Asians Represent

Asians Represent! is here to celebrate the brilliant Asian creators in the analogue gaming community while examining the challenges they face within the industry. They also regularly deconstruct the use of Asian cultural tropes in gaming by asking, “Is this cultural appreciation, or appropriation?”

Daniel Kwan

Agatha Cheng

Agatha Cheng burst into the RPG scene in early 2015 armed solely with the knowledge that gnomes are a fantasy race and apparently so are bards. She has since waded deep into the world of story games and LARPs, but still maintains the wide-eyed enthusiasm of that long ago first session. When not obsessively dissecting pop culture and media, she has a particular fondness for sad games, romance RPGs, and Chinese wuxia dramas. burst into the RPG scene in early 2015 armed solely with the knowledge that gnomes are a fantasy race and apparently so are bards. She has since waded deep into the world of story games and LARPs, but still maintains the wide-eyed enthusiasm of that long ago first session. When not obsessively dissecting pop culture and media, she has a particular fondness for sad games, romance RPGs, and Chinese wuxia dramas.

Daniel Kwan is one of the co-owners of Dundas West Games, an educational creative producer, and co-host of the Asians Represent! podcast on the One Shot Network. Daniel has co-authored Zany Zoo! and is currently working on Ross Rifles – a WWI dramatic action RPG powered by the apocalypse. In addition to his design work, Daniel is one of the co-founders of Level Up Gaming – a Toronto-based organization that provides adults with autism and other disabilities opportunities to develop their social skills through group gaming experiences. He also oversees the Royal Ontario Museum’s Dungeons & Dragons program, which uses tabletop roleplaying games to teach teens history, science, and social skills.

Dungeons & Da Asians #6: The Real (Fake) History of Xia

Episode 15: Diversity in D&D, the Lunar New Year, and Islam in TTRPGs ft. Basheer Ghouse

Daniel and Ammar discuss diversity in the D&D community, break down Lunar New Year traditions, and plan for Breakout Con 2020! After that, Daniel had an incredible conversation with designer Basheer Ghouse about Islam, TTRPGs, and depictions of southwest Asia. If you have questions about this episode’s themes, suggestions, or anything else related to Asians...

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Dungeons & Da Asians #5: Pan Yan the Historian

As Dong Feng recovers from their wounds, our heroes venture to the Imperial Library of Xia to meet Pan Yan the Historian, a scholar who possesses the answers to the mysterious phenomenon that may destroy the kingdom!

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Episode 14: Holiday Recap ft. Jayd!

For the final episode of 2019, the fully united Asians Represent crew discusses their favourite pieces of Asian pop culture of the year, their favourite games, and plans for 2020! Shout out to awesomedice.com for sending us two lovely sets of dice for our Dungeons & Da Asians game! If you have questions about this...

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Dungeons & Da Asians #4: Zhouxia’s Edge

With Dong Feng wounded, our heroes find themselves delayed in Chang’an, the capital of Xia. When summoned to the court of Empress Zhouxia, Ning is thrown into the political drama of the kingdom! If you have questions about this episode’s themes, suggestions, or anything else related to Asians Represent, or have sponsorship inquiries, get in...

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Episode 13: Misfortune Quest (15-Minute Game Jam)

Dungeons & Da Asians #3: Mantou & Melodrama

Xia, the Kingdom of the Mist, is under attack. As our heroes race towards the capital Chang’an, they encounter a dark force that resides in the rice fields that surround the city.

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Episode 12: Big Bad Con recap ft. Viditya Voleti & Akemi Maniwa

On this episode, Daniel recaps his experience at Big Bad Con 2019, designing a game in 15 minutes, and interviewing up-and-coming designers Viditya Voleti and Akemi Maniwa!

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Dungeons & Da Asians #2: Zhouxia’s Spear

On this episode of Dungeons & Da Asians, Deng Feng struggles with the prophetic words they heard when touching the jade omen from the heavens. The party visits one of the many fortresses near the capital of Chang’an – the mighty Zhouxia’s Spear – only to find that things are not as they seem. If...

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