The Shrieker Podcast 001: Phil Lewis

Phil Lewis talks to us about New Mexicon (RPG convention, October 23-25 at Hotel Parq, Albuquerque) and Wrath of the Autarch (his new kingdom-building game). 

The Hotel Parq was originally built as a hospital in 1928 and might be haunted, making it a perfect venue for this late October convention. The convention is the only one in New Mexico focusing on RPGs, specifically indie and small press games, and has been organized by Mark Diaz-Truman, Phil Lewis, Nicholas Hopkins, and Nathan Paoletta. There will be a lot of Powered by the Apocalypse, Fate, and Dungeon Crawl Classic games as well as some games being run or even play tested by their creators. The con is based on the Games on Demand structure, though it may be using a card priority system this year. Legend of the 5 Rings designer John Wick will be in attendance this year and Saturday may have vendors such as Magpie Games.

Wrath of the Autarch is a very procedural, GM-less, asymmetrical, kingdom building game with troop-based play derived from Fate Core. In the game players use diplomacy, war, exploration, and development to promote their stronghold, hopefully defeating their rival kingdom ruled by the tyrannical Autarch. It was inspired by RPGs such as D&D Birthright, Ars Magica, Contenders, Song of Ice and Fire, and Civilization video games. It was written by Phil Lewis, edited by Amanda Valentine, and illustrated by Nathan Paoletta, Doug Kovacs, Eric Quigley, Alyssa Maynard, and Johnny Gray. It is on Kickstarter till October 22nd (UPDATE: THE GAME HAS FUNDED) and will be released as a PDF and a hardcover book.

Phil has written a bonus mission for his game called Don't Fear the Shrieker