Shared World Design Camp
OR The NoPro Road Goes South
Q. What do Troy Denning, John Wick, Douglas Niles, and Harley Stroh have in common?*
A). Not a damn thing.
B). All but one are brilliant creators in the world of fiction and game design.
C). We’re all being put up in Spartanburg, South Carolina for a week this summer, to teach a classes on shared world design.
D). B & C.
Jeremy Jones of Wofford College is putting together an incredibly cool summer camp for high school students interested in shared world design. The students will study history, biology, religions, and physics during the day, and attend design seminars in the evenings. All for the sole purpose of writing, designing and illustrating their own shared worlds by the end of the week.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Jeremy deserves an award.
I have the great privilege of being one of the teachers, joining such luminaries as .... Douglas Freakin’ Niles.
This is the part where I roll to disbelieve. Douglas Niles. The Douglas Niles. And John Wick? A mere 5 years ago I was saving every post-graduate penny to buy his Legend of the Five Rings rpg books.
Fortunately, I’m not going alone. I called in artillery support from Jeremy “Topo Rex” Simmons, the signature cartographer for the DCC line and co-designer of the Wicked Fantasy Factory adventures. This will also give us the chance to spend some down time together --- Simmons is one of those folks that I keep meaning to see at GenCon, but never manage to spend time with.
I’m still not sure that I’m worthy of the honor (after all, this is still Harley we’re talking about here) but I’m going to do my best to ensure that they get their money’s worth.
Plus, it just sounds like a lot of fun.
So. Give Jeremy Jones a Deathy shout-out, swing by Spartanburg in late July, and say a prayer for me.
*Answer upside down on the bottom of your computer.