thend: Cammio
(05/04 17:43:17) cammio: will the greeters be kept infored of game play
(05/04 17:43:54) Greydragon: cammio, please explain...
(05/04 17:44:15) cammio: will the greeters be kept up to date
(05/04 17:44:54) cammio: tohelp explorers
(05/04 17:45:31) Greydragon: Like know stuff before everyone else.. no, put I would be surprised if the
(05/04 17:45:45) Greydragon: greeters tend to know more cause they are always in..
(05/04 17:45:48) Greydragon: and that helps..
(05/04 17:46:21) Greydragon: I mean you guys are organized in the sence that you can tell each other what happened the night before and stuff right?
(05/04 17:47:03) Greydragon: I think communication we become important in the cavern again.. Like when someone screems on chat that i am in a bevin.. lol

(05/04 17:45:59) Yishah Ti'ana: greeters are explorers (sorry for stepping in :) so we would check the boards and attend these kinds of things :)
(05/04 17:45:59) cammio: thank u

(05/04 17:46:58) Thend: Is Zander here?
(05/04 17:47:01) Zander Nyrond: Will the episodes be mostly self-contained, or mostly following an arc?
(05/04 17:47:42) Greydragon: Zander - i'll let you wait for that one.. i think its a little of both.
(05/04 17:48:12) Zander Nyrond: As long as there is both, I'm happy.

(05/04 17:48:10) Thend: Myss Terrie?
(05/04 17:48:25) Myss Terrie: how can we better help DRC and new players?
(05/04 17:49:14) Myss Terrie: many bevins are devoted to helping others, such as my bevin is
(05/04 17:49:23) Myss Terrie: how might we be of more service?
(05/04 17:49:40) Greydragon: Keep doing what your doing.. i think we will have more things you can do for the DRC in the future.. but for new players.. be nice and help them like uru
(05/04 17:49:53) Myss Terrie thanks you

(05/04 17:49:48) Thend: ommadawn, you're up
(05/04 17:49:51) ommadawn: it's the lag question - even spreading each month over 7 days will still cause issues, what's the plan to help that?
(05/04 17:50:50) Greydragon: work on it..:) Make it better Preload stuff on the server..
(05/04 17:51:25) Greydragon: we plan to work on it.. i think we will find out alot after this first episode..

(05/04 17:51:26) ommadawn: ty - keep working!

(05/04 17:51:30) Thend: conndarus, you may speak to the Great & Powerful GreyDragon
(05/04 17:51:58) conndarus: during the week of episode, in Each Day we have some new ?
(05/04 17:55:29) Greydragon: COnndarus - don't really know depends on the episode i think.. Depends on something new means to you..
(05/04 17:56:05) Greydragon: Also- Episodes are planned to go over weekends when most people can play.

(05/04 17:56:01) conndarus: thanks

(05/04 17:56:29) Thend: Okay, Trunk then
(05/04 17:56:33) Trunkuza: From the sounds of it, one week a month is dedicated to updates. Does that remove the individual small updates for "reward clothing" and newer "surprise" Relto pages, and the like? And will the content be sufficient enough to sate people's appetites until the next months' update week?
(05/04 17:57:07) Greydragon: All that stuff will be in that week.
(05/04 17:57:42) Greydragon: the player will have to decide if they want to get it the day it comes out or spread out there content..
(05/04 17:58:05) Greydragon: For some everyone will want it right a way.... others will spread it out..
(05/04 17:58:09) Greydragon: its up to them.
(05/04 17:58:40) Greydragon: Some will want everything right away -.. blah ...

(05/04 17:58:24) Trunkuza: hmmm, kk.

