Robert Boyd takes our stage to talk about This Way Madness Lies, his studio’s new “Shakespeare-themed magical girl JRPG” (a thing that there ought to be more of). The game isn’t exactly faithful to its source material—but then, Shakespeare was never all that faithful to his, either. Frankly, we’ll take enthusiasm and curiosity over reverence any old day.

Here Robert talks about his long history in the indie JRPG space, and his longer history with the JRPG genre—he once endeavored to play them all, back when that felt possible—as well as comedy in games, and the the unique all-ages appeal of what he calls “wholesome horror.”

This Way Madness Lies is out now on Steam.
You can also follow Robert, and Zeboyd Games, on Twitter. (Twitter exists at time of posting).


• Here’s Let’s Mosey: A Slow Translation of Final Fantasy VII.

• There is indeed a fan translation of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story for the SNES.

• Steam Coupons? Totally still a thing, technically.

• It was indeed Erick Wolpaw who said,

So I’d really like to make a really credible comedy game. People seem to be skipping straight to the pure art, and yet nobody’s made the Caddyshack in games yet, right? So I’m like, woah woah woah, let’s put on the brakes – let’s make Caddyshack, and then we can make Anna Karenina or whatever.

“All The People Say (Season 5)” by Carpe Demon.
“I Wish You Joy” from the This Way Madness Lies OST by Joshua Queen.

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