Diablo Game Design reddit AMAA

  • Game designers Jay Wilson, Wyatt Cheng, and Andrew Chambers recently stopped by /r/Diablo to take questions live from the community in what's known as an "Ask Me (Almost) Anything" (or AMAA).

    While the chat with the developers has concluded, you can view their answers and take part in the ongoing discussion here.

    Feel free to use this thread to continue any relevant discussions pertaining to the AMAA as well. Questions or comments not relating to the AMAA (or topics discussed therein) will be removed from this thread.

    To view the posts of the AMAA participants, you can check their individual post histories:


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  • 06/06/2012 03:17 PMPosted by Nikolos
    Any word on the RMAH or Commodities AH?

    Jay spoke a bit about commodities here, and the answer relates well to the reasons for the delay in the release of the RMAH: http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/uoooj/i_am_we_are_wyatt_cheng_andrew_chambers_and_jay/c4x6th5
  • JayPWilson 67 points 10 minutes ago
    No plans for this currently. We wanted the game to have a greater focus on story, and so decided to have a linear quest flow so we could advance plot and world changes. Creating a free play mode would be a major reworking of all our content.
    I'm not opposed to us adding a 'auto-skip' cut scenes option at some point.
    [–]JayPWilson 46 points 9 minutes ago
    And this really is Jay Wilson, even though they haven't turned my name blue (yet). :)

    1 FAIL so far!

    He followed up on this a bit more: http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/uoooj/i_am_we_are_wyatt_cheng_andrew_chambers_and_jay/c4x77w6
  • For anyone trying to find the responses:


    Look there, click on "context" under the response, and it will show you the full question with the answer.

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  • Trying to navigate reddit gives me migraines, please tell me you are going to post some sort of summary...
    I'm wondering why a Blizzard AMA couldn't have been done on the Blizzard forums...

    We vary the methods we employ for conducting Q&As with our developers. In this case reddit provides a few very useful tools that make hosting AMAs there much more plausible than here (particularly the voting system and the way threads are sorted based on points).

    06/06/2012 06:09 PMPosted by Corben
    Trying to navigate reddit gives me migraines, please tell me you are going to post some sort of summary...

    This looks to be a full recap of the AMAA: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5578596168


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  • 06/06/2012 10:17 PMPosted by DontCloudMe
    Why are you allowing the RMAH to deteriorate nearly every other aspect of the game? I already know the answer but I want them to endure the discomfort of saying it.

    It's a question based around a false pretense. We've repeatedly explained the game design philosophy for our systems many times in the past, easily proving your brash claim to be false.

    There's no answer for a question like that.

    There is only information, listening and constructive feedback. We'll continue to play our part. ;)