Stardock hires Civ5 lead designer Jon Shafer
Um, wow. This can only lead to good things.
I think Jon coming to Stardock may bode well for Elemental, a future Stardock title, and the TBS genre in general.... just so long as he embraces an earnest
humility... and hasn't gotten stuck being caught up in some premature ideal such that his appointment to lead a Civ game somehow means that he has been elevated to a status which is premature to his experience and actual~current ability. So, at such time as he leads another project... if he is willing and able to enlist his peers to check, inspire, and supplement his thinking... and if he balances his direction to that of the community he is attempting to serve... then yeah I think he may have already accrued enough talent to see a mutually_profitable job well done. But if... his appointment of fortune (being in the right place at the right time
) to lead a great franchise in it's latest title has gotten to his head... well then I think it will all be for shit! He ain't no guru. There would have been signs and indications lol. He is just a dude with a noteworthy skill set and talent. Talents which haven't even had ONE single decade of refinement btw. There is no mastery. There may be fresh thinking and innovation... but a balance of experience and exposure must be always be balanced against. With that reality understood and more... and with an openness which comes with humility... there is oppurtunity to progressively elevate towards an ever approaching incremental
greatness. But... when a person thinks they are already "all that and more
", well then they don't know shit, and indeed they produce nothing better than shit. I don't think the version of industry matters to this question. I think it is a universal question/answer. With humility, greatness may eventually
come... but your humility may have you not see that you have fiiiiiinaly arrived lol. Whereas a lack of humility always spews shit.... even if it turns out to be a semi-profitable load.