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Moorgard
07-07-2005, 01:46 AM
<DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">As many of you know, I was hired to be the community manager for EverQuest II back in August of 2003. It was a great time to come onto the team, as the foundation of a great game was already established. For the next year or so I got to watch as the pieces came together and formed the core of what EverQuest II is today.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" ><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The role of community manager is not one that is clearly defined in this industry. At some companies, the community manager is a part of the PR department, charged with helping to market the game. At others, it is seen as a means to insulate the developers from player reaction. Fortunately for me, my first boss, John Blakely, had a very different opinion of what my role should be. From the very beginning, he made sure I was thrown directly into the mix, participating in the development of the game and advocating the players' perspective. Once I had proven to people on the team that I wasn't completely crazy (though I would never deny at least partial insanity), they got used to hearing my opinions and feedback on a regular basis, and came to realize that I wanted the same thing they did: to make the game better. I consider myself very fortunate to have developed this relationship with my fellow team members, and that wouldn't have been possible without the patience and support of every name listed in the credits of EQ2.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">My personal opinion is that the most important function of a community manager is to act as an advocate for the players. This doesn't just mean passing along their opinions and suggestions; it means proactively looking out for their interests in relation to what's best for the game. As designers and coders and artists make changes and add new features, it's important for the community manager to be involved and represent the interests of those who will be experiencing those changes in game. It has been my privilege to have that role for nearly two years now, and I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Another great benefit has been the people I've met as a result of this job. I've gotten to know some terrific fansite people, folks just as dedicated to building a strong community as I am. But maybe the best part has been interacting with the players themselves, both on the message boards and in person at events like FanFaire. In my opinion EQ2 has the greatest players of any game out there, and I'll never be able to thank you all enough for the support you have shown to the game, both before and since launch. I've had the honor of representing EQ2 all around the country and in places like <xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" ><st1:country-region><st1:place>France</st1:place></st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region><st1:place>China</st1:place></st1:country-region>. This is simply a great job anyone would be lucky to have.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Over the course of my time here, I've also become more and more involved in the design aspects of the game. In many ways this came about as a natural extension of the fact that I'm constantly interacting with designers and pestering them to explain how the game works and how we can make it better. This interaction gradually made me realize that I wanted to take a more direct hand in the ongoing development of EverQuest II.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">So I guess this is my long-winded way of letting you know that I am moving out of the community manager role and becoming a full-time game designer. It was not a decision I made lightly, but I look forward to facing new challenges and contributing to the game from a different perspective.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">I wouldn't be making this transition if I wasn't confident that I could leave the community in good hands. Ryan Shwayder, a.k.a. Blackguard, has been a huge asset to the community team since he moved over from our quality assurance department last year. He shares the same dedication to improving the game that I do, and will act as a strong advocate on behalf of all the players. With the aid of Faarwolf and the support of Scott Hartsman and Alan Crosby, he's going to do a fantastic job as the new EverQuest II community manager. Please join me in congratulating Ryan as he takes on this new responsibility.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">But I don't want all of you to think you're getting rid of me so easily. Like Hartsman, I'm far too entrenched in the online community to simply fade into the background. I'll continue to post as I always have about game issues, and I'll continue being an advocate for the interests of all our players. Plus I'll still be attending events like E3 and FanFaire, where I'll continue participating in panels and discussions. And I'll still do my occasional "it's not a blog" column to hopefully keep you entertained. In other words, I'm not going anywhere.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Thanks again for all the fun over the last two years. It's been an incredible ride, and I look forward to seeing where the future takes us.</P></DIV>

Blackguard
07-07-2005, 01:48 AM
<div></div>Thanks, Moorgard. You've done a great job representing both the community and development team, and I hope to do well following in your footsteps. I've had the amazing opportunity to be a part of this community since its inception, first while running EQII.com, and now as EverQuest II Community Manager. I fell in love with the game the first time I saw it at E3 in 2002, and decided then and there that I wanted to be part of the team. It wasn't until Las Vegas FanFaire 2004 that I made the fateful decision to move out to San Diego from Colorado to be part of the Quality Assurance team. After beta started, I worked as a moderator on the beta forums, transitioning to the Community Relations team shortly before release. Watching this community and game grow has been like a dream come true for me. I've been playing video games my entire life and massively multiplayer games since The Realm Online in '97. I love the genre and couldn't be happier than I am now as I take on a new role at Sony Online Entertainment on my favorite MMORPG, EverQuest II. This community is an absolute blast to be part of. I look forward to interacting with and meeting more of you at events like FanFaire and E3, and will do my best to represent you as your Community Manager. Thank you all for being such a great community. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Gaige
07-07-2005, 01:53 AM
Let me be the first to say congratulations to you, Ryan and Steve.

Errie_Tholluxe
07-07-2005, 01:58 AM
<span><blockquote><hr>Gage-Mikel wrote:Let me be the first to say congratulations to you, Ryan and Steve. <div></div><hr></blockquote>Yeah what he said. Gonna miss ya posts if you dont continue..its on the web, so gonna hold you to that ! And now that your passing down your position I hope your passing down your +10 vs flames shield too <span>:smileysurprised:</span></span><div></div>

Tuetatesu
07-07-2005, 02:01 AM
<DIV>Good luck in your new adventure Moorgard!  Your posts have been well written and as a part of this community I thank you for your time and support of the players and the EQ community.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Look out Blackguard!  This community can be rough. :smileytongue:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Welcome Blackguard... I look forward to seeing you in action!</DIV>

Handleba
07-07-2005, 02:02 AM
What they said :smileytongue:

