To those of you who were members years ago may remember we had a weekly podcast called the WoDCast which dove into that weeks rumors, news and interviews for the MMO. However, we are working on bringing that back but with a focus on all the World of Darkness PC game games, including but not limited to Bloodlines 2! So expect to hear more about this very soon as we get it off the ground. If you have ideas for us to cover in the show pop by the Discord (join link in the Contact page) and let us know or post a comment below.
Mr. Schaffer is the music composer for both Bloodlines 1 and now 2. He partook in a live stream Q&A by Outstar and thanks to Planet Vampire found a transcript. His answers are pretty curt and to the point. So don't expect a lot of in-depth answers, but it is still question illuminating musically speaking. Feel free to read and comment below.
Q: This has been probably asked a lot, but was the similarity between the VTM: Bloodlines Theme and Massive Attack's Angel intentional?
Rik Schaffer: Yep. When I started the project, that was the placeholder track they had in for like a year. They were married to it, but couldn't get the rights. They said make something similar. I hate copying artists, but made it kind of my own.
Q: Were you approached or working on CCP's World of Darkness game before it got cancelled?
Rik Schaffer: Never contacted me. I was working on ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) online but would have dropped everything to continue on a Bloodlines type MMO.
R: Be glad, Rik. CCP mismanaged the hell out of WoD MMO.
Rik Schaffer: MMO are dead.
R: Damn. Nice to know you're that passionate about the IP, though.
Q: Do you prefer composing music traditionally , while playing instruments, or do you do it digitally right now?
Rik Schaffer: I don't write music or read music. Self taught. Everything starts in my head, then the guitar and piano are enemies until I find it. With the atmosphere compositions, those were started on synths or non traditional instruments.
Q: What do you think of poems based on gameplay from games? What music should go with it? Say if it is based on Bloodlines?
Rik Schaffer: Poems of Bloodlines and Vampires? Dark, brooding, sexual, but not Count Chocula.
As we mentioned in our Tremere video reveal post, Florian Schwarzer, Senior Product Manager for Bloodlines 2 not only talked about Tremere being social outcasts when talking about their weakness but then seemed to off handedly mention they take more damage from other kindred. So we were perplexed, which weakness does the Tremere clan have, do they actually have TWO? A lot in the community seemed to lean to the social outcast aspect as their official weakness and seemed to think Florian misspoke about the kindred damage. Well we reached out to Paradox and Florian clarified when he meant in the following statement to our inquiry. Apparently the masses, this time, were in error on how they interpreted his comments. See below;