259 – Tim Virnig, Thunderworks Games – The Family Gamers Podcast
We sit down with Tim Virnig, the brand ambassador (“media mogul”?) for Thunderworks Games.
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Tim Virnig, Thunderworks Games
Thunderworks has been working really hard to get their games polished and ready. “A year of not seeing anybody was worth it.”
Let’s go back to the very beginning. In 2013, Keith Matejka left Konami, with an idea that would later become Roll Player. He tested the waters with some less-ambitious games (Bullfrogs and Blend-off).
But the flagship game is Roll Player, released in 2016. And the world of Roll Player keeps growing – through Monsters & Minions, Fiends & Familiars, Cartographers, and Lockup.
Now it culminates in Roll Player Adventures, written by Keith Matejka and the Ryan brothers. This is a campaign, choose-your-own-adventure game. The choices that you make will change the storyline. It will be delivered to retail & to Kickstarter backers later this fall.
But there’s also Cartographers: Heroes, a stand-alone game that can be combined with Cartographers. It adds hero cards that can fight the monsters on your map! There will also be 3 new map packs that will add more variety to either of the Cartographers games… and a big box to hold everything (with colored pencils)!
Now for something completely different – let’s talk about Cape May. Eric Mosso, the designer, grew up visiting Cape May in New Jersey and the game is obviously a work of love. You play an entrepreneur developing property in the growing seaside resort town of Cape May. Move around the map, build homes & businesses, and upgrade them. In each of the 4 seasons, collect your income and use that to build & upgrade more the next season. At the end of the game, you want to have the most buildings in each area. You’ll also collect bird tokens in sets. It all works together for a very thematic experience.
We’d never heard of it, but Dual Powers is a light 2 player game with the heavy theme of the Cold War.
Tenpenny Parks – illustrated by Vincent Dutrait – a polyomino building game with a carousel round tracker. Coming in 2022.
Cyberpunk game coming, and even more Roll Player storybooks.
Maybe some jigsaw puzzles?
And check out the Roll Player merch available from Sir Meeple! https://sirmeeple.com/collections/roll-player
Find Tim online mostly on Twitter: @tim_virnig. You can also find him on Facebook & Instagram.
And look for him in person at Gencon, Origins, PAX Unplugged & Gamehole con.
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