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1503 A.D. Interviews

by Thomas on May 8, 2002 @ 6:35 p.m. PDT

Today we tossed up an interview with Ulli Koller, who is working on 1503 A.D. as a Graphic Artist, and one with Wilfried Reiter, Programmer and Co-founder of Max Design that you can check out below... "SUNFLOWERS' and Max Design's new progressive strategy game will have two different titles: "ANNO 1503" and "1503 A.D.". These are only different product names for the same game! The title "ANNO 1503" will be used on a world-wide basis, with the exception of the U.S.. In this country, the product will be called "1503 A.D."

#1

Name: Wilfried Reiter

Founder (Max Design) and Programmer

Age: 33

1.) Describe yourself in one sentence:

Alone the suspicion that that which appears impossible might actually be accomplished can sometimes create the energy to make it happen.

2.) If the world was going to end tomorrow: What would you want to do before then?

I'd throw a cool party along the motto "Thanks for letting us be here".

3.) Which game would choose to take with you to a solitary island?

I'd save the luggage space for something more important. There's probably no electricity for computer games and no partner for board games.

4.) If you were able to ask one famous person one question: Who would it be, and what would you ask them?

I'd really like to ask God: How did you manage to do all of that?

5.) If you could only hear one CD for the rest of your life, which would it be?

A re-writeable

6.) Name one thing you can definitely live without:

Below 0° temperatures.

7.) If you had one free wish, what would it be?

A little less egotism in those in positions of authority would be a big step in the right direction.

8.) What is your personal "non-word" of the year?

Alpha deadline

9.) With whom would you like to trade places for just one day?

I wouldn't let anyone have a day of MY life.

10.) What is your favorite website?

http://www.google.com I'm always looking for something.

11.) What was the worst decision you ever made?

I've made a lot of mistakes, but none of them were outstanding.

12.) What do your parents have to say about your job?

They're either happy or they worry along with me - my job offers enough opportunities for both.

13.) What was the most absurd player request for ANNO 1503 to date?

One player noticed the termite mounds and asked if we couldn't pack in an ant simulation as a game within a game.

14.) What are you particularly proud of in ANNO 1503?

The chances are really good that ANNO 1503 is going to be another game where players can completely immerse themselves in the game.

15.) What are your plans once ANNO 1503 has been finished?

First off, a few weeks travel in order to get some new ideas.

#2

Name: Ulli Koller

Graphics

Age: still ok (33)

1.) Describe yourself in one sentence:

Driven, always looking for more - to live as intensely as possible.

2.) If the world was going to end tomorrow: What would you want to do before then?

Eat a bun loaded with leberkaese (a kind of meatloaf) and drink a Stieglbier (an Austrian beer).

3.) Which game would choose to take with you to a solitary island?

Riven, Myst III Exile

4.) If you were able to ask one famous person one question: Who would it be, and what would you ask them?

Marilyn Manson, and I'd ask him if could provide me with the background noise to 15) (in garters, naturally) ...

5.) If you could only hear one CD for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I can't imagine listening to one CD for the rest of my life ...

6.) Name one thing you can definitely live without::

Milk

7.) If you had one free wish, what would it be?

I want to continue to grow without ever losing sight of my goals. There should always be hopes and dreams to give life meaning.

8.) What is your personal "non-word" of the year?

Non-word: pack

9.) With whom would you like to trade places for just one day?

At the moment I wouldn't want to trade places with ANYONE. If I did, it would only be to relax for a day. Then I'd trade with anyone swinging in a hammock while gazing at the sea and thinking of nothing in particular.

10.) What is your favorite website?

http://db.nextroom.at

11.) What was the worst decision you ever made?

Clausthaler (and the rest is my business)

12.) What do your parents have to say about your job?

My mother likes the artwork and is fascinated by how they originate.

13.) What was the most absurd player request for ANNO 1503 to date?

McDonald's for Aztecs

14.) What are you particularly proud of in ANNO 1503?

In ANNO 1503 players quickly fall prey to that ANNO feeling and the game's flair. You can really immerse yourself in the game and travel to foreign lands, each with their own different cultures, architecture, inhabitants and animals.

15.) What are your plans once ANNO 1503 has been finished?

Vacation! Lying in the tub on our rooftop terrace, letting my gaze and my thoughts wander while drinking Martinis and just enjoying life.

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