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MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: Category: Writer - Game Designer
Feb 25, 2019

When I grow up, I want to be Milton Davis. Let me tell you why.

He’s an Atlanta-based chemist, the entrepreneur heading the pioneering Afritopian publishing house MVmedia, a key figure in the development of Sword & Soul and Steamfunk, the co-editor of four anthologies including Griots and Griot: Sisters of the Spear with Charles R. Saunders, the author of numerous adult and YA novels including The Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City, the co-producer of the new animated series From Here to Timbuktu, and the co-developer, with fellow Afritopian creator Balogun Ojetade, of the breakthrough role-playing game Ki Khanga! Ki Khanga is innovative for numerous reasons, as you’re about to hear, but especially because it’s the first standalone Afritopian RPG ever made.

I spoke with Milton Davis by web video on December 19, 2018; in full disclosure, I tried to get co-creator Balogun Ojetade in the same call, but the gremlins who destroy online conversations made sure that couldn’t happen. But Balogun joined us in spirit. Milton Davis and I discussed:

  • How he and his co-creator chose their target audience for Ki Khanga and how they’d attract them to the game
  • How their fantasy RPG would be innovative far beyond the exhausted cliches of J.R.R. Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons
  • The impact that Ki Khanga is already having in the Western hemisphere’s most African country and in which non-African countries it’s having the most surprising appeal
  • Why entertaining games can be educational but educational games are almost never entertaining
  • The best strategies for funding RPG development, and
  • How to promote table top games using the internet.

Along the way, Davis explains that Ki Khanga uses “ashé” as part of its point system; ashé comes from the Yoruba religion of Nigeria, Benin, the Caribbean, and Brazil, and is the cosmic-cognitive power to create and alter reality.

I began by asking Davis what makes Ki Khanga different from all other RPGs, including ones with African content.

 
 
 
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