The bit about SAGA is between 1:07-1:16, but you might want to listen to the entire interview.D&D Podcast at the WotC website wrote:Stan! Brown on TSR Old Days
By Greg Tito and Bart Carroll - 06/29/2017
Over the course of his career Stan Brown (@stannex) has worn a lot of creative hats, but he now serves as a producer for the tabletop RPG at D&D. Bart Carroll (@bart_carroll) fills in as host for Shelly Mazzanoble while she recovers from Origins Game Fair. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays at 2pm PT! Sage Advice – Jeremy Crawford (@jeremyecrawford) speaks about the philosophy of rules and rulings in D&D fifth edition.
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
- 00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito (@gregtito) and Bart Carroll (@bart_carroll) and Stan!
09:52 – Sage Advice – Rules and Rulings for D&D fifth edition
48:00 – Interview with Stan!
01:38:35 – Outro with Greg and Bart
Stan! is the award-winning author of 2 novels, 15 short stories, more than 60 gaming products, and innumerable cartoons and comics (including the long running comic strips Bolt & Quiver and 10’–10’ Toon). He is currently a Producer for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast, and Consigliere at Rogue Genius Games. In times past, he has worked on staff for companies ranging from TSR, Inc. and West End Games to Upper Deck Entertainment and Monte Cook Games. He also has done freelance work for companies ranging from Green Ronin and Malhavoc Press to Viz Media and Harper Collins Children’s Books. You can find Stan! on Twitter and Facebook @stannex and at www.stannex.com, the Home of All Things Stan!
He talks about the way that TSR totally failed to give him any sort of financial feedback on the SAGA prodcuts (and D&D products) that he was working on, and how lots of products that could have been tweaked to be profitable went out and lost money.
I've heard that before, but it does make me wonder what would have happened with SAGA if Stan! and Steve Miller had been given proper feedback and had focused on the most profitable parts of the 5th Age product line.
The other thing he discusses, is how The Bestiary has a fairly similar structure to the 5th Edition D&D book Volo's Guide to Monsters (but with Caramon Majere, rather than Volothamp Geddarm discussing the Dragonlance creatures). So it looks like Stan! was helping to invent some of the really innovative things that WotC is using for D&D today (but was being undermined by not being told what products were not "working" financially).