JoshuaRowan
07-07-2005, 02:03 AM
<P>A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to both of of you. I enjoy reading your thoughts and comments about EQ2 on a daily basis and look forward to more of it in the future. As a leader in another MMORPG (UO Stratics' Managing Editor), I have to say that the professionalism that both Moorgard and Blackguard have shown to the EQ2 community has been an amazing thing to watch and be a part of over the last year that I've personally been involved in the game, and I'm glad to see both of you remaining so dedicated to the game's success <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>*CHEERS*</P>

Bucksno
07-07-2005, 02:05 AM
<DIV>Congratulations to you both gentlemen. :smileyhappy:</DIV>

Sass
07-07-2005, 02:13 AM
Congrats to you both! <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Desulto
07-07-2005, 02:15 AM
Ditto infinitum. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />  Although with this community, I'm not sure if congratulations or condolensces are in order for Ryan. <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Kirotaan
07-07-2005, 02:19 AM
Congratulations!!!!!  Somehow I seem kinda happy someone who communicates so well is going to the dev team <span>:smileyvery-happy:</span>  This just means we get a new guy to pester right <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <div></div>

Daga
07-07-2005, 02:19 AM
<DIV>faarwolf would still win in a bar brawl.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Congrats both of you!</DIV>

RandomPlay
07-07-2005, 02:24 AM
<P>Congrats and thanks to both of you.</P> <P>I know it's a tough crowd and you have done, and will continue to do, your best to make the game as fun as possible.</P> <P>While I've had my share of gripes about EQ2's quality, SOE's decisions, and Lithium's service, you two (and Faar) have always been stand up folks as far as I've seen.</P> <P>Good job.</P> <P>- RP</P>

Brenlo
07-07-2005, 02:27 AM
<DIV>Moorgard, your passion and style will be missed, even though you will still be close by. You were a pleasure to work with and I know you will be successful with your new duties, just as you were with your old.</FONT></DIV> <DIV></FONT></DIV> <DIV>Blackguard, you have some big shoes to try and fill, but I am confident you will carve out your own path.  You will be every bit the community advocate that Moorgard was and hopefully have some fun along the way.  Congratulations!  Now let the torture begin.</FONT></DIV> <DIV></FONT></DIV> <DIV></FONT></DIV><p>Message Edited by Brenlo on <span class=date_text>07-06-2005</span> <span class=time_text>03:31 PM</span>

Shagittari
07-07-2005, 02:33 AM
<DIV>Ha, yeah congratulations.</DIV>

Temerarius
07-07-2005, 02:40 AM
<P><FONT color=#66ffff>Moorgard tells the group, "DING!"</FONT></P> <P><FONT color=#66ffff>Blackgaurd tells the group, "Sweet, grats! PL me pls thx."</FONT></P>

Teaff
07-07-2005, 02:43 AM
Awesome and congrats to the both of you guys, Moorgard cant wait to see your ideas come out!<span>:smileyhappy:</span> <div></div>

Kendricke
07-07-2005, 02:47 AM
<P>Congratulations from one Minnesotan to another, Steve.  </P> <P>...and to Ryan, another Minnesotan tradition:  UFF DA!  </P> <P> </P> <P> </P>

Tstorm
07-07-2005, 02:49 AM
Sorry to see you moving on Moorgard, though I have had my suspicions with Blackguard posting more and you trailing off a bit.  I hope you do find time now and then to poke your head in the forums as your posts are often very informative and helpful. I hope you enjoy your new position! <span>:smileyhappy:</span> <div></div>

Xibi
07-07-2005, 02:49 AM
<P>Grats Moorgard.  That's quite an achievement to become a full fledge game designer. </P> <P>And Blackguard, how long did you play The Realm for?   It was such a small community I might recognize your name if you played long enough until EQ 1 came out.</P>

Warma
07-07-2005, 02:51 AM
Just a quick line to say good luck in your new post Moorgard! I am relatively new to EQ2 having only come over from WoW a little over a month or so ago.And the main reason I did make the move to begin with was reading the many posts of Moorgard over the last few months. Having put up with what I consider poor PR work and a lack of communication from Blizzards people,I was blown away with all the feedback that I would read from the devs here,especially Moorgard.I really felt he loved the game and had as much interest in making it the best it could be as any of the most die hard fans had. I am really enjoying EQ2 and plan to be playing it for a long time,so thanks again Moorgard/Steve. And welcome Blackguard! You have some big shoes to fill,but I'm sure you will do a great job. <div></div>

Sorvani
07-07-2005, 02:56 AM
<span><blockquote><hr>Temerarius wrote:<div></div> <p><font color="#66ffff">Moorgard tells the group, "DING!"</font></p> <p><font color="#66ffff">Blackgaurd tells the group, "Sweet, grats! PL me pls thx."</font></p><hr></blockquote><span>:smileyvery-happy: ditto that. </span></span><div></div>

Dufre
07-07-2005, 03:00 AM
Reading the title I thought that you were leaving EQ2.  Having you promoted to game designer can only mean great things to come. Like many people I have always enjoyed reading your insights since the days of mobhunter.  Moorgard has a great command on the use of language.  I think this will be great to see in the future quests.  <div></div>

Stormreaver
07-07-2005, 03:08 AM
<P>Hehe, grats Moorguard, nice to see you've done enough Community Realtions writs to get enough status to get the next title up <img src="/smilies/69934afc394145350659cd7add244ca9.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> Will we be seeing a lot of improvements to Brawlers now? <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>Blackguard (whats with all the guards?) good luck in your new role, and may I just say, I don't envy you taking control of this kindergarten <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P>

Cloudeq2
07-07-2005, 03:14 AM
<P>When I started reading this I thought you were resigning and what a loss to the community this would be. Although I don't post regularly, I scan the dev tracker daily for your input in particular and highly respect your overall knowledge of the game.</P> <P>I think you are well placed to be a part of the design team, armed with the knowledge you have gained over the last few years, and I hope that you visit us on the boards regularly still.</P> <P>I also believe that Blackguard is the best person to take on this role so good luck to you!</P>

Warpax
07-07-2005, 03:20 AM
<font size="4">Good luck to you both in your new roles. Keep your chin up and remember to count to 10. </font><div></div>

Leostri
07-07-2005, 03:24 AM
<DIV>Congratulations to both of you! You guys have been doing a great job and I'm sure you'll continue to do so.</DIV>

MilkToa
07-07-2005, 03:30 AM
Congratulations to both of you, I hope you both enjoy your new roles. I guess it will be baptism by fire for Blackguard when the combat update hits the test servers.

