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.

76. Kai Poh

Kai Poh, games journalist and co-runner (with his partner Elisha) of the Role Over Play Dead blog, chats with Alex about tabletop and live-action gaming in Malaysia.

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75. Alex Roberts

In honour of the show’s third anniversary, producer Alex Sisk interviews the creator and host of Backstory. Learn about the process behind the show, how she prepares for and conducts interviews, and her plans for the future – in podcasting and beyond. Thanks for sticking with us, friends. It’s been a wonderful time.

Alex’s website
Star Crossed
For the Queen

74. James Mendez Hodes

James Mendez Hodes is a Filipino-American writer, game designer, cultural consultant, and martial artist who knows which kind of sword Alex should use. If you’re curious about Heian or Sengoku period Japan, or about playing other cultures or historical periods in general, listen in!

Consider this a companion piece to an upcoming episode of ONE SHOT in which Alex will be running Kagematsu!

Mendez’s website
Mendez on Twitter
Support the hip hop translation of Homer’s Iliad!
Thousand Arrows
An extremely useful post on best practices for historical gameplay
Fist City
Kagematsu

73. Albert Kong

Game designer and artist Albert Kong joins us for a talk about parkour, the art of gathering, and other ways to open the potential for play in the world around you.

Albert’s website
Albert on Twitter
Albert’s Inbox Zine
Mt. Caz
The We-Ness
A Pattern Language
Tom Sachs
The Dispossessed

72. Senda Linaugh

Game designer and co-creator of She’s a Super Geek, Senda Linaugh, talks gaming, creativity, and community connection. Content note for discussion of abusive relationships.

Senda on Twitter
She’s a Super Geek
Pandas Talking Games
Love & Justice
We Can Once More Ascend
Senda on Gnome Stew 

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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