Chris Avellone to host Keynote at Nordic Game Conference

RPG-veteran, Obsidian co-founder, and Kickstarter wunderkind Chris Avellone will be adressing the masses as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Nordic Game Conference.

 

The annual Nordic Game Conference has just announced their keynote speaker for the upcoming conference taking place 20th – 22th og May in Malmö this spring. This year, RPG veteran Chris Avellone will be giving the keynote speak to all of the participants from the Nordic game industry who will be assembled in the traditional venue, Slagthuset, which has been hosting the conference for the last several years.

1179417576-00Role Playing Games have been a part of Avellone’s professional life since he began writing campaigns for classic pen-and-paper role playing games fresh out of college, until he got his start in the games industry when joining Interplay in 1995. From there on Avellone’s career accelerated, and after working on acclaimed post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 2, Avellone ended up heading one of the most famous computer role-playing games, the seminal Planescape: Torment, that sat new standards for how complex and compelling stories could be told through the medium of computer games.

 

After that, Avellone worked on titles like Icewind Dale,  Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, Champions of Norrath and on the never completed Fallout sequel codenamed Van Buren, until he in 2003 co-founded Obsidian Entertainment and left Interplay. While at Obsidian, Avellone worked on titles such as  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Neverwinter Nights 2, and the secret agent cult favorite Alpha Protocol, as well as Bethesda’s Fallout: New Vegas.

Recently, Avellone has been behind one of the most successful Kickstarter projects in the category for computer games. The old-school Role-playing game Project Eternity managed to reach $3 986 929 in late 2012. The third highest amount ever reached in the games category. Apart from Project Eternity, which has now been renamed to Pillars of Eternity, Avellone is also involved in the second-most successful Kickstarter game ever. An unofficial sequel to Planescape: Torment called Torment: Tides of Numenera, that managed to collect no less than $4 188 927. Additionally, he is also involved in the development of Brian Fargo’s Wasteland 2 -another big hit from Kickstarter.

 

This year’s conference may be more important than usual. 2015 is the last year of the conference before the current funding runs out, and so far Nordisk Ministerråd (The Council of Nordic Ministers), who supplied the original funding, has not yet agreed to continue the program. So a successful conference might be able to convince the Nordic Minsters that it’s worth continuing the program. The original funding also included the Nordic Game Support Program that handed out grants to Nordic Developers, but funding for this part ran out already last year.

In addition to Avellone, Nordic Game Conference has also announced Ubisoft’s Brie Code, The Guardian’s Cara Ellison, and Dataspelsbranchen‘s Per Strömbäck as speakers.

Jesper K. Kristiansen

Multi-passionate game developer and journalist. Has been writing about the Danish games industry for more than ten years, and creating audio design for both Danish and International games for almost as long.

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