Monthly Archives: December 2014Dean05 Dec 20147631
We’re back stateside with Fan Friday this week and the spotlight is landing on SirBeast of the US Orcs Must Die! Unchained community. Lets find out a bit more about him!
- Name: SirBeast / Frank
- Age: 42
- Home Town: Akron, OH
- What do you do by day?
I’m the IT lead for the Public Works department in a major metropolitan city
- What exciting things have happened this year?
Of course, OMDU released this year, which I had been long awaiting, along with the release of some other great games: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor, and Gauntlet. I also spent a week vacationing with family in the Outer Banks this summer. Additionally I recently got to see the stage musical rendition of “Evil Dead”.
- Do you get excited about Christmas?
I *LOVE* Christmas and get very excited about it every year. I got my outside lights up (though I did not turn them on) the week before Thanksgiving, as well as one of our two trees up and decorated. We got a new tree last year that is not only pre-lit but also rotates. I have 2 kids, a boy aged 5 and a girl aged 9, and seeing them get excited for the holiday – ESPECIALLY with the escapades of “Ducky Duckaroo”, their “Elf on the Shelf” just makes it all the more enjoyable!
- How would you describe your taste in music?
My taste in music is best described as eclectic. I’ll listen to anything but Country and Polka. Primarily I prefer heavy metal and classic rock, along with artists such as Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Weird Al Yankovic
- What would your Top 3 films of all time be?
(1) Animal House (2) Star Wars Episode IV: “A New Hope” (3) The Nightmare Before Christmas
- How did you discover Orcs Must Die! ?
I was a big fan of OMD1 and OMD2. Until the devs stopped supporting it and the score hackers started running rampant on it, a friend and myself were highly ranked on the two-player world rankings on OMD2.
- Who is your favourite OMDU hero and why?
I think my favourite at the moment would be Blackpaw. He moves fast, which can allow him to get in, do some good damage really quick, then get out just as fast, leaving enemy heroes dazed and confused as to where they should be watching the next threat to come from. He’s even more devastating if your teammates have gnolls in their decks, which is often the case.
- Which OMDU hero causes you the most trouble on the battlefield?
Midnight causes the biggest trouble. Not only can she mass-disable traps quite easily, but a skilled player who can use her backstab efficiently can do some real heavy damage to enemy heroes when they least expect it.
- What is the biggest balance problem with OMDU right now?
I think the biggest balance problem right now is simply the lack of players. I think the heroes are pretty fairly balanced, if you have players who know how to play them efficiently. But getting into a full 5v5 game outside of Twitch streaming hours is nearly impossible.
- What is the topmost thing you would like to see added to OMDU?
Text and voice chat both in-team and cross-team. The devs think that “toxic” players in the community would cause this to be more trouble than it’s worth. It’s been my experience that such players in the OMDU community are few and far between. Plus I think they could easily take an example from the voice chat features of such games as TeamFortress 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004. Those games not only let you choose if you wanted to chat only to your team or to all players in the game (including opponents), but if there was a “toxic” player you had the ability to mute them – both text and voice.
I for one would very much like the opportunity to say to a teammate-turned-opponent (from one game to the next) “Hey, great job last game! Good luck, and try to not kill me too much, or just stand still and let me kill you!”. I think everyone could appreciate the humor and comradery that everyone could benefit from with such a feature being available.
- Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?
As a final shout-out, I must say thanks to devs for working so hard to make this a great game that everyone enjoys. Thanks the community as a whole for simply being there to play with, and to the newer players try and ignore those that are simply there to PvP-railroad and spawncamp their opponents – don’t let them discourage you, and just think of it as a way to work on additional strategies for overcoming that type of offense.Dean04 Dec 20147617
This week was the first of five big Insider Access twitch streams where we tune in to Robot staffers revealing some of the plans and details about Phase 2 of the Orcs Must Die! Unchained closed beta kicking off early next year.
In this weeks episode we learnt a number of things. Perhaps one of changes that will be sure to excite fans will be the return of the much missed trap – Barricades! Thats right, barricades will be coming back in phase 2. Robot have worked out all the niggles that have prevented them appearing so far. Barricades add a whole new layer of depth for defenders. Of course, barricades is just one example of the things being discussed on Insider Access. There was also discussion about trap caps, which will now be capped at the team level and not individually.
Be sure catch up on this weeks Insider Access with Justin Korthof and Ian Fischer to hear more about thats coming up in phase 2!
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The next reveal will be December 16, 2014