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clovis
04-06-2015, 18:51
I got the news from Graham blog that he is leaving the BL,oouch!!!!



If you donít want to read to the end, the short version is this: Iíve been offered Ė and have accepted Ė a job with Riot Games, the producer of the phenomenally successful League of Legends. Clan McNeill is moving to Los Angeles.
Iíve been chatting with Riot for a little while and now theyíve offered me the position of Senior Narrative Writer in their Los Angeles offices. So, yeah, in the summer weíre leaving Nottingham and the UK and relocating to sunny California in the US of A.
This wasnít a decision we took lightly. I enjoyed the work I was doing, where I was doing it and the way life revolved around our kids, friends, family, work, school and all the usual happenings that make up the everyday. We had Evan and Amber to think of, our own jobs and our house, our friends and families. We liked having all that close, and the idea of making such a life-changing upheaval was very scary. Far easier just to maintain the status quo, eh? In short, we were comfortable, but sometimes you need to change things up, to step out of your comfort zone, and I think we were all at that stage.
I first spoke with Riot back in December. I went over for an informal chat, not really knowing what to expect, but going in with an open mind. The people I met there were fantastic; full of passion and enthusiasm for what they were doing, and I came away feeling Iíd had a real meeting of minds with the spirit of Riotís creative heart. These were people who thrived on the sheer joy of creativity, where every avenue could be explored to see where it went. I came away tremendously excited at the possibility of working within those teams.
We went back over to California as a family in February so everyone could see LA and Santa Monica, to find out if it was a place we could see ourselves living and working. It most definitely was. And my second meeting with the creative types in Riot more than confirmed my desire to work with them. Their attitude to the work and the potential for all it offers in the future is incredible, which makes me tremendously excited about being part of it.
After some long, serious, grown-up talks about making the move, Anita and I came to the conclusion that the opportunities for our family were too incredible to pass up. Itís a life-changing adventure thatís going to be exciting and challenging all at the same time. Itís the kind of chance we had to snatch with both hands, as itís the kind that doesnít come around more than once. And Iíd hate to look back in years to come with any kind of regret for the chances we didnít take. So with a mixture of giggling excitement and trepidation at the thought of stepping into this brave new world, weíre getting packed up and looking west to this fresh phase of our future.
Ah, but what does this mean for all things WarhammerÖ?
Well, first and foremost, Iím a writer, so Iím not going to stop writing books any more than Iím going to choose to stop breathing. Iím still working on my current Horus Heresy novel, The Crimson King (Iíve just handed in the first halfÖ) and will continue to write for the Black Library. Clearly my output will diminish, what with having a full time, salaried day job, but Iíll still be keeping my hand in. I have stories of Uriel Ventris yet to tell and the Battle for Macragge isnít going to write itself. And, having been involved with the Horus Heresy series since its very opening act, Iíll be damned if Iím not going to show up for its final dramas and its curtain calls. Expect the odd quick read or audio to pop up here and there too. In short, Iím still going to keep you entertained with grim tales from the 41st Millennium, the Horus Heresy and beyond.
So, there you have it. As the summer dawns, Clan McNeill will be living it in California. Wish us well, and Iíll continue to talk to you all on Twitter, Facebook and e-mail.
Cheers,
Graham

Lord Damocles
04-06-2015, 19:51
So McNeill isn't leaving BL.

'...will continue to write for the Black Library...'

clovis
04-06-2015, 21:56
So McNeill isn't leaving BL.

'...will continue to write for the Black Library...'

Like Dan Abnett he will be writing 1 book every three years! He is going to work for a game company, my point is that he was very prolific so now we are going to see his work in the kind of crappy/expensive short stories, sad in a way!

nagash66
05-06-2015, 21:27
Eh, could give them the motivation to hire more full time writers. Could do with another ADB or three.

Col. Tartleton
05-06-2015, 21:35
League of Legends has a narrative?

Scribe of Khorne
05-06-2015, 23:18
A shame, but hopefully this allows for when he does write, to provide something solid, like A Thousand Sons.

