Dave Stern Joins Stardock to Oversee Creative Storytelling

By on January 4, 2011 6:56:49 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Stardock Entertainment continues to bolster its development staff as renowned fantasy and science fiction writer/editor Dave Stern joins Stardock to oversee creative storytelling and lore implementation in all future projects, including the recently launched Elemental: War of Magic. Stern, author of numerous books including the novelizations of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Blair Witch Project and former editor of Pocket Books Star Trek and science fiction lines, was responsible for putting together the Hiergamenon lore book for Elemental: War of Magic Limited Edition. Stern will head up all further integration of the Elemental: War of Magic lore into the increasingly popular strategy title as Stardock continues to offer unparalleled post release support for the game.

“Although Stardock is known for delivering incredibly detailed strategy gameplay, one of the things we felt was weak in Elemental: War of Magic was how little the world’s fantasy lore came through in the game,” said Brad Wardell, president & CEO of Stardock. “Going forward, we look to make sure that our games deliver both solid game mechanics as well as a consistent and interesting world to play in.”

Last year, Stardock worked with Random House to help produce a novel, Elemental: Destiny’s Embers which serves as a prequel to Elemental: War of Magic the game. For the two upcoming expansion packs, lore implementation will be essential as each expansion is set to take the game in different directions.

“Brad and the Stardock team have developed an incredibly rich universe, full of fascinating characters and stories. Our goal is to make that lore part of the gameplay experience, so that each race and every faction can be explored in depth by players, and the world itself delivers enough excitement to keep people interested for years to come.”

Elemental: War of Magic is currently available for $39.95 at most retail outlets as well as directly from Stardock at www.elementalgame.com. Stardock is currently working on v1.2 of the game which will be free to all players.

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January 4, 2011 7:07:48 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

How was Destiny's Embers a prequel to the Game?  Am I the only one that read that book?  It takes place something like 650 years after the game.

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January 4, 2011 7:08:10 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Oh, and glad to have you aboard, Dave!

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January 4, 2011 7:10:54 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well, true but...look over there!

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January 4, 2011 7:15:24 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Hey! Where did that talking frog go?

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January 4, 2011 7:15:53 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Huh...oh yea...over there is pretty cool...what was I saying?

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January 4, 2011 7:28:18 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Only one press release?  Where is the second release about hiring Jon Shafer:  http://tinyurl.com/JShafer


Big congratulations to Jon, Dave, and Stardock.


p.s. Jon, I hope you left someone decent in charge over at Firaxis; I enjoy both Civ 5 and Elemental, and would love to see them both reach full potential (though Elemental now seems better positioned to do so)

p.p.s. Frogboy, you have assembled quite the all-star team now with big names Kael, Jon, and Dave (and yourself). Make the best of it!

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January 4, 2011 7:31:23 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome dave.

 

I gotta say though.. The Blair Witch project  a novel..

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January 4, 2011 7:32:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Sounds like Frogboy is running for office, he has his talking points already!!

  I am not familiar with Mr. Sterns work but am making a point to check it out.

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January 4, 2011 7:41:40 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting cyansylph,
Only one press release?  Where is the second release about hiring Jon Shafer:  http://tinyurl.com/JShafer

Patience my friend.  

 

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January 4, 2011 8:03:29 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well, I don't know this Stern fellow, but I'm quite glad to see that from here on out, there will be someone whose job it is to make sure that the lore actually does indeed get integrated.

And certainly, Welcome to you, Dave!

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January 4, 2011 8:49:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting cyansylph,
Only one press release?  Where is the second release about hiring Jon Shafer

Gotta wait a few days for the initial nerd rage to die down so his welcome thread isn't filled with hate mail

 

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January 4, 2011 8:53:08 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome Dave!

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January 4, 2011 9:36:18 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Why not hire George R.R Martin? Oh noooo, we will never see Elemental again for the next decade, if it's him. So, welcome Dave, if you decide to greet us in this forum I hope you can give a contribution to AAR section to show us how great of our elemental can be. You know... I love to read AAR, but our forum is lack of AAR story that I can read Plus, sometime, AAR can raise our spirit to play the game again. It's happen to another game. Including of some Paradox's game. A mediocre game can become excellent with fantastic AAR.

Honestly, I enjoy Elemental just because Frogboy's AAR (the first AAR with the hero Roland the thief) It is pity that the story is not finished. Maybe the world was crashed after the part 6

 

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January 4, 2011 10:21:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Hey all...

 

Dave Stern here, thanks for the welcome, look forward to participating in the forums, and working on the game (not necessarily in that order!)

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January 4, 2011 10:39:19 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome to the forums, Dave!

 

Or should I say, Herr Gamenon

 

Does this mean the game is going to be filled with references to Sauer Kraut?  JK

Congrats on the new position. 

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January 4, 2011 10:41:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting HerrGamenon,
Hey all...

Dave Stern here, thanks for the welcome, look forward to participating in the forums, and working on the game (not necessarily in that order!)

Oh god your username...

The pun hurts me.

 

But howdy

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January 4, 2011 10:42:59 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Cruxador,

The pun hurts me.

I thought it was punny...

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January 4, 2011 10:46:47 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting HerrGamenon,
Hey all...Dave Stern here, thanks for the welcome, look forward to participating in the forums, and working on the game (not necessarily in that order!)

Teanastellen!

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January 4, 2011 11:01:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Willkommen!

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January 4, 2011 11:08:00 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/04/stardock-hires-civ-v-designer-jon-shafer-and-fantasy-writer-dave/#continued

Sweet crackers!  Holy talent acquisition on both counts, stardock.  I hear they just hired John Carmack and Cliffy B too.

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January 4, 2011 11:29:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome aboard!  While I cant officially welcome you on behalf of Stardock I can welcome you here on behalf of us all!  Glad to see ya and you are working for one of the best companies in the country if not the world...well imho anyways!

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January 4, 2011 11:37:55 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome aboard Dave.

 

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January 5, 2011 12:27:41 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting HerrGamenon,
Hey all...

 

Dave Stern here, thanks for the welcome, look forward to participating in the forums, and working on the game (not necessarily in that order!)

Welcome! And I feel compelled to comment, like everyone else, on your name. That is some very punny fun.

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January 5, 2011 12:36:58 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Indeed, welcome Dave! 

 

I look forward to the talent you will bring to our beloved game, book, and universe.

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January 5, 2011 6:23:03 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Welcome Dave.

 

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