If you are a fan of science fiction roleplaying games, then you probably know of Marc Miller. Back in the late 1970s he designed Traveller, which is without doubt one of the most well-loved scifi games out there. Last year I got in touch with Mr. Miller and asked him if he was interested in answering a couple of questions for our readers and luckily he agreed.
I have done quite a few interviews with game designers in the past, but this time it was special. As some of you may know, Traveller was the first roleplaying game I bought, and even though I played it less often than I wished, it always had a special place in my heart.
Just recently I started to read up on the history of Traveller, its ups and downs, and I also started collecting Traveller material (in print and PDF). But I still didn’t know much about its creator, his ideas and his dreams for the future of the game. So when I had the chance to ask for an interview I immediately grasped the opportunity. But I digress. Without further ado, here are our questions and his answers:
Stargazer: Let’s start at the beginning. Could you please tell us about how you got into roleplaying games in general? What was the first game you played and what made you want to write your own?
Marc Miller: When Dungeons & Dragons came out, I was a wargame designer. In a sense, the fantasy role-playing idea was new, but in another sense, it was a familiar concept. I had done political role-playing exercises in college: model UN and model Organization of American States, and some campaign simulations.
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I’ve talked about Alternity here in the blog before. Both Stargazer and myself are fans, and have posted about it numerous times. We even had an April’s Fool post back in 2011 about a 2nd edition of the game coming out. Who knew we were not merely pranksters but we were predicting the future!
Well not quite… Like Michael wrote last year when the initial announcement came out, Sasquatch Game Studio is publishing a new version of the game. As a longtime fan, I was onboard as soon as the idea was put out there. When the Alpha play test came out I was lucky enough to be part of that.
I got together with some friends at out FLGS and we played the play test adventure. We tried to broadcast the experience via Facebook Live, and while that was not totally successful, it did inspire us to create a video blog for Spanish speaking gamers Desde la Fosa. (You can read more about that project on the post I linked to in that last hyperlink.)
As soon as the new Alternity Kickstarter was live I became a backer. Wanting to support the project and spread the word I reached out to Richard Baker to inquire about his availability for an interview. Richard was extremely graceful and not only did he answer a written interview, which makes up most this post, but he sat down to do an interview for the Desde la Fosa vlog via Google Hangout. So, we are doing a two-for-one, and the first collaboration between Desde la Fosa and Stargazer’s World! Continue reading The New Alternity Game: An Interview with Richard Baker
About a week ago I wrote about Greg Saunders’ Exilium Kickstarter. Since I was interested in learning more about his new game and the man himself, I asked him to answer a couple of questions. He’re are his answers.
Stargazer: At first I want to thank you for taking your time to answer a few questions for us. So, who is this Greg Saunders anyway? Please tell us a bit about yourself. When did you start playing roleplaying games and what made you writing your own?
Greg: I’m a father of two who’s been playing RPGs for years, since about the age of ten when AD&D was my game. I’ve played a huge number of games, especially in the eighties and nineties, my favourite from my youth being WHFRP and the Enemy Within campaign, and of course CoC. I first started writing games when I didn’t have much time to play them, due to the arrival of my two children! I have a fairly creative streak (I also do some sculpting of miniatures to an amateur level), so it’s an expression of that same desire. The Indie RPG scene really put me on to the idea that mechanics can be used to reinforce themes, and that’s at the core of my writing. Exilium uses an open generic rule set, but it has been adapted to specifically work with the ideas of redemption that drives the narrative of the game.
Stargazer: With this out of the way, let’s have a look at “In Flames” and “Exilium”. You’re currently running a Kickstarter project that is supposed to fund a reimagined version of “In Flames” called “Exilium”. What made you considering creating a new version of the game and can you elaborate on some of the planned changes?
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