(05/04 17:58:27) Thend: Chloe, hit GD with your best shot
(05/04 17:59:04) Chloe: was wondering, during the off weeks, will we still get visits from DRC staffers, or will that only happen during the episode now.
(05/04 18:02:27) Greydragon: the drc chracters will onlt be planned for the "sweeps" However that doesn't stop cyan from coming in during off times
(05/04 18:02:38) Greydragon: I will be promoting player events more..
(05/04 18:03:58) Greydragon: We really want to "market " the episodes.. so that means going all out for story and content during that period.. After that period we will have some time to reflect in house about what worked and what didn't
(05/04 18:04:27) Greydragon: When i say player events.. that doesn't mean i will promote player stories.. lol
(05/04 18:05:38) Greydragon: I think interactions withe the DRC and explorers will only be done durning the episode times..


(05/04 18:05:49) Thend: Dragonia, go for it
(05/04 18:05:53) Dragonia: Is Cyan getting close to solving the black screen problem when linking?
(05/04 18:06:57) Greydragon: umm?? blackscreen with clickables? , some other things.. sorry i don't know much about the bugs.. Uru works great for me.. Thats something you would have to ask someone else..
(05/04 18:07:26) Dragonia thanks you

(05/04 18:07:11) Thend: Meadow, you're up
(05/04 18:07:17) meadow: can u say when the update will take place or just keep our eyes peeled for ultimately may 19th? and thanks so much for answering us here today...believe it or not, some of us live for this moment! thanks for calling on me thend, :)
(05/04 18:08:47) Greydragon: The Episode starts May 19th..
(05/04 18:08:57) Greydragon: musch more then that is hard to explain..

(05/04 18:09:00) meadow cheers

(05/04 18:09:13) Thend: Zander, what is your succinct question?
(05/04 18:09:15) Zander Nyrond: What is the feeling about player-created stories in general? Okay to do or not okay to do?
(05/04 18:10:19) Greydragon: Zander- they have there place.
(05/04 18:10:34) Greydragon: Every explorer has a story
(05/04 18:11:59) Greydragon: Even my Alter- Ego in the cavern has a place in the cavern.. Each of our stories is important. is
(05/04 18:12:31) Greydragon: Do we need to always have to be the center of attention in order to feel that that story is bette rthen others.. no way
(05/04 18:13:09) Greydragon: I mean the vid thing is cool.. does cyan know much about it.. no.. will it effect things.. who knows.. its kinda fun to play with things like that
(05/04 18:14:08) Greydragon: Rils.. starting an organization and working with SHarper.. i mean we knew were we wanted to go before that..but being able to play on the organization helps us..
(05/04 18:14:55) Greydragon: I think in the end explorer created content is cool and has a place.. but people was strong story from cyan and with the new format i think we arwe ready to deliver..

(05/04 18:10:41) Zander Nyrond: Good. That's all I wanted to know.
(05/04 18:10:48) Zander Nyrond: Thank you.

(05/04 18:15:39) Thend: GD, quick answer to Shadow's question on sparklies please
(05/04 18:14:03) [ Shadow ]: What about the sparklies that come the start of the new month will those now be released in the weeks package?
(05/04 18:16:15) Greydragon: sparkies are one thing that break the delivery.. they will be at the begining on the months..
(05/04 18:16:27) Greydragon: like they are now..
(05/04 18:18:10) Greydragon: Shadow.. they will be .. exactly as they are now..
(05/04 18:18:33) Greydragon: turned on at the begining of the month and go till the end..

(05/04 18:18:19) [ Shadow ]: sounds great thanks

(05/04 18:10:44) Thend: Kaelri - Dazzle us!
(05/04 18:16:45) Kaelri: Sorry this one was kind of lost up there. Will the events of an episode all be pre-planned and (if teasingly) pre-announced, as was "Scars," or will it be possible for them to take multiple paths over the course of the week, based on the resulting interaction with the players?
(05/04 18:17:55) Greydragon: both.. some events will be planned.. some might just happen by the interactions of the players.. I think both
(05/04 18:18:15) Kaelri thanks you.

