Backstory

Hosted by Alex Roberts, Backstory is an ongoing series of interviews with game designers, organizers, scholars, and other members of the role-playing community. This show is all about the person behind the work. What draws them to gaming? In what context do they work and play? What are they most excited about for the future? Alex loves getting to know people, and you’ll love coming along for the ride.

Alex Roberts is a giggling cutie who wants role-playing to be safe, healthy, and fun. She play tests, runs, and promotes live-action and tabletop games from her impenetrable ice spire in the frozen wastelands of Canada.

In a previous life she made and wrote about video games. At the moment, she is probably reading a very cute comic book.

89. Cat Tobin

On the final episode of Backstory, designer and publisher Cat Tobin talks pushing things forward, leaving things behind, and publishing original Irish language RPGs!

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88. Lucian Kahn

Game designer Lucian Kahn talks magic, humor, and some exciting game anthologies. Would you rather be a Visigoth or a Mall Goth? Lucian’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/oh_theogonyLucian’s Gameshttps://necromancy.itch.io/You & I https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/255136The Erotic Art Games Anthologyhttps://sharangbiswas.myportfolio.com/erotic-art-games-anthology?fbclid=IwAR3LC1eqBotUIEcol6gy_EtUZ6-Tr8XF3274GC2ibMC1KGl0xj66SSSDPDA

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86. Ben Chong

Ben Chong, aka swordsnflowers, joins us to talk about his experience teaching analog game design, developing the TTRPG scene in Malaysia, and his own unique Sword Dream. Ben on TwitterBen’s games on itch.ioAlex on Patreon

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85. Sangjun Park

Game designer and translator Sangjun Park talks about Moonflower, game translation, and his hopes for the future of the Korean TTRPG scene.

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84. Jon Cole

Larpwright and sex educator Jon Cole on teaching with larp, designing in collaboration, and creating space for Real Talk.

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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