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Congrats on THE WITCHER’s 76 million viewers – but not of the game

Image result for witcherNetflix’s THE WITCHER apparently reached 76 million viewers in its first month of release, making it Netflix’s biggest premiere ever. Congrats to everyone involved! And, in an abundance of clarity, I was not one of them 😆 I was one of several credited writers on the first WITCHER video game along with my then writing partner Sande Chen.

Why do I feel the need to clarify? Because this week a friend reached out to me and asked, “Aren’t you rich yet?😁


Alas, no. The games and series are both based on best-selling novels from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. To him go the glory and the spoils. You can see bits of Eastern European mythology seeping in that make the Witcher’s world stand out. While the games offer more of a sequel to the books, the Netflix series adapts the books themselves.

The popularity of the Netflix series has been a boon to the games, however. WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT (also no affiliation), just recorded its highest number of players ever, despite being released in 2015. I guess to CJ Projekt Red and Steam go some of those spoils.


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Days Gone wins Best Storytelling Award

DAYS GONE, the survival horror game I wrote for, won for Best Storytelling at the Golden Joystick Awards last month. As a PS4 exclusive, DAYS GONE also won Playstation Game of the Year.


I contributed some early development writing, including developing the lore and jargon of the Ripper cult. Check out images from the book (art by various — I can’t draw) below.


From the Playstation website: “At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love—and hope. It’s about how, even when confronted with such enormous tragedy, hope never dies.”

If you haven’t played DAYS GONE yet, maybe now’s the time. Nothing says the holidays like fighting for your life!


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Where the Water Tastes Like Wine? On XBox, PS4, and Switch

So apparently the water tastes like wine on consoles today! I wrote a story for Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, an award-winning game about traveling and telling stories in a folkloric Depression-era United States. If you like supporting indie games or new approaches to game narrative, this game is for you! If you hate all those things, check it out anyway, you monster. You’re sure to find something you like.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is available today on XBox One and Nintendo Switch. You will be able to crank it up on Playstation 4 starting Monday, December 2nd. Of course, it continues to be available on Steam,, and GOG for all you PC dreamers. Check out the trailer while you’re at it.


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Arrr! Writing for Conan the Pirate

It’s Halloween! Time to dress up as a pirate! Maybe even… Conan the Pirate? I contributed to this Modiphius sourcebook for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of. It’s a tabletop RPG that allows you to sail down the coast of the Western Sea to discover Shem, Stygia, and Kush and engage in some daring-do. The book can inspire you to write your own adventures using the 2d20 system set in Conan’s world.

Conan The Pirate

Want to know more? Here’s a write-up from Modiphius’s site:

The Hyborian world is home to many dangerous people, and none are more ruthless or dastardly than its pirates, the scourge of the high seas. A menace to civilization itself, these seagoing bandits have their own ways, customs, and traditions, and Conan the Pirate explores pirates and the pirate world.

Detailed within these pages are the countries up and down the coast of the Western Sea — proud Zingara, wealthy Argos, the western reaches of Shem and Stygia — as the setting for pirate-based campaigns.

With this volume, CONAN characters can embark on campaigns of piracy, plunder, and high adventure! So, unsheathe your cutlass and ready yourself for a boarding action, to seize plunder and glory for your captain and fellow buccaneers!

So check out Conan the Pirate for Halloween — or any time you feel like an adventure!

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Halo Redux: Speaking and signing in Anaheim this weekend

ImageIt’s the grand finale of Halo: Outpost Discovery! The traveling convention delivered the creatives behind the Halo franchise all over the US to give back to fans. I joined the crew in Chicago earlier this month to discuss the Halo comic I wrote. I will also be on hand in Anaheim all weekend for the last leg for signings and panels. Check out the schedule below!

Halo: Outpost Discovery Anaheim
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
When: August 30-September 1, 2019

Friday, August 30

3:15PM – 4:15PM “Women in Gaming – Halo Edition” Kiki Wolfkill, Jessie Thomas, Katie Jerauld, Jen Taylor, Anne Toole. – Moderator Nyxi

Saturday, August 31

12:00PM – 1:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange:  Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole

2:45PM – 3:45PM Panel at Main Mixer Stage:  “The Write Stuff: Part 1 – Comics, Short Stories, YA Fiction and more”  Cassandra Rose Clarke, Anne Toole, Frank O’Connor, Joseph Staten – Moderator Jeff Easterling

Sunday, September 1

11:00AM – 12:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange: Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole

See you soon!

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Chicago: Writing in the Halo universe

This weekend! Join in for another edition of Halo: Outpost Discovery in Chicago. This three-day real world event dedicated to Halo has already started its tour of the country, and I’ll be in Chicago to participate in the festivities. Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking on a panel as well as signing the Halo: Lone Wolf comic book mini-series that I wrote for Dark Horse.

I’ll be joining a host of Halo luminaries, including voice actors, writers, and the head of 343 herself, Bonnie Ross. Check out all the guests scheduled to come:


Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

Halo: Outpost Discovery Chicago

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Exhibit Hall G
Chicago, IL 60018

Saturday 8/3/19
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Write Stuff panel, featuring Greg Bear, Troy Denning, Kenneth Peters, Anne Toole; Location – Content Stage
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange

Sunday 8/4/19
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange

See you in Chicago, or later this month in Anaheim!

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Panels on Writing at San Diego Comic Con 2019

Today’s the day! Comic-con International begins tonight, luring people from all over the world to enjoy perfect weather; infinity comics, games, series, and more; and all the shenanigans you can get into. In addition to signing my latest comic from Kymera Press, I will be speaking on not one, but two panels this week on writing, so if you’ll be attending, come on by and ask your burning questions about writing.

Designing Narrative for Computer Games
When: Friday, July 19, 8pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center, Room 23ABC


What: Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. A panel of industry vets share their insights into the creation of these amazing, interactive worlds.

Add it to your Comic-con schedule here.

Diversity in Writing: Women Writers and Producers
When: Saturday, July 20, 5:30pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center, Room 26AB


What: Award-winning diverse women writers and producers will discuss creating stories with strong diverse female characters across TV, animation, comics, and games; they’ll also address the importance of diverse representation, getting started in writing, and their career paths from writing to executive producing top shows. Panelists include Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Rebels; producer of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy; winner of WGA Animation Writing Award), Denise Downer (Marvel’s Avengers Black Panther’s Quest, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), Keto Shimizu (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, executive producer and writer; Arrow), Silvia Olivas (Disney’s Elena of Avalor, producer and writer; Moesha), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, WGA Video Game Award winner; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Joelle Sellner (DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic Boom), and Gloria Shen (Disney Channel’s Amphibia). Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO.

Add it to your Comic-con schedule here.

Pet Noir issues #5-6

I’ll also be stopping by the Kymera Press booth 2003 to sign issues 5 and 6 of Pet Noir, following the adventures of a genetically engineered cat on a space station. Pet Noir 6 will be new for Comic-con, so be one of the first to own it! Follow me or Kymera Press on Twitter for updates on when I’ll be signing!

Whatever you do at Comic-con, have a great time!

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