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Kobold Quarterly Interview & Kovalic

Jeremy Jones, who sometimes comments around here, recently interviewed me for Kobold Quarterly, the magazine published by fellow Alliterate and all-round good guy Wolfgang Baur. For me, the highlight of the interview is the all-too-kind quote my pal John Kovalic gave Jeremy for the article. Go ahead and read it, wipe your eyes at the raw emotion, and then come back here.

Here’s the ironic part about the quote. In it, John answers Jeremy’s question about whether or not I’m the Nicest Guy in Gaming. (A scurrilous rumor at best.) John’s response deferentially leaves the title to me, but the sheer quality of it proves that John is actually far more deserving.

I chatted with Ken Hite about it at Gen Con, and there’s no longer any doubt. John is the undisputed king!

(And I’m having him write blurbs for anything else I ever do.)

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  1. The following comment came to me from Will Hindmarch right after I had finished the interview. I hate to let a good comment go to waste:

    “Matt Forbeck is everywhere. He seems to know everyone. And why wouldn’t everyone want to know him? He’s good people.

    “Somewhere along the line, at some Gen Con or local gaming convention, someone grabbed Matt around the shoulder and said, “This guy, right here, is the nicest guy in gaming.” That, before long, turned into The Nicest Guy In Gaming (pronounce those capitals).

    “You could put Forbeck in a sash, like a pageant winner, that bore the title and people would look at it and nod to themselves.

    “The thing that’s so irksome about Forbeck, though, is that it isn’t like he’s using that niceness to cover up for bad work or laziness or any of the other things other writers try to cover up with good behavior. He has a reputation for both volume and punctuality, writing novels the way Superman leaps tall buildings.

    “The Nicest Guy In Gaming makes the rest of us look bad and we love him for it.

  2. The following comment came to me from Will Hindmarch right after I had finished the interview. I hate to let a good comment go to waste:

    “Matt Forbeck is everywhere. He seems to know everyone. And why wouldn’t everyone want to know him? He’s good people.

    “Somewhere along the line, at some Gen Con or local gaming convention, someone grabbed Matt around the shoulder and said, “This guy, right here, is the nicest guy in gaming.” That, before long, turned into The Nicest Guy In Gaming (pronounce those capitals).

    “You could put Forbeck in a sash, like a pageant winner, that bore the title and people would look at it and nod to themselves.

    “The thing that’s so irksome about Forbeck, though, is that it isn’t like he’s using that niceness to cover up for bad work or laziness or any of the other things other writers try to cover up with good behavior. He has a reputation for both volume and punctuality, writing novels the way Superman leaps tall buildings.

    “The Nicest Guy In Gaming makes the rest of us look bad and we love him for it.

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