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HALO: Lone Wolf comic out today!

Halo: Lone Wolf #1New year, new comic! If you love you some science fiction set on distant planets, or enjoy the Halo video games, check out Halo: Lone Wolf. I wrote this four-issue comic book series from Dark Horse and 343 that starts with issue one today! You’ll find it wherever fine comics are sold.

Halo: Lone Wolf follows Spartan Linda-058 alone on a covert mission. Her skills in infiltration and marksmanship make her perfect for the high-stakes mission to end the threat posed by a wanted scientist on a distant planet. With only an ONI-assigned AI at her side, Linda must fight through both the dregs of the Covenant and the hostility of a lost human settlement to stop the rogue scientist in his tracks.

The newest entry in the Halo comics franchise is written by Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, The Witcher) with art by Kieran McKeown (White Canvas) and JL Straw (Back to the Future), colors by Dan Jackson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call of Duty: Zombies), and covers by Christian Ward (Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer, Young Avengers).

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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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Horizon Zero Dawn nominated for Writers Guild Award!

Horizon Zero Dawn‘s writing team earned a Writers Guild Award nomination! The announcement marks my second nomination; the first was for THE WITCHER. HZD has made quite a splash, winning Best Narrative at the Golden Joystick Awards and the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival, among others. Horizon joins nominees from such projects as HANDMAID’S TALE, GLOW, and GET OUT. Read on to see all the Videogame Writing nominees!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Madden NFL 18: Longshot, Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts

For a full list of nominees and other awards info, check out the list here.

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Update: San Diego Comic-con panels, streaming and signing!

cci_logoMore panels! A signing! If you’re going to Comic-con — and even if you’re not — you have more chances to learn about writing, hear news from Comic-con, and pick up a kewl comic. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Comic-con HQ Streaming Panel
Thursday, July 21st, 3-4pm
Log on to Comic-con HQ (free) and watch a panel of industry pros, including me, discuss the latest news coming out of Comic-con!

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Friday, July 22nd, 5-6pm, Room 9
Add this panel to your schedule, or check out more deets here.

Signing Crystal Cadets!
Sunday, July 24th, 11am-noon, Lion Forge booth 2300
I’ll be live in person signing promotional materials for the Crystal Cadets graphic novel (hopefully they can get the second printing in time). Rumor has it I’ll be joined by the artist, Katie O’Neill. Fingers crossed!

Come on down and say hi, or catch me streaming on the interwebs!

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SDCC: Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

It’s baaack! This year at Comic-con International in San Diego, we’ll be gathering together to discuss writing for gamez! Come join the usual suspects and some new faces as we discuss writing for games and answer all your burning questions.

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered),Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

When: Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Room 9

Join us! You can add it to your schedule here.

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Worldbuilding at Dutch Comic-con!

I have modest ambitions this weekend. I’m going to teach how to build an entire world. A universe even. But I won’t be alone. I’ll be joined by several other writers with the equally modest goal of sharing how to create appealing worlds for the reader. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking about the representation of women in games with several other writers of books, comics, and movies. If you’re interested in building worlds for your novel or game, or you’d like to hear about great representations of women in the media, come on down to Dutch Comic con this weekend!Dutch Comic-con

World Building
When: Saturday, March 26th, 3:45pm-4:45pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Brian McClellan
Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief, IDW)
Adrian Stone
Me!

Bechdel Test Anno 2016
When: Saturday, March 26th, 5-6pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Corinne Duyvis
Marieke Nijkamp
​​Tisa Pescar
Ann Vandermeer
Jeff Vandermeer
Me!

If you find yourself near Utrecht in the Netherlands this weekend, join all of us at Dutch Comic Con!

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Writing Great Video Games with Great Video Game Writers — at Comikaze

Comikaze is back at the LA Convention Center this weekend! If you want to learn about writing great video games, come on down for a panel with some awesome video game writers, and I’m not just talking about me 😉  The panel title is more than a prescription for creating great games — we’ll be discussing our own narrative toolbox. Join me, Chris Avellone, Haris Orkin, and Karen Strassman this Saturday to learn it all! Or as much as we can get through in an hour!

WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES with GREAT VIDEO GAME WRITERS
Saturday, October 31, 2015
2:30pm
Room: 518
The co-authors of SLAY THE DRAGON: WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES moderate a panel on video game writing with some of the best video game writers working today. Learn what goes into creating stories for games; what tricks and tools are in the video game writers’ toolbox. Hear how these game writers broke into a business and the need now for more narrative designers in this every growing world. Guests include: Anne Toole, The Witcher, Escape Dead Island;
 Haris Orkin, Dying Light, Call of Juarez;
 Karen Strassman, Til Morning’s Light, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm;
 Chris Avellone, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas.

See you on Saturday at:
Comikaze Expo 2015

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