An Interview with Tracy Barnett
KantCon 2014 is proud to announce its Guest of Honor: Tracy Barnett of Sand & Steam Productions. Sand & Steam Productions is Tracy’s brainchild and is a company dedicated to making absolutely fantastic games in the open. If you recognize Tracy’s name (and didn’t meet him at a previous KantCons), it’s probably because of his Ennie Award winning game School Daze or one the successful Kickstarters in which he’s been involved.
Fortunately for us, Tracy is coming back to KantCon and so we chatted over email about his games and what we can look forward to from Sand & Steam at the con and in the future.
KC: Can you describe yourself in your own words?
TB: I’m a writer, game designer, and all-around nerd. I’ve been designing for about two years now and someday hope to make it my full-time job. I’ve been attending KantCon since 2009 and am proud to be there for the fifth anniversary!
KC: What project(s) are you working on now?
TB: As of right now, I’m finishing my first novel, Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir, and am wrapping up the writing for my third game, Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone. I’ve got some other stuff in the works, too. I like to stay busy.
[Author’s note: check out Tracey’s blog, where he’s always updating us on what he’s doing.]
KC: Are you bringing anything new to KantCon to playtest?
TB: I might! I’ve yet to decide what I’m bringing aside from School Daze and War of Metal and Bone [Author’s note: which was playtested last year.] But it’s possible you’ll see Terrorform (post-apoc sci-fi), or Devil’s Night (modren game of temptation). All depends on how much I’m able to get done.
KC: What’s it like to win an Ennie?
TB: Kind of amazing. School Daze is my first game, so to have it honored in that way was flattering. It was especially awesome because it was a Judges’ Spotlight Award, so one of the people that read every game submitted signaled it out as something he wanted the gaming community at-large to be aware of. Very cool.
KC: What are you running at KantCon?
TB: As I mentioned above, definitely School Daze, and War of Metal and Bone. I’m also running a BIG called My Little Ponies of the Apocalypse: Friendship is Tragic. A Ponies game has become kind of a tradition for me to run at KantCon.
Everyone who has played in one of those Ponies games will agree that they’re a great tradition, so we look forward to hearing what crazy zaniness happens this year. Thanks Tracey for your time and for making great games! We look forward to checking them out at KantCon 2014.