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Spotlight on: Warlok
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We’re back with Fan Fridays! This week we’re interviewing Warlok of the North American OMDU community. Lets find out a little more about the person behind the username!

The Basics

  • Name: Anonymous
  • Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Questions

  • Outside of gaming what do you do by day?

Work-wise I execute a menial soul-draining-over-time graveyard-shifting job. Otherwise I read unusual books, exercise intensely, and watch a *ton* of movies. These days lots of documentaries.

  • What has been the most exciting thing you have done so far this year?

I pulled almost every muscle in my lower back. Big time.

What? That`s not exciting? I suppose *besides* that (!), I honestly would have to mention a couple of things: simply the slightly expanded realm of gaming cohorts and our recent game experiences – invariably violent! – and then recent science news. No, I haven`t “done” science news, I`ve just observed it. Anyway, NASA`s pursuit & development of the early stages of a warp drive field/engine, ever-advancing discoveries pertaining to Earth-like exo-planets, and compact fusion reactor technology… its an exciting time. Cool stuff.

  • Things are getting spooky with OMDU – what are your Halloween plans?

To game my brains out! There may be a slight correlation to my Xmas and New Years plans… which similarly involve ‘brains’ and ‘out’….

  • Whats your favourite fast food establishment?

I would be compelled – under threat of enhanced interrogation – to admit Dominos Pizza. Locally anyway, the cooking seems good, pursuant to bacon, extra provolone cheese, and light sauce pizza. Vitally necessary to that are garlic fingers and cheesy bread, though the former has at this time eclipsed the latter. My food tastes are simple.

  • How would you describe your taste in music?

Superlative and unrivalled!

I – HAVE – SPOKEN.Ummm, anything noble, tragic, stirring, imperious, and vengeful. Most of the time you find that sort of work in film and game. Conan The Barbarian, ST: The Motion Picture, ST: The Wrath Of Khan, The Living Daylights, RUNE, Empire Earth 2, TRON Legacy, The Road Warrior, Inception, etcetera.

  • Which websites are you sure to open up each day?

Blue`s News, Off The Grid with Jesse Ventura, Film Score Monthly, Steam (website? kind of sort of but important), and the game sites/forums of that which I play most often, including of course Payday 2. And some other site relating to Orcs or something.

  • What level have you ascended to so far in OMDU? Do you have a favourite hero?

YES.

A number… very well then, Jedi… 22 since the last patch. I definitely have some favourite picks for Heroes. The Master if not for his accomplishments under my controls, then for his blabbery. Get a big kick out of him. Temper is my go-to guy. Ancestor seems like a capable ghost. Kobold King is great… he may have some problems, but there is something about whipping and screaming at others that is appealing in a ‘do my bidding’/arbitrary punishment kind of way.

  • What do you think of the return of the 3-Lane map? How are you finding it?

Tip of the iceberg. More is very welcome… I wonder if map inventiveness more than anything else will chart OMD U`s course over time. Unfortunately I have not yet played this new map! Just not the right alignment of time and voodoo. I liked it when it originally debuted though; was very nice to be able to plunk down many more traps.

  • Patch 1.6 introduced the Ancestor as a new hero – do you think he is a good addition?

He is an excellent addition. His viscinity AoE abilities (among other things) cause me to venture into melee ranges far too much! His traits are cleverly thought out, with his Mana boost over time mechanic being so very different from convention. I hope Robot continues to explore such mold-breaking aspects, and not only with playable characters.

  • If there is one thing you want to see more of in OMDU what would it be?

Warlok winning.
(Akira satellite beam weapon voice)

Undead! Co-op challenges! Co-op campaign! Undead!

UNDEAD!


Shout Out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?
Robot is a solid, honest team. They play their own games (!), which is something not all developers do to patently obvious results; tell `em what you want and they`ll at least consider it.

