Midnight Syndicate's Carnival Arcane was recently nominated for a Best RPG-Related Product ENnie, an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. Voting begins on Friday, July 20 and runs to Sunday, July 29. I recently spoke with Edward Douglas of Midnight Syndicate to find out why fans should consider Carnival Arcane for Best RPG-Related Product.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about your company.
Edward Douglas (ED): When Midnight Syndicate began in 1997 our goal was to create "soundtracks to imaginary films." CDs that would transport the listener to a world or movie of their own creation. Very quickly we realized that our music would provide really good atmosphere for roleplaying games and that there wasn't anyone out there really doing music for RPGs specifically. We began tailoring our discs to cater to use as background in RPG game sessions. Our early CDs, "Gates of Delirium," "Vampyre" became very popular with fans of Call of Cthulhu and Vampire the Masquerade. In 2002, Wizards of the Coast approached us to create the very first official roleplaying soundtrack for Dungeons & Dragons. We did so, working closely with the design team there to create a CD that would work well as gaming background but also stand on it's own for fans of the game. The CD has been really successful and we are planning on producing a second one. We've been creating music for 15 years now and have released 13 CDs and 2 movie soundtracks. Most of our other CDs are darker-themed which making them great for any dark fantasy or horror-themed RPG campaign or boardgame.
MT: What's Carnival Arcane all about?
ED: Our latest CD, "Carnival Arcane." It is set in a turn-of-the-century carnival with a dark past and integrates elements of fantasy, mystery, Victorian themes, and horror. Perfect intro music or atmosphere for any carnival-themed campaign.
MT: Have you had any other products nominated for ENnies in the past?
ED: Yes, our CD, "The 13th Hour" (Call of Cthulhu) won a Silver ENnie in 2006. Our collaboration with Goodman Games, "Cages of Delirium," was a Dungeon Crawl Classics module inspired by and designed to be played with our "Gates of Delirium" CD. The CD was included with the module in the packaging. That was nominated in 2008 or 2009.
MT: Why should voters vote for your Carnival Arcane? What sets it apart?
ED: We've dedicated a lot of our career to furthering the use of music in RPG and boardgaming sessions. Just giving DMs another tool to take their sessions from cool to unforgettable. Music is a very powerful thing as you can see in movies, pop culture. Both Gavin and I feel that "Carnival Arcane" is one of our, if not the best CD we've ever created. I really hope people give it a listen in a quiet darkened room as they'll be taken on a really cool journey back in time.
MT: What's next for your company?
ED: We will be releasing "A Time Forgotten" at Gen Con this year. This disc was created by female vocalist Destini Beard (daughter of fantasy artist Ed Beard, Jr.). It features her beautiful and haunting vocals blended with Midnight Syndicate music. In the next several months we will have a new Midnight Syndicate CD coming out that will have a classic horror theme to it. We're really excited about it. Right now, we're completing the score for a movie called "Bunyan." Next year we are considering beginning work on a new fantasy-themed CD in the style of our Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying soundtrack CD.
MT: Will you be at Gen Con? Where?
ED: Yes, we have a booth at Gen Con - Booth # 1306 - right across from Steve Jackson Games.
MT: Where can we find out more about your company online?
MT: Anything else you'd like to share?
ED: I hope people will visit our site, listen to our music and consider us for their next adventure - or - just to listen to and escape reality for a while.