Epic Ron Edwards Interview by Runeslinger
July 6, 2015
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If you haven’t seen this, check it out. It’s a massive amount of information on RPG design informed by illustrations of all kinds of actual play experience. Pure gold!
My Appendix N series comes up in the conversation at the end. I actually don’t think it’s the most interesting part, but it makes for a helluva bullet point. Yeah, my stuff is pretty much some personal notes of some kind of an weird gamer awakening. But the whole reason I’m writing is to help and/or inspire people to go kick open some doors. I never would have put it the way Ron Edwards does here, though. Sure sounds like something worth tackling!
Here’s the bit:
Ron Edwards: We’ve all become too ironic. We’ve all become too millennial if you will. Too mimetic. Too tropey oriented. And to recover– I mean you read Jeffro Johnson’s blog, as I recall?
Runeslinger: Yeah yeah.
Ron Edwards: And watching him go through his realizations as he reads those books. And finally realizes what he’s reading. That He’s not reading Appendix N. There is no Appendix N. There’s a thousand thousand books out there of that era. And this was an almost random sweep of just grabbing some titles that this particular fantasy reader happens to like. It’s not a sacred list. It’s not the creme de la creme. There’s some crap in there.
Runeslinger: It’s a particular flavor of crap.
Ron Edwards: There you go! And when he realized that… when Jeffro realized that his writing about these things changed.
Runeslinger: It did.
Ron Edwards: And he even said it flat out, I don’t think I can talk about fantasy with my most of my freinds anymore. If they don’t know this in this in this viceral fasion I don’t know what to tell them. I’m not even sure I want to know their opinions about anything! And it sounds so elitist in a lot of ways. But I do think there is this shift in perspective toward fantasy toward the experience of fantasy that it’s not bounded by genre conventions. That fantastic writing by definition can kick open any door it wants to. That when Jessica Amanda Simmonson wrote her fantasy, she was kicking open a variety of doors. When Moorcock wrote his, he was kicking down his. When Howard wrote his he was kicking open doors. They weren’t saying, “Fantasy is like x y z why I believe I shall write some.”
Let’s go kick open some doors!