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03.25.2015 , 09:54 AM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  

Hey all!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the newest member of the Bioware Austin Community team. My name is Nick Avola, and I have the daunting (yet exciting) task of playing third fiddle on a team directly involved in all areas of our games Ė from player feedback, to design considerations, to promotions, to communications, you name it.

Much of my time will be spent scouring the forums, blogisphere, and social media platforms to track community sentiment on a day-to-day basis. Iíll be consolidating your comments and concerns into detailed reports, which will be disseminated regularly amongst the Community, Development, Leadership, and other key teams here at BioWare Austin. The sooner your feedback reaches the eyes and ears of senior staffers, the more accurately and effectively we can respond in kind, and I will be working overtime to fine-tune this process. I will also take the lead in conducting a general makeover of the community teamís internal mechanisms, which should allow Eric, Tait, and I to more efficiently address the needs of SWTORís player base. In the meantime I will do my best to keep up a regular physical presence on the boards, but due to the general behind-the-scenes nature of my work (and the sheer quantity of incoming data Iíll be managing) you may see lengthier intervals between my visible forum posts. Nevertheless, I do encourage you to PM me anytime with more direct questions or thoughts.

On a more personal note, I am a fiercely competitive gamer, and Iíll be regularly online playing my preferred tanking role (although my identity will remain anonymous for the moment Ė bit of a buzzkill, I know). I am also a big fan of PVP (queue the inevitable gasps of shock), and I am quite looking forward to publicly taking down Taitís precious toons in Warzone. Outside of SWTOR, I play mainly RPGs along the lines of the Witcher and Mass Effect (and yes, I absolutely romanced Tali throughout the games before accidentally wiping out her entire species in a series of fiery explosions.. She never quite forgave me for that for some odd reason). I still have yet to experience anything which competes with the epic-ness of Chrono Cross or Final Fantasy VIII, however. I am also a giant nerd when it comes to historical grand strategy games, particularly Paradoxís Europa Universalis and the Total War series. But then again, my experience so far here in Austin shows me that Iíve only just scratched the surface of SWTOR. Challenge accepted.

Outside of the gaming world, Iím a sucker for live music and recreational sporting leagues. I graduated from Wake Forest University (North Carolina) in 2008, before working in D.C. for a stint. Strangely enough, prior to joining BioWare Austin, I was trained as an intelligence analyst handling the Middle East and North Africa. Iím an avid reader Ė just finishing up my reread of ADWD before the new HBO season (go team Stannis), and am mid-way through the Darth Bane trilogy. And as a native Bostonian, I bleed Red Sox and Patriots pride.

I look forward to interacting with many of you in the coming months. Iím honored to play a role amongst one of the industryís most talented development teams, not to mention serving as a primary outlet for such a thriving and passionate Community. Look for me on the forums. Follow me on Twitter -- @avola_swtor. Get excited. Heck, from what Iíve seen in just a few days, I can assure you that great things are in store for the game in 2015, and I canít wait to hear all about your chosen Path.

Nick Avola | Associate Brand Manager
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DOHboy's Avatar

03.25.2015 , 10:03 AM | #2
Welcome, and good luck, You'll need it

When it comes to community feedback, we can be a bit...contentious.

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03.25.2015 , 10:06 AM | #3
Welcome to the team. I hope that this marks the beginning of more transparency from BioWare.

I'll get you started. PvP content is non-existent and we want more PvP content. Please pass on that feedback. Thanks.
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03.25.2015 , 10:06 AM | #4

Quote: Originally Posted by NickAvola View Post

Much of my time will be spent scouring the forums, blogisphere, and social media platforms to track community sentiment on a day-to-day basis.
The Zeitgeist is fairly fluid ( .... points in the direction of the PvP forums )

Good luck!
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03.25.2015 , 10:07 AM | #5
WOW! Welcome to the team/forums/game!!! An Intelligence Analyst huh? Very interesting...that may prove valuable here - not in like some creepy way, just your ability to read mountains of boring trash to find the good stuff

Very pleased to have you joining us!!!
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03.25.2015 , 10:07 AM | #6
Oh hai Nick, welcome to hell.
Good luck on your new position. Be good
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03.25.2015 , 10:08 AM | #7
Nice to meet you, great to see we have a third member on the community team again. Looking forward to see you in person on an upcoming Twitch stream.
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03.25.2015 , 10:09 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by NickAvola View Post

(and yes, I absolutely romanced Tali throughout the games).
yuck #TeamKaidan

Klintrin's Avatar

03.25.2015 , 10:09 AM | #9
PvP me IRL?

<nerd on nerd violence>

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03.25.2015 , 10:12 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Klintrin View Post
PvP me IRL?
Duels were outlawed in the 1800s. What a damn shame.