Pynne
07-07-2005, 03:46 AM
<DIV>Thanks for everything Moorgard!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Grats to you Blackguard and gl on your new position!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Pynne</DIV> <DIV>50 Ranger / 50 Weaponsmith</DIV> <DIV>Mistmoore</DIV>

troodon311
07-07-2005, 03:46 AM
<DIV>I was scared there for a second.  I'm very glad to see you're going to be a designer instead of just leaving us.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Good luck to both of you!</DIV>

RJO
07-07-2005, 03:54 AM
Congrats to you Moor! You've served this community well and I'm sure you will continue to do an amazing job on the design team.  Good luck with the new challanges! <div></div>

Owlchick
07-07-2005, 04:28 AM
This is so cool! I can't wait to start assigning bugs to Moorgard!  <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Yomarbalthas
07-07-2005, 04:30 AM
<P>Thank you for fulfilling a sometimes quite ungrateful task - you did a terrific job Moorguard!</P> <P>The king is dead! Long live the king!</P> <P>Id est, welcome Blackguard! Good luck with your new job, which I'm sure you are more than capable to handle <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> </P>

Kevlin
07-07-2005, 04:34 AM
<P>Moorgard first off on behalf of the casts of thousands that wait for your input daily thank you for an excellent job.  Blackie, look forward to your A game in the weeks to come.</P> <P>There are questions that folks are dying to know....</P> <P>1.  How far in the forums does a CM go?  Do you actually read the specific server boards?  Case in point there are 3 or 4 posts about bots on the BB server with screen captures that have gone for the most part unnoticed.</P> <P>2.  What is the best way to get your attention?  Do you have a keyword that you look for?  We that play and troll these forums have many suggestions and not that we expect you to act on all of them nor even respond to many of them it would be nice to have a method of catching your eye if we have a problem.  Case in point, broken quests such as Lord Gydak in SH for the Stormfire bow it went almost a month uncompletable causing the price of the bow to skyrocket.</P> <P>3.  What is the best method of getting suggestions to developers.  I see Dev Tracker but it does not allow for new messages, perhaps a dedicated forum for Feedback or something along those lines that the Dev's could get into and see if there are ideas that might be cool to implement.</P> <P>Okay lots of other stuff, but welcome to the new cubicle, if you need any help just ask us :smileyhappy:</P> <P>Moor, enjoy the endless nights associated with game design..</P>

Xyl
07-07-2005, 05:15 AM
Congratulations Moorgard, it's been a true pleasure to read your posts so I hope between your new station you still post! <DIV><BR>Blackguard, my condolences. Can I send you flowers, maybe a flame retardent suit? Really though, Congrats.</DIV>

ganjookie
07-07-2005, 05:16 AM
OMG they are nerfing MG!!!! FOUL FOUL!! <div></div>

Darkbrood
07-07-2005, 05:33 AM
First, grats to both on the promotions! If you are still reading this thread I would like to tell you a little tidbit.  I started playing EQ2 in beta but had interacted with you in a particular web site's forums regarding the "crafted is better than loot" conversation.  I appreciated your candor and attitude then and still do.  I left EQ2 in Jan of this year to play WOW.  I have since left WOW to come back to EQ2.  The Number 1 reason I  came back was not changes to the game or a fix I wanted, It was the job the community team does here.  The frequency of post and the constant effort to keep the players informed gave me reason to beleive you all *really* cared and the game was only going to get better! I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy this new assignment.... BTW could you design some new pets for SK's?  (sorry had to ask)  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> ~ <div></div>

TygerBlueEy
07-07-2005, 05:35 AM
<P>Well I'm sad to see you go to your new adventure...It's like your going from a cleric to a craftsman. I wish you well. You have done a good job with your heals!</P> <P>I'll miss your rezzes...lol</P> <P> </P> <P>C'ya!</P> <P> </P>

Iseabeil
07-07-2005, 05:54 AM
<DIV>Big Gratz on both of ye! <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV> <DIV>I have no doubt ye will both handle the new roles just as awesome as previous ones. Too many mmorpgs have dev/mod activity durings betas, and then die out when its live, so happy that was never the case here.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I have to echo Xibitt tho on the curiousity of yer Realm background Blackguard, as said, was and still is a small game, didnt expect to see folks from there... </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>*almost reactivates her old account just of nostalgia...*</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Anyways, Cheers and Good Luck!!!!</DIV>

Vanra
07-07-2005, 06:06 AM
<P>Congratulations to both of you.</P> <P>Best of luck and well wishes all around :smileyhappy:</P>

Traigus
07-07-2005, 06:14 AM
Congrats both of you. I wonder what Blackguard did wrong to get saddled with this job <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> Maybe the ranters should just titlke their posts   "Attention  ____guard"  I'm seeing a suspicious naming coincidence in the promotions. If I add -guard to the end of my name could I get BG's old  Mod position? -T <div></div>

