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Friday, July 25, 2003
PlanetDiablo Interviews Bill Roper
11:21 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Diablo fan community PlanetDiablo recently got to the chance to sit down with former Blizzard Entertainment employee Bill Roper, to discuss Bill's recent and somewhat surprising departure from the company that brought such hits as Warcraft III, Starcraft, and Diablo II. The interview covers a wide-array a topics; past, present, and future, and offers readers a genuine opinion of the gaming world from Roper himself. Below is a small excerpt from the article:

PlanetDiablo: Tell us one thing about Blizzard Entertainment that only someone on the inside knows.

Bill Roper: Dave Brevik dreamed some of the best ideas for Diablo II up while he was in the shower. We used to joke that Dave needed a waterproof tape recorder so he could get down all the thoughts he had while scrubbing up in the morning before work. One example was when he came into the office and said, I had this idea in the shower this morning. We should better define the classes through something I am calling Skill Trees so that players can really choose how to grow their characters. It took about ten seconds for the team to realize that this was a pretty cool idea, and even though it put another 2 3 months into the development schedule, it was worth it.

A link to the interview has been attached to the bottom of this article. Check it out for more information.

Interview: Bill Roper on Departures
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