 

Thanks for taking part Warlok!
Spotlight On: Void2258
Dean
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Fan Friday is back! This week we’re putting the spotlight on OMDU regular Void2258. Void is very active over on the North American forums and if you visit often you will have surely come across one of his posts by now. Lets find out a bit more about him!

The Basics

  • Name: Elliot Jenner
  • Home Town: NYC, currently Pittsburgh

Questions

  • What is day job?  
Graduate Student (physics)
  • Favourite type of music? 
Violin Instrumental (I could be biased as I also play violin)
  • What websites do you visit at least once every day? 

Youtube, Facebook, Huffington post
  • Which film are you next looking forward to seeing the cinema?  
Guardians of the Galaxy (Vin Diesel better not say anything besides ‘I am Groot’)
  • Where has been your favourite travel destination?  
Japan
  • How did you find out about Orcs Must Die! ? 
Total Biscuit (WTF is … Orcs Must Die?)

  • What are your thoughts on the three recently introduced OMDU heroes? 
Once the glitches are worked out I think they will all be super fun and useful. Right now B&C and prospector are more frustrating than anything since their unique abilities (knockback and tunnel) are so hard to get to go off correctly. But that’s beta.
  • If there is one thing you would change in OMDU right now, what would it be?
I would give Sorceress back her charged shot knockback and old mesmerize (where it made one mob switch sides and become a decoy and bomb, with the duration scaling by enemy size so it isn’t unbalanced) and get rid of the trap trigger for something more useful. I’m not saying this just because I am against change, it’s just that having those back would make her more of a dedicated defender. Right now her archetype is all over the place. Also I would switch to a font where I 1 and l are note hard to tell apart.
  • What strikes you as most under-powered and over-powered in OMDU?
The instant unlimited and free teleport from prospector tunnels is seriously OP.  Stinkeye’s passive does nothing, so it get’s UP right now. This may change once there are more cyclops mobs but even then it doesn’t sound that good.

Shout Out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?
Please watch some videos and learn how the game works before you play. If you don’t understand how to work gates and warcamps, you are not ready to play.

 


Thanks for taking part Void!

Spotlight on: Sevv
Dean
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This week for Fan Friday the spotlight is on Sevv in the North American OMDU community. Sevv who is a member of Team Cake is also streaming OMDU on his Twitch channel. Today we find out a little more about him!

The Basics

  • Name: Kevin Collinsworth
  • Home Town: Beavercreek, OH

Questions

  • What is your day job?

I am Batman! Actually nothing nearly as exciting, I am a supervisor at FedEx Freight. I have the great and fun job of standing out in blistering heat and shivering cold to make sure people get there goods on time!

  • Favourite TV programmes?

The only one there is, Game Of Thrones. I also enjoy me some Daily Show with John Stewart, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and of course who can forget South Park.

  • Are you heading off on holiday anywhere nice this year?

Going down to our nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. for an extended weekend with my girlfriend and her family! Gonna be a great time!

  • Aside from OMDU, what other games are you playing right now?

I have recently discovered the beauty that is Mount and Blade: Warband.

  • Of all the games you have ever played which one is your all time favourite?

Easiest question on here! Fallout 3, all time favorite. Although, OMDU comes very close.

  • How did find out about Orcs Must Die?

I bought it on a whim on a steam sale and fell in love. Convinced my buddy to play and we have logged a lot of drunken hours playing till 4 and 5 in the morning.

  • When can we catch you streaming OMDU?

Most Mondays - Thursdays from 9-10PM EST when I get my internet and OMDU to play along :/ Twitch.tv/Sev554 for those interested.

  • What do you think about the three new hero reveals?

I actually thought I was going to love the master, hate Ball and Chain, and play prospector when needed. However, it turn’s out that ol’ Big Bertha is my favorite and I love playing her. Nothing nearly as satisfying as punting someone off a bridge. The trips not to bad either, as Mother. :P

  • Is there anything missing in OMDU that you would like to see added?

