Please welcome to Farsight Blogger James M Ward, the man who bought us the first sci-fi roleplaying game Metamorphosis Alpha back on 1976.
FARSIGHT BLOGGER - Welcome to Farsight Blogger. Perhaps you'd like to tell us a little bit about
JAMES M WARD:
I'm James M. Ward and I've worked in the hobby since 1974. I wrote the first
science fiction role playing game: Metamorphosis Alpha released in 1976 and its
still selling on line today.
FB - Tell us about your RPG history - what got you into the wonderful world of
Gary Gygax was kind enough to teach me how to play D&D. I remember it took
me six months to figure out the poly dice.
- What is it about the tabletop RPG hobby that attracts you? What do you
enjoy most when playing a game?
I like the challenge of surviving in a fantasy world. I enjoy learning new game
systems and playing wizard style characters.
FB - What's your favourite game? What games that are out there at the moment
float your boat?
METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA is my game and I still love playing it.
FB - Do you still get time to play? What are you playing at the moment?
I'm in the middle of playtesting a new adventure I've written called SQUIRREL
- The tabletop roleplaying hobby has been through a lot changes over the
years and it seems that its death-knell is always sounded when newer hobbies
come along, such as collectible card games and online computer games. It still
seems to be able to hold it’s own, though – what do you see happening to the
hobby in the future? What changes, if any, do you think will have to be made to
ensure its survival?
It's going to survive no matter what because you can't beat sitting around the
table with friends and playing. I think there might be a lot more Skyping going
on in the future.
- Out of all your projects, what are you most proud of?
I have a lot of projects to be proud of. I think the original Gamma World was
some of my best work.
FB - You’ve no doubt mixed with other great names in the roleplaying community –
do you have any stories or anecdotes to share? Any horror stories? Be as frank
as you like!
JW: I really like working
with Steve over at Troll Lords, he has such a good and positive attitude about
life that he's fun to deal with.
- What are you working on at the moment?
JW: I've just started blogging at www.eldritchent.com and that's interesting
for me. I'm working on an OGL adventure called BASTION OF WOLVES that has the
potential to be a big hit.