Episode 81: THE Paul Sage


This week we welcome Paul Sage who was kind enough to sit down for an “Ask Me Anything” segment! Also, this week’s breaking news, our crafting table challenge, Lou’s lore segment “The Elder Scroll” presents “Tome of the Psijics: The Old Ways” and your emails!

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Episode 81: THE Paul Sage

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  1. Adam S. September 6, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    What a great surprise, and great episode. I still feel like the cash shop and business model for the game should be figured out more. It still smells like they would plan to change to a free-to-play game after a quarter or two of the game being released. It’s great knowing that the dev team has our best interests at heart at least.

    • mac September 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Free to play = pay to win and will ruin this game. Games like this should have a monthly sub. If you can’t afford 50 cents a day for your hobby you should not be gaming in the first place.

      • Vile September 13, 2013 at 9:42 am #

        arguing about the model is old. if you don’t like it don’t buy it. pretty tired of seeing people QQ over the only model that supports the players and the developer the most.

        free to play was developed by a con artist and puts nothing but commercials into your video game telling you to leave the game or open a window to buy crap. (which means it’s not really free to play, such a stupid concept how people really think it’s free.)

        buy to play is the same thing as free to play except your buying the game and still dealing with commercials to leave the game or what your doing to buy more crap to enjoy the game.

        monthly sub gets you every thing and it doesn’t nag you about buying more crap from an online store. will they have an online store to buy crap. yes, will they tell you in game to go and buy it or that you have to go buy it in order to keep playing…. NO.

        if you cant afford the game and the sub…. play a single player game. don’t buy the game. play something else or go do something else.

      • Ironcross September 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

        You are 100% correct my friend. F2P would ruin this game.

  2. brage September 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm #


  3. Grimalkin September 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Nice info.! Was this done after Pax Prime? Paul seems much more relaxed in this interview.

  4. Timmy G September 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Hey there, any chance of a transcript following up this podcast? It would be appreciated so I can look back to certain questions without having to pinpoint the spot in the audio interview! ;)

    Thanks guys, great episode!

  5. pissed off true customer September 7, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    You sir have lost over 17 family members and a whole clan because of pay to play, maybe had you made it $5 a month then maybe.

    • Recruit a friend discount September 8, 2013 at 4:16 am #

      Give us $1 off per month for each friend we sign up and continue to pay their sub. If I want a $5 subscription fee then let me have it, even if I have to work for it by signing up 10 of my friends.

  6. Nick September 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I want the powerup emote for casters :)

  7. Luis September 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    The people that are complaining about the $15 subscription need to get a job and shut up. If they are constantly providing new content then we should pay for that content, otherwise you should go play Skyrim. People paid $15 dollars a month for Wow (I was one of them) and when I was playing WoW a lot I never even thought twice about the payment because of the time played per $15 dollar a month ratio would come out to 8 hours for ONE DOLLAR? how many mcdoubles have you spent a dollar on in a month?

    • Gordon September 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      EVE Online has been a monthly subscription game for over 10 years and I have been a player for eight. A monthly subscription puts everyone on equal footing without special perks going to those with the deepest pockets. A monthly subscription is like an unwritten agreement between the player and provider that the game will be maintained and ongoing in a fair and equitable manner. A monthly subscription tends to keep the juveniles away and allow the more mature players to fully experience an online game in a team mode.
      Leave the F2P games for the kids. Tis unfortunate that the concepts for many of the F2P are actually quite good but severely lack in design. They are skewed to those with deep pockets and the F2P players are merely cannon fodder.

  8. Josh September 13, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Now, in response to a question you guys asked. Are there any games that allow you to only need one subscription to play the game between consoles and pc? Technically, yes there is at least one. Final Fantasy XI. Now, it’s an older mmo now and I’m not entirely sure that it answers the question because it is for PC, PS2, and 360. You can easily switch between each system on the same account and play the same character. All 3 systems play on the same servers instead of having seperate servers for each. Of course, you would technically need to buy the game for each as obviously a game disc from one can’t be used on the others, but if you know anyone who has a game disc for each you don’t have to buy the game at all… just set up an account, which you will have to have a set of unused registration codes for (Comes with buying the game of course) and install the game on the systems you want. After that all you have to do is log in to your account and your character/s are there. You only have to pay for the one account, monthly, and you can access it from any of those systems. As I said it’s an older game so I don’t if ESO can do that now with the newer systems, but it’s been done and as long as all the systems are on the same megaserver I don’t see any issues with them allowing access between them. Sorry for such a long reply. ^^;

  9. wtw September 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    While I’m not against the pay to play model there is a disturbing disconnect in commentary by Paul Sage. In previous interviews he stated that the reason for the pay model is to keep money separate from the game yet there is also going to be an in-game shop.

    My concerns are that they are going to screw it up and have the worst of all worlds 1) High price for the game $60, 2) Upper end subscription rate of $15/mo. 3) Premium shop options that make it a pay to win game.

    I don’t like it, it feels like I’m getting milked. Either make it subscription based or shop based but not both because if I pay $60 for the game then $15 a month to play and I still have to pay for some options that makes me stronger in order to compete with the other twinks then I will be pissed.

    And they sub model is too high, if the rate is $15 per month then the game should be $29.99. With the game selling for $59.99 the sub should be $12.99.

    And the claim that subscriptions enable updates will remain to be seen, this same claim has been made by many other MMO’s that then failed to deliver and the model is a failure anyway since it means current subscribers are paying for future features that will more than likely benefit future players, not those playing now that will be bored with the game and quit before the new features are implemented.

    And watch the video interviews of Paul answering questions about the costs of the game, he is VERY uncomfortable and rarely answers directly.


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