Stuff already announced, sure. Otherwise I am excited to see where Robot is taking us! Maybe a chain mail Bikini for Big Bertha or a slice of cake hidden on every map.

 

Shout Out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

Remember to have FUN. That is what gaming is about, don’t get caught up in the trolls and toxic people and cause your enjoyment levels to go. This game has one of the Best communities I have ever had the privilege to be apart of, so lets keep it that way! Good hunting out there!

Spotlight On: FaTeReLLa
Dean
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This week we have something a little different for our Friday interview. This week we’re interviewing FaTeReLLa who is the Community Manager over at GameForge who are handling the EU side of OMDU. So without further adue let’s find out about FaTeReLLA herself!

The Basics

  • Name: Martina
  • Home Town: Udine, Italy (but I live in Germany for the past 4 years.

Questions

  • Can you tell us a little about your username? Why FaTeReLLa?

This is a funny story. My nickname is really old and I’ve used it for around 15 years. When I was young (in my 20ies), I was chatting on a website called “Digiland” where I was the mascots of the chat group because I was the youngest member. A friend of mine started calling me “LaFatinaDeiMieiSogni” literally translating to “TheFairyOfMyDreams”. Later on I moved to IRCnet Chat and the character limit for usernames was 9, so I had to find a nickname that fit. Somehow I thought of Faterella (in Italian means something like Little Fairy). The name stuck and I registered the nickname FaTeReLLa with all consonant in caps (I prefer the aesthetics), and never stop using it.

 

  • How long have you been working at GameForge?

I’ve been working for Gamforge since January 2010 as employee. Before that I was a volunteer community supporter for 5 years for some browser games such as Ogame.

  • Aside from OMD – what others games do you enjoy playing?

Right now the only other game I’m playing is Metin2, but I’ll probably switch to just OMDU since I’m totally falling in love with it.

 

  • Outside of gaming what are your hobbies?

I’m a passionate reader; I read an average of 60 books a year. I also love to listen to music while walking and I like to sing, but don’t ask me to sing you something unless you are prepared to bleed from your ears!  And last but not least I love to cook and to try new recipes, Italian food mainly!

 

  • What excites you the most about OMDU and managing the EU community?

The thing that excite me the most about OMDU is the fact that the game offers so much. You have a PVP challenge – not my favourite thing but still if I manage to kill someone I smile a bit, strategy – I love to organize the team and manage trap placement in the perfect way to get combos, fun and excitement – so far in each match I played it didn’t matter if I won or lost, I enjoy them so much anyway!

About managing the EU community, well it’s a challenge. There are many differences between the games that I’ve managed before. First of all working with an NA partner is very different to working with a Korean partner. Also we’ve decided to change the board settings, where we usually have one board for each language, instead we decided to have one board with a Multilanguage function that allows people to read posts in every language or just to read the posts in their own language if they prefer. It’s a huge project for me and I can’t wait to see how the community will grow and see what direction it will take.

  • What is an average day like for you at GameForge?

Well, that is a really hard question. Put simple, every day is different! Sometime there are calm days (once or twice per year). In general though I arrive at the office between 7 to 9am,  switch on my computer and while it’s loading go to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee (sometime when I feel a bit down, instead of using automatic coffee machine I prepare my Italian one with the Moka Pot – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot).

Then I go back to my desk, check my emails, forum messages and topics, facebook pages and I look for important topics or urgent issues. Also I’m taking care of another game called Animas Online, so I have split my time between OMDU and AO. I have a couple of meetings a day with my team (CMs) or with product teams (team that works on the product, like the OMDU Team or AO Team).

  • How was PAX East?

A W E S O M E. First of all it was my first time in the US. I had some problems with Jet Lag, but luckily for me it didn’t affect my time in Pax East. The exposition itself was amazing and I had the possibility to get in touch with many people that wanted to try OMDU. Some of them were really excited whilst others got excited after trying it out. In general the feedback of the audience was surprising and I hope to get the chance to participate in such initiatives again.

