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Writing for games and breaking in at Long Beach Comic Con

If you are interested in writing for games, or how to break into writing, Long Beach Comic Con had the panels for you this month.

For the “Writing for Video Games: the Real Behind the Virtual” panel, I joined Tony Bedard (Agents of Mayhem), Jon Callan (Survios), Shawn Kittelsen (Injustice 2), and John Nee (Cryptozoic) to discuss the trials and tribulations of writing games, and how it differs from other media. You can check out a short write-up here.

“Writing for Video Games” panel at Long Beach Comic-Con

Afterwards, I joined Brandon Easton (Agent Carter) and Geoffrey Thorne (Librarians) on “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood.” Brandon puts on this panel at Comic-con, Wondercon, and LBCC, so you know it’s bound to be good. He gave people good advice on best books to read, including WRITING THE TV DRAMA, and WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING. I may have to check those out myself.

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“The Writer’s Journey” panel at Long Beach Comic-con

Did you get a chance to attend either panel? If you did, drop a comment and share the best thing you learned!

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ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE webseries concludes!

100 episodes. 2.6 million views. Thousands of comments. It was such a great ride. So happy that people liked ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, and that Youtube has google translate. ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the German webseries I created, concluded this month. Eager to find out what happened with Annette, Maria, Henry, and Arne? Fortunately, I’ve got the synopses for you in English.

Not caught up? Check out the first episodes here, the second batch of episodes, and the penultimate list of episodes here. All set? Here’s how it all played out:

Episode 75

Jenny urges Annette to delete the illicit videos, but Annette doesn’t want to give Maria the satisfaction.

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Episode 76

Annette has to go into the Grimms and tries her best to avoid Maria and ends up in an awkward situation.

Episode 77

The lights go out, Annette and Arne are left alone… he starts telling a ghost story… and then…

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Episode 78

Graf comes over to return some items, and Annette insists she’s over Maria and asks about… Henry.

Episode 79

Arne’s back! Sort of. He gives an interview where he denies he had deep feelings for Annette, and also implies that there was another reason he was with her.

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Episode 80

Annette is now convinced everything Arne did and said was a lie set up by Maria, calling him a poor man’s Orlando Bloom!

Episode 81

Annette has a dream of two Marias!

Episode 82

Jenny kicks ass. She backs up Annette who’s trying to take down all copies of the improper video that’s been released in the wild. But there’s one copy she won’t take down…

Episode 83

Jenny pulls herself out of her comfort zone and Annette out of her funk. Annette’s reminded she’s had a sister all along…

Episode 84

Annette struggles to write a letter to Henry, then gets a mysterious Skype call.

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Episode 85

Jenny thinks Annette should either call Maria or let her go. What does Annette think?

Episode 86

Annette finally sends a video to address the elephant not in the room: Maria. Why did she do what she did?

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Episode 87

Maria replies! She’s been bored out of her mind without Annette. Can they get back together?

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Episode 88

The Grimms have published Annette and Jenny’s fairy tale. Is Annette now done with vlogging?

Episode 89

Henry replied!! And he wants to meet! Has he forgiven her?

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Episode 90

The Grimms make a mess of Annette’s story, while she gets ready to go meet Henry.

Episode 91

Henry is back and #teamhenry is on fire! Henry admits everything he’s done wrong, including believing Maria.

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Episode 92

Henry finds Annette out, and Jenny takes the opportunity to interrogate him about his “story” regarding Arne.

Episode 93

Annette and Henry’s relationship seems to be going well. Except they haven’t kissed!

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Episode 94

Annette is happy! Who knew this was a thing? She’s been offered a job, everything is easy with Henry, and best of all, she doesn’t have to participate in Maria’s wedding planning.

Episode 95

Jenny passed her bar exam, and Annette threw her a party. Henry and Annette are getting along great… and then her and Arne’s song comes on…

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Episode 96

Arne has written a new song, and Henry catches Annette listening to it.

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Episode 97

Graf called off the wedding! But is Annette ready to forgive Maria?

Episode 98

Arne’s got a letter for Annette that Henry doesn’t want her to have. What’s going on?

Episode 99

Annette shares what happened with Henry. What’s next for Annette?

Episode 100

Last episode! Annette has packed and says goodbye to everyone who had an impact on her, one way or another, and Maria has one more surprise.

Thank you for everything!

Congrats to the cast and crew, and thanks to everyone and the fans for a great run!

Remember, even if you don’t know German, you can watch by turning on Closed Captioning and changing the Youtube settings to auto-translate. You can also follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:

https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …

https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /

Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …

Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/

Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/

Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Video Game Writing panel at Comic-con

cci_logoComic-con International starts today, and tomorrow I’ll join a panel of video game writers to discuss video game writing. If you’re at SDCC, you’ll want to check this panel out!

