The BioWare MMO is the largest thing we've ever done by leaps and bounds. We're talking a double digit
writing staff working for years (yes we've already been working for well
over a year). Now I've realized I need even more writers and I've got no
reliable way of predicting where they're going to come from. In the
history of the company, we've had published fantasy authors,
screenwriters and editors all wash out of BioWare's training program. On
the flip side, we've had fantastic kids right of college, an ex CNN
producer and a former gift wrapping clerk from Singapore all succeed in
the BioWare writer family. Previous job of lead writer for Baldur's Gate
2, the highest rated PC RPG in history? Travelodge manager.
So yes, we're shaking the usual trees and our HR folks are turning over
all the rocks they can think of but I had to go through over three
hundred qualified candidates to find the team I have now so a lot of
those trees have done already been shook. With that level of challenge
around finding writers, I want to throw out an open invitation for
anyone out there that thinks might be the strange combination of RPG
fiend and talented writer to grab a copy of Neverwinter Nights and start
putting together a writing sample. I don't care if you can script, just
put three guys in a field and attach conversations to them.
Having endured a number of MMORPGs, I see this as a challenge. Have at it!
Villager: Help! Help! I'm being attacked by this scripted Orc!
Villager: And it feels like it's been happening forever! I'm like Sisyphus here!
Orc: Well, there went 90% of our audience.
Villager: What? They can't Google it?
Orc: They only know how to use the Google images tab. Look, can we just get on with this so I can get killed again and have 45 seconds rest before I respawn?
Villager: Don't take that tone with me. We have to work together a long time. I don't rag on you for constantly attacking me.
Orc: If you don't like it, why do you keep showing up?
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