This was a remarkable opportunity and experience. Adding my old-book RuneQuest game session to the Gothcon schedule caught some attention, as the Swedish version of the new edition has been organized, and its publisher and authors asked if we could add a panel for some conversation.
I swallowed hard. I would be sitting with Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersén, who are the authors of Kult and Mutant as well as the part-owners of Science Fiction Bokhandeln (the primary outlet for science fiction, fantasy, comics, and role-playing in Sweden), Björn Flintberg of Eloso Förlag, and others, myself equipped only with my tiny company, reputation such as it is, and headful of opinion. Would they be … um, nice? And if they were, would I kill my chance for success in my resident country of choice with my own loose talk? When opportunity knocks, it’s usually carrying a 2d6+2+1d4 Strength modifier great-axe in the other hand.
It was a great time. I hardly know what to say to introduce it here. I know you’ll enjoy their insights and openness. Special mention goes to the awareness that most people investigating RuneQuest in Sweden are fluent in English, and therefore a straightforward translation isn’t called for – the upcoming work will be its own text and despite system compatibility, its own game, which I think is incredibly exciting.
As far as Adept Play as a site is concerned, this panel goes well with the Gray Sage Monday Lab from a few months ago.