Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weddings, Maltara, and Late Nights

With the exciting events going on in Cause of Death, we knew we had to spend this week talking to the COD team to get the inside story. M Doty managed to pry Winchester away from his computer long enough to answer a few questions about weddings, Maltara, and what it's like running the COD episode track.
Writer Fact: The ladies of the writing team give Natara's jewelry their stamp of approval, but agree that the crown feels just a little excessive.

**Warning: This post may contain Spoilers**

MD: Thanks for taking a break from writing your latest episode to talk! First off, I know COD fans must be going crazy over the latest developments. Can you talk about what inspired you for writing about the wedding? You don't exactly seem like the kind of guy who thinks a lot about wedding planning.

W: You are correct. I don't know the first thing about planning a wedding (You should probably ask Lilly about that stuff), so it's a good thing I only had to plan an action scene at a wedding. Wedding-themed violence comes slightly easier to me. I just brainstormed a list of things like "horse-drawn carriage" and "chocolate fountain" and thought of ways to plan a fight scene around them... I was not hired for my grace.*

MD: We heard that Mal and Natara shared a kiss. How was it writing that moment, knowing that fans have been demanding it for months?

W: It was really exciting. Originally, it was a smaller, more subdued moment, just very warm, and honest, and intimate... And then our teammate Rasputin did a pass on it and said "No. People have been waiting for this for ten volumes. This moment needs to be much, much bigger." And so he added way more description, way more emotion, and yes, a gentle rain. And I'm not sure, but I'm starting to get the feeling that some fans may have enjoyed it... 

MD: I know it usually takes a little over a week to write a COD episode, and with the game's grueling pace of releases, that takes a huge effort to keep up. What's the latest you've ever stayed at the office to work?

W: I've worked all the way through the night before. I don't recommend it. But fans get restless when an episode is late, even by a matter of hours... I can't imagine what would happen if I was an entire day late. My theory is that they would explode... And I'd rather they didn't. They're good people.

MD: We mentioned last week that the writers all love to hear the fan comments--and that goes for COD and SHS. What's your favorite thing to see when you check the COD facebook page, tumblr, or blog?

W: Tumblr reviews are really fun to read. And I use "read" lightly, because Tumblr is 90% gifs. But really, anytime a fan is excited about our stories or appreciative of our work, it makes a big impact in the office. It's not uncommon for me to shout "Hey, somebody said a nice thing!" and then show the team a very kind comment from our Facebook wall. Is it childish? Maybe. But hearing that we reached somebody definitely helps make the nights at the office seem worth it.

*Writer Fact: Winchester was, in fact, hired at least in part because of his grace.


  1. Ahhh I was so so happy about the ending of this episode!!! Yes, I have been waiting for this for months... I even have a couple fanfics about it (yeah total dork here).

    Question for y'all: Do you guys ever check out the fanfiction people have written for SHS or COD? I just am curious to see if y'all sit around reading this and then yell "Hey! Check out this! You won't believe the story a fan wrote!" I've been having fun reading (and writing) them in my spare time.

    Just a curious pondering of mine. Can't wait for next week's episode! My Mondays are always brighter when I know I have a new COD episode to go through.

  2. I felt thrilled and loss for words when that moment finally came! I know this sounds cheesy but I was rejoicing that moment out loud when that part finally came. I usually play this game quietly on my ipad while my husband watches the tv, but he thought i lost it when I jumped out of my chair in happiness.

    I really look forward to COD every Monday night- especially cos Mondays always give me the blues. So it truly excites me whenever a new episode is up. I am not usually a gaming person, but this one is something that truly grips me, that I cannot miss at all.

    Keep up the great job, you fantastic team!

  3. Loved this blog piece, especially the parts about Tumblr... yes, it is 90% gifs, and I'll admit that I play a part in that too... heh.
    The kiss... ahh the kiss, it's beautiful! :')

  4. It's unbelievable how happy I get when I notice that there's another blog post. ESPECIALLY when it's a CoD one :D

    First of all, I agree with the crown-thingy.. It's a little too much. Although she did get her wedding dress from royal, so that's why it's acceptable ;) I like the pic so much though, cuz we can finally see the rest of her face.. I'm definitely gonna use it for a nice little photoshop project! (When I get the time, that is.)

    To Winchester: You, sir, are a genius. I laughed my ass off at all the possible outcomes at the wedding. I've made screenshots of every single one of them as well, and I still re-read them at least once a day.

    And bless Raputin. The Maltara kiss was absolutely perfect. We (or at least I) DEFINITELY enjoyed it :D

    Heh, I'm ashamed to say that I've had my share of being mad at you guys when an episode was late.. But that's just because I was incredibly disappointed cuz I couldn't play my fave game :( Although I never cussed you guys out or anything... I think I've gotten over it now, though..

    I understand that you guys put in a lot of hard work (I mean, woah, working a whole damn night?!! DAYUM!) and it's usually not your fault when a episode is delayed. I think it's safe to say that we all highly appreciate the time and effort all of you put into this amazing game. We love you guys, even though some of us don't always show it the right way..

    And awww, the fact that you guys practically fangirl over us fangirling over you really blows my mind... Like, ahfkdglh;fdgj wutt?! I can't even formulate proper sentences when I think about it! :')

    Aaaanyways... Do you still check out tumblr once in a while? Because I believe the tumblr fans are starting to feel a bit neglected. Just saying.. It'd be nice to have like, a sign that you guys are still on there :p And I don't know if you know, but the tumblr fans have started to call themselves 'The Deathicated' ;)

    Okay.. I really need to but back on the length of my comments o__O Wish I was so enthusiastic while doing my homework, lol!