Neneth
07-07-2005, 06:21 AM
<DIV>Yay! Maybe things will get fixed sooner! CG to you both! </DIV>

Didi
07-07-2005, 06:24 AM
<P>*hugs from Australia*</P> <P>I'm confident you'll both do a great job in your new roles!  I couldn't hope to meet two nicer people who care more about the game and the players.  :smileyhappy:</P>

Blackguard
07-07-2005, 06:56 AM
<p class="MsoNormal">Thank you, everyone. :smileyvery-happy: For those of you wondering about who I was on The Realm, I believe I used the name Derkesthai there. I played it until Ultima Online came out, with brief stints of play up until EverQuest released (at which point it was as if no other game existed... <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />). I hung out with Rumpelstiltskin most of the time (he played more often, so perhaps you remember that name).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I really do look forward to taking on this new position. This community has been great to me so far, and I can't wait to see it grow over the years to come. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

therav
07-07-2005, 06:57 AM
First off, I used to post under a different station account so my post count and registration date doesn't reflect how long I have followed this community. Still, I am not one who posted that regularly even before. I do read quite a bit though. As one that has followed EQ2 since slightly after you came in as community manager, through beta, release, and now a bit after release, I can honestly say that I think you have done a better job as a community manager than any other I have observed in the many other MMORPG's I have played. You have communicated well, interacted with the community, and stayed away from many of the mistakes that other community managers in other games have made. Good luck to you and to Blackguard in your new roles.<p>Message Edited by theraven on <span class=date_text>07-06-2005</span> <span class=time_text>08:00 PM</span>

Tamat
07-07-2005, 07:50 AM
<DIV>Wow!!! Congrats to you both. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Ryan, I know you'll be the perfect successor for Steve. You've done a great job at both events I've seen you at. It's great to see another community leader step up much like Steve did back a few years ago. Best of luck!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Steve, thank you so much for the amazing job you have done over these last couple of years. You have been and will continue to be someone I look up to. Best of luck in your new position I'm sure you will do great. I'm excited to see that you're stepping into a development position and look forward to see what you pump out when you get your feet wet! <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Your friend,</DIV> <DIV>Andrew "Tamat" Beegle</DIV> <DIV>WarCry Site Manager</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

carl5
07-07-2005, 07:52 AM
I congradulate the both of you and i also envy you at the same time because i want to be part of the team "crying"

carl5
07-07-2005, 07:55 AM
<DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I take back the envy part the job sounds hard :smileyhappy:</DIV>

Cyawcat
07-07-2005, 08:23 AM
<DIV>It is indeed reassuring for us that you who was listening to user's voice for a long time, become a game designer. <BR></DIV> <DIV>Good Luck & Tunare Bless You !!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Cyawcat Tailchacer : Lv36 Ranger (Lavastorm Server)</DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

TheSco
07-07-2005, 08:47 AM
<DIV>Gratz</DIV>

kcirrot
07-07-2005, 08:54 AM
<P>Grats to you Moorgard.  I'm sad to see you go as community manager, but I'm happy its because you'll be working directly to make the game better.  Your insight and brutal honestly on many issues was refreshing and always made me think we're in good hands.</P> <P>And grats to you Blackguard.  You seem to be truly responsive and to care about the game and that's all we could ask in a Community Manager.</P>

tovin
07-07-2005, 09:50 AM
<DIV>Congrats to you both!!  Moorgard, best of luck in your new role!  Blackguard, hang on baby, it's gonna be a rough ride! :p</DIV>

Azureblaze
07-07-2005, 10:05 AM
<P>First off, Big Congrats to you both and the whole team.</P> <P>I don't know about anyone else but I love the forums in general. There is allways something to look at if you can't play for some reason to brush up on the upcoming changes etc. I would play test to be more involved if my guild was there.. Everyone that tests gets a thumbs up from my point of view.  I hope your new role as full time game designer suits you Moorgard, which I'm sure it will since you must have thought about it an awful lot. </P> <P>Blackguard, good luck in your filling of MG's shoes!! He had really big ones didn't he? And now..even more so,since no one who has been so involved cannot quite relequinish all previous duties ^_^ You might have to convice him to let you do some things, I reccomend being slighty evil in that respect. haha. Teasing is fun after all..</P> <P> </P> <P> </P> <P><SPAN class=time_text></SPAN> </P><p>Message Edited by Azureblaze on <span class=date_text>07-06-2005</span> <span class=time_text>11:07 PM</span>

Mirdo
07-07-2005, 10:33 AM
<P>Congratulations to you both <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>If you get the time Moorgard, a few lines about your new role, the development process and how it works there, ineraction with the various departments and team members would probably make an interesting read. Obviously you couldn't talk too much about upcoming content but as overview of how it all works would be good. </P> <P>Mirdo.</P>

zanz
07-07-2005, 11:53 AM
<DIV>gratz to ya both :smileyhappy:</DIV>

WarShe
07-07-2005, 02:09 PM
<P>Grats to you both.</P> <P>I also played The Realm as MasterNemesis, then around the time EQ1 came out went to alpha test a lesser known game called "incarnation"  ran by some one named Kamilche from Realm.</P> <P>Once I finaly got EQ and sat down to play it in January of 2000 I never stopped until EQ2 came out, So I really havent gone all that far from where I started it looks like just the graphics are better hehe.</P>

Jezekie
07-07-2005, 02:54 PM
Congratulations and good luck with your new jobs MG and BG. You've both done a good job so far, keep it up. <div></div>

ScottAdams
07-07-2005, 03:44 PM
Congratulations to both Ryan and Steve! Wonderful news. You both will be great in your new official roles.

