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Storytelling Across Media symposium at Comic-con Museum

SAM: Storytelling Across Media, Nov. 3, 2018 in San Diego, CAGames, comics, VR, and more! If you’re interested in how we tell stories across media, come check out the Storytelling Across Media symposium at the shiny new Comic-Con Museum in San Diego this weekend. I’ll be speaking on a fantastic panel of game writers!

  • WHO: SAM: Storytelling Across Media
  • WHAT: A one-day symposium devoted to talks and workshops about storytelling in various forms of media.
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 3 • Panels: 12:00–6:00 PM • Mixer: 7:00–10:00 PM
  • WHERE: Comic-Con Museum, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
  • ADMISSION: Free; online advance registration is encouraged. Seating is limited.

And here be more details about the game writing panel:

3:15–4:00 Storytelling in Games: Shaping the Future of Narrative—Anne Toole (writer, Horizon Zero Dawn), Desirée Proctor and Erica Harrell (writers, Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners), Shanon Ingles (writer and narrative designer, Ghost Story, Midboss, Tellltale & EA), and Neal Hallford (executive producer, Swords & Circuitry Studios) gather to discuss how games are evolving the art of narrative through interactive media experiences. The panel is moderated by Jana Hallford (executive producer, Swords & Circuitry Studios) and will include a Q&A session. The Lodge

See you in San Diego!

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Spoooky D&D adventure out now for Halloween!

If you’re looking for some spooky Halloween fun this year, check out the short d20 adventure I co-wrote for Rolled & Told #2. You’ll get a chance to check out the art and another longer adventure that you can play on Halloween. Face up against ghosts at Maigret’s Traveling Carnival or zombies (which are not from me this time, I swear!) in Bones of Contention while you play with some of your nearest and dearest. Who wants to go to a party, when you can join a party, you know what I’m saying?

Rolled & Told 2
We’re celebrating Halloween in Rolled & Told! Writers E.L. Thomas and Anne Toole go grim and give you all the shambling, undead horror you and your group of wild and ready role-players can handle! In our full adventure, a strange malady grips a small farming village; the last thing they need is a horde of undead rising from all around them. Your player characters will get to literally reap what has been sown!

You can pick up Rolled & Told #2 at some local comic book stores, order a copy online, or get a digital copy immediately for play tonight!

Because games are fun, and fun is good for you!

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Join the Dark Side at LA Comic Con

Sounds like an invitation to a Sith bar, but in fact I’m inviting you to join me and several other fabulous humans (not to imply I’m one of them) TODAY to discuss the dark storytelling at LA Comic-Con. Here are the deets:

Women On The Dark Side
3PM in Room 308
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Always a popular panel, this panel features women who challenge the convention of what women “should” create. Challenging, complex, and sometimes controversial, these women speak for those who aren’t always about glittery vampires and sparkly unicorns. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Featured panelists are:
Susan Lee (@LifeOnItSide) – “Wraith of Love”, “Shadowed Doorways”
Maria Alexander (@LaMaupin) – “Snowbound”, “Mr. Wicker”
Dr. Suzana E. Flores – “UNTAMED: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine”
Anne Toole – “Curse of the Pharaohs/Assassins Creed”, “Mine! anthology)

Moderator – Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press

See you there, I hope!

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Ringo Award winner for best comics anthology is Mine!

Yes, Mine! Not mine, but Mine! The comic book anthology I contributed a short story to, entitled Mine! from ComicMix, won the Ringo Award for best comic book anthology last weekend at Baltimore Comic-Con. Congrats to all the writers, artists, and editors who made this anthology possible!

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Mine! was nominated alongside these other fantastic anthologies:

  • Magic Bullet, D.C. Conspiracy
  • Mirror, Mirror II, 2dcloud
  • Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1, Dark Horse Comics
  • SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest, Harry N. Abrams

Check out the full list of nominees and winners here!

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Last chance for Cthulhu comics anthology!

The all-ages comics anthology, Cthulhu is Hard to Spell, has only days to go before it disappears off Kickstarter fo’evahhh!** The anthology, to which I contributed a short comic story, funded in a little over a week of its launch, but it’s still going strong with over $30,000 raised. Boasting 35 stories in the Cthulhu mythos, the book will definitely wing its way to you if you decide you want a copy, or a pin, any number of other fun or useful backer gifts. In addition, if you kick in for even a dollar, you’ll earn a bunch of digital comics that unlocked after we met each stretch goal!

With only days to go, you may want to head over and get yourself a physical or digital copy of Cthulhu is Hard to Spell before you forget. The end is near!
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My contribution to the anthology is dedicated to everyone who had to travel far and wide to find their people. If you’d like a preview of the short story I wrote, with art by TEEN TITANS GO’s Lea H. Seidman, here be:

The Kickstarter ends Thursday evening Pacific time, so grab your Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthology before it’s too late!

**UPDATE: The Kickstarter is over and successfully funded, but you can still order a copy here on Indiegogo!

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NBA Live 2019 is Live!

Image result for nba live 19 cover athleteWriting knows no boundaries. Today, my writing appears in EA’s latest installment of the NBA franchise with the launch of NBA Live 2019! I wrote scripts as well as interactive text dialog, along with C.J. Kershner, another fantastic writer. I was super excited to work with such a talented team of devs on my first pure sports game! Available for XB1 and PS4, you can buy it right now. Check it out. Play. Become the One.

Here’s how EA describes it:

NBA LIVE 19 redefines the way you play. With Real Player Motion and 1v1 Everywhere, a head-to-head gameplay feature, you’ll have unprecedented levels of control on every possession. Pursue basketball glory with the freedom to create your path in The League and The Streets, and chart your own hoops journey with the return of THE ONE.

And a little bit on how Polygon describes it:

NBA LIVE 19 SOMEHOW MAKES SOCIAL MEDIA FUN AGAIN

My exploits in The One were wrapped with a fictitious social media presentation that’s the best I’ve seen since sports video games started faking tweets about five years ago.

See you on the court!

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Post-apocalyptic games panel at PAX West

PAX West LogoIt’s the end of the world as we know it, and we can’t wait to play it. If you’re at PAX West this Sunday, I’ll be speaking on a panel with a bunch of other fantastic creators to discuss the appeal of the post-apocalypse in video games. If you can’t wait for the end of the world, join us on Sunday for a sneak peek 😉

Why We Love the Apocalypse
When: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 10:30AM-11:30AM
Where: Sphinx Theatre (Sheraton) in Seattle, WA

Why do we like playing like it’s the end of the world? With so many games set when society crumbles and the worst side of humanity (or inhumanity) takes over, what is it that draws us back to games set around an apocalypse? Join writers and designers from games like State of Decay, Horizon Zero Dawn, BioShock and Shrouded Isle as we talk about what goes into a good apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic game, why we like making them, and what new dark and upsetting places we want to take players next.

Who: Richard Foge [Design Director, Undead Labs], Tanya X. Short [Director/Designer/Writer, Kitfox Games], Jordan Thomas [Designer & Writer, Question], Anne Toole [Narrative Designer & Writer, The Write Toole], Richard Rouse III [Director/Designer/Writer, Paranoid Productions]

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