Interview

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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87. Diana J Leonard

Psychologist Diana J Leonard shares her work on the life cycle of play communities.

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

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

73. Albert Kong

Game designer and artist Albert Kong joins us for a talk about parkour, the art of gathering, and other ways to open the potential for play in the world around you.

Albert’s website
Albert on Twitter
Albert’s Inbox Zine
Mt. Caz
The We-Ness
A Pattern Language
Tom Sachs
The Dispossessed

72. Senda Linaugh

Game designer and co-creator of She’s a Super Geek, Senda Linaugh, talks gaming, creativity, and community connection. Content note for discussion of abusive relationships.

Senda on Twitter
She’s a Super Geek
Pandas Talking Games
Love & Justice
We Can Once More Ascend
Senda on Gnome Stew 

Avonelle Wing

James sits down with one of the brilliant minds behind Double Exposure to discuss Metatopia, the Envoy program, and fostering an open gaming community.

Blue Rose with Jack Norris

James speaks to Jack Norris about the return of Blue Rose, Green Ronin’s new take on the original romantic fantasy RPG. We calk about changes to the setting, updates to AGE, and design goals for the new edition.