We are Obsidian Entertainment and David L. Craddock, creators of fine RPGs and author of “Beneath a Starless Sky,” a FREE online book that recounts the making of Pillars of Eternity 1-2 and the Infinity Engine RPGs. Ask us anything!
Hey, Reddit! I am David L. Craddock, author of Beneath a Starless Sky: Pillars of Eternity and the Infinity Engine Era of RPGs, an online book that chronicles the making of Obsidian Entertainment’s Pillars of Eternity franchise and the classic roleplaying games that influenced it. You can read the entire book FOR FREE on Shacknews.com right now!
Beneath a Starless Sky is the culmination of eight months of research and over 40 hours of interviews with developers from Obsidian Entertainment, BioWare, Black Isle Studios, and Interplay. Several Obsidian developers are joining me today: Adam Brennecke, Executive Producer and Lead Programmer
Here are some stats about Beneath a Starless Sky: over 480 pages and 200,000 words, all available to read for free on Shacknews; games covered include Fallout 1 and 2, Pillars of Eternity 1 and II, Baldur’s Gate 1 and II, Icewind Dale 1 and II, Planescape: Torment, and even more Obsidian RPGs; chapters span a mix of narrative-style accounts, Q-and-A interviews, oral histories, and video features such as a 35-minute documentary and a 75-minute panel.
Ask us about Obsidian’s history, specific games such as Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and the recently released DLC expansions, the process of writing and/or being interviewed for Beneath a Starless Sky—anything at all!
EDIT #1 (402pm): We're going to begin winding down, and will stop taking questions at 430pm Pacific. Thanks so much for the excellent questions so far!
EDIT #2 (430pm): That's a wrap! Thanks so much for your excellent question, Redditors, and thank you to Mikey, Adam, Justin, Kaz, Kate, and Paul for taking time to answer. Check out Beneath a Starless Sky on Shacknews for an in-depth look at the making of the Pillars of Eternity franchise and classic RPGs from Fallout to Baldur's Gate and more.