Making Radlands Rad: An Interview with Gavan Brown
Paul Saxberg - Community Manager, Roxley Games
What was it about Radlands that caught your attention and made you want to publish it?
Most of all, I just loved how much game was packed into such an insanely elegant system!
What are the biggest qualities you wanted to add to the game via development?
What made you decide on the visual aesthetic?
When I played Delta Six, I felt the sci-fi theme worked, but it was too generic. So I let it stew in my brain for many many months, until realizing a post-apocalyptic setting would work. I absolutely love everything about Mad Max: Fury Road. In fact, I introduced it to my kids the other night. When watching the war parties endlessly chasing down Furiosa, my kids said “Hey, those vehicles are like the Raiders!” Thematically, Gas Town, the Citadel, and The Bullet Farm in this world were all “camps” that these tribes were protecting. The Citadel even produced water which was pumped up from way underneath the ground. These warlords of the wasteland protecting their camps fit the game’s mechanisms perfectly, and was definitely the main inspiration behind changing the theme.
I also loved the animation, colorfulness, and background image style of the cult classic Heavy Metal (1981), which I noted to Damien Mammoliti as a main creative inspiration for the camp cards. And finally, I love Manny Trembley’s amazing character designs.
Radlands Visual Aesthetic Recipe:
Other publishers might have made Radlands collectible, or much larger, to sell more cards. How important was it to keep Radlands the size it is, and why?
Does that mean we'll never see an expansion in the future?
Out of the hundreds of times you’ve played this game, do you remember any epic moments or plays that stand out as favorites?
If you could challenge any one person out there to a game of Radlands, who would it be?
The yet-to-be-discovered best Radlands player on earth.
Radlands has a high skill ceiling and is an ideal tournament game. As the game becomes more popular and we see more tournaments, we will likely see really really good players float to the top. I absolutely love a challenge, so getting my butt handed to me by a Radlands Grandmaster would be a huge honor.
(If you missed the Radlands campaign, check out this video for an overview of the game, which is still available in the Roxley store. If you own the Deluxe or the retail version of the game and would like the Hazmats to use with it, these are available at Roxley.com.)