Traldan Omegafyre
07-07-2005, 04:56 PM
Grats to you both, enjoy your new roles. <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <div></div>

Zarevil
07-07-2005, 05:21 PM
Congratulations and best wishes to the both of you as you transition to the new roles.  I am glad that we will not be losing your presence on the boards. <div></div>

Quizno
07-07-2005, 05:26 PM
Congrats to both of you!  You both exude class.  But Blackguard did you see this coming?: Moorgard "Incoming, I just pulled the ^^class balancing update"  get ready! Blackguard and group "bring it on!" Moorgard "[expletive ninja'd by Faarbot] I hear my dad calling me!  You are gonna have to tank this one Blackguard!" <font color="#ff0066">Moorgard goes Link Dead</font> Blackguard "Whaaa?  Moor, where did you go?  Moor?  Awe Shi........tttt!" <span>:smileyvery-happy: </span><div></div>

Ram
07-07-2005, 05:58 PM
<DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color=#ff9900 size=2>Congratulations to both of of you!! You will be missed Moorgard!</FONT> :smileywink:</DIV>

cooper9280
07-07-2005, 06:00 PM
<DIV> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3>Moorguard, IMHO you have done a terrific job as Community Manager. <SPAN> </SPAN>You have been an active and caring participant in the EQ2 community and can only serve to better the Design team with your experiences here in the Forums. <SPAN> </SPAN>Too often we players view the Dev’s as pies in the sky with little insight to player’s feelings. <SPAN> </SPAN>At least now we know that there is one Developer who knows how we, the players, think and what direction we would like to see the game go. <SPAN> </SPAN>We know that you won’t always be steering the Dev ship, but at least you may be able to periodically set the rudder in the right direction!</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3>Blackguard, welcome to the fray.<SPAN>  </SPAN>Any of your posts that I have read to date indicated to me that you too have the welfare of the players at heart and want to see EQ2 continue to morph in a positive fashion. <SPAN> </SPAN>You have chosen large shoes to try to fill, but I believe that your heart is in the right place and that you will do your best to uphold the legacy that you have inherited.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3>Congratulations to both of you and I look forward to seeing more from both of you in the future.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT size=3></FONT></SPAN> </P></DIV>

Dej
07-07-2005, 06:01 PM
<P>Gratz to both of you!   Looking Forward to Moorgard supporting what we want from a Game Designers side.</P>

ren
07-07-2005, 06:07 PM
<DIV>Aye, grats to both <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV>

Blakeavon
07-07-2005, 06:21 PM
Congrats to both from the /downunder community on AB <img src="http://usera.imagecave.com/Sagramore/one.jpg"> <div></div>

Lornick
07-07-2005, 06:29 PM
Congratz to both of you guys.  Blackguard, you have some awful big shoes to fill... hope your<BR> up to it.  Moorgard, I'll be really disappointed if we don't see posts from you on a regular basis<BR> still.

Tallika_Runwithbears
07-07-2005, 06:31 PM
<font color="#ffff00"><b>Congratz</b></font> to both of you.  I know that <font color="#ff0000">Blackguard</font> will do an <i><u>excellent</u></i> job as community liason, and <font color="#ff0000">Moorgard</font> I hope your "its not a blog" posts are not few and far between.  They have been most enjoyable to read. <div></div>

Avail
07-07-2005, 06:36 PM
Congratulations to both of you! I'm glad to hear Moorgard plans to still be vocal in his new position.

Pipp
07-07-2005, 06:45 PM
<div></div><div></div><span><blockquote><hr>Moorgard wrote:<div></div><div><p>As many of you know, I was hired to be the community manager for EverQuest II back in August of 2003. It was a great time to come onto the team, as the foundation of a great game was already established. For the next year or so I got to watch as the pieces came together and formed the core of what EverQuest II is today.</p><p>The role of community manager is not one that is clearly defined in this industry. At some companies, the community manager is a part of the PR department, charged with helping to market the game. At others, it is seen as a means to insulate the developers from player reaction. Fortunately for me, my first boss, John Blakely, had a very different opinion of what my role should be. From the very beginning, he made sure I was thrown directly into the mix, participating in the development of the game and advocating the players' perspective. Once I had proven to people on the team that I wasn't completely crazy (though I would never deny at least partial insanity), they got used to hearing my opinions and feedback on a regular basis, and came to realize that I wanted the same thing they did: to make the game better. I consider myself very fortunate to have developed this relationship with my fellow team members, and that wouldn't have been possible without the patience and support of every name listed in the credits of EQ2.</p><p>My personal opinion is that the most important function of a community manager is to act as an advocate for the players. This doesn't just mean passing along their opinions and suggestions; it means proactively looking out for their interests in relation to what's best for the game. As designers and coders and artists make changes and add new features, it's important for the community manager to be involved and represent the interests of those who will be experiencing those changes in game. It has been my privilege to have that role for nearly two years now, and I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity.</p><p>Another great benefit has been the people I've met as a result of this job. I've gotten to know some terrific fansite people, folks just as dedicated to building a strong community as I am. But maybe the best part has been interacting with the players themselves, both on the message boards and in person at events like FanFaire. In my opinion EQ2 has the greatest players of any game out there, and I'll never be able to thank you all enough for the support you have shown to the game, both before and since launch. I've had the honor of representing EQ2 all around the country and in places like France and China. This is simply a great job anyone would be lucky to have.</p><p>Over the course of my time here, I've also become more and more involved in the design aspects of the game. In many ways this came about as a natural extension of the fact that I'm constantly interacting with designers and pestering them to explain how the game works and how we can make it better. This interaction gradually made me realize that I wanted to take a more direct hand in the ongoing development of EverQuest II.</p><p>So I guess this is my long-winded way of letting you know that I am moving out of the community manager role and becoming a full-time game designer. It was not a decision I made lightly, but I look forward to facing new challenges and contributing to the game from a different perspective.</p><p>I wouldn't be making this transition if I wasn't confident that I could leave the community in good hands. Ryan Shwayder, a.k.a. Blackguard, has been a huge asset to the community team since he moved over from our quality assurance department last year. He shares the same dedication to improving the game that I do, and will act as a strong advocate on behalf of all the players. With the aid of Faarwolf and the support of Scott Hartsman and Alan Crosby, he's going to do a fantastic job as the new EverQuest II community manager. Please join me in congratulating Ryan as he takes on this new responsibility.</p><p>But I don't want all of you to think you're getting rid of me so easily. Like Hartsman, I'm far too entrenched in the online community to simply fade into the background. I'll continue to post as I always have about game issues, and I'll continue being an advocate for the interests of all our players. Plus I'll still be attending events like E3 and FanFaire, where I'll continue participating in panels and discussions. And I'll still do my occasional "it's not a blog" column to hopefully keep you entertained. In other words, I'm not going anywhere.</p><p>Thanks again for all the fun over the last two years. It's been an incredible ride, and I look forward to seeing where the future takes us.</p></div><hr></blockquote>Congratulations!  From writer to  web designer / developer to PR at Sony to EQ2 game developer.You're still a VAK.  <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> I love your writing as well and am glad to see that it is not going anywhere.  Specifically, the Urinal and the Stall.  I got a few giggles out of that.  The only place I can find those articles now though are through http://www.webarchive.org.  </span><div></div><p>Message Edited by Pipple on <span class=date_text>07-07-2005</span> <span class=time_text>09:47 AM</span>

