Long story short, I had the core of the idea back in oWoD. I had forgotten all about it, until a bunch of us were joking around the office in late 2007/early 2008 about writing SASs based around 80s vampire movies. I went home and wrote several pages of an outline that night, and stuck it under the Vampire developer's nose. Lots of nuances and ideas came from most everyone in the office, but I certainly had the lion's share of input on the project as the developer of the book.
I don't know if it's "genius," but a lot of people have certainly had that moment of "Oh! Of course!" when they hear about it. I just hope the final product is half as good as everyone expects it to be. :)
If any of you make it to NY Comic Con this weekend find Erik Jones and shake his hand. The man pulled out an awesome piece of work. In the meantime here is his site. theirison.com (some NSFW images) If you look under illustration I think you'll find why I really wanted him on a book.
That's just soooooo neat. Thanks for showing the cover, it's sweet. The book is done and ready to be released then, I presume?
The whole idea is awesome, thanks for the balls to show this to your bosses and for their appreciation of the idea. I can't wait to do a Miami Vice With Fangs chronicle. Although, if you'd guys do a Forsaken Chicago in the Mafia era... I guess I'd just have to buy the whole run and have the game for myself xD