For this new episode of the podcast, we try something a little experimental with roleplaying game designer and writer Ed Jowett based in the UK. We had a few conversations over time to follow the behind the scenes of his Kickstarter crowdfunding project to support the finance of an expansion to his science-fiction based game; Era: The Consortium.
This is a two part episode and there is still time for you to check out his Kickstarter project. For anyone out there fan of science-fiction universes, interested in roleplaying games, or simply in finding out more details about running a crowdfunding campaign, it's definitely worth a listen.
In the episode, we talk about the progress of the campaign in the first two weeks, as well as the other games Ed designed at Shades of Vengeance; Era: Lyres and Era: The Empowered. We also discuss Ed's inspirations for game mechanics, science-fiction and where he started playing video games and tabletop roleplaying games.
Some of the information mentioned in the episode:
Era: The Consortium - The Secret War on Kickstarter
Shades of Vengeance / Imagine RPG
Dragonmeet convention in London
World of Warcraft
White Wolf Publishing
Wizards of the Coast
Mega Traveller 1 on the Amiga
Durham University gaming society
Dune, Frank Herbert
Babylon 5 TV series
Firefly TV series and RPG
MCM Comic Con London
Mutants & Masterminds
Consortium indie video game by Interdimensional Games
The Pixar Theory (Pixar single universe spanning all movies)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (cf. Ep 05 with game designer James Wallis)
Animated Spiderman TV series