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Roll your own adventure with the free Age of Wonders 3 level editor

Following the debut of the excellent turn-based strategy game Age of Wonders 3 on March 31, developer Triumph Studios has simultaneously announced and launched a map editor for those who prefer crafting their own worlds to relying on the game’s…
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Level Design In A Day bootcamp returns to GDC 2014

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Breaking down infinite runner hit NBA Rush’s level design

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The Last of Us adds new difficulty level in upcoming DLC

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Blizzard Explains Selling Level 90 Character Boost

When Blizzard announced the pre-order campaign for World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, they revealed that players would be able to boost their character to level 90. Furthermore, additional level 90 boosts would be for sale. Now a developer from the studio has explained the move.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Ion Hazzikostas, lead encounter designer, said that Blizzard decided to sell additional level 90 boosts (at $ 60) so that players with more than one character didn't have to re-purchase the expansion. "We realized as soon as we came out with Warlords of Draenor boost to 90, we knew that there was going to be demand for more than one. It's tremendously awkward to tell someone that you should buy two copies of the expansion just to get a second 90. That's odd," he explained. 

As for the price of the boost, Hazzikostas says it was done so as not to "devalue the accomplishment of leveling," for those that choose to take that route.

Warlords of Draenor does not have a release date yet.

[Source: Eurogamer]

 

Our Take:
While Hazzikostas' explanation of the price and Blizzard's wish to make leveling worth something makes sense, the fact that the level boost costs the same as the expansion itself makes his first statement odd. By charging $ 60 for the boost and expansion, you are effectively telling someone to by the expansion twice. I guess at a minimum you're saving them a trip to the retail or digital store.

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Get a job: CCP is looking to hire a Systems & Level Designer

EVE Online developer CCP is looking for a talented designer to work on the systems and level design of its VR space combat game EVE Valkyrie in the company’s Newcastle office. …


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Get a job: Obisidian is looking for a Level Designer

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Watch Us Conquer Super Mario 3D World’s Hardest Level

If you haven't unlocked it yet, you might have heard about Champion's Road in Super Mario 3D World. It's hard. Watch us (sort of) beat it.

Champion's Road is the last traditional level to beat on your journey to climb to the top of every flag pole and collect all of the game's green stars and stamps. Dan Ryckert and I finally managed to beat the level, and decided it was worth showing off. It's a difficult measure to quantify, but we agree it is very likely the hardest level to ever appear in a 3D Super Mario game.

Partially due to a lack of patience and partially due to an interest in withholding spoilers, we do not make it to the flag pole. But we do show off and complete the most difficult parts of the level. We also show an easy trick for getting a lot of lives very quickly.

For your protection, we have censored the profanity that Super Mario 3D World inspires.

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For our review of Super Mario 3D World, head here. For our Test Chamber of the game, head here.

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Torture your friends with The Impossible Game PC’s new level editor

When The Impossible Game finally comes out on PC this year, you’ll be able to design your own obstacle courses of spike traps and deviously-placed platforms to torture your friends with. Developer Grip Games is introducing a level editor to go along…
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Level design in a procedurally generated game

A level designer who was personally invested in hand-authored content describes exactly how her team approaches procedurally generated content in its games — step by step. …


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