Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: December 6
Hope you enjoy your time back in New Zeland Meddler, you deserve it, if you're still going to answer questions for this post. Could I ask if we expect any video from you or Jess or Brightmoon for the gameplay goals and directions for next year
: Yeah, three champs in a row is tough to pull off. Jellbug did it as well this year with Kayle, Morgana, and Yuumi. Personally, I benefited a lot from Mary/a highwayman's help. She was editor on Senna and Aphelios for most of production. Senna was the hardest champ I ever had to write, until just days later it was Aphelios. For a few months I was working on all three at the same time.
Hope you don't me asking some Aphelios questions but sincce I have your ear, what were some of the narrative goals you had with Aphelios, how come you opted for Alune to be the primary voice of the champ (Tania did a great job on her), and whats Alune's life in the spirit realm like, does she need sustenance, does Yuumi actually visit her, is it boring there
: Yes. A lot of concept art and splash illustration is done by contractors. Often, the contractors post their League work to Artstation! (Does your gf have a page?) And not to be harsh. I'm at least half joking. Okay... maybe 45%. {{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}} Drawing professionally for a game is as much a craft as an art. We couldn't ship "Starry Night" as our next champion, though it's stunning AF, to create the most ridiculous example possible... If you said your gf has created concepts with great readability from in-game camera angles, clear thematic, etc., I think I would've spit out my Kool-aid, and then a bunch of $100 bills to hire her (and I'm just a writer, lol). There are very specific things we'd be looking for from concept artists in particular, skills that are sometimes as rare as broader artistic talent. Anyway, if your gf has a page or sample work online lemme know, I'll pass it on!
Hey Interlocutioner this is unrelated but Aphelios' narrative is super cool, was it a lot of working pumping him, Senna and Pantheon back to back to back
áza (NA)
: Is the Night and Dawn event the Vs. event?
It isn't https://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/e1jzx2/pbe_preview_sugar_rush_skins/f8qm289/?context=3
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: November 22
Hey Meddler is there enough time to balance Aphelios since he's being released on the last patch of the year, not including the B patch, since he sounds hard to play
: Yeah actually we will be seeing all of the characters in a variety of outfits. His plate armor with giant spikes and fan sized Shurikens is Zed's war gear, not his everyday wear or what he wears during most undercover missions.
Hey Odin can I ask if any of the other members of the group traveling with Zed have names outside of Kayn and Jovn, maybe Yusari or Ren from Legends of Runeterra
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: November 15
Hey Meddler can I ask if you guys are still working on the Yuumi changes and what did you think of worlds
Riot Pls (NA)
: Future Stories
I'd love to hear a story about how Swain handles his PTSD and maybe nightmares about Irelia. Maybe some people in the lower courts thinking the demons he refers to are the horrors he brought back from Ionia rather then literal demons. Also we absolutely need a story about the true end of Runeterra, not through the Darkin or the Void but through Cataclysm, the end is meow https://imgur.com/a/Ig2Hx2o
: Hey DalekZec, whoever named her probably saw [this](https://nameberry.com/babyname/Senna). At least according to non-Arabic speakers on the internet, it's supposed to mean bright? Urban Dictionary further claims that the word "senna" was used in the Koran to mean blinding holy light. It would be hilarious if none of this is true, so the only possible origin for her name that remains is the plant that's used as a laxative... Actually, since both Lucian and Senna are potentially light-themed names, I kept it going when I named Urias (Lucian's dad), if you want some trivia. [Uriah](https://www.behindthename.com/name/uriah) means "god is my light." Urias is just a version of that name that sounds more like someone who'd use a gun.{{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}} And is a bit grizzled, gruff... man I want to write Urias one day.
Hey Slagle could I ask how you would feel a mortal man, a girl who escaped from a lantern, a boy and his yeti and a grand general would feel about each other{{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}}
Pika Fox (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=xStormaggedonx,realm=NA,application-id=Ag8jgd8Q,discussion-id=QUbbn36A,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2019-11-06T18:04:18.053+0000) > > If they payed attention to it, people would have played it... No one played it when they did.
