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Hey Everyone, I just wanted to send a note out letting you know that my last day working for Paragon Studios is this Friday, December 24.

I’ve been working on City of Heroes in essentially the same role for six years now. It has been a fantastic learning experience and I have become a far better designer as a result of my time here.

I’d especially like to thank all of you City of Heroes fans. I appreciate the passion that you feel for your hobby, even when that passion was, shall we say, directed towards me in a rather negative fashion? I have always tried to keep an open mind and treat your feedback fairly. I’ve loved seeing what you have done with the tools we have provided you with. Some of the MA arcs I’ve seen are brilliant and some of the base layouts are simply amazing. I’ve seen costumes made that, quite frankly, are completely beyond my ability despite having access to the exact same tools. Then, there are the wonderful people I’ve met at Hero-Con and Meet & Greets. It has definitely been my pleasure to work with this community.

In closing, I’d like to thank you all for the good times and putting up with my sometimes surly nature. Going forward, Synapse and Black Scorpion are the ‘go to’ guys whenever you have a powers or entity related question or problem. Feel free to direct your inquiries to them here on the boards and they will do their best to address them. I’ll have PM’s turned on as Castle until 12:00 Pacific, Friday, December 24. Feel free to PM me or post here – I’ll try and answer or comment as best I can!




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It was great having you here. Thank you for all of your hard work and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

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I wish the best for you in your future endeavors, but you will be sorely missed!!

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Good luck and godspeed, Castle. It's a shame to see you leave. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this game, even if we didn't always agree with it.

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So long Floyd. It's been a pleasure reading your posts and even more so getting the opportunity to talk to you in person at the M&G's and HeroCon.

I wish you well in your future endeavors.

You shall be missed.

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Synapse and Black Scorpion never post, without BAB and now you the dev digest is going to be so empty!

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Sorry to see you go, hopefully you are going on to a nice new job that allows you to continue to grow your talent. Thanks for being one of the more "vocal" devs out there, it has allowed us to enjoy our game that much more.

We really need to start doing some in-game stuff for our devs/forum mod that leave this game. I think it would be really cool to give them a send off.

With that in mind let's gather together in Atlas Park under the statue on the Champion Server and have our heroes lineup and /e salute as Castle takes a goodbye walk and he send him off in style.

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I do hope this means you got a job at Bioware or some other place cool making the next great MMO.



I'm definitely going to miss your numbers-based analytical approach to game balance issues.
So many game designers and developers take a "balance it by feel" approach that it's not funny when you go into one of those games and get hit with a constant series of nerfs and buffs.
It's been quite refreshing to play this game, in contrast.

I hope your proteges are going to continue crunching the numbers rather than guesstimating by feel.



One of the highlights at Hero-Con 2008 was having you join us at one of the Guradian server tables during dinner. It was a pleasure meeting you that night.

Good luck to you, sir. Take care.

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Originally Posted by Goliath Bird Eater View Post
Originally Posted by Vanden View Post
I think I've got to echo these responses.

You will be missed on these forums. Best wishes in your future work.

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Oh no. The other devs are really going to have to step up their game now.

Good luck, man, and thanks for everything.



Sorry to see you go. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. As far as the occasionally surly part, my wife told me to tell you that the more you complain the longer God lets you live. My wife intends to live forever.

Good luck Floyd and my you find happiness where ever you go.

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Damn it.

You'll be missed, Castle - not the least of which for always being helpful and supportive of me making vids. Clear skies and safe landings wherever you end up, and do keep in touch, please?


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Damnit, not ANOTHER good one!


While this sucks on a level that words can not describe, I have to say, thank you for everything you've done for this game. While I never got to meet you in person, I did enjoy the few times I got to hang out with you in various Closed Beta Tests over the last year-ish.

Of course, the memory that will stick out is during the I18/GR Closed Beta, shortly after Nova Praetoria was opened for testing. We found you there, and instead of testing, we gathered around you and pestered you. And you showed off some cool models, including Hequat, and, best of all, that boxy guy one.

Take care, and once again, thank you.

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We'll miss you, Castle. I hope the new guys can at least snatch the pebble from your hand by now.

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Hopefully this means that you're going on to a bigger and better job opportunity. I wish they would have let BAB's do a good bye post.

Anyway, you will definitely be missed! You've been around so long it will be hard to think of the game without thinking of you as one of the developers.



Wow. I wish you the best of luck, Castle! I will always treasure our PvPing in Ouro on Test at the wedding (I was on a brute named Melqar).

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I'm not entirely surprised considering you hinted as much in PMs not too long ago.

I may not agree with all your design sensibilities but I respect the diplomacy you showed at times and your dedication under fire. There were instances you listened to what I had to say when you didn't really have to.

I wish you nothing but the best wherever the road takes you.

Originally Posted by Castle View Post
Going forward, Synapse and Black Scorpion are the ‘go to’ guys whenever you have a powers or entity related question or problem.
I think one of them has PMs turned off.




Happy trails, Castle.

May the ground rise up to meet you and all that jazz.

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You will be missed. Thank you for everything you have done for the game. May your future endeavors be successful.

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