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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Hire Power

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Wow, I have been ranting about how bad the whole Station Players services are for quite some time. Here's an example. If you don't know how bad the guild site service offered by SOE is, well, you've never tried using it as much as I have. It's an exercise in frustration we eventually had to abandon. The most recent problem was news articles not posting in the proper order. There's a thread about it and I have tested this and found it to be accurate.

So, I was happy to see SOE is
looking to hire someone to "assist with the ongoing development of Station Players services." I hope that means fixing the Guild sites and some of the other "features" I've complained about.

Unfortunately, it
looks like that person's job will also entail Station Exchange work. But I'll try to let that slide.

I question the wisdom of using the EQII Players news page as a recruiting tool. It's not that I have a problem with reading job announcements. It's not that I don't realize this is a low cost way to do a candidate search. It's just that I can guarantee that there will be a very large number of resumes from people whose qualifications include "being an UBER zerker lol" and running a Geocities Lindsay Lohan fansite. But I guess that's the problem of the person who gets stuck reading all these resumes and not me.

In this case, I would suggest hiring the best qualified person in terms of web design talent for the job regardless of how much EQII they play. If it was a game design position or something like that, then obviously I would feel differently. But I just want someone who is going to come in and help get things running smoother on the SOE web pages. I love the web-based Guild Chat (which I pay extra for) and it hasn't worked for days.


Okay, I know you're thinking, "All this employment news is fascinating and all, yawn, but what about, um, the release day for Live Update 13 and DoF tomorrow?"

Well, I hope it goes smoothly. I'll be at work most of the day but I'll be checking the forums to see the status. Two minor things worth noting:

1. SOE injected a little humor into the beta with these temporary bobbleheads (screenshots courtesy of EQII Vault). Nice to see some joking in EQII. I find the in-game humor to be somewhat lacking.

2. There will be bonus xp for a week because of the combat changes but it will not extend to those at level 50 or above or to tradeskillers. Personally, I probably wouldn't have gone the bonus xp route at all, but I can't say I have a problem with it. If I was to give bonus xp for a week I would have hooked up the tradeskillers as well. Tradeskill grinding is painful. I agree with the decision not to do it post-50 as I don't want to rush through the expansion content too fast, as tempting as it may be to do so. It might actually be a nice idea to play a lower-level alt for a week to rake in the bonus xp and the let the expansion settle down for a bit. But we all now I won't really be doing that.

And, just in case the EQII servers or your expansion download are stressing you out today, you might want to consider this EBay auction for some relief (via Kotaku
).

Good luck with the combat changes and the expansion. See ya on the other side.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Adams said...

I totally agree about eq2players.com

My guild finally pulled out of that festering mess and are using guild portal. Take a look at what we were able to setup in a very short time there. I love that site.

http://www.vindicators.org

8:54 AM  
Blogger Anskiere said...

*waits for the update to go live*

Oh, and yeah... one of my first guilds used the guild page/forums stuff on eq2players. It was a joke, if you could even get logged in to see the things. Not to mention it just outright stopped letting us upload anything. Woohoo.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Johnsonrod said...

I couldn't handle that bobblehead thing. I had to run my toon off a cliff and kill him. I left his corpse there at the bottom, never to be retrieved. I just couldn't let him live in such a state.

10:07 AM  
Blogger warm_machine said...

The bobble heads were damn funny! I agree that the in-game humor is somewhat lacking. I really think that is one of the huge draws of WoW over EQ2... it just has a better sense of humor.

EQ2 is like the guy at the party who has to get drunk before they're funny.

Speaking of getting drunk... when will that ever be added to EQ2??? Srew the climbable walls, I want to get drunk!

12:21 PM  
Blogger cyan said...

I personally think SOE should not only fix all the problems people are having with eq2players, but also come up with a kick ass set of web services in an API that everyone could use on their own websites (barring they pay the monthly fee). There needs to be more interaction with the mass amount fo data that they have there, and the eq2 web programming needs to have some access to it. Minus, security I would think it would be fairly easy to allow people to do, so that people don't have to screen scrape stuff, or even if people just want to look at the data in different ways. Access to that data would get people usign it, and get people talking about it, which is just as good as a marketing tool as any. I have dicussed it on our first podcast about how I would love and open web 2.0ish API for everyone to use and analyze. I work with 3rd party APIs constantly as a developer, and it is almost like free advertising when programmers start talking about it and utilizing it for their own creative means.

-cyan
EQ2-Daily EQ2 Podcast

3:09 PM  

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