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People News Neal Hallford To Work with Guido Henkel on Thorvalla

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Crooked Bee, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Crooked Bee Nyadmin Patron

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    Tags: Guido Henkel; Neal Hallford; Thorvalla

    Neal Hallford of Betrayal at Krondor fame has posted on our forum to let us know that, while the possible sequel to Krondor has been postponed, he has joined Guido Henkel (of Realms of Arkania fame) for his new game Thorvalla, soon coming to a Kickstarter near you:

    Howdy all. Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. Guido recently asked me to come aboard his Thorvalla project, and I was more than happy to accept. We've narrowly missed the opportunity to work with each at least a couple of times over the past twenty years, and Guido has worked on several of the titles of which I've been a very big fan. As for who I am, I was co-lead designer and writer on another "traditional" RPG called Betrayal at Krondor which was pretty well known for its story. I also worked on a few other titles you may have heard of including Might & Magic III: Isles of Terra, Planet's Edge, Champions of Norrath, Lords of Everquest, and Dungeon Siego.

    Recently old BAK team has been talking a lot about doing a "spiritual sequel" to our old game, but at the moment we need more time to "get the band back together", and in the meantime I wanted to get back to work on a traditional RPG that will immerse you in an incredible world and tell you a great story along the way.

    I hope you'll support Thorvalla, and enjoy the ride we're about to take together. ​

    And the second post in a different thread:

    Howdy gang, just wanted to let all of you know who have been talking about Krondor, both pro and con, that we've put the Krondor sequel on pause for the time being until such time we've got more of a team assembled. A lot of the original folks are interested in participating, but it's going to take some epic co-ordinating to find times in all our schedules to make it happen, and we don't want to rush this. It certainly won't be something we can get off the ground and moving before the end of the year, especially given that the holidays are coming up.

    That said, I hope that those of you who have been enthusiastic at the thought of my working on a new RPG will consider backing another Kickstarter RPG project that I'll be working on in the meantime. Over the years I've narrowly missed working Guido Henkel a couple of times, but he was behind several awesome titles including Realms of Arkania, Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights and several others. He's asked me to come aboard their project, and I was more than happy to accept.

    This doesn't mean that the Krondor project won't happen, it just isn't happening before the end of 2012. Thanks for all your support!​

    Sounds like pretty much a dream collaboration to me.
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    You are right CBee this has lot of potential and I have high hopes for this.:hug:
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    Wow, the good news just keep piling up! It's starting to look more and more like we might be in for a proper cRPG revival. :incline:
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    I have high hopes for the projects, sadly I lack faith in the general gaming public to carry this through. :(
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    Pure :incline:
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    This is my fear as well. Even though I am one who has been very excited by the Kickstarter cRPG revival, I'm starting to feel... well... a little KS fatigue starting to set in. If I'm feeling a little "stretched thin over too much bread" it will take something pretty great to get more people on board. I hope their presentation is very thorough, clear, and well laid out in order to generate enough "buzz" to get people to contribute (IF the project is a worthy of their pedigree).
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    Your wife has not killed you yet over the unexpected expenses?
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    Looking at his plans for bidding on eBay, I don't think he has a wife any more...
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    We've come to a mutual understanding... I can pledge to KS but I get no Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, Halloween, Easter, All Saint's Day, 4th of July, etc. and she gets whatever else she wants and I say "Yes, dear."

    Of course I'm still married! Who else can I show off all my geek toys to and have roll her eyes and walk away mumbling "That's nice, dear." ... :P
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    Hell yes is all I can say.
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    Could be good if they succeed at funding it first.
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    mindx2: What do you do for a living btw? And post pics of your wife plz.

    Anyhow, it is true most retards today will have no idea what RoA and BaK are...BUT hopefully there will still be folk like us who miss these gems. Also, Germans!!! Fucking Germans should contribute for the good of the 4th reich!
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    I loved the subtle approach :lol:
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    The last thing I want is the Codex doing God knows what over a picture of my wife :rpgcodex:

    As for what I do, I shape the minds of the future generation. God help us all!!!!!

    I really hope this gets the media coverage because a combination of BaK and RoA sounds to good to be true!
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    mindx2: A teacher eh?? Post pics of your female students!

    Also, interestingly, both RoA and BaK had first person adventuring and 3rd person taktikal kombat!
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    So Neal worked on Isles of Terra, hmmm? Let's hope he keeps this project moving in the right direction as a true party-based adventure.
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    I really hope this will be party based. I remember spending days just rolling characters in RoA!
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    Yes, the Arkania system was very detailed and intricate. One of the best pen and paper systems adapted to the cRPG format. That's what I'm advocating for here. If they want to pursue something that evokes the special complexity of games like RoA, I hope the developers will go all in and do not take the shortcuts of modern game design.
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    Guess we'll find out soon enough.

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    Wow, great news!
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