Writing 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!
It’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]
A 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.
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
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.
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! 😉
Unboxing contributor copies of 7th Sea: Crescent Empire
The final DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Curse of the Pharaohs, is live today! I was the lead writer on this extravaganza set in the ancient capital of Egypt, Thebes, forcing Bayek to face new foes and Pharaohs who seem to have risen from the dead. Enjoy hours of new content, including fantastic locations, weapons, and battles that expand what you’ve already enjoyed in Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you have a season pass, you can download it straight away, or you can purchase it for the low, low price of $19.99.
Already, fans have been saying to Ubisoft “look all I’m asking is what time the curse of the pharaohs dlc will go live I’m not asking for you to employ me” 🙂 and “And so apparently the cutscenes from the Curse of the Pharaohs DLC plus the full ending have already been leaked / shared / published / whatever. Be careful out there!” Check out the launch trailer here:
Congrats to the team at Ubisoft Sofia on the launch, and hope everyone enjoys playing it!
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. I was one of the writers, and now you can buy it and play it right now on Steam! It’s perfect for the you-shaped person reading this post right now!
Although it’s finally available for all to enjoy, it’s already been picking up some steam (sorry for the pun) on the indie scene. It won the Developer’s Choice Award at Indiecade:
It’s also been nominated for Excellence in Narrative in the Independent Game Festival (IGF), along with some other awesome indies:
It’s also picked up a lot of great reviews and ratings from players on the Steam page. Once you buy Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, don’t forget to leave your own rating!