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.

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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49. Fatima Abdul Karim

Bait Byout co-founder Fatima Abdul Karim on the birth of larp in the Arab world.

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48. Aleksandra Sontowska

Award-winning RPG designer Aleksandra Sontowska on sex, horror, and unsettling self-knowledge in games.

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47. Tania Carriere

It’s an episode of unabashed sincerity with artist and coach Tania Carriere of Advivum Journeys.

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46. Darcy Ross

Writer, designer, and noted gastropod enthusiast Darcy Ross talks evolution, community, and shining a spotlight on the things you love.

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45. Epidiah Ravachol

Game designer and publisher Epidiah Ravachol talks playstorming, the games you love to teach, and the unheralded joy of double-entry bookkeeping.

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44. Jenn Martin

Designer Jenn Martin on witches at work, manic pixie dreamgirling, and larp impostor syndrome.

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