I get the distinct feeling that BL isnt focussed on driving the HH, while FW is doing an amazing job of it.

El Torro
05-06-2015, 23:30
Hopefully his output for the Black Library won't be too low, I find his work pretty solid.

Uprooting his family and moving to California is a big step to take, I hope it works out well for him

Born Again
06-06-2015, 04:33
League of Legends has a narrative?

It's a dark and mysterious past.

Risegreymon
06-06-2015, 14:48
Are McNeill's Warhammer Fantasy novels any good? Ambassador, etc.

bound for glory
06-06-2015, 15:26
i'll kinda miss him, if he slows down alot. mean to say, i think ATS was a high point in the HH series...

Col. Tartleton
06-06-2015, 20:06
It's a dark and mysterious past.

Maybe Graham McNeil will write "The Strange Donger of Professor 'Dinger" and completely reshape the fantasy genre.

jrc_burgess
07-06-2015, 06:00
Are McNeill's Warhammer Fantasy novels any good? Ambassador, etc.

It's interesting actually, his Warhammer stuff varies quite a bit. The Elf stuff he did (three books I forget the name of) were pretty forgettable, the Legend of Sigmar stories were ok, and the Ambassador and Ursun's teeth were incredible. Truly two of the best BL fantasy books out there. I've re-read them 5-6 times.

Risegreymon
07-06-2015, 13:15
It's interesting actually, his Warhammer stuff varies quite a bit. The Elf stuff he did (three books I forget the name of) were pretty forgettable, the Legend of Sigmar stories were ok, and the Ambassador and Ursun's teeth were incredible. Truly two of the best BL fantasy books out there. I've re-read them 5-6 times.


Thanks. My fave BL Fantasy author is C. l. Werner for the brilliant Brunner novels. Interested in getting into something similar. I'll give Ambassador a shot! :)

Grok
08-06-2015, 20:31
League of Legends has a narrative?

Thats exactly what I was thinking!
Maybe they finally decided to craft some serious story so they hired McNeill. Though With all of that money they have they could have bought G. R. R. Martin if they really wanted...

DarkChaplain
09-06-2015, 05:49
Would that ever have gotten anywhere, though? Seems like a money sink without results.

Bigglesworth
09-06-2015, 12:02
Thats exactly what I was thinking!
Maybe they finally decided to craft some serious story so they hired McNeill. Though With all of that money they have they could have bought G. R. R. Martin if they really wanted...


I remember reading a while ago they decided to reboot their lore and actually give it a story thread beyond wacky and varied heroes fighting to the death to wipe the universe of evil crystals.

Even though they are amazingly successful I think they've realised they have no legacy for the future, other than keeping their player base happy with gameplay tweaks indefinitely and esports.

Col. Tartleton
11-06-2015, 19:43
Thats exactly what I was thinking!
Maybe they finally decided to craft some serious story so they hired McNeill. Though With all of that money they have they could have bought G. R. R. Martin if they really wanted...

I'd rather read McNeill than Martin. It just moves better.

johnmcl7
15-06-2015, 23:15
I find Graham MacNeill a bit hit and miss in general but recently I've been finding his books mostly a miss, I thought the Mechanicum trilogy started off average and finished low and Vengeful Spirit was a huge letdown.

John

Snake Tortoise
16-06-2015, 09:52
That's a pity. I'm really looking forward to The Crimson King and hope it doesn't get pushed back by this

DarkChaplain
18-06-2015, 03:12
Well, his post does say that he just handed in the first half of The Crimson King and he'll keep writing for them, though things will slow down for the time being. But then, TCK has been delayed for quite a while already.

Voss
25-06-2015, 23:31
I'd rather read McNeill than Martin. It just moves better.

With Martin, if it moves at all, it is a freaking miracle.


a job with Riot Games, the producer of the phenomenally successful League of Legends.
ouch


Clan McNeill is moving to Los Angeles.
I am so, so sorry. That is a terrible thing to inflict on family.