Backstory

BACKSTORY is an ongoing series of interviews with game designers and other notable members of the role-playing community, hosted by Alex Roberts. This show is all about the person behind the work: how did they get into gaming? Why did they start designing? What are they most excited about for the future? Alex loves getting to know people, and you'll love coming along for the ride.

71. Jeff Dieterle

Award-winning larp designer Jeff Dieterle joins us for a talk about music, magic, stupid games, and kiss jail.

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70. Andrea Morales Coto

Design strategist Andrea Morales Coto is bringing the magic of live-action game design to new avenues, from distribution methods to cryptoeconomic systems and beyond. Learn along with Alex!

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69. Jeff Stormer

Podcaster and Unofficial Larpwright of the Olive Garden chain of restaurants Jeff Stormer joins us for a nice chat about professional wrestling, karaoke, and other roleplaying games.

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68. Karen Twelves

Gamer, editor, and improv performer Karen Twelves joins us for a talk about performance, play, and the importance of trust.

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67. Jose Zagal

Games scholar Jose Zagal starts a new semester of Backstory, with discussions of Role-Playing Games Studies, the intricate web of influence among different game media, and identifying the ethical frameworks in Animal Crossing. If Emmanuel Kant made a videogame, what would it be like?

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66. Casey Hardy

Co-organizer of the long-running campaign Shadowmoor, Casey Hardy tells us about sustainability, growth, and change in a larp community.

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65. DC

Game designer, streamer, RPG theorist and your new favourite podcast host DC joins us to talk about twitter threads and forging in the dark.

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64. Magdalene Loh

Magdalene Loh is making live-action career design games in Singapore! And stay tuned for some special announcements.

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63. Betty Bong

Larpwright and organizer Betty Bong on translating play across cultures.

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62. Stephanie Bryant

Game designer, crafter, and scrum master Stephanie Bryant brings us a kinder, gentler post-apocalypse.

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