Derek “Kael” Paxton Joins Stardock to Lead Games Development

By on October 12, 2010 3:05:43 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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DerekStardock Entertainment, developer and publisher of award-winning PC games, announced today that Derek Paxton has joined the studio as senior producer and will oversee Stardock's ongoing development and expansions of the recently released fantasy strategy game, Elemental: War of Magic. Paxton is the creator and lead designer of the Fall from Heaven series of fantasy strategy games. Prior to joining Stardock, he was an external consultant for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and contributed to several of Firaxis's games including the recent Civilization V.

"This is the opportunity to marry my professional project manager career with my passion for game design," said Paxton. "I'm especially excited to work with the talented people at Stardock who have always been focused on creating great PC strategy games. I'm currently immersing myself in the world of Elemental, and I think everyone will be excited to see what is coming from Stardock Entertainment."

Stardock CEO, Brad Wardell, will serve as the executive producer and lead AI developer on Elemental.

Wardell stated, "Stardock has experienced continued growth from its various gaming and enterprise products as well as our digital distribution platform, Impulse. As a result of our loyal fan base and successes, we have been fortunate to be able to attract some of the top talent from across the industry. Derek brings to Stardock a unique blend of strategy game design knowledge and a great deal of project management experience from his non-gaming career."

As with all Stardock releases, the company is dedicated to providing post-release support for Elemental: War of Magic with free updates to enhance game play and ensure that the game evolves over time to its potential.

www.elementalgame.com

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October 12, 2010 3:09:43 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

This is incredibly awesome guys, very good choice.  I am super nerdtasicly excited.

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October 12, 2010 3:10:05 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Very nice.

Congrats to both Kael and Stardock.

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October 12, 2010 3:15:18 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Wow, this great news! You couldn't have picked a better guy for this  

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October 12, 2010 3:15:45 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Ummm, quick question please. I bought Civ 5 mainly for the next FFH mod in that series. Does Derek's appointment mean that I shouldn't hold my breath for any development now in this direction? Or was part of the deal to allow Derek to also work these sort of products?

Not that I'm complaining. This is such awesome news I just hope that Derek will be allowed enough rope to get the changes made that need making within Elemental.

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October 12, 2010 3:18:40 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Congratulations to both parties. This is SUPER!

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October 12, 2010 3:23:02 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

WICKED.  Now we are back on track.  Excellent choice Frogboy and Stardock!

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October 12, 2010 3:23:43 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Good luck and congratulations Kael!

Look forward in seeing your work in here aswell!

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October 12, 2010 3:29:42 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Great announcement.  Good call SD!  And welcome Derek!

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October 12, 2010 3:34:23 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Congrats Derek!  This is great news for Stardock and for fans of Elemental! 

This news caused me to dance a quick jig.  I'm both amazed and relieved.   I'd hoped you'd join forces with Stardock to at least a modding degree. But it seemed too good to be true that you might be taking on a greater role here.  Wow!  I didn't think I could get more excited about the future of Elemental than I already was.  I was wrong. 

Elemental * (Stardock + Kael) = the win!

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October 12, 2010 3:36:52 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

So, Kael...post already:)  Excellant choice.

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October 12, 2010 3:45:48 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Rune_74,
So, Kael...post already:)  Excellant choice.

 LoL no doubt! 

"Speech! Speech!!    

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October 12, 2010 3:48:39 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Seems like a pretty well known guy here... and did we need to buy Fall from heaven or is it free? Sorry, didn't have all the expention on Civ 4

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October 12, 2010 3:51:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Fall from Heaven was free.  You had to have Beyond the Sword expansion.

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October 12, 2010 3:55:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Sweet zombie Jesus, this is good news!

 

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October 12, 2010 4:10:37 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Goldmos,
Seems like a pretty well known guy here... and did we need to buy Fall from heaven or is it free? Sorry, didn't have all the expention on Civ 4
Here are some links for more info about the Fall From Heaven mod...

Fall From Heaven info site http://kael.civfanatics.net/About.shtml

A brief description at CivFanatics http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=171398

The Fall From Heaven forums http://forums.civfanatics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=190

 

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October 12, 2010 4:12:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Amazingly great news!

