Date Posted: 17-08-2021

Meet the Team – David F. Chapman


Today we have a Meet the Team post from David F. Chapman who works on Doctor Who line!

It seems strange to be asked to write a ‘Meet the Team’ blog post as I’m still a relative newbie to the Cubicle 7 team, though my time working with the company stretches back through the Time Vortex to the very early days. 

Before Cubicle 7, I started trying to get into writing for tabletop games back in the late 1980s, sending typed manuscripts to West End Games for their fantastic Ghostbusters RPG. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that I finally got my foot in the door working on a handful of projects for Eden Studios, including Terra Primate, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Army of Darkness, and eventually revamping the Conspiracy X line to a second edition. 

It was Conspiracy X that got me talking to Dominic McDowall, Angus Abranson, and Chris Birch. We discussed popular licenses that would hopefully bring tabletop gaming to new audiences, and set to working on that very first pitch for Doctor Who that we nervously presented to the BBC Studios with the graphic design help of Fred Hicks.

We gave it all we had, and came out of that first meeting with the BBC Studios convinced that we didn’t stand a chance. We gave it a good shot, and we were just happy to have made it that far. Luckily, they liked what we showed them, and now, nearly thirteen years and twenty-plus books later, Cubicle 7 is still producing cool Doctor Who games! 

I’ve been involved with many of the titles, usually taking a more active role when the core rulebook needed an update — I guess Cubicle 7 figured if the rules needed a polish, who better to ask than the designer of the Vortex system itself? And that’s kinda what happened with the forthcoming Second Edition. Dom and Zak got in touch about the possibility of really shaking things up with the new Second Edition rules, and I confessed I had many ideas about Vortex that had been bubbling away in the back of my mind for many years.

The new Second Edition is faster, quicker, easier, and hopefully even more accessible, and I’m really excited to share all of the cool things we have in store for Doctor Who: The Roleplaying Game. Plenty to keep you adventuring across all of space and time. There is so much planned that they needed an extra pair of hands at Cubicle 7, and they foolishly took me on full-time as a Producer!

Anyway, I shouldn’t be sitting here talking about me! There are new worlds to see and explore. In the words of the Doctor…

‘Remember, hate is always foolish, love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.’

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