  • If you could pick one OMDU hero to be your favourite, who would it be and why?

This is a really hard question. From my experience I understand that the hero itself does not make you win, it’s all about team work. Sometime the hero you pick does not fit with the other heroes your teammates choose, so in the end all heroes should be your favourite.

 

  • Can you give us a teaser about the kind of things the EU community can expect from GameForge?

I’d like to but right now nothing is written in stone so it’s really too early to say! What I can say as Community Manager is that I will try to be as close to the community as possible, listen to the community needs and do my best to make OMD!Unchained Europe a cool place where everyone can have fun and enjoy themselves!

 

Shout Out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

Play fair, have fun, stay away from Mountain Trolls and feel free to poke me whenever you feel the need!

Spotlight On: Taroth
Dean
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This weeks spotlight is shining on Taroth. One of the members of “Team Cake” and active in the early access forums, here we can find out a little more about Taroth outside of OMD. Lets get started!

The Basics

Name: Chris

Home Town: New York

Questions

  • What sports do you like to play?

I’ve been an Ice Hockey Goalie for many years. I’ve been lucky enough to play in international tournaments and in different countries. I also enjoy hiking (is that a sport?) and cycling.

  • Who is your favourite comedian?

The late, great, George Carlin. Pure genius.

  • Orcs by night, but what do you do by day? School / Work?

I’m a doctoral student specializing in ethics and strategic decision-making in business management.

  • Most exciting thing you have ever done?

Probably skydiving. Hiking the Narrows in Zion Canyon would be a close second. Ask me again next week and it might be going to the Stanley Cup Finals in NY.

  • What was the last game you purchased?

The last game I purchased was pre-ordering The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. This has been an excellent series based off of some fantastic novels and a rich, deep intellectual property. Luckily, the novels are in the process of being translated to English if that is the only language you read.

  • Aside from OMD what other games do you enjoy playing?

Right now I’m slightly addicted to the King’s Bounty Series; however, if I judge solely on my steam hours played counters Mass Effect, The Witcher Series, and The Civilization series win out.

  • Which OMDU character do you play best with?

At this time I would say Stinkeye. I’ve never been much of a PvPer and I think defending was a natural transition from OMD2 to Unchained for me. I’ve been branching out into other characters, but I don’t nearly have the time on them that I do with Stink.

  • Do you prefer to play offence, defense or a bit of both?

Both now, but I still tend to be more defensively oriented.

  • What are your thoughts on Glory Seekers? Good or bad idea?

Well….. as a defender I love them! Any time I can get an advantage over an attacking group as a solo defender is appreciated, although my attacking buddies aren’t too pleased with them.

  • In your opinion which hero is the strongest and which is the weakest and why?

That is a tough call. I try to find the strengths in each character. I would say that Stinkeye was a bit overpowered as a wave clearer before the recent changes and that the Sorceress was the weakest. Now, I think Temper could use some love. Midnight has always been a bit scary as well.

 

Shout out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

There is absolutely no reason to not be excited for OMDU. Now with the War Mage pack granting instant alpha access I’m looking forward to more players joining the community. I’m also excited to get back to streaming the game when the hockey season ends.

 

You can also follow Tarorth on Twitter @TarothGaming and check out his Twitch channel http://www.twitch.tv/taroth 

Spotlight on: HowdyDoody
Dean
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Howdy folks! Its Friday and that means its time for another fan-Friday interview! This week we have HowdyDoody taking to the stage. A regular on the early access forums, but what about outside? Here we find out a little bit about “Mr Doody” both in and out of the OMD community!

