The fact that game industry veterans Brenda Brathwaite (Wizardry, D&D) and Tom Hall (Doom, Anachronox) have set out to fund development of an old-school RPG through Kickstarter should surprise exactly nobody. Their company is called Loot Drop, after all, and they have an abiding passion for the genre.
“We both love making old-school RPGs and playing them,” says Brathwaite. “For us this was the super heyday of making games.”
In the promotional video on the Kickstarter page, they demur on the question of what precisely they see as the fundamental ideological differences between contemporary RPGs such as Skyrim, Torchlight II, Dark Souls and nostalgic forebears such as Richard Garriott’s Ultima series. “Today’s RPGs are epic, they’re wonderful,” says Brathwaite. “But somehow they’re also a little less… old-school RPG-ish.”