So full disclosure here. I'm a fan of Rob. A very large fan. I own Heroscape, Pandemic Legacy, Seafall, Harry Potter Clue, I even have a deck for Viking Funeral). But i did not contact him to talk about any of this (ok that's a lie, i brought up heroscape), I wanted to talk about his new company, restoration games. I said when he had five minutes to let me know, and he did...
Thanks for five minutes Rob, i was not sure you would ever have 5 minutes of free time.
I'm on a flight from Phoenix to New York...
It really wasn't one game but the promise of all the games we could restore. We immediately made a list of 10, then 20, games that we thought would be great to make. We knew it was a solid idea.
One of the first games in the lineup is Stop Thief! I remember playing Stop Thief! when i was younger. Was the decision to go from electronic to app based immediate?
It wasn't immediate. There's something nostalgic about a piece of plastic with its real buttons. But it didn't make sense to include plastic and a screen and wires and a circuit board in 2017. Everyone carries around a full computer in their pocket. We could also take the money saved by not putting hard materials into the game and divert them to the app development. But we did go back and forth at the beginning.
Have there been any roadblocks to getting the rights to these games?
Oh, plenty. Justin is a lawyer and that has been essential. Each game is a little fetch quest to find the rights or determine if anyone actually holds the rights. In some cases it is straightforward, but most take effort. Some of the most requested games are the most difficult to get the rights to.
After Stop Thief!, Downforce and Indulgence, What's the next game in the series? will it be a kickstarter?
We're announcing our next game at Gen Con.
What's the grail remake for you or Justin?
Lots of games. But we're keeping our cards close to our vest on what we're up to. Mostly because we may never get our grail games.
Fair Enough. With the evolution of kickstarter as resource of game funding has there been any talk of a remake of heroscape? Public opinion for a long time has been it would be too expensive to make it now with the painted minis.
We don't look at games until they've been out of print for 15 years so Heroscape, even if we could get it, would have to wait another 5 years or so. Maybe even 8.
Lastly in an interview I was asked which designer I would want to work with or play test for and i said you because i love the legacy concept and i love the concept behind the new company. So what do you think? Dark Tower Legacy?
I think that's called Dungeons & Dragons...
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