2008-01-09 : Mr foot, welcome to mouthville

A couple weeks ago Rob Bohl interviewed me about In a Wicked Age, and now he's put the interview up online: The Independent Insurgency Episode 002.

I'm happy to answer questions and/or justify myself and/or apologize like mad, here in this thread or at the lumpley games forum at the Forge.

Thanks, Rob!

1. On 2008-01-09, Seth Ben-Ezra said:

I have a question.  Most of my Jack Vance reading is his Dying Earth stories.  Would you consider those to be swords-and-sorcery in the social sense that you discuss on the interview?  In other words, I'm not wanting to argue about genre; I'm curious if you see the same qualities in Vance's post-historical age.


2. On 2008-01-09, Vincent said:

Probably. The social sense you're talking about is the one about a person's power vs an institution's?

In the Dying Earth, there are all these preposterous institutions and social hierarchies, and the people who benefit from them feel really, really entitled to them. But nobody's enforcing them but the benefactors themselves, and they're often totally inept to do so. Fortunately for them (until Cugel comes along), the people oppressed by the institutions are just as inept.

Cugel, while still vastly inept, is slightly less inept than they are, and that's all it takes to overthrow them. Vance's sense of humor delights me.

Is that what you were asking about?


3. On 2008-01-09, Seth Ben-Ezra said:

Yep!  I failed to specify Cugel, but that's who I was thinking of.  However, the initial series of stories with Maziran et al is probably closer in structure to "In a Wicked Age", I'm guessing.


4. On 2008-01-09, Ben Lehman said:

So what are you supposed to stick your foot in your mouth about? That you want to sell games cheaper?



5. On 2008-01-10, Rob said:

Ben, don't interrupt the precious whiff of scandal the episode has!


6. On 2008-01-10, Matt S said:

I really enjoyed the interview. Rob, you ask great questions. Vincent, you make me giggle when you pussy-foot around an answer and then BAM! TAKE THAT MUTHER!


7. On 2008-01-10, Piers said:


In the interview, you say, just in passing, that because this is an anthology system no-one needs to be present except for the person who is owed a turn next—and I remember that that is the way it the play-test rules read.

When we were playing last year we couldn't be sure that that person would be present.  All we did was post-pone the set up of elements to the next session, and when we sat down to play, we looked down the list to the next person who was present, and just go ahead with them.

It's a tiny point, but I think its worth mentioning because it removes that slight constraint.

Looking forward to seeing the game.


8. On 2008-01-11, Rob said:

My understanding is also that you can have someone else play the character who's owed, if the original player can't be there.


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