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.

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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53. Jonaya Kemper

Game designer, writer, and researcher Jonaya Kemper leads us down the winding path of larp ethnography and emancipatory bleed.

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52. Jeeyon Shim

Larp educator Jeeyon Shim on survival skills, Hellboy, and the secret life of trees.

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51. Jackson Tegu

Join award-winning game designer Jackson Tegu on a meandering chat through envelopes, CDs, and posters on telephone poles.

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50. Daniel Kwan

Archaeologist and professional GM Daniel Kwan talks holiday games, Dramatic Managers, and building social skills through role-play.

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