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Meet the Developers: Hall Hood

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Meet the Developers: Hall Hood
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Deewe
11.09.2012 , 08:54 PM | #91
Quote: Originally Posted by AllisonBerryman View Post
Hi everyone! We have answers from Hall for some of the questions asked in this thread. We're not always able to address all questions, but we appreciate your questions and posts! Thanks for participating, and stay tuned for more Meet the Developers blogs.


Q: Did the writers have any say in who would voice the characters?

Hall: We always offer casting suggestions for every character we create, but the final determination rests with our teammates at LucasArts. For especially high-profile roles - our character classes and companions - we receive audition recordings from multiple actors and choose our favorite from among them. The process has worked out great, as we got some tremendously talented voice actors for our biggest and best roles.


Q: How closely do writers get to work with the voice actors? Is there some degree of coaching, or sharing why you wrote something in the way that you did?

Hall: Before we send our scripts off for recording, BioWare's writers add detailed performance notes for the actors to see when they come to the recording booth. Each individual line has information to help the actor understand the context of the line and what's happening in the overall conversation where it's occurring. Our project was simply too big for writers to get any "studio time" with our voice actors, which is a shame. I would love to meet the actors who brought my heroes and villains to life, one of these days.


Q: In a recent interview, you mentioned you mentioned that the writing direction of the future would be akin to the Avengers, bringing the individual stories together into one epic story. Could you elaborate on what this means for the future?

Hall: I can't reveal anything about our future plans, but we're always experimenting with new styles of storytelling for SWTOR. Some stories work especially well as a great big group team-up where players compete for the spotlight during conversations (hence the Avengers analogy), but that doesn't mean players have to be grouped in order to enjoy them. All of our content that isn't specifically written to be a class story is designed to work equally well whether you're in a group or flying solo.


Q: I'm interested in knowing a little more detail on how you went about working for Bioware as a writer, Mr Hood. What kind of qualifications did you need, and what type of things should an interested person put in their portfolio?

Hall: I had been a professional screenwriter for over a dozen years before applying to BioWare. I had also been an avid gamer my entire life and was especially fond of BioWare's RPGs. On top of that, I was also a massive Star Wars nerd. Of course, being a gamer and Star Wars nerd wouldn't have mattered at all without the time I put into learning the craft of writing. A good portfolio for a prospective game author will demonstrate confidence and talent as a writer, and also show a thorough understanding of the principles of good gameplay and quest design. Writing for games is the most challenging and rewarding creative work I've ever done, but it's definitely not a career path to embark on lightly.


Q: What is in the glass Hall? (referring to the blog photo)

Hall: That, my friend, is a cup full of Sith tears. Sooooo delicious…
Hi Hall,

since you wrote the Jedi Knight Story class I'd like to offer some feedback about this class story.

I tried it during the beta and played a low level dark sided Jedi, so my experience with the class is limited.

First I wish the dialog had some impact because playing a dark sided I felt like surrounded by blind Jedi.
It felt especially disturbing in front of the council as it was like all of them failed the force sense classes and were on drugs and deaf.

Then playing a dark sided Jedi was more about greed, fame and being an as_ole than said being a you know... a dark sided Jedi or a Jedi falling to the dark side..

Finally I don't know why but the class story felt a bit too much bland / cliche.

I guess most of it comes with design direction and technical choices though.
Anyway not saying writing for games is easy.

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Revanchis
11.09.2012 , 10:07 PM | #92
Here's a question, why is there no Onasi anywhere? We have a descendant of Bastila, voiced by Jennifer Hale. Why is there no Onasi voiced by Raphael Sbarge.

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Laurreth
11.10.2012 , 06:48 AM | #93
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I'm sorry, but I have to call this a total dodge. We already have multiplayer conversations, and have had from the very beginning so that is clearly not what Mr. Hood was talking about in the interview.
If you try to read it a bit more optimistically, however, it could just mean that some future content (let's call it Makeb for the moment) might get a more intermingled, coinciding overall story arc in the form of a planetary/bonus quest line that doesn't intervene with class stories. That would be cool.

