Today La Tour à Dés asked 7 questions to the very friendly Benoit Forget, the person behind a new French publisher: Purple Brain Créations. Benoit who lives in the Bordeaux region (France), created Purple Brain after a long experience in the field of games in the magazine Ravage, the Plato magazine and the editions Libellud.
Purple Brain is the editor behind those games that look like books, games of the series Tales and Games: The Three Little Pigs, Baba Yaga and The Hare and the Tortoise. Purple Brain has also published very recently Shinobi Wat-AAH! illustrated by Naïade. The 4th installment of the Tales and games series will be according to my information the game from Yoann Levet, The Grasshopper and the Ant. Purple Brain also work closely with Iello who distribute their games.
So here are the 7 questions for Benoit Forget from Purple Brain Créations.
1 – How old were you when you played your first board game and what was it ?
« Like everyone else, early with classics like Ludo. But I remember in particular of a game called Stop Thief from Miro Meccano I think. It was a big slap for me at the time, I was still in primary school. Later, Talisman happened … «
2 – Why and how did you decide to publish games ?
« Because it is a passion that I dragged on for nearly 30 years. I wrote a lot of reviews and columns for the specialized press and the Scifi Universe web site. Then I became project manager at Libellud. A logical sequence. «
3 – What are your 3 favorite games company and why ?
« Complicated here! Talisman illustrated by Gary Chalk because of nostalgia / Claustrophobia / Xe Queo. And I love El Grande, Tokaido and Andor too. And all Purple Brain games ^ ^ . «
4 – For you what is the best combination for editing a game successfully ?
« I am unable to answer accurately. For my part, a game must touch the audience that originally intended, both mechanically and graphically. «
5 – How do you proceed to edit a game ?
« The game is developed so that it is consistent with the audience it is intended. We then proceeds to quote of production. Then, the choice of illustrator and art direction. It is a team effort. «
6 – What advice would you give to someone wanting to be published ?
« Contact publishers whose editorial line is fitting with your game then visit the festivals to make your prototypes turn and it is the “trial by fire”. The only comments from friends and family are not sufficient to judge the quality of a game «
7 – Could you give us some information on your next project ?
« Shinobi Wat-AAH! is in stores by now. The game was very well received at the Cannes IGF but we still have work to do. And then the third volume of the series Tales & Games (The Three Little Pigs, Baba Yaga) will be released in May: it will be a game from Gary Kim (Koryo) illustrated by Mathieu Leyssenne (Jamaica). »
Thank you Benoit for answering the 7 questions. To follow Purple Brain Creations: https://www.facebook.com/PurpleBrainCreations