I recently had the pleasure of asking a few question to the
living legend of the Red Alert 2 community: Lion of RADEN and
CNCDen. Taking this opportunity, I decided to go for a full spread
of questions - covering everything about his series of sites.
1. First Lion, I need to ask the question that Zen-Buddhist
philosophers have pondered over for a millennium: How do manage
to run two top quality sites, make superb YR maps, and beta test
Lion: Well Jim...My secret? Da Lion never sleeps! Seriously
though, I really DO have a love for Westwood games. If I wasn't
a true fan, I would have left the community a long time ago. So
I'm self-motivated to do this day in and day out. I'm in my sixth
year and counting. I do want to add that my sites would not have
grown without the GREAT support I get from other webmasters and
fans of our community, and the BEST staff a webmaster could ever
ask for. One more thing I want to mention. I have had the same
host for the past two years. Dustin Oder of Sector31.com keeps
my sites online and running.
He's been a good friend and very supportive to me, going out of
his way to help.
2. With the "Den Games Network" expanding to cover
more and more of Renegade, do you think RADEN's days might be
Lion: It's days would be numbered if I were to neglect the
site. But that will not happen. I do realise that as time passes,
the popularity of Red Alert 2 will somewhat subside, and the number
of fans supporting and visiting RADEN will fall. Having said that,
I plan on supporting any future games Westwood decides to develop
for the Red Alert Universe of games. So RADEN will live on no
matter what it takes. I will see to that personally.
3. Have you got Renegade preordered? :-)
Lion: Of course...if you cut me, I bleed Westwood green =)
4. Who do you think Renegade will appeal to most: CNC Gamers,
or FPS players?
Lion: In my opinion Renegade is a crossover game. It has great
action with the element of strategy built into it. So it will
appeal to both Westwood RTS and FPS gamers alike. And what true
Westwood fan would pass up the opportunity to see CNC Up close
5. Have you got forums on CNC Den?
Lion: Sure do. Actually, it's a shared forum with RADEN. Den
Network Forums: check
them out here.
6. Will you be supporting the Renegade mod community when
Lion: Yes I will. In fact, I believe the modding community
plays a major role in keeping fans interested in a particular
game. I already have staff on CNCDEN that will be making maps
and mods for Renegade, and of course I'll host fan mods and maps.
In my opinion, the modding community that will be supporting Renegade
will grow larger than any we've seen in past Westwood games.
7. As somebody who's been playing the beta for a while;
do you think Renegade lives up to the hype?
Lion: I never liked the word 'hype'. I believe Renegade will
live up to the fan's expectations. I've been involved with beta
testing Renegade for almost two months now. The game is solid.
Renegade multiplayer is action packed, exciting, and very addictive,
not to mention replay value. It has all the ingredients needed