Parting with Evil Hat

Since quite a few people have already heard about it from other channels, here’s the news: I am no longer a part of Evil Hat Productions.

This is the result of a long conversation between Fred Hicks & myself, and something we’ve both been thinking about for a while now. It’s the age-old story of a company’s success, and how people grow afterward. And while I am saddened at having to leave the projects I’ve been working on — Fate Core & Don’t Hack This Game — Fred and I decided that this would be the best time for my departure.

I have faith in the team coming in to replace me and augment Lenny on Fate Core, and I know Fred will do right by my Don’t Hack This Game writers. Doesn’t change that sense of guilt that comes from having to leave writers on a project — something I’m familiar with when working on the Leverage RPG core book. But Evil Hat has plenty of skilled developmental editors in the wings to pick up the slack.

My fingerprints will be on a few Evil Hat products still to come out:

  • The recently funded Race to Adventure
  • Fate Core (and by extension, Atomic Robo RPG)
  • The Paranet Papers
  • Don’t Hack This Game

And I wish the Evil Hat Productions family the best of luck on those and the many other things in the pipeline. Also, don’t take this as a statement against Fred Hicks — if you work with Fred, he’ll treat you right. He has with me over the years, no doubt.

The silver lining is that I have more time to explore working with other people. Earlier this month, Eddy Webb mentioned that I’m working on a White Wolf project:

I’ve talked with Ryan Macklin about Ascension stuff, so that seems to be moving forward.

(Note: no, Eddy’s not talking about M20.)

I’m going to go back to my roots some, like in 2007 when I was a kid who put out a little game as part of the Ashcan Front. I’m working on little projects here and there: the Emerging Threats Unit, Halfling Kingdoms, Mythender (final edits & RKE bonuses), various machinations with Josh Roby, some small LARPS, etc. And I’ve got those Master Plan episodes to put out! And I may even make some Fate stuff, just independently — after all, I’ve had a hand in shaping Fate over the last few years.

The future is wide open. Let’s rock this motherfucker.

– Ryan

P.S. This means a number of things will be incorrect going forward — my entry in the Gen Con program, some podcast interviews I’ve done, etc. Since I haven’t mastered turning back time, those will just have to stand as-is. :)

P.P.S. And when I do master turning back time, I’m so fucking playing that close to the vest. ;)