Op donderdag 27 juni organiseerde Gamers.nl een chatsessie met de Nederlandse developer Triumph over hun nieuwste game 'Age Of Wonders 2'. Tijdens deze sessie kwam een groot deel van het Triumph development team aan het woord en konden we wat meer te weten komen over de toekomst van de AOW serie, het nieuwste deel en de vooruitzichten voor Triumph zelf.

Helaas had het irc-netwerk van EntertheGame (ETG) op de avond van onze chat de nodige problemen, iets waardoor verschillende chatters een time-out kregen en het kanaal soms zelfs niet meer konden bereiken vanwege server-overbelasting. Gelukkig zat het kanaal ondanks deze probleempjes tot aan de nok vol en was er aan vragen geen tekort. Een bedankje aan de chatters en de mensen van Triumph!

De volledige chatlog is hieronder na te lezen:

[Arnout]: Arnout Sas, Scenario designer [LenS]: Lennart Sas, designer, artist, co-founder Triumph Studios [KokorHekkes]: Menno Sas, additional design [Arno1]: Arno van Wingerden, lead programmer [IgorT]: Peter de Groot, scenario designer [Wazzz]: Martijn Holtkamp, artist [SikBok]: QA, assistant design [Goodieman]: Jimmy van der Have, hoofdredactie Gamers.nl [Deniax]: Bob Christof, redactie Gamers.nl [Erwie]: Erwin Bergervoet, redactie Gamers.nl [19:33] [Arnout] okay :-) [19:33] [Erwie] you illegaly answered a question [19:34] [Goodieman] Welcome to the Gamers.nl chatsession with Triumph [19:34] [Goodieman] the session will go as follows [19:34] [Goodieman] if you want to ask a question please query Erwie, Goodieman or Deniax [19:34] [Goodieman] they will select questions and post them here [19:34] [Goodieman] so [19:35] [Goodieman] lets start of by the introduction [19:35] [Goodieman] please introduce yourselves [19:35] [Goodieman] and tell us what your function is at Triumph :-) [19:35] [Arnout] Shall I start? [19:35] [Goodieman] sure [19:36] [Arnout] I'm Arnout Sas, Scenario designer and tester of the game [19:36] [LenS] Lennart Sas, designer, artist, co-founder of TS [19:37] [LenS] BTW: other devs trying to get in: server is full [19:37] [Deniax] there you go :-) Sorry bout that, ChanServ is lagging a bit [19:37] [IgorT] Peter de Groot (igor T. Scenario designer [19:38] [Goodieman] ok... [19:38] [Goodieman] lets start of with a small background story about the game [19:38] [Goodieman] what was the initial concept for the original Age Of Wonders? [19:38] [Goodieman] so..what triggered you guys to make this kind of game? [19:39] [LenS] Please ask who the Qs are for :-) [19:39] [Erwie] depends on who has the best answer :-) [19:39] [Goodieman] Lennart? [19:39] [IgorT] Len has [19:40] [Arnout] yeah Len you can answer that the best [19:40] [Goodieman] so, Lennart...What did you guys inspire to make the Age of Wonders series? [19:41] [Arnout] eya Wazzz, Arno [19:41] [Erwie] please don't query questions to the devs, send a query to either Goodieman, Deniax or Erwie so they get answered here. [19:41] [LenS] We were all fans of strategy games and fantasy and thought we could make a better game that allowed you to give a good feeling of leading a fantasy empire. We thought other games at the time missed depth, or didn't had the right flow. [19:42] [Goodieman] What major games did you guys get your inspiration from? [19:43] [Arnout] Warlords is one for sure [19:44] [LenS] The first empire builders, Civ, RPG and the original warlords. Later came Master of Magic (we started on the World of Wonders prototype before MoM was released) [19:44] [Goodieman] So, in the interview you mention something about your time at Epic. Do you have some funny anecdotes about that time over there? [19:45] [LenS] Tim Sweeney eats coffee powder [19:45] [Goodieman] lol :-) [19:45] [Erwie] lol :-) [19:45] [Erwie] that's one for the headlines [19:45] [Goodieman] *The_Unquestioned* My Question is: What are your alltime favorite games, and do you guys play alot of LAN games at the office? [19:45] [LenS] Really, at one time he didn't want to make coffee so he took a spoon of it. [19:45] [Goodieman] that's gross :-) [19:46] [Erwie] hehe well so I want to make a good 3d engine I should try doing that too :-) [19:46] [LenS] you'll need a lot of caffiene in games development [19:47] [Goodieman] lets answer The_Unquestioned question: [19:47] [Goodieman] *The_Unquestioned* My Question is: What are your alltime favorite games, and do you guys play alot of LAN games at the office? [19:47] [Goodieman] maybe a question for Arnout? [19:48] [Arnout] my altime favo games? That's a hard question :-) [19:48] [Arnout] last the months I only played Aow2 LAn. :-) [19:49] [Goodieman] no other games? :-) [19:49] [Arnout] Deus Ex I find a very good game [19:49] [Arnout] (I played it 2 times) [19:49] [Erwie] I have a feeling Goodieman agrees with you :-) [19:49] [Goodieman] other Triumph devs have an answer for this question? [19:49] [Arnout] And ofcourse HoMM [19:49] [Arnout] (hehe) [19:50] [LenS] Aaargh! :-)