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Fates Worse Than Death

07/01/2010

First of all, let me apologize for taking even longer than usual to update the blog. I’ve been consumed with the not inconsiderable task of writing a novel and haven’t had enough time to find inspiration for a new article. Not to worry, I’ll be getting on that as soon as this current wave of procrastination dies down long enough for me to tear myself away from the novel.  Which will be very soon, I promise.

And thirdly, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be working with Vajra Enterprises, a D&D style role-playing game publisher on creating an African cyberpunk setting. Here is an excerpt of their press release:

Vajra Enterprises, publishers of Fates Worse Than Death, is proud to announce that they have added Jonathan Dotse of the AfroCyberPunk blog as a consultant on the future of Africa.

Jonathan Dotse’s new blog, AfroCyberPunk, has gained recent fame in the science fiction community. Jonathan’s insightful and well-written essays have made a strong case for Africa as the natural home of a cyberpunk-style society.

At Vajra Enterprises, Jonathan will develop the future of Africa in its Fates Worse Than Death setting.

Read more…

With any luck Africa will become the next hotspot for science fiction publishers.

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6 Comments

  1. Oh, we figured you were busy watching the football…

    Good luck with the new venture. It sounds like a great project.

    By the way, I will be talking about you at this panel.

    • Your panel looks interesting, thanks for bringing me up. I wouldn’t mind reading the transcript if they make one in English.

      Now the football is no longer an excuse, so yeah.

  2. stephanegallay says:

    Congratulations on that! As a roleplayer myself, I look forward to an African-themed cyberpunk setting.

  3. Dr. Curiosity says:

    Definitely good to see more Africa turning up in Cyberpunk roleplaying settings. I was quite pleased to see the Shadowrun setting fleshing out some of what’s happening in Africa in recent years, too. Historically they had a much stronger focus on North America and Europe, but things are opening out into a more global understanding of their game world – and as places that a campaign could find a home, not just as exotic places to visit.

  4. Burgeri says:

    I wasn’t too impressed with the original Fates Worse Than Death but you’re such a great writer that I have high hopes for the Africa expansion.

    I am working as the lead designer on a cyberpunk browser MMO myself and what do you know? It is also set in Africa. We did not put as much thought into it as you did as our primary focus was finding an exotic location somewhere on the equator. Now your blog inspired me to look for more ways to bring up the African presence in the game. When your novel comes out I will be reading it very, very thoroughly.

    • Thank you very much. I’m glad to hear you’ve taken an interest in developing Africa as more than an exotic location. There’s nothing wrong with the exotic element, but once you add substance to that you build a world that is intriguing on multiple levels. I’ve seen your project and it looks very interesting. I wish you the best of luck with it.

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