On the evening of Friday 20th August, at PAX West in Seattle, RPS will raise the dead. Employing tactics as well dreadful to comprehend, we shall puncture the mortal veil like a sheet of wet tissue paper, and drag anything back from the other side. That spirit will be Ghoastus, the Roman Ghost: our initial completely spectral employees writer, and the site’s occasional historical technique correspondent. He’s erudite, he’s smart, and he’s in no way a particular person draped in a sheet and a replica centurion’s helmet.
Ghoastus will be interviewing a panel of technique gaming’s top lights: Ed Beach, lead designer for Civilization VI Adam Isgreen, inventive director for the Age of Empires series Peter Nicholson, content material designer for Imperator: Rome Jeff Spock, narrative director of Amplitude’s just-announced historical 4X Humankind and Nicholas Tannahill from Stronghold developers Firefly. From inside his circle of chalked wards, Ghoastus will ask them how they mix reality with fiction when producing historical games, and how they’ve kept properly-loved franchises fresh more than the years.
In order to be in a position to summon Ghoastus outdoors the former territories of Rome, RPS evaluations editor Nate Crowley will also be travelling to PAX West, carrying with him a compact pouch of Colosseum soil to anchor his colleague. And as properly as acting as Ghoastus’ handler, he’ll be presenting no significantly less than 5 panels himself.
On Friday at noon, he’ll be designing not possible games with the makers of Darkest Dungeon, Sunless Seas and Guild Wars, though on Saturday at 7.30pm, he’s going to be discussing the erotique worlde of vampires with Cara Ellison, writer on Bloodlines two. On Sunday at 10am, he’s going to be playing Dwarf Fortress with its creator, just before letting loose a cockney snarl at 7.30pm, and delivering an exhaustive (and not at all produced up) lecture on the history of Jason Statham in videogames. Lastly, on Monday, he’ll be difficult artists, designers, and passing strangers to beat him at drawing freehand in MS Paint.
Each Ghoastus and Nate will be primarily based in the Sphinx theatre, on level three of the Sheraton hotel (entrance on 7th Ave & Pike Street), and they’d be definitely thrilled if you would like to join them.