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October 12, 2010 4:17:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

While this is no doubt good news for Elemental overall, it's a little disheartening to see how far a mod that would not have worked if he didn't steal a bunch of art assets from other people/IPs can take him. It is great irony that so many on these boards are vehemently anti-piracy, yet he is universally revered, even though FFH2 essentially pirated the majority of its artwork as most of it was used without permission and in some cases without paying licensing. But would FFH2 have taken off without those art assets? Who knows - perhaps he'd have found people to make the art for the mod eventually.

Still, his design work at least is solid, and in that regard it's good for Elemental. The non-hypocrite in me is not very excited about "working" (for lack of a better word) with him in Stardock's future betas, I will honestly admit.

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October 12, 2010 4:25:15 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Annatar11 I think you may be mistaken as to your statement that the majority of the artwork being pirated.  You do a disservice to the unit creators who put in hundreds of hours of work in the mod.   I'll leave the rest to Kael to set straight.  I don't understand your crusade against FfH in this and other threads.  But I well remember the years of watching the unit art develop.  Hats off to the FfH artists who gave so much of their time for our enjoyment!

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October 12, 2010 4:28:46 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I've always loved the CIV series and FFH2 certainly scratched my Fantasy itch.

So, welcome aboard Kael.  Best of luck and try not to step in the Troll doo! 

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October 12, 2010 4:30:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

The artwork may have been lifted, but it was not a for-profit mod.  Fanmods and piracy-for-profit are two different beasts.

 

 

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October 12, 2010 4:34:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh good grief, Annatar11, climb down the high horse already.  He didn't "steal" everything.  He credited everything that was used, posted contact details, and was very willing to take down/remove anything that the artists objected to.

FFH2 had an amazing team of modelers that made all custom units, that's where the majority of artwork went.  The only things really 'borrowed' were icon graphics and leader portraits, which were attributed.  A good chunk of the music tracks were used expressly with the artists' permission.

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October 12, 2010 4:36:34 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting WhiteElk,
Annatar11 I think you may be mistaken as to your statement that the majority of the artwork being pirated.  You do a disservice to the unit creators who put in hundreds of hours of work in the mod.   I'll leave the rest to Kael to set straight.  I don't understand your crusade against FfH in this and other threads.  But I well remember the years of watching the unit art develop.  Hats off to the FfH artists who gave so much of their time for our enjoyment!

Yeah, some of that unit work is nothing short of amazing.

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October 12, 2010 4:39:17 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

@Kael -- welcome!  I've very much enjoyed FFH2.

@Froggy -- good executive move.  You saw a need (design-wise and PR-wise) and moved decisively to fill it.

This bodes well for Elemental's, and subsequent SD games', future.

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October 12, 2010 4:39:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Annatar is just a bitter prick.  Ignore him.  Hater. 

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October 12, 2010 4:48:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

There's no crusade, I'm only expressing my opinion and not trying to convince anyone. The facts speak for themselves, there is no disservice in the truth. Last I saw the list on the forum's site, there were 13 "credits" for artwork/music, 3 or 4 of which were labeled as having been used with permission, and at least one of the ones that were not used with permission requested that the artist be contacted to work out licensing if anyone wished to use his art. If this list is false, then obviously I'm wrong. But if it's not, then yes, he did pirate other people's art. Hell, he credits Enya for using one of her songs. He surely hasn't contacted whichever label owns her music for permission to do so. Even Youtube has to take down videos (or make people take the music out) where people use music for their personal videos because it's unlicensed use even though it's not-for-profit.

As I've said, he's good with design, and in this Elemental benefits from having him on board. But the irony of it all is there nonetheless.

Oh good grief, Annatar11, climb down the high horse already.  He didn't "steal" everything.  He credited everything that was used, posted contact details, and was very willing to take down/remove anything that the artists objected to.

And none of that was the right thing to do. One of the artists requested to be contacted to work out licensing for his art. Did Kael do that? Seems he did everything except that. Sort of like "Yeah I know I'm not supposed to do this and it's wrong, and I'll take it down if I get caught". Sorry, but, that's not how it works. Just because nobody bothered to ask him to stop using their stuff, doesn't imply they gave permission for him to use their stuff.

In any case, my views are my views, everyone is welcome to theirs

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