You're going to get downvoted because it's an unpopular opinion but you're right
: A Thanks to All Twisted Treeline Players
: Nice work Lady Faceless! Two very minor corrections. (+1 one fun fact) 1) Zed does have shadow tattoos. You just haven’t seen them yet. My big reveal: you will eventually get to see Zed’s (omitted) And yes he is quite handsome but scarred. (Lol) 2) I was told the 10th anniversary *book* would effect our publish date. Not the anniversary itself. (I clarified that in a post after the first.). I wasn’t clear enough on my first post. Brevity is sometimes the enemy of clarity. My bad. Fun Fact) We actually did a bunch of explorations for Zed’s (and Shen’s) face. Trying to find out: how anime, how villainous, tragic and handsome Zed should be. And actually weren’t really aware of, or inspired by the fan art. (And Kinda still not aware of it) Going back 5 years now, i pitched a very different version of this story (pre Jhin). And in that pitch, I had described Zed as “haunted, his youthful beauty, once overwhelming, has faded like a parchment too long in the sun.” The white hair came out of trying to find a way to show Zed as both haunted and exceptional. And more importantly, to place him in a clear iconic lineup (Black for Kayn, Red for Shen, White for Zed). This is less a choice for the comic medium, but a strategic choice for other media going forward. (None is planned btw). This sort of iconic character design choices ensure that if these characters are in some crazy animation fight scene we can clearly and quickly identify each character (in close-up or wide) with only a few frames (1/4 second). Probably the fan artist had a similar goals (consciously or subconsciously). So probably they deserve kudos for realizing what we struggled with. I will also say- I instantly loved the designs for Big Boi Shen in this comic. I desperately want an unmasked version of him in our games. And want to see him as beefy as he is in the comic (his physicality is based on Mongolian wrestlers). He’s big. He’s tough. He feels things, intensely, but is trying to hold back and do the right thing. But I also struggled with Zed’s hair and looks initially. He wasn’t exactly what i had in my head, even though i had kinda described what he is now. (Minus the hair color). Now, I honestly see that our artists (Edgar and concept) were right. As the comic’s goes forward, Zed’s face and it’s stoic sadness begins to sink into your heart and that comments on, and contrasts with, the raw aggression of his helmet and armor. Anywhoo Thanks for compiling this for yer fellow forum pals -O
Hey Odin could you share where you think Zed would be on the D&D alignment chart, I think Shen is obviously true neutral
: Preseason: Rise of the Elements on PBE!
Hey Scruffy, do you guys plan on at least reusing Ohmwrecker the name, since it was a RAF item
Reav3 (NA)
: Senna was always Senna. We started the DNA from the very beginning with the goal to bring Senna back for 10 year anniversary. There was never a point in her development where she was not Senna
Are you able to share why Senna is going to the PBE on the 29th rather then the 22nd like most PBE content at the start of a cycle
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 18
Hey meddler could you comment on Senna PBE timing and ship date, since it was mentioned she goes to PBE on the 29th so when would she ship since it seems unlikely she'd go out with 9.22
: Oh yeah, it's up! For anyone who missed it: https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/champion/senna/ The bio is cool, but my favorite version of Senna is the one in-game, I can't wait for what's next!
Can you share some fun facts/trivia about Senna like her favorite food, favorite color, is she lefty or a righty, who wears the pants in her and Lucian's relationship etc.
: No but the bio is coming sooner than it normally would. {{sticker:slayer-pantheon-thumbs}}
Just read it, its real good. I like that after all this time Senna isn't evil
: Thanks Spideraxe!
: Ask me anything!! (About narrative (for Warwick, Urgot, Swain, Nunu & Willump, and Pantheon (VGUs)))
Just wanted to say Senna looks so cool, incredibly excited to read the lore you wrote for her
: Ask me anything!! (About narrative (for Warwick, Urgot, Swain, Nunu & Willump, and Pantheon (VGUs)))
Also i want to be cheeky and ask if you could share anything about your next champ, doesn’t hurt to ask {{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}}
: Ask me anything!! (About narrative (for Warwick, Urgot, Swain, Nunu & Willump, and Pantheon (VGUs)))
Hey Slagle could you share any cool scrapped narrative pitches you experimente don these champs
: Bring Us Your Bugs!! Celebrating 10 Years of LoL
Biggest bug I encountered was one with electrocute, sometimes the AA after a dash doesn't register for electro procc. There is a 100% repro rate on unempowered W, AA Q for Pantheon not proccing electro
: If LeBlanc has been manipulating events for centuries, two things going "wrong" is a pretty good track record {{sticker:leblanc-funny}}. Personally, I think what makes the game between Swain and LeBlanc (and all of Noxus really), so interesting is that it has so many levels that only they can see. Is winning really winning? Is losing really losing? What if you have to lose on level 1 to win on level 118? Tldr, ask yourself why LeBlanc doesn't seem to be bothered by this as much as we might be. (I worked on both characters, btw. But not the Mordekaiser update, which we have to assume presents things from his point of view, with LeBlanc's story still to be told...)
Hey slagle, just wanted tell ya excited that your champ is right around the corner
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 11
Also just saw the preseason goals post, with what you can share. Will it likely involve more RNG?
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 11
Hey Meddler do you know how Viktor is doing after the Q hotfix?
: Can you tell me which Riot artist is uploading these. A bunch of the artists left based on what I've seen on ArtStation so I assume there are new people I am not following.
Jennifer Wuestling https://www.artstation.com/izaskun
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 4
Hey Ziggs man, could I ask for your thoughts Inn ekko jg so far at worlds?
: Yeah, actually it’s super easy to turn off this joke in the event she gets a VU or VGU.
Hey Odin really liked your Ashe VO update, it was really cool you were able to tie Hawkshot to Anivia. Did the stars align when the skins team brought in her VA to record for High Noon Ashe and you were working on her comic to update her VO
: Yep I’m writing it. I think then John again on the first one of series 3. Then no idea for the next two in series three. (And I believe it is only three series next year) I was not chosen to write any of the second series. So I’m out if the loop. (So no oathfather _comic_ ) And actually The Zed book is being done mostly outside our comic team.
