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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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Henry comes in & ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE continues

The webseries I created, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, has been streaming on Youtube for over a month and a half! Check out this resume of the first episodes if you haven’t seen them yet. The series, developed for German broadcaster MDR and Funk, cracked 15,000 subscribers this month with the introduction of Henry, who at first completely forgot he’d met Annette and ends up… well, it’s still in progress 😉

If you can understand German, take a gander at the episodes that premiered in the last month:


Episode 7
Her sister Jenny is literally at the point of strangling her, so Annette, fed up, announces she’s moving out to stay with Maria. And so it begins…


Episode 8
Annette moves in with Maria… but it’s not all fun and dancing.


Episode 9
Annette should be writing, but she’s looking through online dating profiles instead.


Episode 10
Annette has yet to write anything at Maria’s. I wonder why…


Episode 11
It’s happening! Annette meets Henry (again), who doesn’t remember her from the Arne concert way back in ep 4.


Episode 12
Henry still doesn’t remember Annette, but he’s figured out there’s a vlog.


Episode 13
Annette and Maria talk smack about Henry, and he overhears. Awkward.


Episode 14
Henry calls Annette Maria’s puppet. Annette hits the beer.


Episode 15
Annette practices music to prove to Henry she’s not Maria’s puppet. Plus, first Arne video!


Episode 16
The gang have a farewell party for Maria’s free time,now that her family’s arranged a job for her at the Grimms. Looks like the only ones really unhappy are Maria… and Henry.


Episode 17
Maria’s sleeping in her work clothes, while Annette plays with a new story, though Henry is still on her mind…


Episode 18
Annette doesn’t get a great review on her story, so she turns to Henry to help her revise…


Episode 19
Annette gets a mountain of notes from Henry, and Maria entertains herself by giving her a strange hairstyle.


Episode 20
OMG, so cute together! No need to summarize the episode, the title is enough: “No more showers and naked running around” ha!


Episode 21
Annette gets a good review — and now Henry is nervous about asking her for feedback on his writing.


Episode 22
Double date & naked? Annette goes on a double date, and somewhere in there is a live model drawing class.


Episode 23
Henry’s poems are terrible; Annette doesn’t know how to tell him. Maria, however, would have no problem.

As always, if you don’t know German, you can still 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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Premiered! Webseries ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE is live!

The webseries I created, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, premiered at the beginning of the month, and six episodes are up already! Following the friendship, love, and betrayal of Annette Hulshoff, the webseries begins with a rejection from a university: her application revealed too little about her personality. She embarks on a webseries to explain herself, right before she embarks on the most exciting and harrowing time of her life. Based on the life of the eponymous poet, so far the series has introduced Annette and her goal of getting out of her little town, her close friendship with Maria, and Maria’s boyfriend Graf.

This transmedia webseries includes twitter and instagram feeds, not to mention the comments section of the videos themselves. The webseries is a first for German broadcaster MDR Sputnik and funk. Nevertheless, you can watch it auf Deutsch on Youtube here or check out all the videos that have aired so far:


Episode 1
Annette introduces herself and her need to get the hell out of dodge. She also introduces her sister, Jenny, the good girl.


Episode 2
Maria tells Annette to live a little and offers to teach her to flirt it up at an Arne concert.


Episode 3
Annette is stressing over a poem she’s writing, but Maria just wants to head out for the concert. Guess who wins?


Episode 4
After the concert, Annette and Maria get stranded… somewhere?


Episode 5
Annette put up her first poem — and now has to deal with internet comments.


Episode 6
Annette consoles Maria, who’s broken up with Graf… again!

If you don’t know German, you can still follow along on their social media sites:
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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