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. This panel of industry vets share insights gleaned from creating some of the best reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. The panel includes Neal Hallford (Lily Bard Online), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Kimberly Unger (Dexter: Slice), and Erin Knowles, moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

See you in San Diego!

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Two to Tango AR

VR is getting mad funding these days, but it seems that fewer are talking about AR. Augmented Reality (AR) offers the chance to explore a fantasy world without cutting out the real world. I’ve had the privilege of writing for two AR games, coincidentally both for Google Tango: GHOSTLY MANSION and CRAYOLA COLOR BLASTER.

This is a Tango:

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This is GHOSTLY MANSION:

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Upon your death, you became a ghost, your spirit imprisoned inside the many rooms of your mansion. To finally be at peace, you must unravel the mystery of your death, searching for clues using your ghostly arm. As one does 😉 You move around your room or play area in real life to get closer to clues that reveal hidden secrets. Feel free to check out the first four rooms for free. This game only works on Tango.

From Rabbx
Entertainment Category Winner of the Tango App Contest


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This is CRAYOLA COLOR BLASTER:

Cartoony creatures invade your real-life world in this walk-around augmented reality (AR) game, exclusively for Tango-enabled Android devices. Find the paint buckets and treasure chests hidden in your room and start blasting life-sized zombies with color!

From Legacy Games
Nominated for Best AR Experience in the Google Play Awards

If you’re having a bit of trouble imagining it, this is what the world looks like in-game:

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Check them out on Google Play if you have a Tango!

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Decision time! ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE webseries continues

ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the German webseries I created, swung into full gear this month. Annette has gotten to know both Henry and Arne, and now she has to make a decision. But will it come out as she expects?

Check out the first episodes here and the episodes leading up to last month, before you launch into what’s been happening this month:

Episode 61

Arne is thrilled with all the comments on his music video, ignoring Annette’s misgivings. Then he gives her something she didn’t ask for.

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Episode 62

Jenny comes over to lure Annette home. Do Jenny and Maria have a mutual dislike?

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Episode 63

The lights go out, Annette and Arne are left alone… he starts telling a ghost story… and then…

Episode 64

Annette wants to talk about something serious, while Arne has a question of his own.

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Episode 65

Maria’s up to no good, as she asks for love advice from Arne, who only wants to talk about Annette.

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Episode 66

Annette is not sure who’s best for her, then gets an email from Henry saying he’s looking forward to see her, in not so many words.

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Episode 67

Arne takes Maria’s advice and gives Annette something to remember. What does she give him in return?

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Episode 68

Arne lays it all out in the aftermath of his love song.

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Episode 69

Annette may not be sure, but 200 comments says the fans have chosen their guy! After Arne’s ultimatum, Annette is torn between Arne and Henry, and gets a little assist from Maria.

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Episode 70

Maria gets into a fight with Graf, and turns to Annette for solace.

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Episode 71

Annette’s made her decision! And not all the fans are happy about it. Who has she chosen?

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Episode 72

BOOM! Bombshell dropped. Maria’s been a bad, bad girl. But she’s not alone.

Episode 73

Double bombshell as Arne reappears… as does Henry.

Episode 74

She’s lost everyone, but she’s going to keep vlogging. #teamannette!

Remember, even if you don’t know German, you can watch by turning on Closed Captioning and changing the Youtube settings to auto-translate. You can also follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:

https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …

https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /

Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …

Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/

Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/

Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Writing on Horizon Zero Dawn

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Contributor copies!

Since Horizon Zero Dawn came out a month ago, it’s been a delight to see the reviews (89 on Metacritic!), the sales numbers (2.6 million units worldwide!), and most importantly, the posts and messages from people I know enjoying the game. One lesson I’ve learned? People, especially those in the game industry, actually read the credits!

I got the opportunity to write with and for a bunch of great writers on HZD, and I know the entire Guerrilla team worked hard on this game for years. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do. If you’ve already picked it up, let me know what you think.

Now for some bonus photos from the launch party:

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A first (for me)! Heroic fantasy in French!

20170224_144058Bucket list item, checked off! I’ve always wanted to write something in French, but was a bit hampered by the fact my French is far from fluent. Enter comics to save the day! A call for heroic fantasy submissions from quarterly anthology Ganesha made my dream possible. In Ganesha #17, my story joins a host of other French fantasy stories involving everything from elves and wizards to Asian-inspired fantasy.

My story, “Petit Héros,” follows the adventure of an apprentice tanner on an errand in a fantasy version of medieval Paris. Martin van der Schuijt and Femke Schaars lent their art to the tale. If you’re interested and ready for a collection of other French stories, you can order the comic or subscribe to Ganesha at 92bulles.fr, or pick up a copy at one of the participating stores in France.

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