Interview: Curt Schilling Talks 38 Studios’ “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”

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Kind of going back to where we started talking, you have been working on this a long time, why is now the right time to kind of show people a taste, a teaser about –

Curt Schilling: The truth?

Yeah.

Curt Schilling: Because I don’t think that they felt they could keep my mouth shut for another 30 days. Because when you put together, and I am going to brag, when you put together insanely talented people, it doesn’t do you any good as a manager if you don’t trust them and listen to them. I wanted to come out much earlier than this, I felt like we could come out much earlier than this. When I look back, there is no possible way, it would have been the wrong thing to do.

Again, it’s just like managing a team with all stars and not putting them in their positions. That’s what they do. I don’t do any of those things. So, my value to the company is to listen to the smart people and do what they tell me to do, for the most part, and this was the right time.

If you think about it, we are coming out of Comic-Con. Think of five names in your lifetime that you could associate with Comic-Con. One of them has to be Todd McFarlane. And, I’m pretty sure we are going to be at GenCon with R.A. I mean, that’s who our guests are going to be.

In both instances, you’re playing to your base.

Curt Schilling: Right, right. And it doesn’t matter if you play to your base if what you are doing is not good. I fully believe that we are putting something together that’s incredible. But the proof is going to be in the pudding. So Comic-Con just, from a timing perspective, from a development perspective, it was a natural fit. Yeah, it’s not a strictly game-centric gathering like E3, but it’s becoming more so. We’ll have a lot of eyes looking our way, because we will be there with Todd McFarlane and R.A. Salvatore, and Ken Rolston.

As a quick aside, I am a lifelong nerd, I have never been athletic in my life. Growing up I had two sports heroes; one of whom was Muhammad Ali and the other one was Reggie Jackson. I’m a Yankee fan because of him and you’re a Red Sox pitcher. With all of that, “the straw that stirs the drink” remark on stage, was that off the cuff or was that intentional?

Curt Schilling: [Laughs] Trust me, I have never written a speech in my life, and if I have my way, I never will. I am off the cuff, and the reason I have always been, because it’s very easy to be truthful and honest about something that you believe in. I know what we are doing. I have been a gamer my whole life. I am much more of a geek than I am an athlete. I’m a pitcher, for Christ’s sake! You could ask any position player and they’ll tell you: pitchers aren’t athletes. But, again, I have spent much more time in front of the computer than I have on a baseball mound.

So, I understand. And I know what I like, I know what good games are, and being able to — in my heart of heart I know what I like to play and what I don’t like to play, and it has just been — these guys are so insanely talented, and the ability to get out in front of people and tell the world what they are doing, to me, is — I mean, this is every bit as fun as anything I have ever done.

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