Interview Episode 15 – Shane Ivey
by Dan Repperger

UPDATE: Shane has provided our listeners with a discount code good for 15% off anything at the online store until May 1. The coupon code is “feartheboot” (without the quotes).  So if you’re interested in trying out any of their products, here’s your chance to get them a bit cheaper!

* (0:30) The St. Charles Fantasy Shop will be having a game day on April 9th from 12:00pm – 11:00pm.  You can find more details on the event calendar of their website.

* (1:41) Welcoming Shane Ivey of Arc Dream Publishing, the source of games such as Wild Talents, Delta Green, Godlike, and Monsters and Other Childish Things.

* (4:08) The difficulty of selling games where the play experience is difficult to describe in a cover blurb or elevator pitch.  Techniques for getting those titles out there, and the opportunities created by that struggle.

* (16:30) The relationship among independent publishers, specifically whether it’s more helpful or competitive.

* (19:09) The effectiveness of using samples, teasers, and other freebies to market a game.  The problems Free RPG Day present for a small publisher.

* (23:47) The innovative Bits and Mortar initiative which helps local gaming stores give you electronic copies of games along with the physical book, thus using digital publishing to help their sales instead of being competition.  The site also has a store locator to help you find participating shops.

* (31:41) Shane’s own tastes in gaming outside of Arc Dream titles.  We talk about historical gaming and some alternate methods of scene resolution.

* (44:14) How the games Shane plays impact the games he writes.

* (52:08) The new products Arc Dream currently has in development or has recently released.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Guest: Shane Ivey

Comments (7)

RodMarch 31st, 2011 at 1:02 am

There’s a problem with the download link:
“The information you requested could not be retrieved. Invalid customer hash.”

RodMarch 31st, 2011 at 1:04 am

Oops, I should have said something nice, too. Blame my rudeness on FTB Jonesing. :P

I was checking out the Epoch of Rhysos page; it looks *AMAZING*!

Carry on.

DanMarch 31st, 2011 at 7:46 am

Thanks, Rod! Though it’s rather incomplete. Now that the con is over, I’ve got some free time I intend to devote to working on stuff like that.

As for the download link, is it working now? I just tried both the download linke and built-in player in two browsers, and it seemed to work OK both times.

Rod BattenMarch 31st, 2011 at 9:10 am

Hmm, it might be a badly configured web proxy. Our internet connection at the office has been crap lately…

No, just tried it here at home and got the same error message. I can’t play the stream in VLC either.

I’ve had similar things happen with other podcasts from time to time. Maybe Singapore Media Board’s site blocking software screws them up or something….

Ah well, it’ll be fine in a few hours I’m sure. :) Thanks for checking it.

I’m looking forward to more epoch of Rysos when you get the time. Do you do the art, as well?

DanMarch 31st, 2011 at 9:30 am

OK. If that doesn’t change after a while, please let me know. I’d be happy to email you a copy of the episode.

As for Epoch’s art, no, I can’t even draw stick figures well. I have art from a prior artist, but I wanted a fresh start. So what I’ve been doing is emailing Keith Curtis ( descriptions of the races. He then draws what comes to mind, sometimes complete with inner workings. It’s pretty cool stuff. There was a discussion thread about it — which includes some additional art — on our forums:

Rod BattenMarch 31st, 2011 at 12:29 pm

No problem. It seems to be working for me now, Dan. Thanks for the offer though!

That thread on the artwork is really cool, too. It reminds me of the ‘alien field guides’ books I remember from the 80’s.

I’m off to get my fix!

Rick ThomasApril 7th, 2011 at 9:10 am

Great interview! In regards to supers and the Victorian era, there is an author I have been reading that does a great job of taking heroes from the Victorian and Pulp eras and then combines them with historical characters to create some great stories. Check out his web-site.

Keep podcasting and I hope to make it to the next Fear the Con.

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