Making my way down the hall, I have never been so glad to be tiny and light. My footsteps barely make a sound. I hear the tapping of keys on keyboards as I pass the dev room. Did they see me? They couldn’t have. You can’t hear ninjas. I press up against the wall to look over the corner and see if the coast is clear. There was no one in the hall. Just the faint noise of someone in the art room singing badly. I thank lady luck that the only people who can catch me are distracted. I swiftly make my way to my target as my heart starts to beat faster. Within the blink of an eye, I was in the room and in front of the computer. Suddenly I hear the owner of the computer talking. He’s nearby making small talk, but that won’t last long. I need something, ANYTHING, to take with me. I copy a folder from his computer before I sneak out and hide around the corner just as he makes his way back into the room.
So far I can only access one picture on the folder and the phrase, “It’s almost time to break some hearts.” I wonder what that could mean. There’s not time to think about that now. I have to prep for tomorrow.
360 Dungeon Defenders January XP event
Tomorrow, 360 fans will get the chance to go mano-a-mano against all the Ogres we can possibly rain on them. The Deeper Well will not be the same after I’m through with it! The event will run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The sign-up thread is closed, but you can find the list of participants in this Google Doc. Participants will receive 50 million XP, plus you’ll get one-on-one time with members of the community team. So if you have any questions you have been meaning to ask, we’ll be happy to answer them. We had a lot of fun with the PSN players last week, and we hope to do the same this week. The biggest thing 360 fans have to remember, and what PSN fans quickly learned, is that my Ogres follow nobody’s rules!
Meet the Trendy Team: Ben Greene
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. First of all, who are you, and what do you do at Trendy?
Ben: Hey, thanks for having me! My name is Ben Greene, and I am one of the art directors here at Trendy. I started as a lead concept artist and have been with the studio for about 2.5 years now. I’ve helped in varying capacities on many different projects since I’ve been here and have gotten the chance to work with a number of amazingly talented people along the way.
Is this your first job in the gaming industry?
Ben: Before joining Trendy, I worked with a few other studios on their projects , some that launched and many that never will. That’s just how it goes though!
To be in a leadership role like I am (even if I got here sooner than expected), it requires some amount of previous experience. Without that previous experience I would not understand what a good leader looks like in this industry. It makes all the difference.
What drew you to Trendy?
Ben: Trendy offered a cool opportunity. They had some cool projects that aligned with my interests, in fact those kinds of projects were a career goal at the time. I was introduced to Trendy through a former workmate (our lead level designer Ben Burkart), and Trendy happened to be looking for a lead concept artist to help out. I was talking with a couple of other studios at the time, but Trendy was the only one offering the project that I really wanted to be a part of!
When and how did you decide to pursue being an artist?
Ben: I’m not quite sure. I mean, art has kind of always just been my thing. When I was about four, I started making bad drawings of dragons, dinosaurs, alien cat beasts and so on. From that point on, I just kept drawing and quickly decided that being an astronaut, race-car driver or fireman was child’s play!
Where do you draw creative inspiration from?
Ben: First it was mostly dinosaurs, then at about 8 I discovered superheroes and comics. In my early teens I got back into dinos and dragons (while still loving superheroes), and then, in my late teens, I started getting into more visually bizarre, psychological horror stuff like Silent Hill and the works of Brom. I mixed those themes with illustrations revolving around theology, emotion and storytelling. These days my inspiration comes from trying different themes, styles, storytelling, design exploration…whatever. I’d say all of those inspirations from my past still accent everything I do today.
Endless Boss Rush
I want to be the very best like no one ever was.
To beat them is my real test, to stop them is my cause.
Endless Boss Rush is one of the newest additions to our Dungeon Defenders Steam Workshop page. In it, you must face wave after wave of bosses, with enemies that only get harder and harder. There is no end to the number of enemies that come at you, but that’s not the point. The point is to try to survive as long as possible and take out as many of them as you can. Take down so many enemies that people would want to write odes and haikus in your honor. Do you have what it takes to take on the very worst enemies that Etheria has to offer? If you think you are a worthy opponent, then I suggest you subscribe to it on Steam Workshop and check it out for yourself.
Creations of the Week
Here are this week’s Dungeon Defenders Steam code winners! Winners, we’ll be in touch, but it would really help us A LOT if you would just email us with a link to your Steam profile page. Want to win a Dungeon Defenders Steam code of your choice? Send your amazing videos, screenshots, fan art and other Dungeon Defenders creations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll choose five lucky winners and display them here in our Digest.
Courtesy of 1shark1
Previously on Dungeon Defenders
Trendy Friday Fun: Realm of Polybius Part 2 — This past Friday, we had a special guest with us, PC Event Host Dredd, while we battled enemies on the new POLYBIUS Doomsday Event, the Realm of POLYBIUS: Part 2.
That’s all for this week. I will leave you all to ponder what the picture and the message means. I will do my part and find ways to learn more. No one can resist freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies! Stay tuned for next week’s Digest where I’ll definitely have more information. See you there!