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1 April, 2014

Introducing my new blog: Match 3 Mania!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:32 AM
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Let's face it. MMOs are dead. We've waited for over a decade for a worthy game to realize our dreams of hacking the Gibson with our VR goggles and gloves, and nothing has appeared. So, I'm calling it: MMOs are over and done. There's no purpose for this blog anymore, I guess.

But, I still like writing. So, time to write about my second favorite genre: Match 3 games! Let's dive into some discussion about what makes an interesting match 3 game.

Oh, and do make sure to check out my site at http://psychochild.org/ to see the new site redesign!
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20 February, 2014

Interview at over at Massively
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 7:04 PM
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Just in case you missed it, I did an interview with Shawn Schuster over at Massively: http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/02/20/talking-the-past-and-present-of-mmos-with-brian-psychochild-gr/

I talk about the past, present, and future of MMOs.
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10 February, 2014

Moving on, looking for new opportunities
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 2:00 PM
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Let's get right to the point: I'm no longer with Storybricks. My work with Storybricks has come to a natural conclusion, and I wish the team every success.

This means that I'm looking for new employment opportunities. If you're looking for an experienced technical game designer with a wealth of experience, let's talk, shall we? You can reach me at psychochild@gmail.com

Read on for a few more details and what sort of work I'm looking for.
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31 December, 2013

2013 in review
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 3:51 PM
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So, we dodged the bullet on that pesky Mayan apocalypse last year, and so we had to suffer through 2013. Okay, maybe "suffer" is a bit strong. Let's go with "tolerate".

So, what happened this last year?
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4 December, 2013

The meaning of holidays
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:31 AM
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Here in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving last week. The modern traditional celebration involves eating way too much, awkward time spent with family members, and usually some sort of traditional recreation like watching football or a parade. As a kid, I was told the holiday was to celebrate the generosity the Native Americans showed to struggling colonists; in recent years, however, the origin of the holiday has been reported to be much darker.

But, if you look at the name of the holiday, "Thanksgiving", the core of what I celebrate is: giving thanks.

As a warning: this post is going to be a tiny bit more meta than usual. There's some game design value here, but I thought taking a look at holidays and the meanings behind them might be interesting.
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13 August, 2013

The Standard Disclaimer
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 2:20 AM
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As you might have heard, there was a little announcement last weekend about a game called EverQuest Next. They're doing some particularly exciting things, and one of those things is emergent AI. There's a little company called Storybricks who is working on that emergent AI. You might have heard of the company. (Protip: I work at Storybricks.)

On the bright side, it's very exciting to be working on a groundbreaking title. On the other hand, I know from experience that I'm going to be watched a lot more closely and people will try to read into my words. An offhand phrase is interpreted as a solemn vow. (You old-school MMO people will remember the hilarity around Necromancy in Ultima Online.) So, let me post this disclaimer:

The opinions and points of view expressed in the posts on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer or any company I am working with.

Further, unless I explicitly state so, nothing I post should be construed as a hint about EverQuest Next's design or content. (I don't get the privilege of saying "just kidding" after making a controversial statement.) So, if I write an article supporting permadeath in Storybricks development, you should already know that EQN won't have permadeath in it.

I know most of you are reasonable people, but I'm just trying to avoid any uncomfortable situations involving my words and a very talented team trying to blaze new territory. They already have a hard job, so I don't want someone taking my words and making that job even harder.

Just stay tuned for something that will continue to amaze you.
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8 April, 2013

Podcast interview on Epic Slant
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:57 AM
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Over the weekend I got to chat with Adam "Ferrel" Trzonkowski and Chris “Syeric” Coke. We chatted about Storybricks, the tabletop RPGs I've supported on Kickstarter, and you'll hear me totally geek out about the cosmology of the old World of Darkness from White Wolf.

You can listen to the podcast at: http://epicslantpress.com/blog/2013/04/08/game-on-esp-edition-02-brian-green/

A few more thoughts after the jump.
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7 January, 2013

A look back, a look forward
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 2:13 PM
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Well, 2012 is done, and the world didn't end. (Personally, I think it was Dr. Who's heroic actions that averted the apocalypse.) So, back to business as usual, I guess.

So, since we're finally in 2013, let's take a look back and a look forward.
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24 December, 2012

Happy Holidays to everyone
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:40 PM
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Hope the holidays are treating you well. In game, I hope you're getting all the toys your MMO of choice is offering. In the offline world, I hope you're in contact with the people you care about.

I'm going to be traveling to visit family over the next week, and won't be back until after the new year. Posting and replies to messages might be slow, well slower than usual. But, I'll try to work on my usual annual post summarizing the previous year and looking forward to the next.

Thanks for reading, and a special thanks to everyone who comments. I always say the comments are my favorite part of this blog.
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1 November, 2012

The anniversary of my birth
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:53 AM
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It's the anniversary of my introduction to the outside world. Hooray being one year older!
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