This interview is part of a series focusing on candidates in the running for the 2014 ENnie Awards. The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop role-playing gaming, with voting beginning 7 a.m. Central on Sunday, July 20 through 7 p.m. Central on Wednesday, July 30. The winners will be announced at Gen Con, the Grand Hall at the Historic Union Station on Friday, August 15. To vote, see http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/. In this installment I interview Eloy Lasanta, Owner of Third Eye Games.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about your company.
Eloy Lasanta (EL): Third Eye Games started in 2008 and has been delivering awesome RPGs ever since. Some of our releases are Apocalypse Prevention, Inc., Part-Time Gods and Mermaid Adventures. Last year, we released Camp Myth: The RPG after acquiring the license from Chris Lewis Carter, the author of the Young Adult novel series, and this game has been delivering awesome times at many a family game night ever since.
MT: Has your company been nominated for any ENnies in the past?
EL: Last year we were nominated in the same category, Best Family Game, for Mermaid Adventures. Is it coincidence that Camp Myth: The RPG uses a system similar to Mermaid Adventures? This game takes the system in a new direction, though, really putting you in the shoe’s of mythic kids on crazy adventures.
MT: Tell us about Camp Myth.
EL: Camp Myth: The RPG is an RPG about mythological creatures at summer camp. They arrive at Camp Myth, which exists in a strange pocket dimension, and go through several challenges to make friends and enemies, acquire amazing merit badges to show off their expertise, and ultimately survive camp. It is powered by the Mythic Pip System, which uses a unique d6 die pool system that is easy for any player to pick up and play.
MT: What distinguishes Camp Myth from the other nominees?
EL: I’d say that Camp Myth: The RPG was designed with family play in mind. Not only that, but it’s written at a level where a kid could pick it up, make characters and run the game themselves. We’re had kids as young as 8-years old acting as the Counselor (GM) for their families. I love getting all of the fan e-mails boasting about how much fun it is to play. Those never get old.
MT: What products will you be producing for the remainder of this year?
EL: Most related, we have Infestation, An RPG of Bugs and Heroes coming out soon. It uses the same system as Camp Myth: The RPG and has a lot of creepy crawlies as the heroes of the story, fighting for supremacy in the dirtiest house imaginable.
2015 has been very good to Third Eye Games. We have recently completed many products for Part-Time Gods (Divine Instruments, Minions of the Source, Harder They Fall, and Return of Dragons) and just released AMP: Year One, our new supers RPG. These can all be purchased as PDFs online, and will be in print at GenCon 2014.
MT: Have you participated in any recent Kickstarters? Are there any upcoming Kickstarters on the horizon?
AMP: Year One and Infestation were both successful kickstarter this year, ash we couldn’t be happier with the outcome from both. I have a couple more up my sleeve, most like for Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Edition and a game that’s been in development for a long time called Sinister, which is our take on the monster training genre.
MT: What do you think of the new edition of D&D?
EL: D&D Next is pretty darn good. I’ve only really had the chance to skim it (as preparations for GenCon 2014 have overtaken all of my free time as we draw nearer), but I like what I’ve read so far.
MT: Will you be at Gen Con? Where? Will any new products debut at Gen Con?
EL: The Third eye Games crew and I will definitely be on hand at Gencon 2014. We are at Booth 1317, which is right in the center of the exhibitor’s hall. We will have Divine Instruments, Minions of the Source and AMP: Year One as brand new products for this year, and are running over 15 events. Very exciting!
MT: Where can we find out more about your company online?
EL: You can also visit our main page which is http://ThirdEyeGames.net, which can get you to information on all of our games, to our ongoing blog where we post a lot, and even to my new Vlog where I give news on a weekly basis. There’s also our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ThirdEyeGames and our twitter at http://twitter.com/thirdeyegames.
MT: Anything else you'd like to share?
EL: We’re very excited for this year’s GenCon and ENnies Awards! If you see us, don’t hesitate to come up and say hi. We’re nice and don’t bite.