Axe of the Blood God Episode 10: David Brevik Talks Marvel Heroes and Remembers Diablo

Axe of the Blood God Episode 10: David Brevik Talks Marvel Heroes and Remembers Diablo

Blizzard North's co-founder joins Kat to talk about his latest projects, share memories from his days working on Diablo, and offer his updated thoughts on Diablo III.

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the show notes for previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Gazillion president David Brevik joins me to talk about Marvel Heroes, recall his days working on Diablo, and share his updated thoughts on Diablo III.

Brevik is working with superheroes these days; but back in the early '90s, he helped found Blizzard North (then known as Condor) with Erich and Max Schaefer. He talks happily about those days, as well as what everyone was thinking when working on Diablo, which at the time was quite a radical departure from the traditional RPG structure. It's interesting stuff, so have a listen.

In addition, Brevik talks about he's corrected some of his initial missteps with Marvel Heroes — a free-to-play variant on Diablo — and how it ties in with the recent release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. As usual, the overriding lesson is that it's kind of a hard to make a good free-to-play game.

When you're finished listening to the show, we'd love to hear your thoughts. If you want to talk about Marvel Heroes, Diablo, or just RPGs in general, drop a line in the comments below. Conversely, you can reach me at kat.bailey@usgamer.net. We may read and discuss comments we like in an upcoming episode of Axe of the Blood God.

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Show Description

David Brevik joins Kat to talk about the evolution of Marvel Heroes, remember his days with Blizzard North, and share his updated feelings on Diablo III.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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