Gage Interview on BT DC
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Hey Gage, could you give us a brief history of your gaming life?
Good evening Digz . I started off in RTS back at the ripe old age of 11 with Command and Conquer: Red Alert for the PS1 (first system after my Sega Genesis). From that time forward I fell in love with RTS over any other type of game. It wasn't until a bit later that I started to play RTS on the computer with Warcraft 2. Then came the big one of course, Starcraft. I played this a lot offline, and still loved it; truly a great game. But my favorite up until the BFME series was easily CnC Red Alert 2. Again I didn't make it online, but I did play a lot of games in a LAN connection with one of my best friends, some epic games we had.
How long have you played the BFME series for?
I am not sure of the release date for BFME 1, but I do remember the first time seeing it. I was at my neighbors house and they wanted to show me a RA2 like game. I love it at first glance; so much so I went out and bought it the next day! It wasn't long after that, that I took my first steps into online play. Wow what a difference in style from 1 player modes, like night and day. Another friend of mine and I couldn't get enough of the online play and played BFME 1 nearly every night for about a half of year!! Thought we where quite good too I might add, lol, little did we know.
But that all stopped when BFME 2 came out. I and most of my friends picked it up on the first day of it's release. Wow, if we liked the first one, we loved this one. My friends and I quickly created a clan, Dumbledore's Army, and started to play in CWs, thinking we were all pretty good. We soon found out, that we well...weren't, lol. But for how much we like open play, we love the competitiveness of CWs even more and continued playing until we where good CW players.
I have been playing BFME 2 to this day, and is still by far my favorite RTS (though that Company of Heroes is great game as well). Back in March for BFME 2 CWs, I took the warrior title and [DA] took the clan title that month as well. Since then I have taken a very different role in the BFME 2 series, most recently as one of GR.orgs BFME 2's Game Administrators.
How long have you played the BT DC patch and can you remember what version it was?
Pretty much since the start of when it was made public; a little over a year ago now. I started on BT2C version 1.1. I was a bit...skeptical at first, as it wasn't official and didn't know much about it. But once I saw the same guy, MaDDoX, that created both BFME 1's 1.03 and BFME 2's 1.06 patch created this one, I was in and knew it was a good thing.
Personally, do you think EA has let us down on all three games recently by not bringing out patches consistently or even anything at all?
I am not so sure it's about the consistency of the patches, it's the quality of them. So in that respect yes, EA has let us down. Of course, up until now they haven't really need to do anything else, so in their defense they are still learning about what it takes to make a great RTS. The longevity imo is all about the quality of the game, not so much the innovation and uniqueness of the game, as that gets quick results but if that's all the game has, it will not last long. The true key is to have both sides of course, like RA2 did and Starcraft. Hopefully EA will figure this out with future RTSs.
What advice or information do you have for any people who haven't heard of the BT DC patch?
Take that seconded look. I know the 'unofficial' part can be scary at first, but just know this patch was created by the same guy, MaDDoX, that brought you BFME 1's 1.03 and BFME 2's 1.06. Also don't give up, there is a very active community atm doing their best to make the BTP as big as it can be, so continue to try and make/find those BTP games, you will start getting those games with the BTP!
Briefly can you explain what you felt when you first played 1.06?
I could see the game style was much much better then 1.04, as it had the potential to add a lot of depth to the game. But the imbalances and bugs where still the thing I noticed most about 1.06...
What was the introduction of the BT DC's first patch compared to 1.06 in balance and bug fix terms?
Well all the OP units where made either balanced or slightly under powered. The Goblins got a ton of help with many of their bugs being fixed, and they quickly became the top faction of the first go around of the BTP. Also there was this addition that I loved, a long range bombard for all siege units (doing so by using the bombard button for siege units as opposed to clicking attack with the curser). Camping is a tough thing to break sometimes, and this addition to the siege units what great. You could slowly (as the damage deal was much less then a normal attack) take out a camping opponents fort from far away, forcing them out of their base; funny enough more like a real siege. Also the wall system working was nice as well.
But all in all, you saw much more of what MaDDoX originally wanted for 1.06, depth, fun, diverse and smart game play.
How far do you think the balance patch has progressed over time?
It has come an incredibly far way. Atm there is seriously no obviously unfair faction match up and overpowered units/heroes; just a few minor things here and there. It took about 4 or 5 versions of the BTP to get this far, but once it was there, it was just awesome. The balance is soo well done that the out come of a game now depends largely on the players skill with their faction, rather then which player has which faction like in lots of RTS's today.
How would BT DC benefit ordinary players that play the game?
In lots of ways. The CaH system has been helped out by making the CaH's more balanced into the other aspect of the game. Aka, they don't just own Sauron in one spear throw anymore, lol. Also, the games depth has been increased a lot. Now I love competitive play, but I also love to just mess around in games as well V^_^, and the BTP offers a much better experience for that as unlike patches before, not just one strategy rules them all. But lots of strategies work just as well as the next. Not to mention imo the best part about the BTP, all the power point power, units, and heroes all are useful now!! So you don't need to use the same PP path over and over, or make the same units and heroes every game to win, you can really just go with what you want and try different things and still win!
What is the main aim for the BT DC patch and where do you really want to go with it?
The main aim is to bring the BTP to as many people as possible. The BTP after all is what MaDDoX envisioned for 1.06, and so it's like the finished product of that. Also, the BTP is here to show that a great community of high level and dedicated players can make an incredible patch, that not only works for their level of play, but everyones level of play. The BTP will hopefully help pave the way for this line of thought amongst gaming companies.
If EA does choose to get the BT DC as it's official patch what would you do?
Other then go crazy from excitement, play lots and lots of QMs and open play. I love the BTP soo much, but I do miss spamming QMs and playing open play games (though the open play part is atm, slowly changing). My friend that played BFME 1 with me for soo long, that is how we started, playing QM and open play, I miss it.
Now some quick fire questions:
One word to describe 1.06:
One word to describe BT DC:
What is your favorite faction on the BT DC?
Goblins hands down
What do you prefer 1v1 or 2v2 on the BT DC?
2 vs. 2 is always soo much fun and is what I enjoy the most.
And finally, If you had one or two paragraphs to explain why people should download and join the BT DC community what would you say?
Well, lol, I have said much already. Yet I will say, though EA hasn't made the BTP official, they continue to show interest in it. They at least recognized that it is a great piece of work. I feel that atm, there just isn't enough incentive for them to act upon their interest. If we as a community can show EA that the BTP is the future of BFME 2, then maybe, just maybe, they will make it official or at least incorporate the major points of the BTP into a patch and/or fix that blood host lag!
As for the BTP community. They are all great. We have everything from pro level players, to beginners and it just seems like for the most part everyone is nice to each other and get along very well. Also the BTP community is VERY dedicated to their patch, and rightfully so, as it truly is the best non official patch one is likely to ever play!!
I just want to give a HUGE thanks to FileFront and Digz for their time and support of the BTP, you guys are the best!!!
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