Meeting: Cryptic Studios's Brian Urbanek on Design

Apr 3, 2010

[A historical note, for future-people: Brian wasn't able to make it to this meeting due to stupid planning on the part of the Game Dev Club's board. Think less of us, not of him! He is awesome and we are unreliable.]

Sorry for the late notice, but we have a meeting this Tuesday! We will have a guest speaker, Brian Urbanek from Cryptic Studios, talking about game design, probably. We must have a contact at Cryptic or something, this is the second time we've had someone from there to present.

Brian has been working on MMO design for over ten years! He most recently worked on the design of superpowers and combat in Champions Online, the "subscription-based, superhero-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game by former City of Heroes/Villains developer Cryptic Studios based on the Champions license." ((Wikipedia is the best.))

Okay here's some interesting links

  • Champions Online's website has an interview with him that should give you an idea of what it is he does for a living (or did in September 2008, anyways). Recommended!
  • He wrote two articles (one two) about balancing systems in Champions, both of which are fascinating, seriously!
  • He was one of four developers interviewed for an article about balancing classes in MMOs. I think I am seeing a pattern here.
  • He was interviewed in three parts (one two three) about combat dynamics and powers and balancing and math.

I haven't read all of these, but you should! Do as I say, not as I do. And then come to the meeting, which I will be doing.

The Deets ((That's short for "details"!))

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ohlone Room in the Student Union, San José State University
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