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I wonder how many other folks like myself have lingering questions that either don't have answers or don't know where to find them regarding the design and writing of BioWare's older games like Baldur's Gate or Knights of the Old Republic.
 
I also wonder if BioWare folks would have any interest in spending some of their forum free time in answering them.

For example, one of mine would be, "Who wrote Jolee Bindo in KOTOR?"

Edited by Upsettingshorts, 14 June 2011 - 08:00 PM.


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(Althrough everyone is just gonna ignore my response i'm gonna say it)

Pro-Tip. Dev's only answers the ''Good'' Questions, and those are about luck.

Edited by Vez04, 14 June 2011 - 07:18 PM.


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Upsettingshorts wrote...
For example, one of mine would be, "Who wrote Jolee Bindo in KOTOR?"

I believe that was Lukas Kristjanson. Anytime you see a conversation that contains a terrible, terrible pun or joke (such as "I did it all for the wookiees." "the wookiees?" "The wookiees."), it's likely to be Luke. Luke was also responsible for Komad Fortuna on Tatooine, whose conversation contained the immortal "Look, i have your fodder." line.
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I do not need "pro tips" on how to have a discussion with BioWare folk. They're just people.

In any case, this thread is about old games whose merits they have no immediate financial motivations in defending or holding the company line for, such as DA2 or whatever.

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Stanley Woo wrote...

I believe that was Lukas Kristjanson. Anytime you see a conversation that contains a terrible, terrible pun or joke (such as "I did it all for the wookiees." "the wookiees?" "The wookiees."), it's likely to be Luke. Luke was also responsible for Komad Fortuna on Tatooine, whose conversation contained the immortal "Look, i have your fodder." line.


Thanks for that info, Jolee's one of my favorite characters ever - replaying KOTOR now and just recruited him, and I'm enjoying giving him crap for being old and hearing his reaction.

I mean, I could run down the whole list of KOTOR characters (or other game characters) but I don't wanna monopolize the thread with my questions.  

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Why is the great Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom not in every game?
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On scale 9001 to 9005, how much does Bioware regret they never made a trilogy of games build around adventures of  Xzar?

Edited by LTD, 14 June 2011 - 07:48 PM.


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ipgd wrote...
Why is the great Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom not in every game?

It wouldn't make sense because not all of our games share the same universe. Sir Roderick is pretty awesome, though, almost as awesome as Lord/Arl Foreshadow.

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Why create amazing settings full of vibrant, new, and intriguing sentient species then deny us the chance to explore said setting as one of them?

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LTD wrote...

On scale 9001 to 9005, how much does Bioware regret not making a trilogy of games build around adventures of  Xzar?

I don't know that we've ever considered creating an entire game around a specific Baldur's Gate character, let alone a trilogy of games.

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Stanley Woo wrote...

ipgd wrote...
Why is the great Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom not in every game?

It wouldn't make sense because not all of our games share the same universe. Sir Roderick is pretty awesome, though, almost as awesome as Lord/Arl Foreshadow.

Does that really matter? Why can't he be a trans-dimensional time traveler?

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Who came up with the idea of Biff the Understudy, Noober and Neeber?

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Who wrote Ordo in KOTOR?

Edited by Mr.House, 14 June 2011 - 07:52 PM.


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Xewaka wrote...
Why create amazing settings full of vibrant, new, and intriguing sentient species then deny us the chance to explore said setting as one of them?

Scope management. Permitting play as a different species would necessitate dialogue options to reflect different attitudes and options. This does not always fit within the scope of the game we have chosen to make.

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Will Minsc & Boo be referenced in all of your future games somehow?

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Stanley Woo wrote...

I believe that was Lukas Kristjanson. Anytime you see a conversation that contains a terrible, terrible pun or joke (such as "I did it all for the wookiees." "the wookiees?" "The wookiees."), it's likely to be Luke. Luke was also responsible for Komad Fortuna on Tatooine, whose conversation contained the immortal "Look, i have your fodder." line.


So he must have been behind the old couple in Jade Empire who only speak in double entendres.

That was creepy and hillarious at the same time.

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Alistairlover94 wrote...

Will Minsc & Boo be referenced in all of your future games somehow?


Boo was referenced in Mass Effect 2 when Shepard could buy a miniature space hamster as a pet. Also, When directing her drone in battle, Tali would yell "Go for the optics <insert drone name here>!!", which is a reference to Minsc's battlecry "Go for the eyes Boo!".

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Master Shiori wrote...
Boo was referenced in Mass Effect 2 when Shepard could buy a miniature space hamster as a pet. Also, When directing her drone in battle, Tali would yell "Go for the optics <insert drone name here>!!", which is a reference to Minsc's battlecry "Go for the eyes Boo!".

The drone was Chikkttita vas'paws, itself a reference to Aerie deity's pet Chikkittaka fastpaws
Spelling is probably all mangled up.

Edited by Xewaka, 14 June 2011 - 08:51 PM.


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Lukas Kristjanson puzzles me. I love every character I can connect to him except for Minsc. Yet Minsc is his most famous character. O.o

I wish I had a fun question to ask. I got nada.

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Nah Jacob is his most famous character. He's all over Youtube :)

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Stanley Woo wrote...
I believe that was Lukas Kristjanson. Anytime you see a conversation that contains a terrible, terrible pun or joke (such as "I did it all for the wookiees." "the wookiees?" "The wookiees."), it's likely to be Luke. Luke was also responsible for Komad Fortuna on Tatooine, whose conversation contained the immortal "Look, i have your fodder." line.


In light of this information, I would also like to know who in the office groans and tries to beat up Lukas every time he comes up with these jokes.  I would also like to know who laughs and WORSHIPS HIM AS A GOD.

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leggywillow wrote...
I would also like to know who in the office groans and tries to beat up Lukas every time he comes up with these jokes.

Likely the other writers with whom he works. They're all a little wonky over there.

I would also like to know who laughs and WORSHIPS HIM AS A GOD.

Everyone else. :)

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Awesome thread Shorts!

If Bioware had been able to use Vima Sunrider, how diffrent would she have been from Bastila?

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There must be characters that aren't used/get cut from games during development. Do any of these get picked up in other titles? If so, are they radically changed from their original concept (obviously the setting will have some effect on this)? Or are they just left to wither and die...?

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As I can't answer some of the story- or character-based questions on older games, I've been trying to get one of our long-time writers to visit the thread.