After going through Kickstarter and releasing Shadowrun Returns a year later, Jordan Weisman talks about rediscovering his audience, his family and the difference between designing a tabletop role playing game and a video game.
Weisman created the tabletop RPG Shadowrun back in 1989. The cyberpunk fantasy world combined the rigid dystopian future pioneered by writers like William Gibson and combined them with a familiar sense of magic found in other rpgs at the time. Weisman was behind multiple start-up companies, all which tackled games from a different angle. He was behind the Halo 2 alternate reality game I Love Bees and Year Zero for the band Nine Inch Nails. It took, however, until 2007 before he decided to go back to the franchise that jump-started this career. In 2012 his newest company, Harebrained Schemes Studios, launched a kickstarter for Shadowrun Returns. Just over a year later they completed it, and are now working on the second campaign - Berlin.
Shadowrun Returns received mixed to positive reviews back in June, and is now available on Steam. Parts of this interview were originally broadcast on episode 17 of Built to Play.