Interview 25 – James Lowder
by Dan Repperger
* (0:28) Introducing James. How little we used to know about the names associated with the games we played.
* (2:50) Johann must ask the hard-hitting questions.
* (6:02) The degree of freedom RPG fiction writers have in shaping their own work. The distinction between good prose and good game writing.
* (10:50) Writing shared world fiction. The joy of working in collaboration with other people, while suffering a loss of ownership and control.
* (14:29) Zeb Cook’s robots.
* (16:04) Creator rights in roleplaying games.
* (27:03) Is gaming fiction typically worse than other forms of fiction? And if so, why?
* (35:54) The book Jim just finished editing, Beyond the Wall, and how it illustrates his view of an editor’s role.
* (41:15) What Jim has coming up, including some script work on the Hack/Slash comic book. You can also follow his work via his website. While not mentioned during the episode, Jim was a puppeteer for the comedy musical, Misfit Heights.
* (42:48) Comparing San Diego Comic-Con to Gen Con, in terms of size, scope, purpose, and culture.
Hosts: Dan, Johann, Pat, Wayne
Guests: James Lowder