Brad McQuaid Is Back
Scott Jennings over at Broken Toys pointed out Brad McQuaid’s new blog. Apparently he’s back in town and ready to get to it. I say ‘apparently’ because some people also reckon it’s just an elaborate hoax.
No idea who I’m talking about? Don’t care? Well, I’ll fill you in anyway Mr McQuaid is basically one of the the big brains behind Everquest and it’s first few expansions. In 2001, he left SOE and after a short while started his own company, Sigil, who eventually released Vanguard.
The curious thing about Brad is that he seems to have attracted a lot of negative attention in recent years, particularly over the shambles that was Vanguard. Although it’s now in a pretty decent state, Vanguard launch to a very poor reception and the result was that Sigil was downsized and bought over by SOE. This in turn resulted in a lot of negativity towards McQuaid as being not only the reason why Vanguard failed but also about how he apparently ran the company (or didn’t run it) towards the end. It seems that the whole thing resulted in a lot of unhappy employees and disgruntled gamers. There’s plenty of interviews and articles about what happened if you want to dig up long forgotten memories.
I can’t comment about any of the fervor that occurred back in 2007 because I wasn’t there (at Sigil) and don’t know anyone who was. Also, it sounds like Brad has a pretty hard time and a lot to deal with and I can emphasise with that. Being a manager and in a position of responsibility in a company is no easy job.
Personally, I admire Brad’s work on Everquest and what he’s contributed to the MMORPG genre. Without him we probably wouldn’t be playing the games we are today. Also, I admire his vision and ambition for the genre. Vanguard may have been far from perfect but I take my hat off to him for at least aspiring to make something huge and amazing. In my opinion, too many companies are playing it safe with MMOs now and don’t really want to try and experiment or push the boat out in case they end up with the next Star Wars: Galaxies or Vanguard on their hands.
I wish Brad all the best for his future and I’m honestly curious to see what he gets up to next and looking forward to checking it out whatever it may be.