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.

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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61. Terri Cohlene

Children’s author and game designer Terri Cohlene shares her insight on designing for kids, introducing roleplaying, and working in co-creation.

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60. Adam Koebel

Dungeon World co-designer and game streamer Adam Koebel shares insight on the relationship between design and play, and the future of streaming and game publishing.

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59. John Harper

Game designer and graphic artist John Harper shares his journey with Blades in the Dark, and with designing and iterating over a long and varied career in independent publishing. (You know, long in RPG years.)

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58. Liz Chaipraditkul

Liz Chaipraditkul, independent publisher and designer of WITCH: Fated Souls, gives us the low down on working freelance, working for yourself, and navigating this wacky thing we call the tabletop RPG industry. (Remember: hire a proofreader!)

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57. Clio Yun-su Davis

Game designer and interactive media writer Clio Yun-su Davis talks podcasting, immersive theatre, and the beauty of K-Pop.

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56. Kate Hill

Larpwright, librarian, and community organizer Kate Hill on welcoming newbies, character theme songs, and making sure that people are more important than the game.

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55. Julia Ellingboe

Game designer Julia Ellingboe shares her thoughts on designing from the margins, expanding inclusion, and role-playing via playlists and packages.

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54. Nathan Black

Game designer, project manager, community manager and all around interesting guy Nathan Black talks everything from codes of conduct, selling a punch, to larping the everyday.

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