Interview – Ed Healy (Atomic Array)

Ed Healy has been working in the RPG industry for over a decade. He co-founded Eden Studios in 1997. In 1999, he co-founded The Forge, a site in support of creator-owned games. He currently manages the ads for a number of sites like RPGnet, EN World, Kobold Quarterly, Obsidian Portal, and more. He also runs War Pig Radio and co-hosts multiple podcasts, like Atomic Array and RPG Countdown.

First off, let me thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for the ENnies. I truly appreciate you taking the time to talk about the ENnies, especially since next year is its 10th anniversary. With all the work you’ve done, what keeps you going? What keeps you enthusiastic about working in the RPG industry?

I love creativity, and helping people share their creations with others. I also love games, so the attraction I feel for the RPG industry is like a force of nature. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t walk away. Great games draw me into their warm embrace. They bring me joy and help me meet so many great people. How could I not love this industry?

In 2010, Atomic Array was nominated for Best Podcast and won the Gold award. What did you think of the ENnies when you found out that you were nominated?

To be honest, I didn’t exactly realize what I was hearing. I was all caught up in the event – enjoying the comraderie of the people around me and the relaxed community of the professionals that make this industry great. When I realized we were called and that it was for the Gold ENnie… Well, my first thought was for my co-host Rone. His enthusiasm for the ENnies is why we were even on the list. Incidentally, it’s his enthusiasm for the show that has kept it worth doing for so long. If it wasn’t for Rone, there’d be no Atomic Array.

Did your nomination and win affect traffic to your site?

The nomination did not, but we did see a slight bump after the awards ceremony. It’s my hope that people who come to Atomic Array will check out the bloggers and podcasters that participate in our carnivals – the linked articles and shows at the bottom of each episode. I see it as an opportunity to introduce people to some of the other great content out there.

Now that we’ve been around for almost a decade, what do the ENnies mean to you both personally and professionally?

Personally, I see them as a way for us to acknowledge great games, publishers and designers. It feels good to give people a tangible pat on the back for bringing joy into our lives. The ENnies is one way we can do that.

Professionally, the ENnies represent an institution that lends credibility to the industry. The RPG industry has changed drastically over the last decade. The ENnies have grown and changed as well, but their very presence helps focus attention on all the games that continue to grace the shelves of our retailers. They help excite the gaming public about excellence, which strengthens the industry… something every RPG professional wants.

If someone who had never heard of the ENnie Awards walked up to you today and asked, “So what are these ‘ENnies’ you keep talking about,” how would you answer them?

The ENnies are the “Peoples’ Choice Awards” for the RPG industry. They give roleplaying game fans a way to recognize gaming excellence – spotlighting the best games, publishers and designers.

Personally, do you have time to game? Do you participate in any regular campaigns?

I’m on a break from regular gaming during the Summer. Convention season doesn’t lend itself to a weekly game, so I switch to family and party games. Come the Fall, though, I’ll be jumping back into campaign mode. We’ll either be playing Exalted, or I’ll be resurrecting my Plane of Shadows campaign…

You obviously have a lot of fingers in the industry. Do you have any projects lined up for the future?

I do. We’re working to extend Iron GM out to regional conventions this year. Rone and I are also working on some new audio projects, including a charity project that will turn some heads.

I’m also working on ways to improve War Pig Radio and Game Cryer, as well as some other ideas that have been bugging me for years. This might be the year I get to do them!

Thank you to Ed Healy for answering all of my questions. For more information about Atomic Array, you can visit http://atomicarray.com. War Pig Radio streams episodes from a number of popular podcasts, and can be found at http://www.warpigradio.com. You may also hear War Pig Radio streaming in your friendly local gaming store.

2 Responses to “Interview – Ed Healy (Atomic Array)”

  1. Ed Healy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  2. Tony Law says:

    And thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. 🙂

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