Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Geekerati Gaming Archives Volume 1 -- Matt Forbeck Interview

In July of 2007, Geekerati Radio -- a podcast a few friends of mine and I ran for over two years -- had our first gaming related episode.  It was our ninth episode overall and it featured an interview with Freelance Game Designer extraordinaire Matt Forbeck.  Over the course of his career Matt has worked with most of the major game and toy companies -- from rpg games to toy design -- and has been nominated for 24 Origins awards and has won 13.  His game designs have included miniatures rules for starship combat, dark future science fiction roleplaying games, bleak counterculture superhero rpgs, and the list goes on.

You can tell by the interview why Matt is called the nicest man in the gaming industry.

Last year in September the Geekerati show petered to a halt as we never got the listenership to justify the effort we were putting into the show.  When you are interviewing Brandon Sanderson -- new author of the Wheel of Time series -- and you only get 4 "live" listeners (though the archive did quite well) it can be a bit disheartening.  When you add a full time work schedule, MBA courses, attempts at a regular rpg gaming hobby, and twin toddlers to the mix it was becoming difficult to justify the time.

I loved the experience, and my co-hosts are great friends, and would like to do it again.  But to do so will require some massive scheduling efforts and possibly some new co-hosts.  Bill Cunningham, our mad pulp bastard, is hard at work promoting his own awesome pulp publishing company, Eric Lytle is keeping California safe from toxic chemicals, and Shawna Benson is striving toward fame and fortune.

Let me know if you think I should give it a go again, and in the meantime I'll be sharing the archives with you.

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