Hey odin, if you aren't going to be writing the other 2 comics. Would you be moving back to the champ team?
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: September 13
Also any update on the mini rework you said was iceboxed alongside the Wukong rework
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: September 13
Hey Meddler could I ask why some of those champs are on the buff list, since some already see competitive play like Ornn or are already really good in soloq like Mordekaiser. Do those champs have extra room for buffs and thats why they are there
: Why do Rakan and Xayah only get 3 Chromas?
https://twitter.com/Beardilocks/status/1166816631852388352
: Whats up ya'll, I'm on my lunch break again
: I'm on my lunch break again! Lets chat :D
What exactly was Pause to Play and how was it
Meddler (NA)
: I know the team want to try some stuff on it for Preseason. I'm not familiar with the details of where they're up to though, given much less of my time's spent working with/near the SR team these days.
Thats fine, still appreciate the reply Meddler!
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: August 30
Hey Meddler can I ask if you can share thoughts on Spear of Shojin given how it warps Riven, Renekton and Jax, Scruffy mentioned you guys were planning some stuff for preseason
9NexterCz9 (EUNE)
: Which story would you like to move forward after demacia ?
Noxus, I'd like to see Mordekaiser's resurrection, meet the representative of Guile and see the plans of the Black Rose
: Hey Spideraxe, just to be clear, this is only head canon that I discussed with Kindlejack, since he was looking for a tiny nudge of inspiration when finalizing the design. **Tldr of the pitch** Each of the items that Pantheon wields as weapons/armor once belonged to a previous host of the Aspect of War. Imbued with celestial magic, they became holy objects, reshaped to reflect the god's power, and passed from host to host… until the Aspect of War died, and its power faded. Now whatever vestige of magic still exists within the objects must be ignited by Atreus’s will. Spear name: Skyfall / Host: Areion Shield name: Aegis / Host: Zeonia Cloak name: Solstice / Host: Astraea Helm: Nova / Host: Atreus
Thanks Slagle! Also excited to hear you're working on the non human champ from Reav3
Reav3 (NA)
: We do have a non-human in development right now, though it's still pretty early. Should, most likely, be sometime next year, assuming we don't ice box it since it's still so early in development
Is this one being developed by Jag, Newmilky and Jellbug
: We gotchu, Angry! * Guqin Sona and Iron Solari Leona descriptions are on the way in a few patches. * Full Metal Rammus should have a skin description (checks sundial) today. * Officer Vi will probably get updated along with all the other Officer, Riot, etc. skins. Eventually. Be patient for that one. Blessed be [Carnival Knights](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/na/Carnival%20Knights).
Hey Interlocutioner could I ask if you could share the names of the other items in Pantheon's arsenal
AIQ (NA)
: Will Shyvana ever be in the Lux series? Also do you know who wrote Shvyanas new lore ? Thanks
The lovely Rayla 'Jellbug' Heide wrote for Shyvana!
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: August 9
Hey Meddler any thoughts on solo lane Trist
: I was the narrative designer for Jhin, I wrote that story, I was his VO writer and director.... Aaand I’m the writer of the new marvel ZED comic. So I can probably answer your question... Buuuut i’m not gonna!!! (hah!) The Zed comic is, not surprisingly, hyper-focused on Zed. But I will say Zed, Kayn, Akali, Shen, Jovn Tau, and Jhin are all on the cover... And it’s coming soon. I will say there’s a couple of big misdirections in that old Jhin story. I’m not gonna say what —but that story is gonna go down... and not in the way you might think. P.S. Getting rito attention is usually pretty simple. 1. Post on the forums (or reddit but u need a lot more upvotes to rise above the noise there) 2. Be polite and concise. Few people are gonna take time out of their day to be ranted at or read ninety pages. 3. Get enough votes/views to get on the “hot”level so we notice the post. (its actually a pretty small number.) 4. Hope that somebody actually has an answer. (Sometimes things are in flight and we don’t know or can’t comment... kinda like now)
Hey Odin could I ask if you’re gonna use any of the material Michael wrote for either Kayn or Akali for the comic
: When I work with Riot Earp, he's the champ. (But probably {{champion:20}}.)
Oh and back to the Aegis of Zeonia, could you share who Zeonia is
: Unofficially, yeah. Kindlejack and I named all of the items in Pantheon's panoply. That one stayed Aegis (hence the E ability name), originally wielded by Zeonia.
Could I also ask which project you had the most fun working with JAlbers, Panth, Swain, Nunu or the next new champ
: Myrmidon is the one with lava, Glaive Warrior the one with Carpathian mountains and the Dacian draco. {{sticker:slayer-pantheon-thumbs}}
Hey Slagle could i ask if Pantheon's shield is still called the Aegis of Zeonia
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: July 19
Also can I ask if you have any comment to say on the Pantheon assets that showed on PBE
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: July 19
Hey Meddler can I ask if you know why jatt moved back to the esports side of Riot from the SR team since he had some awesome insight
: PROJECT Pyke is very, very disappointing
Riot has mentioned newer champs that get legendaries won't have as many new animations because they already have a very large animation suite like Nightbringer Yasuo
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