Matt Forbeck is a jack of all trades when it comes to the world of genre fiction and gaming. In fact, he’s been at it in some form or another since the late ’80s. Because of that experience, I’m guessing you’ve run into something he’s worked on in some form or another (even if you might not know it). What I like the most about Matt though is how supportive he is of everyone else in the genre and to folks trying to get something funded from Kickstarter. It’s a great quality to have and that’s one of the reasons I asked him to participate in this week’s Friday Five. Make sure you seek out Matt’s work. He’s a class act and a talent.
1) I got my first real exposure to you through you from Kickstarter and your 12 for ’12 project. Aside from reaching out for funding, you’re also an active backer. Is crowdfunding a game changer and do you have any tips for folks looking to start a campaign?
Do your research. The campaigns that succeed are the ones that are well planned. You need to know all about your costs of production, just like you would if you were starting the business with traditional funding. You need to know how what kind of a goal you can expect to reach. And then you need to make sure those two numbers overlap in a comfortable way.
2) When it comes to games, novels, video games, collectibles, etc – you’ve really kind of done it all. Is it hard to stay focused when you have so many pokers in the fire?
That doesn’t really bother me. It’s juggling that and having five kids at home that keeps me on my toes. I like to have lots of irons in lots of different fires. It keeps me from worrying what’s going to happen if one of the fires goes out.
3) What’s your proudest professional accomplishment?
I don’t know if I could pick out a single thing. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve been able to make a living at writing and game design for two decades without having to go back to driving pizza like I did in college. The longer I can keep that up, the happier I’ll be.
4) Since you’re a Michigan grad, I have to ask you a townie question. What are your thoughts on the University buying out the building Blimpy Burger is in and demolishing it for a dorm?
What? I’m appalled! I love Blimpy Burger. One of my college roommates, Bryan Winter, had set the record for eating the burger with the largest number of patties there, back in the late ’80s. I just hope they save the grill. That thing’s a historical landmark.
5) What’s next for you?
At the moment, more novels. I just sold a book to Tor, and I have to finish up a few of the 12 for ’12 novels and get those out the door. I’m also working on a new iOS game with Ubisoft, which brought me over to Shanghai for a couple weeks back in March, and there’s a bit more to do there yet.
For readers, I just finished up the Shotguns & Sorcery trilogy with End Times in Dragon City, and I’m about to release How to Play, the first book in my Dangerous Games trilogy of thrillers set at Gen Con.