Archive for March 2017

 

Justin.jpgJustin Mason is one of those prolific RPG creators who isn’t known enough. With a great talent for map making and graphic design, he has worked on a cool ton of projects, but it seems he hasn’t worked on enough yet!

For years he has honed his skills to become a skilled cartographer with a pretty immense portfolio for companies like Adventureaweek.com, Paizo, Dark Naga Adventure, AAW Games and many, many more.

But I was curious to know how someone like him can actually survive using the world of RPGs as a means of income, considering how hard to is to make a living these days.

And we also talked maps… lots of map!

Hope you enjoy the show!

 

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In last episode Jim and I discussed if casual gamers are actually bad for the hobby or not. With polarised opinions, Jim believes that casual gamers are a lot less needed than hardcore gamers in order to sustain the hobby, whereas I believe the more casual gamers we have, the better.

Regardless of who is right or wrong on this one, he fact is that the presence of casual gamers and their numbers do help shape the state and direction of the industry for keeping a casual gamer interested is a much different task than keeping a hardcore gamer hooked.

So, based on that, what games are no longer made because of the proliferation of casual gamers?

Are indeed casual gamers responsible for the disappearance of any game at all?

Once again, Jim and I have different opinions on this one!

 

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denis.jpgFor very many valid reasons, a lot of people like OSR games. To play in a style of games that resemble and replicate the original games from so many years ago.

However, that movement has also received a lot of criticism for some people seem to be stuck in the old ways beyond those of gaming. Some posts that could be considered insensitive or out of place have given place to a reputation that would suggest the OSR movement is a very toxic one.

Iit is pretty clear, though, that not all things are bad and there are a lot of people doing what they can to eradicate bad tropes and bring a more modern social environment reflection into an old style of gaming.

As I am very interested in art, I had to interview someone who does artwork in a diverse and inclusive manner for that movement and find out where things are now and where they could be going in the not-too-distant future.

Denis McCarthy has been creating enough artwork for enough time to understand the market and he is indeed good at it. And has a passion for inclusivity and diversity. So… how does he manage in an environment that is so seemingly toxic?

Let’s find out!

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