I was recently interviewed for an article in WIRED magazine regarding my thoughts on why there are so few women in wargaming, especially compared to similar hobbies such as board gaming and tabletop roleplaying. The article also goes into possible solutions to make the hobby more welcoming, not just for women, but for anyone who’s new to the hobby.
In the April 2021 issue of The Imperial Herald, Paul invited me on to chat about the climactic chapters for the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game story arc as well as the narrative process behind L5R in general. I discuss how I came to work on the setting and what it was like to work with the many freelance fiction writers who contributed to the storyline. We also discussed the balance between preparation and spontaneity when working on a serialized story, especially when that story is interactive and involves input from a community. You can read the full interview on the Imperial Herald website.
In this episode of the Court Games RPG podcast, Kakita Kaori and Korvar invited me on to discuss my role in the development of Fantasy Flight Games’ story reboot for the Legend of the Five Rings as well as the writing I’ve done for it since. They asked me about my background with the setting as well as the aspects of the world that drew me in and are the most interesting for me to explore in the fiction and adventures I’ve created for the setting. We also consider player interaction with the storyline as well as some of the challenges of writing an inclusive and diverse setting. You can listen to this episode on Apple iOS, Spotify, or on the web!
GM Hooly and Chris Witt invited me to speak on The Forge: A Genesys RPG Podcast (one of their many fantastic podcasts on the d20 Radio Network). We had a great conversation about laying out and formatting your self-published RPGs, both for print and digital media. I highly encourage anyone who’s thought about publishing on the DM’s Guild or the Genesys Foundry to give it a listen!
What tips and tricks have you found effective when self-publishing RPGs for print or digital media? Leave a comment below!
The Id DM recently invited me on his podcast, Ego Check, an interview podcast series hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D. The podcast delves into a variety of game types (e.g., tabletop roleplaying games, board games, video games) from a psychological perspective. Dr. Mallen has been interviewing members of the gaming community for articles on his blog, The Id DM, since 2011 and is now posting these interviews for others to enjoy. Check out his blog as well as the other fantastic episodes with other guests from the gaming industry and beyond!
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That's not all! Heroes of Legend, a series of #fiction that follows the confrontation of the usurper Bayushi Shoju and his second-in-command Ikoma Ujiaki: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/legend-of-the-five-rings-the-card-game/
And be sure to check out Under Fu Leng’s Shadow, the final installment for #L5R LCG!
Check out new Legend of the Five Rings fiction with the full chapters of the Battle of Cherry Blossom Snow, a fan-lead culmination of the Scorpion Clan Coup arc.
Find it in the Support Section: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/legend-of-the-five-rings-the-card-game/
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