- Jun 22, 2021
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This time Luau Lou is joined once again by Edwin Nagy of Frog God Games and extra special guest, Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games and Simulations. We talk about a lot of things including game publishing, retro clones, precieved Game Master failures, and of ...
From this recent interview with Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games and Simulations (not connected to the Pacesetter Ltd. brand owned by Goblinoid Games), it sounds like there are plans for another version of Chill in the tradition of Cryptworld, only with less replication of the original Pacesetter rules for Chill. Barsh suggests that it is scheduled to be unveiled next year.
I don't agree with all of his opinions, but I think he hits at something that is key for the popularity of Gothic/non-cosmic horror gaming. OSR clones are clearly only going to go so far in building a game that has wide appeal. Even though Cryptworld has been well-received, it still suffers from the "That looks cool and I have it but I've never played it" curse. However, I just don't think that at this stage, with all the other horror games on the market, trying to do a version of Chill with "5e appeal" is going to make much of a difference in terms of audience and popularity. I think this has more to do with Cryptworld being somewhat dated now, and with Chill 3e being pretty much dead, and Barsh is looking to take over the market for old school horror gaming (as limited as it is).
Maybe they are going for wide appeal, and I wish them luck. The art (not just the style, but the amount) and the amount of support they're able to give the game will be key.