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#1 CRB_Meerkat

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:47 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

I am the new Lead Class Designer Steven Engle, many of you may already know me as Meerkat. For the last year or two, I have been working as the principle Engineer Class and Balance Designer here at Carbine. Prior to Carbine, I started in the industry on a title called Magestorm(mad props if any of you remember it) circa 1996. I later moved on and worked on titles like Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online, and Battlestar Galactica Online in balance or class design roles.

 

Now that the professional background is out of the way, I grew up in Ohio. Go Buckeyes! I play a Chua Engineer and it is pink. I love watching Twitch streams of people raiding in WildStar. I like warm hugs.

 

On to the game and the future, we’re still working on general support class changes and fixing bugs. We have the AP/SP changes, Quality of Life Improvements, and bug fixes going live in the Defile patch. As our last class updates suggested, we are taking a closer look at support specs on all classes and making adjustments in the future.

 

Thank you all for every bit of feedback so far and for every bit of it in the future.

 

-Steven “Meerkat” Engle


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#2 Brice

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

Congrats on the new job :).


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#3 Mayor DasMoose

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:52 PM

Congratulations on leveling up on the job front!


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#4 Raijinn

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:56 PM

Welcome, welcome! We're looking forward to seeing what fun you have in store for us all here on the forums and in game!


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#5 astronaut Albert

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:59 PM

YOU.... YOU!!!

It is now all your fault!!  

I mean look at this just.... oh ... cograts on the promotion...



#6 BroFistForLife

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:05 PM

I congratulate you on the promosion, now we need to see results. You are very much in a hot seat right now sir.


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#7 Frozen_Storm

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

Congrats on the promotion!

The road has been paved but still has plenty of holes in it. Looking forward to see what happens next.


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#8 Carthh

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

My hero  :wub:


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#9 Benbe123

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:10 PM

Congrats on the promoton!

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#10 katerade

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:15 PM

My hero  :wub:

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#11 Graiban

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:38 PM

Good luck to you sir. Congratulations and I believe you will do a fine job. Engineers as a whole have confidence in you and that's a welcome breath of fresh air. 



#12 Hoppy

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:44 PM

I think you also worked on the Spellslinger



#13 MadBlue

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:46 PM

Congratulations! :D



#14 Mae Is Mean

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 05:40 PM

Now that the professional background is out of the way, I grew up in Ohio. Go Buckeyes! I play a Chua Engineer and it is pink. I love watching Twitch streams of people raiding in WildStar. I like warm hugs.

 

-Steven “Meerkat” Engle

 

There is nothing about this part of the post I dislike. Main is an engy, my hubby's from Ohio (and I've never met someone from Ohio that I didn't love) and ... well you should really be raiding, not just watching others do it ;)

 

Congratulations!


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#15 Radashii

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 05:41 PM

 I like warm hugs.

 

 

 

 

An awfully aurin thing to say from a chua I'd say.

 

Looking forward to your imput from your history, I haven't heard anything bad about class design and balances in your previous games. SO I'm excited to see what can be done for Wildstar!


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#16 Nike Online

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 08:41 PM

First: Welcome to the big chair. Its heady stuff, to be sure. The power of it. Pay no attention to the spikes, electrical cables, or the relaxing tub of water waiting for you to soak your feet in it...

 

On to the game and the future, we’re still working on general support class changes and fixing bugs. We have the AP/SP changes, Quality of Life Improvements, and bug fixes going live in the Defile patch. As our last class updates suggested, we are taking a closer look at support specs on all classes and making adjustments in the future.

 

Card on the table time: I bought a six month subscription when the game launched. I prefer both healing and tanking to DPS. Now that all pretense of having a regular release schedule has been pitched into the wind and Drop 3 seems to focus on DPS balance to the near total exclusion of tank and healer gameplay, should I expect this "closer look at support specs" to impact Live severs before my current subscription ends? Please factor in that most companies hibernate over the holidays.



#17 PGGR

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 11:10 PM

Congratulations and the best of luck! :D


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#18 Razhork

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 12:03 AM

I look forward to your work Seangle  :D


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#19 Ico

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:39 AM

Welcome dude :D 


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#20 ExaltedBlood

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 02:20 AM

Sweet, welcome!

I must say that I appreciate all the work you guys are doing on the classes, I am aware it is a huge undertaking and will take time to get it mostly right or even partially fixed.

I think you guys rock.