(05/04 18:18:47) Thend: Cyrix, you're up
(05/04 18:18:50) Cyrix: I am curious, when you say what worked and what did not, how do you arrive at that judgment? Forums mainly?
(05/04 18:19:39) Greydragon: "the pulse of the community" Forums, in game, comments, conversations.. all of the above..

(05/04 18:20:09) Thend: (I'll have a question after this, then anyone else who has a question thaat may or may not be answered due to time, please raise hand to get in line - Thanks :) )
(05/04 18:20:37) Thend: GD, will Sam & Max make an appearance in Uru Live? I think that would really rake in the number
(05/04 18:20:59) Greydragon: Don't think so..
(05/04 18:21:18) Greydragon: always like cross marketing.. why we have the sam and max shirts..
(05/04 18:21:49) Greydragon: Will atrus appear in Sam in max is a better question.. you should ask telltale..


(05/04 18:21:51) Chloe: GD, the last time you were here you said as the story unfolds, we'd get more answers to the cannoncity of Myst V. Is that still the case, and part of the new direction?
(05/04 18:22:38) Greydragon: I think this episode will start asking more questions and give a few answers
(05/04 18:22:58) Chloe nods
(05/04 18:23:00) Chloe: Sweet.

(05/04 18:23:02) Thend: Zander?
(05/04 18:23:03) Zander Nyrond: Am I right in thinking the matter of the pods is not over yet?
(05/04 18:23:12) Greydragon: ander- no comment
(05/04 18:23:18) Zander Nyrond: Oy.
(05/04 18:23:25) Greydragon: :)

(05/04 18:23:44) Thend: edra, go right ahead :)
(05/04 18:23:53) Thend: Zedra
(05/04 18:24:09) Thend: GD, when is Cyan gonna fix the Z's in chat?
(05/04 18:25:00) Greydragon: I hate that too..
(05/04 18:25:26) Thend: Zedra's up. The line is open after that
(05/04 18:25:45) Zedra: sorry, that's what i was going to ask

(05/04 18:26:23) jahura: About how long typically will an episode be available?
(05/04 18:26:46) Greydragon: ever?
(05/04 18:27:07) jahura: Are they downloadable from a library like Sam and Max or will they be for a limited time?
(05/04 18:27:44) Greydragon: forver.. though i have heard some in the community think we should have some ages that only are a limited time.. so if you
(05/04 18:27:57) Greydragon: you aren't paying for it you don't get the content..
(05/04 18:28:31) Greydragon: ard to say whats right.. We need people to start paying now.. and not wait six months before they join..
(05/04 18:29:04) Greydragon: So whats the best way to fix that problem.. i guess we will figure that out..

(05/04 18:28:28) jahura thanks you very much!

(05/04 18:29:20) Thend: Garamoth, you're up
(05/04 18:29:40) Garamoth: Ok, just wondering... will we ever be able to customize bevins?
(05/04 18:30:07) Greydragon: Always a plan..
(05/04 18:30:15) Garamoth: Haha ok

(05/04 18:32:23) Chloe: GD, This is a silly question, and will probably get a no comment, but as it is we've got 21 available slots on our bookshelves. Does Cyan have a plan for after those slots are filled. Like a knew shelf, or converting the journal shelf.
(05/04 18:32:39) Chloe: sorry 23.
(05/04 18:33:18) Greydragon: Guess we will see when we get there: :)

(05/04 18:33:35) Thend: Cyrix is up, and this appears to be the last question of the night, folks
(05/04 18:33:41) Cyrix: will new content include changes to existing great ages such as Kadish and Gira etc?
(05/04 18:35:24) Greydragon: maybe.. we will see
(05/04 18:35:25) Greydragon: :)
(05/04 18:35:28) Greydragon: see ya all


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Thank you for posting this!

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Was any other Bevin visited by GD? So far I haven't heard of any others. Very interesting, considering how Cate was received there last week. Which was very well, if you haven't already heard.


