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    by Published on 09-24-2018 09:39 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday Everyone!


    That’s right, it’s YOUR birthday as much as it is MY birthday (which technically it isn’t) because our great big community fansite turned TEN YEARS OLD last month! Somehow we outlasted the company I started this site for and made it to double digits!


    Why didn't I celebrate this last month? Because I was busy preparing something REALLY special for everyone. As a fun little gift to everyone I have put together this“Where Are They Now?” piece to see what the former Runic Games staff are doing now, roughly ten months after the company shut down. This was put together with the help of our former Community Manager Brian Ward and with the help of several of the former devs who contributed their own words for the article. Everyone who didn’t contribute their own words I researched via LinkedIn or Google, which of course leaves a few blank or outdated entries on the list.


    BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! We’re also simultaneously hosting an Anniversary Celebration Contest (sponsored of course by ModDrop) in which YOU could win a $50 (USD) Steam Digital Gift Card. Be sure to check out this link for details!


    Skip to the bottom for some more big news regarding this website!


    I have organized the list roughly by when the devs started working for Runic Games, by my own best guess. I tried to mark Founders where applicable as well. In addition, I scrounged up some old links on the history of Runic. They are as follows:


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    by Published on 09-20-2018 08:33 AM

    The Contest is over! Winners will be announced within the next week!

    We’re giving away a $50 (USD) Digital Steam Gift card!

    To enter, simply post a link to your favorite mod from www.runicgamesfansite.com on ModDrop’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ModDrop).

    Bonus points for telling us why it’s your favorite!

    One entry per person, and you must enter by October 15 for a chance to win!
    The winner will be contacted by Facebook. ...
    by Published on 08-09-2018 11:57 PM

    Quick to the news today, as I'm on vacation in another country and doing this by tablet. A new online Torchlight game made in the West by some crazy good developers was announced today, Torchlight Frontiers! Here are all the relevant links for the day:

    Announcement: https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/to...ight-frontiers

    Arc games TF site with media: https://www.torchlightfrontiers.com

    Game site and beta signups: https://www.torchlightfrontiers.com

    Developer's site: https://www.echtragames.com

    Info from IGN: http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/08/...ets-co-op-play

    Play Torchlight Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlayTorchlight

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayTorchlight/

    YouTube (with trailer): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzM...xS5EDjMQ8D3Rcw

    I will be back with many more updates at some undetermined point this month (got a family wedding going on)! ...
    by Published on 07-06-2018 06:40 AM

    Would you believe an entire month has already passed from the LAST state of the site? It's as if time passes at a uniform rate that is exactly the same as the previous month!

    So let's get right into it. What happened during the past month of June, 2018?

    Not much?

    Ok, if you followed the Twitter or Facebook pages, you might have noticed that I live about 2 km from the epicenter of that nice big M6.1 earthquake that hit Japan last month. That seriously derailed me personally. I now live in a building where there are large cracks and fist-sized chunks missing in parts of the walls of my apartment building, and the outer stairs are half crumbled away. I might need to move, honestly. Basically between the fear of a larger quake and primal levels of fear in the night (the first few nights had a LOT of aftershocks) for myself and my family I really didn't have the drive to do anything for a solid week there.

    But let's put aside the fact that June was a slow month, ignore July altogether, and look to the future.

    Next month RGF is TEN YEARS OLD!!!!

    Wow.

    We actually outlasted the company I named the fansite after. Bittersweet as that is, I've got some cool things in the works for the anniversary, so be sure to come back next month!

    Oh, and you MIGHT expect a little downtime at some point in July for some site upgrades. I will try to give you all notice.
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    by Published on 06-17-2018 07:14 AM
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    Those of you who follow the Runic Games Facebook page or Twitter Account are probably already aware of this, but for a few months now there have been Throwback Thursday posts with old Torchlight 2 Concept art. This caused a lot of confusion for people who suddenly weren't sure if the studio really had been closed down (and before I go any further, yes, the Runic Games studio we've all known and loved did shut down and the staff has all moved on to their own pursuits at new companies).

    That said, our old friend Max Schaefer made a post through the Runic Games Facebook Page, which reads as follows:
    Hi everyone, Max Schaefer here. I'm the former co-founder and CEO of Runic Games, and I'm currently the CEO of Echtra Games, Inc. I just wanted to catch everyone up on why there are Torchlight posts popping up here and elsewhere, and a bit of overall context.


    We all know the Runic Games office in Seattle was closed down following the completion of Hob. It is not relevant to revisit a very complex situation, but the important thing is it doesn't mean the end of the Runic's game franchises.


    The big question here is why there are new posts being made about Torchlight. As was mentioned at the time of Runic's closing, Perfect World has future plans for both of Runic's franchises. Of course they can't say what they are, but I know it's exciting and cool, because, well, I know things. So the whole idea here is to start to re-engage the community in preparation for future announcements. This isn't just torturing you about a franchise you love, rather it's an expression of affection and dedication to the franchise.


    I've been flying below the radar the last couple years with our work here at Echtra Games, Inc. I still can't talk about it, yet, but in my spare time I'm going to start to help with re-engaging with the Torchlight community. I can honestly say that in more than 25 years of game development (yikes), the Torchlight community was totally unique. There has never been a better, nicer, more helpful group of fans than you guys. I really mean that. I've worked on "bigger" games, but their communities were like most game communities, with too much toxicity and negativity. That was never true about the Torchlight community. You guys were FUN to make games for. It was rewarding and satisfying to see your reactions when we made an announcement or shipped a Torchlight game. So that's why I'm back here now, and will keep hanging out to answer your questions when I can, and just to help keep everyone up to date.


    Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm, and stick around, because really cool things are on the horizon!




    With that said, you can follow the link above and go leave your own comments for Max through the Runic Games Twitter or Facebook accounts!
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