The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I caught up with Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games; their product, Mermaid Adventures, is nominated for a Best Family Game ENnie. Voting begins on Monday, July 22 and runs to Wednesday, July 31. The ceremony itself will be on Friday, August 16, in the Union Station Grand Hall at 8 pm with the cocktail reception beginning at 6:30 pm.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about Third Eye Games.
Eloy Lasanta (EL): Third Eye Games is going on its 5 year anniversary this year and has churned out awesome games, like Apocalypse Prevention, Inc, Part-Time Gods, Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade, Mermaid Adventures (obviously) and the newest Camp Myth: The RPG. It’s most run and operated by Eloy Lasanta, often known as “the hardest working man in RPGs”. Third Eye Games grows each year in size and scope, and our first ENnie nomination with Mermaid Adventures is proof of that.
MT: Why should voters vote for Mermaid Adventures?
EL: There are some very awesome games up against Mermaid Adventures for Best Family Game. Mermaid Adventures is written and designed for kids to easily grasp the basic rules, but has enough flexibility that adults enjoy it too. This is what makes the game perfect for families as whole, set up so either a kid or an adult can run this game (the role of Navigator) and have a blast! The character creation rules are also so fun, some groups have spent all night making a ton of characters so they can experiment in the game with several options.
MT: How do you feel about the state of the gaming industry today?
EL: I believe gaming is alive and kicking. The ones saying gaming is dying aren’t looking to the new RPG companies popping up every day and the inventiveness of the games coming out now, from indie and long-standing companies alike. More games created for kids means bringing a new generation into gaming as well. Gaming is just going through a shift right now. It’s not dying because you aren’t hanging around a table with your friends; There are digital tables to fill that void. There are so many online games that I feel that’s the direction that gaming is going in the long run. Until then, it’s game night at my house every other Saturday. You bring the chips.
MT: How has Kickstarter changed or influenced your business model, if at all?
EL: Yes. I have done several Kickstarters, all of them well funded, and Mermaid Adventures was even a Kickstarter campaign. It’s directly contacting your fan base and potential buyers in a new way and I can only see it expanding, for others and for myself.
MT: What’s next for your company?
EL: There’s always something next for Third Eye Games. We pride ourselves on always producing quality product, around the clock. We just released Camp Myth: The RPG, so we’re winding down from that. We have new games and supplements in the works for all our core gamelines. I believe the upcoming release is the play test files for Sinister (http://thirdeyegames.net/tag/sinister-dev/).
MT: Will you be at Gen Con? Where?
EL: I will definitely be at GenCon 2013! We’ll be at Booth 619, so come by and say hi! We love talking to fans, new and old!
MT: Where can we find out more about your company online?
EL: Our official web site is www.thirdeyegames.net.
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