The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I caught up with Vincent Florio of Wild Games Productions. The company’s free role-playing game, Mazes & Perils, is nominated for a Best Free 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 your company.
Vincent Florio (VF): Wild Games Productions opened its (internet) doors in 2006, as a production company, for original RPG products. Soon after WGP, became a podcast network for a bunch of podcasts supporting RPGs that were no longer in print. Since then, WGP has evolved to an audio production company, that helps produce podcasts, and produce OSR related material. All WGP related material either have an audio bumper on its broadcast or our company logo on its product. Our main goal is to get people looked at and heard, as well as help the OSR grow.
MT: Why should voters vote for your product/site? What sets it apart?
VF: I believe that my product is simple enough and captures the spirit of the “Old School” roleplaying games from the late ’70s. This product could serve as a nice gate way for someone trying to get into the “old school style” of RPGs.
MT: How do you feel about the state of the gaming industry today?
VF: I feel that most of the products produced for games, have too many rules and seemed to be geared for people who play video games, or online games. Also, most of the new games, I feel since they have so many rules, imply that if its not in the book, you can’t do it.
MT: How hard is it for a game publisher in this economy?
VF: Very hard for someone to break into the field or publish their own material. Most people will not buy a product done by a small company, because of lack of trust. Its always best to send out free review copies to people with blogs, who have a lot of followers to review your product.
MT: What’s next for your company?
VF: I’ve been working on an update for Mazes & Perils, an Expanded edition. More spells, more classes and more races.
MT: Where can we find out more about your company online?
MT: Anything else you’d like to share?
VF: Best of luck to all the OSR related material that has been nominated, and I am happy that I was considered and nominated.
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