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Rayla_Felana
11.10.2012 , 07:15 AM | #94
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Here's a question, why is there no Onasi anywhere? We have a descendant of Bastila, voiced by Jennifer Hale. Why is there no Onasi voiced by Raphael Sbarge.
Onasi is never listed as having had a wife after Telos, especially considering his son died.

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Revanchis
11.10.2012 , 09:26 AM | #95
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Onasi is never listed as having had a wife after Telos, especially considering his son died.
His personal story in KotOR involved saving his son from the academy on Korriban. If lightside Revan is canon then Dustil should still be alive. Plus I wouldn't mind if they modified canon a bit to see another Onasi. I'm also sad that they didn't have the Onasi blaster as a legendary item, or Bindo's robes.

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Rayla_Felana
11.10.2012 , 09:36 AM | #96
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His personal story in KotOR involved saving his son from the academy on Korriban. If lightside Revan is canon then Dustil should still be alive. Plus I wouldn't mind if they modified canon a bit to see another Onasi. I'm also sad that they didn't have the Onasi blaster as a legendary item, or Bindo's robes.
'In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Dustil was supposed to make an appearance in the tomb on Korriban. Dustil would claim that he is a Jedi and turned his back on the dark side only to return to Korriban for reasons unknown even to himself. While inside the tomb, Dustil would claim to have encountered and killed Carth twenty two times while other times, Carth had killed him. While speaking with the Jedi Exile (who he believes is just another vision) he would cry for his father and ask why he left him. Dustil would then become enraged and attack the Exile. However, the voice for the scene was never done, and was cut from the final version of the game. Instead there is a body labeled "Dead Jedi" in the chamber with a datapad belonging to a Jedi named Nebelish. The designers never changed the model for the corpse however, and he still clearly resembles Dustil.'

I don't think they've ever decided on whether or not to make this C-canon, but it does make sense.

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Revanchis
11.10.2012 , 10:34 AM | #97
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'In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Dustil was supposed to make an appearance in the tomb on Korriban. Dustil would claim that he is a Jedi and turned his back on the dark side only to return to Korriban for reasons unknown even to himself. While inside the tomb, Dustil would claim to have encountered and killed Carth twenty two times while other times, Carth had killed him. While speaking with the Jedi Exile (who he believes is just another vision) he would cry for his father and ask why he left him. Dustil would then become enraged and attack the Exile. However, the voice for the scene was never done, and was cut from the final version of the game. Instead there is a body labeled "Dead Jedi" in the chamber with a datapad belonging to a Jedi named Nebelish. The designers never changed the model for the corpse however, and he still clearly resembles Dustil.'

I don't think they've ever decided on whether or not to make this C-canon, but it does make sense.
Hmm, well it would have been nice to hear Raphael Sbarge in the game. They could have made an Onasi work, considering that was never actually in the second game.

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Fyuria
11.10.2012 , 11:05 AM | #98
Those are some disappointing answers, hopefully they'll stop holding back and we'll see some more information come out once the F2P is officially out.

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Andryah
11.10.2012 , 02:48 PM | #99
Quote: Originally Posted by Tatile View Post
You know, those answers are actually really boring. This has been the most underwhelming Blog Post by far
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Hall: I can't reveal anything about our future plans
I really don't understand why, after so many years and so many MMOs, people do not understand this.
Forum disputatio ------> est completum ineptias.

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Tatile
11.10.2012 , 02:56 PM | #100
Quote: Originally Posted by Andryah View Post
I really don't understand why, after so many years and so many MMOs, people do not understand this.
As much as I would have liked to know anything about SGRA's, that wasn't entirely what I was commenting about. I just found the answers boring, that's all. Perhaps some insight into the process, how the different class story writers engaged.

However, I will add that I find it aggravating that the Community Team (and now Mr. Hood) cannot even confirm that previous statements remain valid. I hardly call that "discussing future content".