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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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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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Fitting Writers into the Development Process

Bildergebnis für devcom logoA thrill a minute at Devcom! Or maybe just informative by the minute. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking on Fitting Writers into the Development Process at Devcom in Cologne. Join in the informativeness!

Fitting Writers into the Development Process

When: 12:00pm-1pm, Monday, August 20, 2018
Where: Devcom, Stage 2, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
What: Game developers are sometimes left scratching their heads on how to incorporate writers into the game development process.  This talk will take attendees through the stages of development to identify how a writer can integrate with the team and add value to the game, whether it be narrative-driven or narrative-light.

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Signing comics and talking games at San Diego Comic Con!

It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”

Here be the schedule:

Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.

Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.

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Writing for 7th Sea: Crescent Empire

7th Sea (2nd Edition)Swashbuckling sorcery is the name of the game! Well, actually, 7th Sea is the name, and the next sourcebook, the Crescent Empire, features a chapter entitled the “8th Sea,” written by yours truly. Most of the 7th Sea is set in Theah, inspired by Europe, while the Crescent Empire expands the 7th Sea to encompass exciting new territories. Learn about heroes, intrigue, ancient beasts, and more in the largest expansion yet. Enjoy the hard cover (see below) or pick up a pdf of the sourcebook along with the rest of the 7th Sea titles over at DrivethruRPG. See you there! 😉

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Unboxing contributor copies of 7th Sea: Crescent Empire

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