The Kickstarter funding campaign is in full swing for Big Bad Con, the sweetest tabletop gaming convention on the West Coast. We quickly funded our basic goals on Day 1, and have been blowing past many stretch goals since. Several of these stretch goals allow us to bring great guests to the convention, to host games, speak on panels, etc. Today’s guest interview is with Jared Sorensen, of Memento Mori Theatricks.
Could you introduce yourself? What would you like the Big Bad Con attendees to know about you?
I’m a writer and game designer, one of the old-guard indie guys from the turn of the century; the creator of Lacuna Part I, InSpectres, Action Castle, and the co-creator of FreeMarket. I wrote for D&D Online, Lord of the Rings Online and a buncha other computerish things and I’m known for wearing lots of black.
What are you favourite kinds of games? Why?
I don’t really have a favorite kind of game. I’ll play a game for the first time, like it, then try something very similar to it and hate it. I’m still waiting for a deck building game I enjoy playing.
What do you see as trends in the tabletop gaming community? Where do you see it going over the next few years?
I’m the guy who predicted back in 2004 that everyone would quit playing roleplaying games and get into football, so what do I know?
If you have been to Big Bad Con before, how would you describe it? If you have never attended it before, what have you heard about the event?
I heard it was a fun time, hence me (possibly) attending!
How do you plan to occupy your time at Big Bad Con this year?
I’ll be running Parsely games all weekend, for as long as my voice holds out (and maybe even beyond that). These are live-action text-based adventure games, played as you would on a computer back in 1983—except instead of typing commands on an Apple II or Commodore 64 you speak your commands to a human host. It’s super-fun, a combination of RPG, logic puzzle and “Twitch Plays Pokemon.” I’ll also try and find time to crash a Vampire LARP (do those still happen?) and grab a burrito, which are woefully scarce here in the Big Apple.
Any parting words for our readers?
Always check your inventory before going on an adventure.