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  • Absor shouts: "DING!"

    From EQLive, Dev's Corner

    Time for a Change
    I was hired as Community Relations Manager for EverQuest just over three years ago, in October of 2000. I have to admit that the last three years have been the most entertaining three years of work I've ever had. I've had a great time getting to know the EverQuest community. It's been a great pleasure of meet many of you at Fan Faire, through email, and on message boards. Your enthusiasm for EverQuest is outstanding, and I appreciate everything that enthusiasm means.

    Some folks have claimed that being Community Relations Manager for a huge product like EverQuest is a thankless job, and one that they wouldn't wish on their worst enemy. I disagree. I still have some great emails and letters that customers have sent to us, thanking us for the fun they've had in EverQuest. I've had one on display in my office for over a year, and I'm very proud of each of them.

    I've enjoyed every minute that I've had this job. I want to thank you all for playing the game and for engaging me every day. I appreciate that you take us to task when we're wrong and that you appreciate the things we do well. Thanks.

    I also wanted to thank the EverQuest Live team, past and present. I've had the honor of working with some of the best in the business. Thanks.

    But I'm only praising the EQLive team because I have to. It's just practical to butter them up, since I'm to be one of them now. The folks here at SOE have offered me a chance to be a game designer, and I'm going to give it a try. It's one of those undeniably exciting things, to tell people that you make games for a living. I'm incredibly pleased to be given this opportunity.

    So my official title is now Game Designer, and you'll probably be hearing a lot less from me in the future. With my well-honed Community Management skills, I can guess your next question: "Who will be taking your place?"

    We've been lucky in that regard. We managed to snag one of the hardest-working, most experienced and silliest people in the company. Alan Crosby, also known as Brenlo Bixiebopper, is the new Community Relations Manager for EverQuest. Not only is he a great guy, but he has a great name (the Alan part, not the Bixiebopper part). Also, in the odd tradition of EQ Community Relations Managers, he also has a nice alpha-loot handle.

    Enough from me. I now yield the floor to Alan so he can introduce himself.


    Well thanks for the kind words Alan; you never say anything that nice to me in person!

    I know that Alan (the other Alan) will be greatly missed and I can never hope to fill his shoes. He has a wry sense of humor and a comfortable writing style that many of you have enjoyed for some time now. Thanks for all you have done Alan, and I know you will be successful adding new content to the game you have been so deeply involved with for the last 3 years.

    So a little about me. My title for nearly the last 2 years has been Customer Service Manager for our EQ games. Prior to that I was a Lead Game Master, a Game Master and at one point long ago, a Guide and Senior Guide. I have been playing EQ since it released, and involved with its community since shortly thereafter. I have met many of you at Fan Faires and through correspondence, and I look forward to getting to know many more of you in the weeks and months ahead.

    So change has brought me here to share time with you, the EverQuest Community. I feel that the greatest reason EQ has been so successful for so long is because of you and your passion for this game. I encourage you to continue to share your passion with me, in constructive ways, and I will bring your thoughts, feelings and concerns to the EQLive team. I guarantee that you will be heard. Please remember that we all have our own ideas of how the game should be and they may not all be implemented or even considered (I for one feel that Halflings should rule Norrath, for some reason the Dev team is not with me on this).

    Thanks for your time and thanks for being a part of Norrath!
    Someone at TNZ coined teh Absor DING! comment, and suggested that since the Absor SMASH! is now a thing of history, we might have the Brenlo BASH! to look forward too

    Maevenniia Fateweaver

  • #2
    man, i was just reading this over a monkly business. i dont know what to say, but i feel sad


    • #3
      Hasbro is cool, definately going to miss him. But avant! into the world of game design! should be interesting to see what he can do.
      now lurking in a thread near you: The Answer Panda


      • #4
        Or just the more handle-appropriate Brenlo Bop. >< Never directly interacted with Bren, but I hear he's a great guy.


        • #5
          Looks like he came up through the ranks too, Guide, senior guide, GM and Lead GM. Interesting is definatly the word

          So let me get this straight, Absor is now becoming lead designer? Echos of Planetside's SmokeJumper spring to mind (not quite the same but...)


          • #6
            Brenlo SMASH? This will take getting used to.


            • #7
              Brenlo is a great guy, and he's more than qualified for the job. You'll like him.

              I only changed jobs so Woody could work on some new EQ material based on Brenlo.



              • #8
                You know he'll still find some material of you for his comics :P


                • #9
                  *giggles* I don't know whether to congratulate you on being thrown to the development side or be afraid for you.

                  I still remember the days back on the Avault NewsGroup that you used to post on, Alan.

                  I can hope you take your great ideas into design and are able to show us great things!


                  • #10
                    gratz Absor
           | Real ID: email @ | Steam: ciarin7


                    • #11
                      Woody knows me...

                      and I am sure he will have no problem coming up with interesting new subjects to turn into his great comic and destroy my already fragile ego. Hehe

                      I look forward to chatting with all of you!

                      Brenlo Bixiebopper


                      • #12
                        Gratz Brenlo aussi
               | Real ID: email @ | Steam: ciarin7


                        • #13
                          Grats to both of you


                          • #14
                            aw, nerts. no name spelling mess ups that we can poke fun at
                            now lurking in a thread near you: The Answer Panda


                            • #15
                              Grats, Absor.

                              I will miss having you in the explainations department, but feel rather confident in your ability to improve the game as a designer. The fact that you have been in such close contact with the EQ playerbase over the last few years should give you a unique insight. I hope you'll continue to browse the forum?

                              Nice to meet you, Brenlo, sounds like you'll do just fine filling in.
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