Interview – Rob Trimarco (Pantheon Press)

Pantheon Press is dedicated to immersive game play. They believe game mechanics are merely a means to end rather than absolute law. Their campaign settings and adventures are designed to encourage players to look beyond the dice and delve deep into their characters.

Starting off with a more personal question, Pantheon Press was founded in December of 2008 and is dedicated to immersive gameplay. What keeps you going? What keeps you enthusiastic about working in the RPG industry?

We really do love games and gaming. Its what drives us. We’ve been playing games of all kinds since childhood and forming Pantheon Press was our way to take that passion to a higher level. We all deeply believe that RPGs are a way to connect with our friends and collaborate in a profoundly creative way.

Earlier this year, Fortune’s Fool won a Judge’s Spotlight Award. What did you think of the ENnies when you found out that you won?

We were honestly amazed. Since we hadn’t been nominated for anything, we had skipped the ceremony. But when we found out through some friends of ours who had gone, we were shocked. It’s incredibly gratifying to be singled out for such an award!

Did your win affect short-term sales? How about long-term sales?

Sales did not get too much of a bump as a result of the award. I believe our small presence and relative newness has much to do with that. However, each year our products are recognized more and more and the ENnie award and nomination we have received serve as badges of honor and a validation of our quality work and can only help us going forward.

What projects do you have on the schedule; anything you can talk about?

We just published Grimm Tales, a full-length campaign supplement for Fortune’s Fool. We’re really proud of it and the reviews so far have been excellent! We are also in the middle of putting together some Fortune’s Fool player-oriented supplements that will include some new choices for character creation, magic items, and spell lists.

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

We think the ENnies are an industry benchmark of achievement. They are deeply involved in the community surrounding gaming and if you get recognized by the ENnies, it means you are not only recognized by the judges but also by your peers. There is no greater honor than that.

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?

We would tell them that the ENnies are like the Academy Awards of the gaming industry. They acknowledge the various products created by the industry and the efforts of those that create games and the tools to enhance them.

For more information about Pantheon Press, visit them at www.pantheonpress.com.

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