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.

83. Catherine Ramen

Historical game developer Catherine Ramen talks the New York crossdressing scene in the ’90s, a nineteenth century Socialist commune in Paris, and more – as if we needed more when those first two things are so very very good???

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82. Jenn Sandercock

Game developer Jenn Sandercock talks experimentation, balance, collaboration, and edible games.

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81. James D’Amato

A very enthusiastic chat with ONE SHOT Network co-founder, podcaster, improviser, game designer, and professional goof boy James D’Amato. Plus a special announcement: our host is now on Patreon!

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide
James on Twitter
ONE SHOT
CAMPAIGN
Alex on Patreon!!!!!!!!!!!!

80. Camdon Wright

Game designer Camdon Wright joins us for a chat about designing for emotion, GMing outside your comfort zone, and being a fan of stuff, not people.

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79. Whitney Delaglio

Game designer and illustrator Whitney Delaglio on intimacy and problem-solving in games. Also: consensual storytelling is a sandwich; pass it on.

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78. Lauren McManamon

Game designer and wandering Kiwi Lauren McManamon talks about applying discursive analysis to the gaming table, roleplaying desire, and the strange birds that help us get through it all. We also discuss Lauren’s academic work on the treatment of sexual assault complainants in the legal system, so please take care if and when you decide to listen.

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77. Becky Annison

Writer and designer Becky Annison joins us to talk gaming in the UK, werewolf romance, and an essential source of game design inspiration: reality television.

Bite Me! on Kickstarter
Becky Annison on Twitter
Black Armada (Becky’s publishing company, with Josh Fox)
Black Armada on Twitter
Seven Wonders: a Story Games Anthology

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