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SeanS .. another GREAT chatlog .. lots of really interesting data to nibble through. :D

Thanks .. Cier :)

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Nice Q&A. I pasted the bit about Sam & Max over at Telltale's forum.
http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/sho ... php?t=2752

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Emily: I have talked about this with the Cyan guys a few times (both with Ryan/Greydragon, and also with Rand Miller). Everyone agreed it was an interesting idea but we'd have to find a way to execute it well. Having Sam & Max pop up in URU would be funny, but it would also detract a bit from the story they're trying to tell.

My big idea, which is something Rand seemed to think would be really funny, would be to have Sam & Max walking around in the Myst environment... like if we could drop them into the set from Real Myst. I'd love to see their comments on that type of game.

We use Maya for animation and Cyan uses Max, so unfortunately it wouldn't be as easy as just dropping our characters into their environments. It could probably be done but it would take a lot of work. (I mentioned this to our art director once and his head almost exploded. )


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Emily: ...My big idea, which is something Rand seemed to think would be really funny, would be to have Sam & Max walking around in the Myst environment... like if we could drop them into the set from Real Myst. ...

The Disney management during the Eisner years pitched hard to have the Muppets (which they had acquired) walking around Disneyland alongside Mickey, Donald and Goofy. The suits saw them all as cartoon characters, and couldn't understand that they were from completely different worlds. And of course, they couldn't understand the howls of protest from fans that mixing both worlds was a violation of each.

Sorta like the strategy used by the latter day management of Hanna-Barbera who, in the declining years of that studio, churned out animation shows starring mixtures of characters from previous, famous shows. They couldn't understand the protests from the fans... or the plummeting ratings.

IMO if Cyan thinks having Sam & Max in the Myst universe is a good idea, they've truly lost their creative rudder.


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I also want to thank you for for organizing that log, Sean.

I'd like to weigh in my opinion on one issue: I think no age should be temporary. For one, the IC explanation would be awkward. But I also think that any prospective subscriber should be guaranteed the chance to witness in-game what they in screenshots (bugs notwithstanding, of course). I, for one, have been waiting for the end of the semester to upgrade to explorer status. I don't feel bad about not getting the sparklies, but I would be offended if an age were closed before I could visit it.


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LuigiHann wrote:
Nice Q&A. I pasted the bit about Sam & Max over at Telltale's forum.
http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/sho ... php?t=2752

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Emily: I have talked about this with the Cyan guys a few times (both with Ryan/Greydragon, and also with Rand Miller). Everyone agreed it was an interesting idea but we'd have to find a way to execute it well. Having Sam & Max pop up in URU would be funny, but it would also detract a bit from the story they're trying to tell.


It's pretty clear from the Telltale Forum thread that this is one of those really amusing "wouldn't it be funny if" conversations, much like the SWN where Sam and Max explored D'ni, and not anything that would ever be considered on the real drawing board for Uru

I would find a "Sam and Max in D'ni" machinima or joke game hillarious. But as a spinoff on GameTap TV or something, not as part of my Uru gameplay.

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Still, it would make a GREAT April Fools joke . . .

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Think "easter egg". :wink:


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Zardoz wrote:
Still, it would make a GREAT April Fools joke . . .

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Oh, heck yeah. Or Yali's suggestion. Heeheehee

Me, I think there needs to be more D'ni in Sam and Max! How come they never came across a guy asking for donuts? How come they never asked Bosco if he had a book leading to a mysterious underground city?

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*shudder* don't SAY things like that, you'll give them ideas!


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I don't mind giving them ideas. I haven't seen a good april fools joke since Myst Madness, er whatever it was.

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Yeah, easter egg, machinema type stuff. Not in-game.
Although parodies and cameos from the Myst series would fit nicely within the parodist Sam & Max series


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The DRC could put up some crookedly-hung Sam & Max posters on the Tokotah rooftop. ^_^

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