Andy Frankham-Allen: Can you tell us some more on how the initial idea led into the RPG; indeed, how did you go about creating an RPG and what kind of pitfalls were you met with initially?
Sky Galleons of Mars, a board game with plastic playing pieces. That project was very nearly the reef upon which the entire game foundered.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Interview with Frank Chadwick, creator of classic Steampunk RPG Space: 1889
Andy Frankham-Allen, a science fiction fan, writer, and editor who runs the blog The Welsh-Londoner, recently interviewed Frank Chadwick, creator of the classic 1980’s steampunk role playing game Space: 1889. In a captivating discussion, Chadwick reveals the various Victorian SF, British colonial, and horror films that influenced him; the genesis and development of Space: 1889; and the revival of his classic RPG and its relation to the explosive growth of the Steampunk movement. Here’s an excerpt:
San Francisco-based Untreed Reads Publishing just released the first publication in the new Space: 1889 & Beyond ebook series. The fifth book in the series, A Prince of Mars, written by Frank Chadwick, will be released in November 2011.