Two men sitting at a table talking about dice.
By Alex Walker on November 22, 2013 at 10:01 am
I’ve been a big fan of the Spoony Experiment web series ever since Noah Antwiler’s review of The Thing, but the internet personality took a bit of a leap in the importance stakes this week when he sat down for an interview with Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, to talk Shroud of the Avatar.
Both men are huge role-playing fans, so the interview might delve into areas that some find a little, uh, nerdy. The part where Garriott starts talking about his first polyhedral dice is definitely a Friday thing.
It’s incredibly cool, though, to see two guys who have such a deep passion for something sit down and have a yarn. What’s incredibly interesting is Garriott’s lack of love for “hand-holding”, which includes quest logs. “There’s no way to succeed without paying attention,” he says. “You might even have to remember a few things. You might even have to take a note or two.”
“While we’re trying to make sure you don’t have to have the reams of notebooks you have to do like the early Ultimas … we’ll probably give you a journal of your whole history. But still, if you need to remember, “Why in the hell am I in this town, I know I was supposed to go see this woman in the red dress but I forgot what I was supposed to talk to her about” it’s not going to be in a quest-log that’s pre-checked and ready for you to look up.”
Having to double-check your notes and deliberately type “hey lady, tell me about the pearls” may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But role-playing properly most certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, even though it’s awesome. Which I’m contractually obliged to say, since my esteemed editor is The Orc Overlord and he will pound my skull in with a cleaver of some description otherwise.
It’s a great interview, so you should check it out via the video below. If you’re especially nice, I recommend going directly to the Spoony Experiment website and watching it there. Content creators get higher CPM that way.