The Basics

  • Name:  Jeff “Howdy Doody”.  
  • Age: 42… So that’s “Mr. Doody” for all you young whipper snappers.  Now get off my lawn!
  • Home Town:  Nashville, TN

Questions

  • If you chose 3 words to describe your personality what would they be?
Positive, Appreciative, Happy
  • Whats your favourite music?
 Country and Hard Rock, but almost always Country when playing games.
  • Favourite TV shows at the moment?
 I honestly don’t watch much TV, but I’m currently watching the NHL Playoffs.  Go Preds….Um Next Year!
  • Most exciting life experience so far?
I absolutely love my family.  I do everything with my wife and 2 boys.  So if we are playing hockey in the driveway or touring the South to watch some Dirt Track Racing I enjoy every moment.  I also feel incredibly blessed to be able to coach my boys’ youth hockey teams.  I love the opportunity to teach young girls and boys about winning/losing, success/failure, challenging themselves, the spirit of competition, and having fun.
  • How did you discover Orcs Must Die! ?
 A friend and I both started playing it on xbox.  We became obsessed with high scoring to the point where I bought the PC version just to make movies and join up with the Robot Community.
  • Favourite OMD trap / trinket of all time?
The Grinder.  Part of my obsession with high scoring was trying to figure out this trap.  How to keep it unclogged for higher combos made me daydream about it.  I still would love to know the logic behind the trap jamming….hint hint Robot!
  • Which minion frustrates you the most when you see it on the battlefield?
 KOBOLD RUNNERS!  I have a love/hate relationship with these little @#$!%^&*!
  • What do you think about the recent Guardian buff – good or bad?
Love the changes.  They probably still need a few tweaks, but overall I love where they are right now.  Any character that has a metal mo-hawk should be a rock-star!
  • If you could give the community a top tip for OMDU success – what would it be?
 Don’t think of this game as OMD and don’t think of it as a MOBA.  You have to think of it as both…at the same time!  This game is a roller-coaster ride from the second it starts until it ends.  I feel this game is truly special and has made all the other games I was playing seem sooooo slooooow!
  • Is there anything missing in OMDU that you would like to see implemented?
 A Kobold Runner Hero!  I want to be able to aggravate the hell out of real players as much as these little guys drove me insane.  (** Must include a skill that lets me spam that laugh!)

Shout out

  • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

Just know that every time I whoop you all, that you got beat by a guy in his 40′s, has a bald spot, and drives a minivan full of kids hockey gear!


Thanks for taking part Howdy. Good luck with the Hockey coaching!

Last chance to win EU keys, plus special event next week
Dean
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Today is the last day for EU peeps to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 alpha access codes. Just head over to our competition page to enter. Winners will be announced tomorrow so stay tuned and good luck everyone!

Special event this week!

In other news this week marks a special event.  This weeks Robot Entertainment stream will be taking place Tuesday night at the later time of 8PM to 10PM CST (convert to your timezone). This week however will not be featuring a certain OMDU hero, instead it will be a two hour long stream called “Orcs After Dark” and it is jammed packed with stuff. First and foremost there will be a ton of Robot developers online ready to play matches with alpha players with some of these games being shown on the twitch stream. In addition to this there will also be interviews with some of the developers talking about the studio and Orcs Must Die! development.

Get access

The best way to enjoy Orcs After Dark this Tuesday is to get access to the alpha. Luckily we have some great news on that front too. As of right now anyone purchasing the War Mage level founder pack at www.orcsmustdie.com gets instant alpha access! Thats right, get in the game right now and be ready for Tuesdays event.

This instant access lasts from now right up until the stream for North American players.

Playing means prizes!

Five random players will be chosen from the list of everyone that plays at least one match on Tuesday between 8 and 10pm. These five winners will get a special OMD prize pack including shirts and comics! How about that! Even more reason to make sure you a registered and ready to play Tuesday evening.

There will also be alpha access codes given away on the stream as well.

Everyone that plays and completes a match during the “Orcs After Dark” event will get an email next week with an extra Alpha Access Friend Code. You’ll be able to share it with one of your friends and they can start playing the game with you immediately.

To find out more about this event, just head over to the Robot Entertainment blog.

This Tuesday’s stream is shaping up to be great fun. See you all there!