Interview - (2002-06-20) Rexx Laww

Interview - (2002-06-20) Rexx Laww

Description: Deathscythe of the Phrozen Keep interviews Rexx Laww on his Darkness Weaves mod and mod making in general.

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DEATHSCYTHE
Can you please tell us something about your self and how you came up with your unique nick?
REXX
Let me see... Im middle aged, happily married to another avid Diablo fan (though she doesnt really like DWX) I am an avid gamer, writer, basically a kid at heart. I have been a big Blizzard fan. As for my nick? I got my name from the movie Dragon Slayer. There is a scene where the mage is talking about the dragon. 'The dragon's name is Rex Pejorative. The only law around here is dragon's law. Rex's Law.' I happened to be signing up for AOL when the movie was on and viola! A user name was born and I have had it and used it for probably 10 years + now. I guess the short answer would be 'I heard it in a movie.' Kinda.
DEATHSCYTHE
What do you do in real life?
REXX
I am winding down from a twenty year tour in the US Armed Forces. Getting ready to start my next career, whatever that may be. I'd like to be one of the guys that picks up leaves on the side of the road, I just dont want to have to get arrested to do that, you know?
DEATHSCYTHE
Before Diablo 2, did you modify any other games?
REXX
I was the project lead on a pretty successful Unreal Tournament mod called The Unreal Tournament Classes Project. We called it UTC for short. 8_). In addition to the design content, I did skins, modeling, and some audio. The UTC Project is pretty much dormant right now.
DEATHSCYTHE
When did you start making mods?
REXX
Before computer games were even thought of actually. I had a small RPG pen and paper module published for a small-now-defunct gaming company. I dont think I made one cent from that endeavour, but hey, it got published.
DEATHSCYTHE
How long do you spend modding?
REXX
Like on a daily basis? Very little now. I'm trying to find another job. LOL. That and DWX is pretty much done. I'm toying with adding a few more things, but it feels about 'right', so I probably shouldnt mess with it anymore. I DO hang out on the PhrozenKeep forums, helping out whenever I can. Thats a great little community.
DEATHSCYTHE
What part or feature of your mod are you most proud of?
REXX
That its complete! LOL. Actually, that I was able to change the way that you play the game. You know, not just new monsters, new stuff, new graphics, but that playing DWX2 is VERY different than playing LOD. That was the biggest challenge, and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
DEATHSCYTHE
How long did it take you to make your first mod?
REXX
My first release took about 3 months. DWX2 took about the same, but it was MUCH more involved as I really wanted to address the issues in the first version.
DEATHSCYTHE
Do you still play other mods as well?
REXX
I havent in awhile. Time is of the essence. 8_)
DEATHSCYTHE
When do get chance, what are your favorites?
REXX
Khan and Varaya. If they touch it, its gonna be golden. Cold Fusion will always be one of my favorites, and Perfect Cell has a beautiful thing going with Eastern Sun.
DEATHSCYTHE
What lines up in the future? Can you tell us what we can look forward to?
REXX
From my camp? Little unless there is a Diablo III. Like I said, I may do some more __Minor__ tweaking, and then add sort of an 'expansion' to DWX2. New Uniques, Sets, and some other goodies. But beyond that, I am just TOO busy right now to immerse myself into another mod.
DEATHSCYTHE
Do you have plans modifying the next blizzard patch?
REXX
Only if there is a hue and cry for it. I didnt even consider doing a DWX2 until the fans of it beat me into submission. I just hope I gave them what wanted.
DEATHSCYTHE
Is there any advice you'd give to anyone who's just starting out making mods or considering making a mod for D2?
REXX
Oh yeah. First, be patient. Diablo 2 wasn't made in a night. Don't expect to make it work overnight. Secondly, read everything you can in the forums. With the exception of some new code editing and map editing breakthroughs, pretty much everything has been tried. Research the Forums! I can't stress that enough. Lastly, don't be shy but dont try and do the impossible either. And always always always BACKUP before you compile! LOL
DEATHSCYTHE
Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer our little interview :-)
REXX
Thanks for the opportunity to share some background. Hey, do ya think anyone might be interested in a Paintball mod for D2? Hmmm... Gotta think about this one...





Anyone wishing to check out the Darkness Weaves mod can do so by visiting the official website at http://dw.d2mods.com.

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