SPOTLIGHT ON: Jean-Philipe Chapleau, but I go by “JP” to everyone: something about people not being able to saying my name correctly. Plus, only my mother uses my first name when I used to get in trouble
How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?
I posted on my blog (http://jpchapleau.blogspot.com/2014/07/open-letters-to-con-organizers-tabletop.html) about how I was dissatisfied that local cons were dropping table-top gaming in favor of sales events only. It seems I was not the only one who shared that opinion. And through the magic of social networking, I got in touch with Stephen Zimmer one of the masterminds of the con. We talked, and I offered to help with the con. So I offered to be a guest to help with gaming-related workshops and panels. From there to here!
I am a big proponent and supporter of local events as… well events! Make them big, make them memorable. And that is the contribution I wish to bring, make this new con bigger and better than all the others.
I remember when I started writing – in 1999-2000 – having a con like this might have helped me greatly instead of having of having to discover what works and what doesn’t by myself.
So I filled the guest form on the site and offered my name! I was quite pleased when they said yes!
What is your latest release and what genre is it?
For the past year, I have been publishing tabletop RPG. I am the campaign director for the NeoExodus Legacies organized play campaign using the Pathfinder RPG.
Our last release was an adventure that was part of our campaign. NeoExodus is “a traditional fantasy setting where we deal with theme usually found in Sci-Fi, political thriller and horror.”
I am myself a fan of all three of these genres and bringing these influences together is something that really inspires me. The “major villains” draw upon classic, villainous drow with a good measure of cenobites (from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser universe). These “First Ones” are bad to the core and definitely major forces of evil. Yes, we took our name from the villains of the setting! First Ones Entertainment – or FOE for short!
We also publish GOSTOR (a Grumpy Old-Schooler’s Take On Rules) products
Quick description of it.
We publish adventures under license from LPJ Design who published the setting originally (www.rpgnow.com/product/97023/NeoExodus-Starter-Kit-PFRPG-BUNDLE?affiliate_id=316083).
It is a setting that is clearly different than most in that it’s not “elves and dwarves.” Rather, it has psionic rat-men, simian-minotaur mutants, plant-people, arcane crystalline entities, cannibals, and humans!
Something unique about it.
The adventures form a whole campaign players can play in and tell us what happened in their games. We then tabulate all of the tables to see what players have chosen, overall.
For example, in our recent events, one of our major non-player characters (NPCs) was assassinated by the villains because the players opted to do something else instead. They opted to glory.
Our campaign has not only a collection of adventure, but we also publish a few short narratives to keep our fans aware of what the villains are doing. It allows us a chance to write short fiction pieces.
The biggest thing is that we give our players is a way that they get a chance to influence the world and the storyline. We gladly sponsor and support new adventure writers to break into the industry.
Links for people to buy it.
First Ones Entertainment RPGNow: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=5904
NeoExodus Starter Bundle (an awesome deal, mostly written by me, but with a number of collaborations) www.rpgnow.com/product/97023/NeoExodus-Starter-Kit-PFRPG-BUNDLE?affiliate_id=316083
Gostor: Our mostly system-agnostics products for any fantasy system http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?cPath=19285_19707
Quick Deaths: Our Miniature rule set http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?cPath=19285_20781
Your promo links.
My Personal Blog: JP on Gaming http://jpchapleau.blogspot.com/
First Ones Entertainment: http://foelegacies.com
Your short Bio.
I am a Montrealer born and raised. Graduated as a computer engineer and have since then traveled the world (Canada, France, Ireland, Japan and now the US). I wrote over 50 adventures for the RPGA. Since 2012, I have been dedicating myself to NeoExodus.
I am married to a French Canadian woman and we have three children currently living in the Louisville area.
My other interests include history and miniature war-gaming.
“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories. Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design. All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more. Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”