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Video: Making a 90s-style PC RPG for today with Project Eternity

Josh Sawyer of Obsidian (Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas) discusses the challenges of appeasing 90s CRPG fans and new players with the near-$4 million Kickstarted Project Eternity.
"A lot of people who want to play those [D&D] games are not good at them. That is okay, but we have to help them get into it."
In this free GDC Vault video from GDC Next 2013, Obsidian Entertainment project director Josh Sawyer shares the challenges of capturing the look and feel of classic CRPGs and appealing to newcomers for the team's Kickstarter-funded game, along with tricks to handle the rendering of HD environments with tremendous size and scope, in the talk "Gathering Your Party with Project Eternity." Other GDC Next 10 talks already available for free include Storyteller creator Daniel Benmergui on using plot devices to create gameplay, HumaNature's Greg Johnson on connecting players emotionally in DokiDoki Universe,The Odd Gentlemen's Matt Korba on 'using Lego and literary genius to prototype Wayward Manor', Double Fine 'rethinking the adventure genre' for Broken Age, Team Dakota on Microsoft multiplatform MMO Project Spark and 'turning players into creators', Capy's Nathan Vella on Super Time Force and "turning game jam games into 'full' games", and SWERY on D4 and 'taking control of the Xbox One's Kinect.'

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In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers. Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support. Gamasutra and GDC are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech

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