IMG: Since we here at IMG get bored just asking about games all the time, why don't you tell us a little bit about your new book, The Poo Bomb?
Vogel: My first book of humor, entitled The Poo Bomb: True Tales of Parental Terror was recently published by the good people at Andrews McMeel. More info is here.
It is, in part, about the first year of life of my daughter Cordelia. More importantly, it is about how other parenting books lie to you, on the one hand portraying parenthood as this impossibly joyous and fulfilling experience and, on the other hand, telling new parents how stupid they are and how everything they do is wrong.
If you like the writing and humor in my games, you should buy this book. Or, preferably, two of this book.
IMG: When you have free time amidst programming, running a business, and raising a toddler, what games do you play?
Vogel: I am still hopelessly addicted to Everquest. I played World of Warcraft for a while, of course, but I'm back to the old warhorse. Watching how Everquest has evolved and changed, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, in the last six years has been genuinely fascinating for me.
I also played the new Grand Theft Auto game. Because how can you not?
IMG: Besides encouraging the purchase of your games, what message would you wish to impart to the readers of IMG about Spiderweb Software?
Vogel: First, we have lots of free demos, and they're all big. It doesn't cost anything to give us a try.
Second, please stop writing me to try to shame me into giving you a free game by saying my work isn't worth twenty-five bucks. It didn't work the first 50,000 times it happened. It won't work now. I'm too attached to buying food and clothes for my daughter to give away stuff for free.
Third, and I can't stress this enough, many thanks to everyone who ever bought a game from us. Can't say that too many times. You are the reason I am writing Avernum 4 now, and not selling shoes.
IMG: Thanks for your time today!