quarta-feira, 23 de julho de 2008

Interview with Sébastien Pauchon

JogoEu(JE) - First of all we would like to thank you for your kindness in giving us this interview.

Sébastien Pauchon (SP) - Well, thanks you for your interest in me.

JE - How is your day-to-day life?

JP - I usually wake up not too early, because I also go to bed very late. Most of my working time is dedicated to GameWorks, the company we founded with Malcom Braff. Many e-mails, working on and making prototypes, brainstorming, following the productions of our games, that more or less sums up may day-to-day life. I still shoot pool every so often, I’m learning golf, I play the guitar when I can and play boardgames a couple of nights each week.
Apart from that, I also try and spend as much time off with my wife and daughter, who are just great.

JE - How do you define the “perfect game”?

SP - It’s a difficult question, because there are probably many answers. In the end, I believe it all boils down to this: the perfect game is any game that perfectly suits the people sitting around the table at a given moment, be it a strategy game, a bluff game, a party game, whatever.

JE - What is the feeling to see so many people enjoying your games?

SP - Well, I’m not sure there are sooo many people enjoying my games. I haven’t published that many games yet to begin with, and if the games I designed or co-designed have generally been rather well met by the public, it isn’t an unanimous welcome either…

Anyway, this being said, it is great to see people playing your games in conventions or gaming nights, having fun with them, sometimes being fully immersed in them. It gives you the impression that you achieved something neat, and that people are enjoying it.

JE - When you were a child did you imagine to have the success you have now as a boargames creator ?

SP - Nope. Designing boardgames has never been a childhood dream, as I started getting seriously involved only by 2003, and, well, I sure wasn’t a child anymore. So I can’t say I’ve been dreaming about this forever, since it came so late.

Now, if you’d have told me as a child that I would be designing games as an adult, I probably would have found the idea cool, but it all would have been rather misty.

JE - Is there any tematic that attracts you the most when creating boardgames?

SP - I must say that I’m a big sucker for all those worn-out themes like Pirates, Middle-Age, Exploration, Wild West, Discoveries, and so on. So nothing very original there, I’m afraid J.

JE - Which was the project that marked you the most? Why?

SP - Definitely Jamaica. We worked on it for 2 years, from the very first idea to the finished game, and looked after all the aspects of the production: gameplay, ergonomy, illustrations, print, you name it. It had already been the case with Animalia, but Jamaica has way more components, the rules needed more work, and so on.

JE - What can we expect from you in the future? News for Essen 2008?

SP - Essen I’m not sure. We have a new game coming out in November (designed with Dominique Ehrhard), a contract game for the charity NGO Terre des Hommes, about children’s rights. It will be released on 20th November, for the Universal Children’s Day.

We have designed another game (this time again with Bruno Cathala) for a Swiss firm called RedCut, which is called helvetIQ, but they publish it themselves, so it technically isn’t a GameWorks game. Other projects for 2009, but at the moment they’re still in our drawers.

JE - Keltis was Spiel des Jahres 2008? Did you already know the game? What do you think about it?

SP - I knew the game, because I had tried it in Cannes in February. As soon as I played it, I went to get a copy. I’m a big fan of Lost Cities, and Keltis is really as good, but with more players, which is neat. I don’t like the theme, or the absence of theme, and I think I would have stuck to the Lost Cities thematic, but apart from that, a perfect game in that category.

JE - Have you ever been in Portugal? What do you know about our country?

SP - Unfortunately, I have never been to Portugal, even if we have many Portuguese citizens living in Switzerland. I’ve had bacalhau a couple of times, I know a couple of words, I know that Lisboa is the Capital and that your ancestors were great sailors. That’s about it. Not much, I’m afraid.

JE - Through the game Goa, you certainly got an idea about the great richness of the portuguese discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Do you think it is an interesting thematic for you to design a game?

SP - Apart from the fact that Rüdiger and Hans im Glück already did a great job on Goa, it certainly would be a nice theme to work on. The epic and exotic aspect of discovering new worlds, crossing the oceans, trading with other civilizations, colonies, sure is exciting.

JE - What do you think about all the new games that have entered the market for the past years? Is there space for every one?

SP - Well, it is a sad truth, but there are just way too many games hitting the market each year. Don’t get me wrong, as a player I think it’s great, and it’s also great to see that it’s possible to publish nice games as a small or very small company. But only a few games have a chance to survive whith such competition, which means that many good or potentially good games simply vanish after a couple of months, and that’s a pitty.

JE - In the past you were a pool instructor right? Since the pool was a major part of your life...can we expect a boardgame with that thematic?

SP - There might be a dice game coming, but as the others, it is still in a drawer and needs more time put into it. It is of course a thematic a like, also because it is visually very strong.

JE - Thank you for giving us you opinions!

SP - Well, again, thank you for asking them. All the best


4 comentários:

Cacá disse...

Grande entrevista... Dele eu tenho o Animalia (home-made) e já joguei o Yspahan... e são jogos bem legais...

Os outros também me chamam muita atenção e ele pareceu ser um cara muito boa praça...

Abraços do Brasil...

Jorge Teixeira disse...

É isso aí Cacá! "Muito boa praça mesmo!":)
O Yspahan também já fez sucesso aqui por Aveiro.


Gonçalo disse...

Mais uma iniciativa do Carlos que com a nossa colaboração chegou a bom porto. Espero que os utilizadores apreciem a entrevista.
Parabéns a nós, membros do JogoEu ;)

JohnnyBeGood disse...

Excelente iniciativa, uma mais valia para o blog e quem cá vem "espreitar" de vez em quando.