From: Southern Pennsylvania
TOAW is the sole outlier, I have no idea why...
I know I know (wildly waving his hand in the air) ask me ask me! It's Ralph's fault.
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At one time he was all up for this game. Even had a blog for it. Now it's a part time 'job' (I use the term loosely)
that seems to be far down his priority list. Why he doesn't just hand it off to someone who might have more desire to do justice as the game's developer I don't know. Maybe he makes enough off it to want to hold on.
So if past history of TOAWIV is anything to go by nothing is going to change. Ever. Bob does the best he can with what he has to work with. Bugs fixes don't get distributed without going through Ralph and then Matrix. Some people want to get rid of Bob and replace him with some unknown imaginary person because they feel Bob is just doing stuff for Bob. However, there is a plan for advancing the game and from what I understand that plan was developed with the help of the community at some time in the past. So if Bob is following that plan, and he is, then how can the people who helped come up with the plan be unhappy with it?
Not long ago I asked Tamas if the sequence of how the plan was laid out could be changed for very logical reasons and he politely said no (he is much more diplomatic than I ). So, like I said, nothing will change. Instead of filling this forum with the same things maybe send Erik Rutkins some PMs and rag on him about bug fixes? Especially hot fixes for things that clearly impact the game in a negative way. Or Bart, who probably won't do anything since he is just a temp fill in. I've seen some people say he hasn't shown up here and said anything. How would you like to show up in this forum as the temp project manager knowing you will get thoroughly dumped on. I know I would stay away because the hostility towards management is not recent. I know because I've been part of it since Ralph vanished at 3.5 and didn't surface again for years.
I highly doubt making the game look like a steaming pile of cow dung will do anything other than drive customers away which will result in the eventual demise of the game. It isn't dead now but it can be killed by the very people who like it. It isn't a bad game, it's a good game. It has a bad developer. One guy. Don't destroy the game by tearing it down because of him.
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I'm both surprised and impressed. This is something I completely agree with Jack on.
As far as TOAW's concerned, I'm not giving up hope, but I've gone ahead and uninstalled III and IV. First time in about 20 years that I don't have any version of TOAW on a computer, but for now at least, I don't see the need to.
Maybe something will change in the future and I'll reinstall. I hope so. For now though, I'll just remember the fun I've had playing scenarios, and never finishing a bunch of projects.
I hope you don't get in any trouble either Jack. Well said.
"And I will show you where the Iron Crosses grow." Oberfeldwebel Rolf Steiner, The Cross of Iron