Sinkat
07-07-2005, 06:46 PM
<P><FONT color=#ff3300>Congratulations Blackguard, we all know you will do a great job <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />.</FONT></P> <P><FONT color=#ff3300>Good Luck!</FONT></P>

ranma5
07-07-2005, 06:51 PM
<div></div>Gratz to both.  I'm sorry to see you stop doing what you were doing though, Moorgard.  Your posts were one of my favorite things about this particular board and EQ2.  Your voice was one of intelligence, measure, understanding, and even real life experience I could relate to (I liked the posts about Buffy, science fiction, and my cat went through something similar to Max recently, but lived).  And I can't think of a post you wrote that wasn't right on, off the top of my head.  It made me think that if EQ2 put smart, *real* people in charge of the customer service side of things, they might have others elsewhere as well.  Like someone else said, I experienced quite the contrary when I played World of Warcraft, and it has to be at least one of the reasons I'm not playing it much and am playing eq2 a lot now, having picked eq2 up in march.  Anyway, not to take anything away from Blackguard.  I'm sure he'll make the job his own and do it well. <div></div><p>Message Edited by ranma503 on <span class=date_text>07-07-2005</span> <span class=time_text>07:53 AM</span>

Clandor
07-07-2005, 06:59 PM
<div></div>Good luck Moorgard.  You did well as community relations manager.  It seems strange what qualifies one to be a community relations manager for a large MMORPG.  Perhaps.      Dare I.......   Okay... I will..  There was or is a community relations manager of another large MMORPG who used to volunteer for SOE as a guide in EQ1.  Let me tell you that this person is a truly gifted writer and knows how to communicate well.  I suppose that is one of the requirements for being a great community relations manager.  Well, she made one teensy weensy little mistake during her guiding career.  She was a GREAT guide by the way.. One of the best EverQuest ever had, but due to one little indiscression she was booted.  I am going to post a link to her page that will make my point here about what it takes to be a great community relations manager for a large MMORPG.  She will probably hate me for this, but heck, the link is still up so she can't be too mad. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> By the way.... CAUTION .....   CAUTION..... CAUTION..... CAUTION.... CAUTION..... CAUTION..... CAUTION... CAUTION.... CAUTION..... CAUTION.... CAUTION... DO NOT GO TO THIS LINK IF BAD LANGUAGE OFFENDS YOU.... http://tweety.bowlofmice.com/tweety/ By the way.   Moorgard probably knows this person personally.  <div></div><p>Message Edited by Clandor on <span class=date_text>07-07-2005</span> <span class=time_text>08:26 AM</span>

Gryphuz
07-07-2005, 07:20 PM
Congrats! ps. the FanFaire 2004 was in New Orleans <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <div></div>

BarryT
07-07-2005, 07:31 PM
Congratulations to you both <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Kittypoo
07-07-2005, 07:39 PM
<P>Congrats!!!  Glad you got to move deeper into game development MG.  Glad to have you here more on the forums BG <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>We love you both, even if we don't always act like it <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>Phayd, lvl 43 Wizard of the Light, Unrest server</P> <P> </P>

Amocus
07-07-2005, 07:46 PM
Fantastic news for you Moor..grats on the DING.. <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <div></div>

Locien
07-07-2005, 08:02 PM
Congrats to both of you

Feaw
07-07-2005, 08:07 PM
<DIV>Congratulations to both Moor and Blackguard on your new positions.   :smileyvery-happy:</DIV>

Monolith
07-07-2005, 08:13 PM
Grats to the both of you! :smileyvery-happy:

Vashn
07-07-2005, 08:25 PM
Best wishes dude...

jshari
07-07-2005, 09:25 PM
Lol Who left? GRats Both of you! <div></div>

Moorgard
07-07-2005, 09:44 PM
<P>Thanks all. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>I want to stress again that I'm not going anywhere. Don't expect my post count to drop or the kinds of things I write about to change. I have never been what you'd call a high-volume poster, which I attribute to obsessiveness and compulsion. That is, I tend to write long, detailed posts and then spend an hour or so editing them to make sure they say exactly what I mean them to say. Then, half the time, I delete them anyway. :p</P>

