Greg Buchanan on Writing No Man’s Sky, TTRPG Dark Souls, and Sixteen Horses

Anything goes for Greg Buchanan. His still heartwarming thriller Sixteen Horses looks set to become one of the books of the year, having filled the windows of Waterstones stores across the UK for the paperback launch in February. I’ve read it and it’s great: dark, disturbing, terribly clever and utterly captivating. I couldn’t put it down.

The popularity of the book is such that it will be adapted for television! And there’s going to be a follow-up book called Consumed, which Buchanan is writing right now, and there’s a deal for an unrelated third book he’s also writing right now, as a kind of creative break from Consumed. We talk about the two new projects in the podcast.

But that’s not all Buchanan has to do. He recently announced he will write for the new tabletop RPG Dark Souls. It’s – as I find – one of his favorite game series, and he has a lot of interesting things to say about it and his current obsession, Elden Ring.

Games are strong in Buchanan’s veins, you see. It’s actually through the game that we got to know it, having added a proper story to No Man’s Sky, and it’s expanded it sporadically since. He’s also written a few pieces of interactive fiction, themed around the controversial topics of Brexit and Trump’s US election, which you can play now for free.

Buchanan is a star of the future then, if not now. So join me on Episode 12 of the new Eurogamer Podcast – now available to everyone and on all major podcast platforms – as I get to know it better.

Remember that subscribers to the Eurogamer website receive these episodes before anyone else. If you’re one of them, there’s another brand new episode – Episode 13 – that you can enjoy right now. This features Eurogamer’s Reviews Editor, Chris Tapsell, and discusses all of the reviews as well as insights into Chris’ life and career so far.

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