As the sun sets over the city of Utrecht, ISOTX artists are still hard at work. While the rest of the country is going home to their families, we are still making a new game for you! Curious what we’ve been doing?
Even while we’re expanding and getting new people in at rapid rate, we say goodbye to a veteran of the company: Eric. Eric has been at ISOTX for over five years, working on Warlord and Marauders.
<h2><span style="color: #ff9900;">A brief history</span></h2>
<strong>How did you end up at ISOTX?</strong>
“I went to school and earned my bachelor’s degree in biology. In my spare time I played a lot of games. I highly enjoyed Valve’s Classic Team Fortress and Half Life series, which were pretty hot at the time. I also started to work with the HL2 engine and created mods and levels. I searched the web for how to mod the game and learned everything from modding sites like Mod DB. After my study I wanted to try my luck in the gaming scene. I planned to work on several map packs and release them episodically. If I couldn’t find a job in half a year I would try something else. Eventually I released two level packs and started on the 3rd episode. While I was working on this, the community manager from ISOTX at the time contacted me to ask if they could use my level packs for CrosuS. I said sure and asked if they had any job offers. One of the founders sent me an e-mail and I got in.”
<strong>What have you worked on?</strong>
“When I started I did the programming of the UI, menu and other minor things for Warlord. After Warlord I did some general programming and UI programming for Marauders. I’ve made some quests, written scripts and made maps for the single player portion of the game. Overall I’ve been content director for Marauders for two and a half years.”
<strong>Any good memories?</strong>
“The first thing that jumps to mind is the release of Warlord. It was my first release, which brought mixed feelings. One one hand I was proud that we completed the game. On the other hand, it was very hectic and a lot of bugs came up just after the launch. For Marauders, the biggest thing is still my voice acting. Every player has heard my voice, which was initially only a placeholder: ‘Wake up, it’s your turn!’.”
<strong>What have you got planned for the future?</strong>
“I’m going back to America to try something new. I will try to start making smaller games for myself, some kind of space or sci-fi game. All I hope for is that I can make as much as I did while working at ISOTX, but then for myself. Working for myself will give me more freedom and it will help ISOTX in a way too. With the new projects on the way, I thought it was better for someone new to get in from the start.”
<strong>Any last words, some advice maybe?</strong>
“Work a lot, be active! If you want to make it in the games business make sure you know what you want to do. Know your area, and most importantly... release stuff! Make sure people know you’re there, show what you got. Especially mods or free games are always good.
If you really want to be in the game business, don’t mind working longer then from 9 to 5, cause you probably will be. Being a good gamer doesn’t make you a good designer. Making games is still a job and can be annoying at times.
Knowing a little of everything also helps. It’s good if you know a lot about one specific part of making a game, but knowing other little things makes you stand out. So try to learn as much as you can!”
<strong>Finally, is there anything you want to say the community?</strong>
“It has been a fun community, always. Even though I haven’t been communicating with you directly, I did see your posts; I’ve been lurking. All I can say is thank you for supporting ISOTX. I’m happy to know that you’ve enjoyed my work.
A new Warlord has claimed his spot at the top! Congratulations to Rashack, who is August’s Warlord Deathmatch Champion! On the same topic, past winner Ruettiger has claimed his prize and sent us a picture of himself in his new uniform:
Today we proudly present the Iron Grip: Warlord Minigame, made by Maas Bello who has been an intern here at ISOTX. The game is now perfected and fully playable! Iron Grip: Warlord The Flash Game. This is a completely free tower defense mini-game with all the elements from Iron Grip: Warlord.
Are you ready for Deathmatch versus the Devs?! This Friday, July 27th, you can pick up your virtual weapons and play the new Deathmatch game mode of the Iron Grip: Warlord’s Scorched Earth DLC – against the very people who made the game! Do you have the skill? No? Do you have the nerve?!
The ultra-special Deathmatch versus the Devs event starts this Friday around 14:00 UTC and will go on until around 16:00 UTC. You will recognize any ISOTX member by the “ISOTX” tag in our username. But be prepared, we won’t be sitting ducks!
Haven’t tried Warlord yet? It’s still <a href="http://groupees.com/bab2">on offer on Groupees</a>, where you can build a bundle of games of your own choice and pay what you want! Groupees supports various charities around the world, so it all goes to a good cause, even when you’ll be fragged on sight!
All Deathmatch scores count on the Warlord Hall of Fame. If you are the player with the highest amount of points when the timer reaches zero, you will win a Deathmatch Champion T-Shirt!
Today Iron Grip: Warlord is available as part of the latest Groupees Bundle sale, <a href="http://groupees.com/bab2" target="_blank">Build a Bundle 2</a>! To build the bundle, you can select up to 12 great games, most of which are available also on Steam. The best part is; you can pay the amount you want! Watch the <a href="http://youtu.be/X6VmOGPN-bQ" target="_blank">Build a Bundle 2 video on YouTube</a> to see the games you can get!
Groupees is a fast growing flash sale site featuring one of a kind deals on new music, games, videos, e-books and more. By buying these bundles you will also be supporting charities all around the world! Head over to <a href="http://groupees.com/" target="_blank">Groupees</a>, where artists and fans make great things happen!
Iron Grip: Warlord is now available in the Steam Summer sale – the best gaming sale of the year we all love and hate! Check these spectacular prizes for Iron Grip: Warlord and the Scorched Earth DLC. <a title="Warlord" href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/31700/?snr=1_5_9__13" target="_blank">That’s right, everything is extremely cheap now!</a>