Elya
07-07-2005, 09:48 PM
<P>Grats to you both =)</P> <P>Moorgard, please keep that passionate approach to everything alive and kickin in your new job, you always have been someone who answers 'why not' when the question "why" comes up. That can do kind of attitude will really take you places!</P> <P>Blackguard, condolences... err grats! I am sure you will continue your passionate support of all us addicts =) Look forward to seeing your moves!</P>

Eneelia
07-07-2005, 09:48 PM
<P>Grats to you both. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P> </P> <P>Tristin "Deathdruid" <BR>Warden of level 39</P> <P> </P>

Golu
07-07-2005, 09:56 PM
Keep postin!! Tell us whats happinen that noone else will tell us <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> Hope ya gave a good time down with the devs <div></div>

Sandheaver
07-07-2005, 09:59 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Moorgard wrote:<BR> <P>Thanks all. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>I want to stress again that I'm not going anywhere. Don't expect my post count to drop or the kinds of things I write about to change. I have never been what you'd call a high-volume poster, which I attribute to obsessiveness and compulsion. That is, I tend to write long, detailed posts and then spend an hour or so editing them to make sure they say exactly what I mean them to say. Then, half the time, I delete them anyway. :p</P> <BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR>i'd like to see what wound up in your bit-bucket.  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />  interesting stuff I'm sure.

FionnMacCo
07-07-2005, 10:07 PM
/g Gratz Moor, now you've dinged I hope you'll mentor down and group with us again occasionally. Black are you now group leader?

Kevlin
07-07-2005, 11:12 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> FionnMacCool wrote:<BR>/g Gratz Moor, now you've dinged I hope you'll mentor down and group with us again occasionally. Black are you now group leader? <BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR>If Black is Group Leader who is Main tank and Off Tank?  Do we have healers oh duh there is a druid standing next to me.</P> <P>Kevlin says /raid Hey dont forget to mentor down to me I am only level 31</P> <P>Raid says /don't worry we will</P> <P><insert battlespam here></P> <DIV> <P>Kevlin says /raid Hey dont forget to mentor down to me I am only level 31</P> <P>Raid says /don't worry we will</P> <P><insert battlespam here></P> <P>Rinse repeat...</P> <P>Kevlin says /raid Hey dont forget to mentor down to me I am only level 31</P> <P>Raid says /don't worry we will</P> <P>Raid says /named is right here ready I am pulling now.</P> <P><insert battlespam here></P> <P>xxxx completes quest</P> <P>xxxx completes quest</P> <P>xxxx completes quest </P> <P>Kevlin says /raid hey you did not mentor down did you?</P> <P>/raid oh sorry Kev, we can come back with you some time.</P> <P> </P> <P>Moral:  ALWAYS MENTOR DOWN!</P></DIV>

Basticar
07-07-2005, 11:55 PM
<P>OH my!  I feel some power buffs here, yummmmmmmmmm . . . I like power <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>/smirk</P> <P>Ahhhh . . . now you are a game designer sweetie,  could you design me something a bit sexier to wear?  I'm just soooo tired of these robes, beautiful they are, but they do nothing for my AMAZING figure.  Perhaps something more transparent or with a wet look and of course sparklies.  Oh, and don't forget the statz; Just love lots and lots of stats <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>/giggle</P> <P>Pretty Please?</P> <P><--- casts her ancient Luck spell for Moorgard . . .  sorry about that ahhh 'side effect', but no worries . . . it passes soon enough.</P> <P>All foolishness aside . . . Gratz you two, You did a DAMM fine job and Well Done EQ2 HLs . . . well done indeed.  </P>

Blackfoot_cof
07-08-2005, 02:53 AM
On the one hand, congrats. Its always good to see a member of the comunity make it big. On the other hand I am dissapointed. Your 'vision' of quit your small guild- join a uber guild to get the best loot is anethma to me. I guess that the eq2 community will have DoN type exp packs that only the uber-raid guilds will be able to enjoy. Content that large protions of the player base will never be able to see, will the rest content is continually made harder becuase of the uber-elites, driving the ner players away.... just like in eq1. *shrug* to bad. <div></div>

VikodiN
07-08-2005, 12:10 PM
<DIV><FONT color=#ccffff>Good luck Moorgard and Welcome Blackgard ..</FONT></DIV>

Zazt
07-08-2005, 12:18 PM
It is a fantasy game so I guess leaping from  a PR position to Game Design is fair game. Somehow this kind of move doesn't exactly instill confidence. A PR's  job is akin to selling snake oil or icecubes to Eskimos but whatever. <div></div>

SaeriBr
07-08-2005, 01:08 PM
<DIV>Half way through your post, I thought you were going to say you were leaving <img src="/smilies/9d71f0541cff0a302a0309c5079e8dee.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> . My heart went into my mouth.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Anyways, congrats to you and BG.</DIV>

TorpedoEQ
07-08-2005, 01:51 PM
<DIV>Best of luck man, keep on keeping on!</DIV>

NITROX-UANG
07-08-2005, 06:30 PM
<DIV>A big congrats to Steve and Ryan!!</DIV> <DIV>:smileyvery-happy:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>It's great to see the EQ2 team develop within its own people and continue to have those great values and experiences continue to fuel the adventure and excitement for the entire player community!</DIV>

