This is the 3rd in a series of 4 interviews with the writers of the scenarios for the new Perils of the Surface World book, which is currently up on Kickstarter.
We are very lucky to have Eloy Lasanta as our writer for Five Talons of the Jade Dragon, our Perils of Shanghai scenario. Eloy is the mastermind behind Third Eye Games and has brought us a list of hit games longer than my arm. He’s also the host of the podcast “Rolling 20s.” Check out ThirdEyeGames.net for more!
Eloy: Third Eye Games is my great RPG company that I started back in 2008. We make Apocalypse Prevention, Inc, Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade, Part-Time Gods and the new Mermaid Adventures. It keeps me pretty busy developing new settings and systems to bring awesome games out. We have the Savage Worlds Edition of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. on the way out, as well as a kickstarter for Wu Xing: Truth and Lies (http://kck.st/QIzW8C) and the upcoming kickstarter for Divine Instruments, the heavily awaited Part-Time Gods book. those four gamelines are just the beginning. We have BIG things planned for 2013!
Eloy: Oh man, it just so happened that I had done a lot of research already on Shanghai’s history, so it worked out well. After reading the notes provided by the wise and powerful Sechin, lord of this blog, I went on a soul searching quest to find just the right angle to take for an adventure so pregnant with potential. I decided on a Romeo and Juliet meets Big Trouble In Little China approach, including some horror, some humor and a whole lot of butt-kicking.
Eloy: My favorite part of the adventure is probably the scene where the evil Dr. is auctioning his daughter off to the wealthiest businessman in Shanghai. It’s a pretty intense scene where the adventurers need to try to break up. It has a lot of different ways on how to approach it and a few different outcomes depending on how well you do. That’s the kind of adventure I like to write… railroading is never the way to go. Good lesson to learn. Don’t say I never taught you anything.
What is your favorite dinosaur?
Eloy: Brontosaurus. Long neck, long tail, can wreck you SO easily. I was insanely sad when I found out years ago that the Brontosaurus isn’t really a dinosaur. It’s like Pluto, man, and I have issues. Don’t get me started.
Okay, I just have to ask: Why are you so awesome, Eloy? How is it even possible that you exist in this space and time to bring us your amazing gifts?