As we reported, Producer Clint Worley left the EverQuest team about two weeks ago. Since that time, Thom Terrazas has been selected as his replacement and recently introduced himself in a dev blog entry.
Terrazas said he played EQ endlessly when it launched 10 years ago. He started his career in Norrath as one of the first GMs in EverQuest on the Tunare Server. He then went on to spend more than six years in a management position in the customer service department, then moved to the game development department more than four years ago.
You can read Terrazas' full blog post after the jump.
About two weeks ago, Producer Clint Worley posted a letter announcing that he was moving off the EverQuest team. For many people, that opened up loads of questions and comments such as: “He was my favorite Producer, I’m going to miss him!”, “Where is he going?”, “Is he choosing to go?”, “Who’s taking his place?”, “I’ll bet it was because of that nerf he introduced in the last update”, etc… Well, I can assure you that he isn’t going far; he is going to be missed; no one strong-armed him into leaving; he still is the favorite producer of Betty in Topeka, KS.; it wasn’t because of a nerf; and lastly, it’s me jumping into the saddle to take his place.
Hello everyone, my name is Thom Terrazas, and I am the new Producer on EverQuest. For the past couple of weeks, I have been spending time getting to know the team, their initiatives and goals; and have begun to get reacquainted with the game that I played endlessly when it launched 10 years ago. Holy Smokes! 10 years! It truly is amazing, remembering a game behind the scenes eleven years ago in beta, watching it grow a tremendous following, seeing numerous expansions launched, and witnessing a continued level of passion from within the studio outward to include players far and wide.
Much like you, I have a long history with EverQuest and a ton of fond memories. Do you remember the first time you needed help from a Game Master? I was one of those GMs that helped you out! I started as one of the first GMs in EverQuest on the Tunare Server and had a blast helping and interacting with all of you! I was in game on “my” server when the first Fiery Avenger was earned! I remember hopping from server to server, running dozens of in-game events; logging into Everfrost, conducting the Ice Giant event and realizing that there was a bug that disallowed the GMs to equally hit players back with the same skill as a regular Ice Giant. Woops, we didn’t last very long! We had a lot of fun back then and it still continues. It’s awesome to think about it now, and to see all the progress EverQuest has made over the years and how other games continue to be measured against it.
Even though I have been busy on other games since then, I’ve never forgotten where it all started (EverQuest) and I never lose track of where it is headed. Sounds like an old girlfriend, doesn’t it? Nonetheless, from EverQuest in-game support ten years ago, I went on to 6+ years of managing in the Customer Service Department and transitioned to Game Development just over 4 years ago.
I’m very excited to be part of the EverQuest Community and I look forward to meeting you in during Norrath’s second decade. Thanks for your time, I will see you in game, or at Fan Faire in Vegas!