Wet Hot American Summer has gone from cult film to comedy classic in a surprisingly brief period of time. But while the Netflix revival was great, and a sequel is on the way, why wait? Just launched on Kickstarter, Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp lets you take the wheel at Camp Firewood and achieve your camp dream, and it even has the cast involved, with David Wain writing the foreword and, more importantly, dick cream as a reward for supporting the game. We sat down with Lee Keeler and Geoffrey Golden to ask just how this came about.
So, how’d this project get started?
Keeler: Our buddy Yehudi Mercado hooked Geoffrey, Amanda and I up with Disneyland passes, so I took a bunch of edibles. We were hanging in some weird mountain lodge kinda bar in a hotel, cooling off over some beers and it dawned on me that not only did The Devastator already make a funny RPG, but they’d also worked with Joe Lo Truglio before. I shot the idea across the table and Geoffrey and Amanda told me to go for it.
Golden: I put a pitch together, outlining Fantasy Camp as classic tabletop RPG set in Camp Firewood mixed with party game goofs, inspired by summer camp activities. Somehow, we got that green light!
Keeler: So I took more edibles, then we got hooked up with their fantastic licensing agent. Geoffrey came to the first meeting with the idea that the book should be penned from the perspective of The Indoor Kids, which had to happen once it was in the air. We drafted the manual, did some test plays with gamer pals, did more edibles, more edits, got exclusive content from Wet Hot director David Wain and cast members like Joe Lo Truglio, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black…
Golden: Then we put Fantasy Camp on Kickstarter, and then we started this interview, and that’s where we are right… now.
Why an RPG, exactly?
Golden: Roleplaying games are a crucial element to the original film. The day was saved by a 20-sided die! *Pushes up glasses*