Netflix’s THE WITCHER apparently reached 76 million viewers in its first month of release, making it Netflix’s biggest premiere ever. Congrats to everyone involved! And, in an abundance of clarity, I was not one of them 😆 I was one of several credited writers on the first WITCHER video game along with my then writing partner Sande Chen.
Why do I feel the need to clarify? Because this week a friend reached out to me and asked, “Aren’t you rich yet?”
Alas, no. The games and series are both based on best-selling novels from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. To him go the glory and the spoils. You can see bits of Eastern European mythology seeping in that make the Witcher’s world stand out. While the games offer more of a sequel to the books, the Netflix series adapts the books themselves.
The popularity of the Netflix series has been a boon to the games, however. WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT (also no affiliation), just recorded its highest number of players ever, despite being released in 2015. I guess to CJ Projekt Red and Steam go some of those spoils.
DAYS GONE, the survival horror game I wrote for, won for Best Storytelling at the Golden Joystick Awards last month. As a PS4 exclusive, DAYS GONE also won Playstation Game of the Year.
I contributed some early development writing, including developing the lore and jargon of the Ripper cult. Check out images from the book (art by various — I can’t draw) below.
From the Playstation website: “At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love—and hope. It’s about how, even when confronted with such enormous tragedy, hope never dies.”
If you haven’t played DAYS GONE yet, maybe now’s the time. Nothing says the holidays like fighting for your life!
So apparently the water tastes like wine on consoles today! I wrote a story for Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, an award-winning game about traveling and telling stories in a folkloric Depression-era United States. If you like supporting indie games or new approaches to game narrative, this game is for you! If you hate all those things, check it out anyway, you monster. You’re sure to find something you like.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is available today on XBox One and Nintendo Switch. You will be able to crank it up on Playstation 4 starting Monday, December 2nd. Of course, it continues to be available on Steam, Itch.io, and GOG for all you PC dreamers. Check out the trailer while you’re at it.
It’s Halloween! Time to dress up as a pirate! Maybe even… Conan the Pirate? I contributed to this Modiphius sourcebook for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of. It’s a tabletop RPG that allows you to sail down the coast of the Western Sea to discover Shem, Stygia, and Kush and engage in some daring-do. The book can inspire you to write your own adventures using the 2d20 system set in Conan’s world.
Want to know more? Here’s a write-up from Modiphius’s site:
The Hyborian world is home to many dangerous people, and none are more ruthless or dastardly than its pirates, the scourge of the high seas. A menace to civilization itself, these seagoing bandits have their own ways, customs, and traditions, and Conan the Pirate explores pirates and the pirate world.
Detailed within these pages are the countries up and down the coast of the Western Sea — proud Zingara, wealthy Argos, the western reaches of Shem and Stygia — as the setting for pirate-based campaigns.
With this volume, CONAN characters can embark on campaigns of piracy, plunder, and high adventure! So, unsheathe your cutlass and ready yourself for a boarding action, to seize plunder and glory for your captain and fellow buccaneers!
So check out Conan the Pirate for Halloween — or any time you feel like an adventure!
It’s the grand finale of Halo: Outpost Discovery! The traveling convention delivered the creatives behind the Halo franchise all over the US to give back to fans. I joined the crew in Chicago earlier this month to discuss the Halo comic I wrote. I will also be on hand in Anaheim all weekend for the last leg for signings and panels. Check out the schedule below!
Halo: Outpost Discovery Anaheim
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
When: August 30-September 1, 2019
Friday, August 30
3:15PM – 4:15PM “Women in Gaming – Halo Edition” Kiki Wolfkill, Jessie Thomas, Katie Jerauld, Jen Taylor, Anne Toole. – Moderator Nyxi
Saturday, August 31
12:00PM – 1:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange: Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole
2:45PM – 3:45PM Panel at Main Mixer Stage: “The Write Stuff: Part 1 – Comics, Short Stories, YA Fiction and more” Cassandra Rose Clarke, Anne Toole, Frank O’Connor, Joseph Staten – Moderator Jeff Easterling
Sunday, September 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange: Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole
See you soon!
Like anime? Like sci fi? Like adventures with an immortal scoundrel and a friendship robot determined to find her best friend? (Okay, maybe that’s a bit specific) Then fire up your Netflix this Thursday to watch the 12-episode first season of CANNON BUSTERS, the anime series created by LeSean Thomas (BOONDOCKS) and written by many fantastic writers and me!
When: Thursday, August 15, 2019
What: Immortal renegade Philly the Kid and his transforming pink Cadillac join a relentlessly upbeat friendship droid on her quest to find a missing prince. TV-MA (for mature audiences)
Check out the official trailer here, or learn more about the series’ global development here.
This weekend! Join in for another edition of Halo: Outpost Discovery in Chicago. This three-day real world event dedicated to Halo has already started its tour of the country, and I’ll be in Chicago to participate in the festivities. Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking on a panel as well as signing the Halo: Lone Wolf comic book mini-series that I wrote for Dark Horse.
I’ll be joining a host of Halo luminaries, including voice actors, writers, and the head of 343 herself, Bonnie Ross. Check out all the guests scheduled to come:
Here’s my schedule for the weekend:
Halo: Outpost Discovery Chicago
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Exhibit Hall G
Chicago, IL 60018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Write Stuff panel, featuring Greg Bear, Troy Denning, Kenneth Peters, Anne Toole; Location – Content Stage
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange
See you in Chicago, or later this month in Anaheim!