Remember all those interviews a couple of months ago! This was another in the same time-batch, and believe me, especially since the Thirteenth Floor interview from the previous year was released then as well, I was getting very boggled about who asked what and what I’d said in each. With any luck, you can forgive any redundancy you’ll find in this one and enjoy whatever I managed to utter that’s specific to it.
The specific outlet is the YouTube channel Pizza Games. You can also find interviews there with Vincent Baker and Paul Czege. The interviewer is Paolo Fosso, whom I recognized from his work in music and film, and he focused on “industry” in a way I thought was very constructive, and hard to do.
We talked a lot about role-playing business and commerce in Sweden. I’m not ready to call myself entirely informed about every historical detail or economic determinant, but I know enough to be sure about the things I’m talking about there. It’s founded on the mating between exactly what games served as the cultural starting points in the early 1980s + the activity-centered nature of the book/hobby commerce, and then the support for small business startups. Their edit for the interview cut out some of this, but they also gave me permission to do my own cut, which I’ll do for this topic and put into the comments when I get the chance.
He was also interested in political content as in Spione and Shahida and asked a very optimistic question, but my response – far less optimistic – returned to the nature of industry “success” as scuttling the goals of publishing these games, or anything similar to them. I contrasted the 1970s unconstructed but nevertheless highly integrated context of fantasy, horror, science fiction, music, pop art, and contemporary politics, in which role-playing as we know it was born, with the multi-media campaigns we know today, in which a “fan” is defined and self-defined as a loyal customer, and in which the contemporary political content intrinsic to any publication is muzzled and dumbed-down to the point of idiocy.
So the great barrage of early 2022 interviewing is now complete! I hope you enjoy it.