Great news! Role-Playing Game Studies: Transmedia Foundations, the fist ever university level role playing game textbook, is out! Many experts and gaming academics, including myself, worked with Routledge Press to produce this book. I contributed to chapter 27 alongside Jessica Hammer. It’s an invaluable resource for professors and students alike. RPG studies is legit ya’ll!
The book is doing so well that it’s sold out of paperback copies for now. You can still order the E-book or the hardback. I heartily suggest you go check it out.
Also, the kickstarter for BFF! the RPG of friendship, girlhood, and adventure is now live!
I loved working on this project and it’s a complete and total 180 from Bluebeard’s Bride. I love all characters and the settings are rich and interesting. This game is for teens and adults, no matter one’s gender : )
I have been keeping my head down and just grinding. So I thought I’d surface with a roundup of what I’ve been doing this last year (hint: it’s a lot, per usual).
Let’s start with the biggest news first; I recently joined a studio as the narrative design lead on their next big game!
That’s right, a game about the ocean. Do you know how jazzed I am? So jazzed. This is full time, which means I’ve officially made the crossover from part time freelance spliced with tech industry work to concentrating on narrative design exclusively as my profession. I am really, REALLY happy about this. It’s been years in the making and this is basically the perfect job.
How did Bluebeard’s Bride do?
The kickstarter ended up bringing in about $130,000. It’s already been nominated for one award, it held one of the top spots for most purchased game on DriveThruRPG for weeks, and the reviews have been glowing.
I did a lot of interviews around the game release, and they’re floating out there in the ether somewhere. I knew I hit peak interview when I sat down to talk about Bluebeard’s Bride with a frog.
What other projects are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a playset for Weave by Monocle Society.
And Celestial Rangers, based off the Sailor Moon RPG.
Things I finished up.
Okay, it’s a lot of things. Pretty sure this list is incomplete, but I’ll do my best to remember.
I wrote a freeform game called Möbius that was published in the #Feminism game anthology. Did narrative consulting for Qneuro. Judged the Golden Cobra game design competition. Translated some ancient Egyptian for Chaldea. Saw Mulaka launched. I had a very minor role consulting with the Lienzo team, but I’m super proud of how well received Mulaka has been. In the early days it was really a struggle, and I wasn’t sure the game was going to get released. Now it’s got everyone’s attention.
Did diversity and inclusion narrative consultation and VO work for the new BattleTech game that is launching this month. I really like doing voice over work! I also love all the folks over at Harebrained Schemes.
Both live streaming shows Death From Above and Weekly Affirmations have wrapped up. Death From Above was a seminal experience, and I miss the whole cast and crew. We really made something special.
Weekly Affirmations will probably come back in a new form with a new name at some point in the future. Several Twitch studios have offered to pick it up, I just haven’t had the bandwidth to do it yet. It’s a show that takes a lot of work on my end to produce. But it’s totally worth it. So many meaningful experiences.
I did various other Twitch shows including fundraisers, voice acting to Hatoful Boyfriend and Night in the Woods, Feminist Cookies, The Gauntlet, Masters of the Metaverse, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, and lots of others. And no, I’m still not a streamer : p
Also participated in the Games to Grow panel on Culturally Responsible Gaming.
I dropped out of the rest of the con season in 2017 after I contracted dengue fever in India, and was too ill to travel for a while.
I’m going to be a speaker at XOXO!
I’m also going to be attending Project Horseshoe, an invite-only game industry think tank. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of this, and can’t wait to mind meld with other top folks doing cool work.
That’s it for now. I’ll try not to wait another year to update.
More news. Looks like I’m going to be sitting in on the panel “The United States of LARP,” moderated by the wonderful Lizzie Stark at GenCon. I’ll be alongside a few other really stellar leaders from the LARP community who I can’t name yet because it hasn’t been officially officialized and whatnot, but I know most of them and they’re awesome. If you’re going to be at GenCon this year and you are even remotely interested in LARP, you are going to want to catch this panel. It will be on Sunday at 11:00 AM. Mark it on your calendar now because GenCon gets crazy!
Also, I will have an IMBD page coming soon! I know, finally, right? Look for the little yellow icon up there in the right hand corner next to the other ones when it goes live.
That is all. NOW BACK TO WRITING.
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