I'm gypsylord, one of Riot's newest designers. I make champions.
So this is an "Ask Me ALMOST Anything" thread. I'm all about getting to know the community and I figured this would be a good way to do it. So yeah, let's chat.
If I skip your question it's either because A) I'm not the right person to answer it or B) I've already answered it in a previous post
Some things about me:
-I'm a champ designer. I work on champions. I don't work on things like servers, skins, or IP prices. As such I probably won't be able to give any real answers on such topics, it would just result in the propagation of false information.
-I designed Vi. Working on champ #2 right now.
-I love LoL and played Ranked + normals non-stop in college. Wrote my final term paper on the F2P pricing scheme and filmed a 10 minute documentary on the new player experience during Senior Winter.
-Was 1920 Elo Pre-Season 3. Wish I had more time to focus on improving my game. Too busy working on my next champ. She's gonna be awesome
-I main supports (Raka, Janna, Lulu, Sona, Taric, Zyra). Also play a TON of Tristana (bot) and Teemo (top). Noct, Shaco, and WW are my go-to junglers. If you force me to play mid (I suck at it) I'll try to grab Kass (provided the matchup wouldn't screw me).
-Used to be "almost" pro at TF2. Have 1400 hours in the game and mained scout/med for a team back when CAL was a thing.
-LOVE Fire Emblem. Awakening had great gameplay but a terrible story...
-I'm originally from Alaska. I like climbing rocks, running up mountains, and fighting bears.
-I went to college at Dartmouth and graduated with a BA in Economics last June. Also studied Theater, Film, Chemistry, and Biology (was a pre-med freshman year).
-Started @ Riot right after graduation. Am currently one of the youngest people in the company.
Answer to questions on page 1:
Oh btw, never played any of the games not released in the US (wish I was better at Japanese )
Quote:How is that Support Zyra?
How effective are you at fighting ARMORED bears?
Armored bears are terrifying. Why would anyone ever fight one?
Quote:do you expect to be popular among the community with an avatar like that?
Quote:What is your stand on the false reputation that singed is a homicidal maniac, when all he wants is to be loved?
Answers to questions on Page 2
Quote:Is there an email for job applications? I made a wicked cover letter for you guys.
Quote:Can we look forward to more Teemo skins in the near future? He's in dire need of them.
Quote:Since you like playing support. Do you think you will try to design a support champion?
Quote:Have you ever grinded an account from 1 to 30, buying runes and champions?
What are your thoughts about the IP gain?
Quote:What are your favorite champion types (as in AP, AD, Assassin, Bruisers etc... just as much detail as you can put in). What makes those champions so much fun for you?
I also like feeling "smarter" than my opponents. This is why I play Characters like Teemo, Kass, and Shaco. All these characters have something tricky about them that really allows you to outplay people and feel like you won not just due to items or mechanical skill, but also because you're more clever than they are.
Answer to questions on page 3
Quote:Since your fairly new i doubt you have had any hands on with any specific champion, but if you had and are going to *Spoilers* which champion have you worked on/created?
Quote:What are Riot's plans concerning Sejuani? If you do not know, what is your personal opinion of Sejuani?
Quote:Another Alaskan! Anyhow, how's working at Riot been so far?
Quote:The Champion model for Sejuani has a total of 6 feet.
She only gets buffs from 1 set of boots.
How do you plan to correct this?
Quote:Are you designing your champion with a preset combo in mind or are you working on skills that have synergy that isn't immediately apparent but gameplay mechanics allow them to create interesting situations?
Zyra has a preset combination of skills, but allows you to choose which you use, for example.
I assume you want to focus on designing support champions?
Example: I think Meddler and the art team did a great job on Ziggs. Ziggs is about bombs. When players try Ziggs they expect to BLOW S*** UP and that's exactly what ziggs let's you do. Q? Blow S** Up. W? Blow yourself up. E? Zone and blow S** up. R? BLOW EVERYTHING SKY HIGH. When you read Ziggs' ult it's kind of boring. "Throw a bomb across the map that does damage in an AoE." It doesn't matter though because THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO. It doesn't need to slow, it doesn't need to freeze people, it doesn't need to haste your allies. All it needs to do is BLOW S*** UP. It does that and as a result is crazy fun to use.
I'm using the same ideas when making my champ. I looked at her concept art and story and asked myself, "When people see this girl what are they going to expect her to be able to do? What are the most fun ways to allow them to play out that fanatasy?"
Oh and in terms of mechanics it's generally a good idea to have some kind of "gameplay loop." What is this character going to do with a given skill rotation?
Example: One of Nocturne's loops is: Ult in on a squishy, fear and q the target, shield a spell, make them DEAL WITH YOU. This loop is super fun when executed correctly.
Answer to questions on page 4:
Quote:How did an econ major transfer into champion design? I'm also a econ major, studying for a BS in financial economics.
Quote:Not a question, but if your champ has this setup
Passive: Bonus AD/AP/Armor/etc.
Q: On-hit effect/main nuke
W: Passive bonus + activation bonus
I will not be happy ^^
Not saying whether or not my champ will have this, but what's so wrong with the pattern you mentioned? Providing all the effects are interesting and fun to use of course.
Quote:Give me advice on how to apply for Riot right out of college
Quote:What was your first impression of Riot when you went in?
You say you just started working on your champion - how many others are with you on this? Or is champion design done by one person then brought to many?
And lastly, if I may be bold to ask, what flavor champion will you bring us? By flavor I mean theme - Fire, Ice, Wind, Earth - you name it.
I'm the "owner" of my champ. Other designers will test her and give feedback and Zileas can probably say specific abilities are a no-go but in the end I'm the one deciding what her abilities should do and then going out to implement them.
All I can say is that I'm hoping people will find my champ to be really cool (and not that isn't a frost pun).
Quote:Can we ever see a champion similar to a Saiyan from the DBZ series?
I know you can't just make one straight up, but make it close. Would be pretty cool.
His//Her ult would make him glow gold. And maybe be one of those champions where it empowers all his//her other abilities.
Quote:Would you like to play with my friend for his 1000th win? I'm trying to surprise him.
Quote:do you think it would be possible for an ad based support? i have this idea for a grizzly old guy who's past his prime and sort of mentors the younger champ he supports.
i tried to think of how to balance him and the only thing i could think of was to bottom out his base attack speed
Answers for stuff on page 6:
Quote:hey if it is not much of a bother, can i read that paper u did on F2P scheme?
Quote:Iron Solari or Silver Lunari?
Which champion has your favourite lore?
Noxus or Demacia?
Tristana is my favorite personality.
Quote:What do you think won over your soon to be employers in your resume/interview? You say you graduated with a BA in Economics, which I'm sure on its own wouldn't land you an associate champion designer position at one of the worlds greatest companies.
I'm just curious what YOU think landed you the job?