As the company CEO I don’t have the chance to pause for reflection as often as I would like. However earlier this year everyone in the White Wolf community was saddened to learn about the untimely passing of White Wolf co-founder Stewart Wieck, and this has obviously led me to think more than usual about the amazingly talented, knowledgeable, and passionate people who works with us on a daily basis and how they shape our future.
I certainly feel blessed by and have a strong enthusiasm for the incredible group working together on the future of the World of Darkness and I want to take this opportunity to let you know who they are and what they are working on right now.
First, we have the small but strong team of five itself, White Wolf Entertainment in Stockholm, who oversee the daily work forward. Martin Ericsson as our Lead Story Teller and Karim Muammar as Chief Editor are working on expanding the World of Darkness metaplot and coordinating the creative work with all our partners. Our business development side is handled by Dhaunae DeVir who works mainly with distribution and availability of our products including everything from board games to books and computer games, and Shane DeFreest whose main focus is on our great community and the expanding events business. My role as CEO is to try to make sure that we have everything in place that we need to achieve our goals, and to use the experience I gathered during my 21 years as a business professional to help and support my team. And though we don’t interact much with our sister company Paradox Interactive on a daily basis we are extremely fortunate to have their Finance and Legal team supporting us pretty much every day.
This brings me to our licensing partners, where we are very lucky to have people with a wide variety of backgrounds, including ex-White Wolf employees like Steve Wieck at DriveThruRPG and Rich Thomas at Onyx Path Publishing. Onyx Path is among many other things working on a new Vampire the Masquerade card game product created by Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit. Both companies employ many amazing people—too many to fit here easily—but a special shout out to Matt McElroy, and a special thanks to all the writers contracted by Onyx Path to create great books set in the World of Darkness, the Chronicles of Darkness, and Exalted. Jason Carl and his team at By Night Studios continue to publish products for Mind’s Eye Theatre including this year’s MET Werewolf: The Apocalypse and the new MET Changeling: The Dreaming Alpha Slice.
Over on the events side, Dziobak LARP Studios is producing the second run of Convention of Thorns LARP this October 2017 and planning even more immersive events next year. Johanna, Bjarke and Juhana and their team at Participation Design Agency, who produced several End of the Line LARPs and the World of Darkness Berlinconvention, will be working with us on more cutting-edge events, the latest being Parliament of Shadows in Brussels.
The production company Lucky Day have done a fantastic documentary that summarizes the history of World of Darkness and White Wolf which premiered in October 2017 at the Sitges film festival, and that in later 2018 will find its way into TV and streaming. Many thanks to Kevin Lee and the team at Lucky Day for telling this story and we wish them best of luck with their documentary.
Our great community clubs that are run by so many passionate people deserves a special accolade: the number of fans working on great LARP chronicles and events are too many to mention individually, but we recognize how important they are to the future prosperity of the World of Darkness. Thanks also to the great work of Shane Robinett and his team at Knetik, we will be able to support our community in so much better ways in the future through www.worldofdarkness.com.
Development on a Werewolf: The Apocalypse PC/console game is continuing at Focus Home Entertainment and Cyanide Studios, who shared some of the concept art with fans at E3 and GenCon this year. The next computer game release will be the exciting audio game product from Earplay, led by Jonathon Myers and including the talents of Eddy Webb and Richard Dansky. You can expect many more announcements about video games in the future.
Finally, we have the great team working on Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition roleplaying game, including Mary Lee as Art Director, Kenneth Hite as Lead Designer, and Jason Carl as Producer. The development team also now includes the talents of Consulting Developer Mark Rein-Hagen, Lead Editor Jennifer Smith, and writers Matthew Dawkins and Jason Andrew. Their next big milestone is another playtest at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia (17-19 November).
That’s a lot of amazing people and yet I’ve managed to mention only a few: many more deserve acknowledgment and will be introduced to you in the future. One of the great strengths of the licensing model that we use is that we get to work with some of the incredible teams and people, as they focus on what they do best.
I would lastly like to extend my warmest gratitude to all the White Wolf fan community that has been such a great help and support to us since we restarted White Wolf in October 2015. You inspire everything that we do at White Wolf, every day. Thank you all, it is thanks to you that we can have all these amazing people working on restoring World of Darkness to its rightful stature.
Tobias Sjögren, CEO White Wolf Entertainment
P.S. Stewart, we miss you so much and not having you around while we re-establish World of Darkness breaks our hearts. But as we expect heaven to be pretty much playing rpg’s 24/7, we rest assured that you are doing just great.