HolyAvengerOne
07-08-2005, 06:37 PM
<font color="#339900">'Grats to you Moorgard, good luck in your new functions, I'm pretty sure it is a great choice they did, giving you the job <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></font><font color="#339900"> </font><font color="#339900"> </font><font color="#339900">As for Blackguard, well, heh, good luck in the jungle, even though its a jungle you're pretty used to at this point <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></font> <div></div>

Fleaba
07-08-2005, 06:46 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Moorgard wrote:<BR> <P>Thanks all. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>I want to stress again that I'm not going anywhere. Don't expect my post count to drop or the kinds of things I write about to change. I have never been what you'd call a high-volume poster, which I attribute to obsessiveness and compulsion. That is, I tend to write long, detailed posts and then spend an hour or so editing them to make sure they say exactly what I mean them to say. Then, half the time, I delete them anyway. :p</P> <BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Actually, after taking so much time to Submit Post, those long winded posts end up going poof cuz he got logged out. [Removed for Content] </P> <P>Gratz to both of ya and don't let the the Stress ^^^ x 4 overwhelm ya either.</P> <P>P.S. Are we still going to have the pleasure of reading Moorehunter posts?? Now I'm going to be expecting a Blackbook post now and then too. <img src="/smilies/69934afc394145350659cd7add244ca9.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /><BR></P>

Naggyba
07-08-2005, 11:30 PM
Congrats Moorgard and Good Luck in your new position. I am sure you will do just as good there, as you have here.Congrats Blackguard on your new position. I'm sure you will do a bangup job here.<p>Message Edited by Naggybait on <span class=date_text>07-08-2005</span> <span class=time_text>03:31 PM</span>

Homesli
07-09-2005, 12:11 PM
/hi5 BlackguardOh yeah <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />Gratz to you both and hope you enjoy your new duties and future adventures <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Doobur
07-09-2005, 06:35 PM
<DIV>Grats to the both of ya....</DIV>

Pipp
07-10-2005, 01:34 PM
<DIV>yes, i'm sure it's been pushed way into the ground.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>yes, i'm sure you're sick of hearing it.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>yes, i'm sure that i'm not the first person to bring it all back up...</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>but -- VAK or no, I still love reading your editorials.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV><A href="http://web.archive.org/web/20030607051937/mobhunter.com/index.jsp" target=_blank>http://web.archive.org/web/20030607051937/mobhunter.com/index.jsp</A></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>------------------------------------</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=4><STRONG>no matter how much sh*t you talk about SOE:</STRONG></FONT></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV><A href="http://web.archive.org/web/20030621133047/www.mobhunter.com/article.jsp?articleid=-442114102" target=_blank>http://web.archive.org/web/20030621133047/www.mobhunter.com/article.jsp?articleid=-442114102</A></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>my favorite paragraph:</DIV> <DIV><EM></EM> </DIV> <DIV><EM>anyway then Scott Hartsman comes in and is like "so do you have questions, mr. mobhunter guy?" and I'm all like "hell yeah I got questions. how about this one: WHEN ARE YOU GONNA FIX THE [Removed for Content] GAME????" and he was like "bahaha, it's as fixed as you'll ever see it." and I'm like "dude, that is so wrong! what about us monks that you screwed over?" and he's like "dude, that's the first class we finally got right! well second I guess, cuz we got necros almost where we want em again after another nerf or two." that really [Removed for Content] me off, and I said "Scott Hartsman, you are a [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]!" and he was all like "whatever, l4m3r, u truly suck." what sucks is that I couldn't come up with a good response for that.</EM></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>memories!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>any way, again, grats and good luck!</DIV><p>Message Edited by Pipple on <span class=date_text>07-10-2005</span> <span class=time_text>04:42 AM</span>

LadyMist
07-11-2005, 10:18 AM
<FONT color=#3366ff>Wow Congrats on the promotions guys. It's not everyday that we get the positions we want at work. And with the enthusiasm you both have about your new positions, I am sure you will excel with ease.</FONT>

ThornFeath
07-11-2005, 06:58 PM
<DIV>Kudos to you both! Glad to see two more people in this world who have generated being able to do what they love for a living!!!</DIV> <DIV><FONT color=#9933ff size=7><STRONG>WOOT!!!</STRONG></FONT></DIV>

Sin
07-12-2005, 01:32 AM
<DIV>Congratulations guys. You're living the dream of must of us gamers *MUAAH!* Great Job <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> There's hope for the rest of us <img src="/smilies/69934afc394145350659cd7add244ca9.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV>

Blackguard
07-12-2005, 02:35 AM
Again to all who have said kind things, thanks a lot (and to those who have said unkind things, <img src="/smilies/9d71f0541cff0a302a0309c5079e8dee.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />). While my post count may suffer for a little bit as I settle in to my new position (and take on the many responsibilities that Moorgard held), I'll work hard to live up to the expectations created by Moorgard. This will probably be my last post in this thread, but I still appreciate the kind words I've received here, in PMs, and email. Thanks. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <div></div>

Draigo
07-12-2005, 02:36 PM
Can I  have your stuff ? seriously  grats both <div></div>

Tar~Palantir
07-14-2005, 12:08 AM
<P>Congrats to moorgard for being delivered from these forums.</P> <P>I'll say a Rosary for Blackguard.  Heh, grats to you as well.</P> <P> </P> <P>P.S.-Though it may seem fun to nerf, avoid it.</P> <P>P.P.S.- Wizards are people too, they need your blessed love!</P> <P>Enjoy your new jobs and hopefully salary increases!</P>

Geniee
07-17-2005, 05:33 AM
<P>AWE!!! Say it aint so Moor!!</P> <P>Good luck with developement!</P> <P> </P>

tacobender5002
07-18-2005, 07:21 PM
Quest Reward: +15k/year <div></div>