Our group consists of:
- Tanks: Mark Jacobs representing the USA/Oceanic guild
- Hybrids: Iain C representing the EU guild (EU got their tank removed, so they need a hybrid)
- Healers: James@Mythic representing the USA/Oceanic guild, Magnus representing the EU guild – they have some rudimentary crowd control abilities
- DPS: Paul Barnett, Josh Drescher, Jeff Hickman, Carrie Gouskos representing the USA/Oceanic guild, Mark Jacobs representing the EU guild
Stage 1: PR gets rolling (the EU guild get to design their own stage of this public quest, if it goes well, they get additional contribution bonuses)
- Announce new and surprising dates for inviting CE pre-orders into closed beta, not just open as planned
- Announce that SE pre-orders will also get into headstart and open beta, but that CE pre-orders will also get a preview weekend
- Announce that 50k SE pre-orders can also get into preview weekend alongside their CE pre-order buddies
- Invite into closed beta, open code entry for preview weekend and open beta
- Create a play-on-the-net game to drum up further interest
Stage 2: Unstoppable object trundles onto the scene
- End closed beta with massive preview weekend
- Drop the “NDA is lifted” cluster bomb
- Release new trailer, new round of interviews
- Open beta launches
Stage 3: Ka-boom!
- Servers open on the same day worldwide, no crashes reported
Rewards (liable to change and representing different levels of contribution):
- Good reviews throughout the press
- 1 million subscribers (or more)
- Fansites and forums happy with release
- Good reviews in some of the press
- 750k subscribers
- Fansites and forums mostly happy with release
- Dress-your-own Paul Barnett doll (Bright Wizard version)
- Tin of catfood
- Thread devoted to you on a forum of your choice
Don’t forget, everyone contributes and has the chance of a reward! And once complete you progress to a much bigger public quest – Warhammer: Age of Reckoning.
NB: this really isn’t meant to upset anyone, I was just half-asleep and and made a passing comment that the pre-release stuff almost felt like a game in itself.
On the issue of completely fabricated public quests and in the spirit of open competition – we, the authors of the blog, challenge you to come up with a public quest.
It can relate to anything at all (pop culture, gaming, day-to-day life). Email it in to us and the winner/s will get stuff from Games Day (or tins of cat food, as they desire). Can’t announce prizes, cos no idea what we’ll pick up!