Matt's Podcast 14: Tales of Illyria with Chad Mannicia

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Tales of IllyriaTales of IllyriaI have a special treat this week for all of you indie CRPG fans! Chad Mannicia, programmer/designer of the upcoming Tales of Illyria game, was kind enough to sit down for over an hour to chat about the new game. Bill Loguidice and I have already pledged, but you guys need to step up! We're talking turn-based party combat, an epic story, and, best of all, an Oregon Trail-inspired resource management component! The minimum pledge is eight bucks, so get your butt over there and pledge pronto! We can't let talented people like Chad go un-funded, especially when they have such a promising yet modest Kickstarter.
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Bill Loguidice
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And I just doubled my pledge

And I just doubled my pledge to $40 to get the cloth map that was just added...

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Couple comments. The Leisure

Couple comments. The Leisure Suit Larry kickstarter was funded. A Space Quest kickstarter was also funded. There was another kickstarter that involved Al Lowe that was cancelled before it ended, I don't remember why, but it had something to do with some bad blood between them and the people doing the Leisure Suit Larry kickstarter. For the record I didn't back any of these projects.

The other thing, as far as the Pathfinder RPG goes, I can give a little background. When Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast(WOTC) they decided to get rid of some divisions that they didn't deem profitable enough. One of these was the periodicals division, that published Dragon magazine and Dungeon Magazine. This was bought by Lisa Stevens(former WOTC employee) and Johnny Wilson(the name might be familiar, he was editor and chief of computer gaming world for a number of years, he would be bought out and leave Paizo, after a couple of years). They then formed Paizo Publishing and among other things, published Dragon magazine and Dungeon magazine, under license from WOTC, from around 2002 to 2007.

At this point, WOTC decided not to renew the license for the magazines. Paizo at that point shifted gears and began to put out a different monthly product. They were adventure paths, a series of linked adventures to take characters from 1st to high levels. These were compatible with the current edition of D&D, edition 3.5. They were allowed to do this under something called the open gaming license(OGL). Basically they could use the same rules and terms as long as they didn't infringe on copyrighted material, like say the Forgotten Realms. Then WOTC announced the 4th edition of D&D. The new edition of D&D would not have a license as open as the last edition. Paizo wanted to continue to sell their adventures, as well a growing number of other products for their campaign world. But they believed that they couldn't continue to sell these products, at the number they needed, for a game that was no longer in print. So they used the OGL to create the Pathfinder RPG, sometimes called D&D 3.75. It's largely backward compatible with the D&D 3.5 products, and it would allow them to keep creating and selling their books. Funny thing happened along the way, by most reports they sell more books than WOTC 4th edition does. It has been this way for awhile. This doesn't mean they have more brand recognition than D&D, they don't. And the numbers are not readily available, but by the info we do have, they are selling more. They have also branched out, they have a comic book series, they have minatures, there is an MMORPG in development. So who knows what the real numbers are but Paizo is still a small company like 25-30 employees not counting warehouse staff(they are also an online game store). That wasn't as brief as it should have been.

As for the kickstarter, I have starred it, lets get that cloth map level, or some other type of trinket, I love me some feelies.

Thanks for the new podcast, would love to see them more often.

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Pls add nextime Mp3 tag v1.

Pls add nextime Mp3 tag v1.

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Maiden and expectation

I heard it 2 times in a row when I was skating, and i survived.

To project:
This is typical example of "big eyes", how we are saying here, simple too big plans and too small experiece and skill, but i wish them luck.

To Maiden:
I have few older friend, they are, good people, too soft (less strange tha me), but good. So we always in our loved pubs argued about music, because, sometime, there was played also heavy metal, however majority was harder music. I once, when i was 18, spend 2 day of big suffering because i tried heard all Maidens stuff. After that i comeback to guys and i said that all this is crapp with one exception The X Factor, after that they said to me that this album was with recorder onlz with half of band and some new guys.. => Im doomed.
Started with music when i was 12 years old when Sepultura Arise cassete came to me, after i was, only worse and worser, heavy metal is happy music == boring music for me, besides im able to hear classic and historial replications (ancient, medieaval) music, some old stuff as 5 songs from Doors and 4 from Black Sabbat, but as i wrote heavy metal is dead end, so go east:)

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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Project Cancelled

I just got paid and was going to head over and fund this, looks like it was just cancelled though.

Bill Loguidice
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MazokuRanma wrote:

I just got paid and was going to head over and fund this, looks like it was just cancelled though.

Yeah, they're still going to make it, but it wasn't going to get funded this way, so they cancelled it.

Don't forget, no money is taken out with a Kickstarter unless the project gets funded, and then only on the funding date, so you don't need to wait on these until payday...

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Funding

That's a valid point that I must admit I had forgotten about.

I'm glad they're still making it, at least it'll be something I can go ahead and buy at some point.

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