Archive for the ‘Signal Boost’ Category


Companions’ Tale Kickstarter

February 16, 2017

Laura Simpson is creating a really neat storytelling game and a very different take on the Hero’s Journey:


Writing Inclusive Games Workshop

January 6, 2017

K. Tempest Bradford has been running “Writing the Other” workshops for authors for some time now, providing useful advice, exercises and examples to help people expand writing great, believable characters, and avoid the pitfalls of stereotypes and tropes.

This go around focuses on games – bringing in Monica Valentinelli, who has worked on games for Steve Jackson Games and White Wolf Games.

If you are a game designer, publisher, or freelance writer, this is a chance to get in on some valuable insight and understanding to improve the work you create and make a better hobby.






Found Loot – an initiative to help game creators

July 7, 2016

I Need Diverse Games is starting a great initiative to help diverse game creators:

Found Loot is an initiative inspired by and modeled after Fund Club (created by Ashe Dryden ofAlterConf and Shanley of Model View Culture) to help fund gaming & gaming related projects by diverse creators. Funding is provided by members who agree to a $50 per month donation directly to the organization or group that we pick each month.

Found Loot is needed among a lot of other initiatives to fund gaming projects, diverse work and creators. There’s a lot of diverse, game related projects that don’t quite fit into a Kick Starter, IndieGoGo or Go Fund Me campaign.

Sometimes creators need a little extra to cross the line from idea to fruition, to make the difference between a prototype and a finished product coming to the masses. What we want to do is help those folks who need that lift to continue their work.

If you wish to donate, you can join here.

If you’d like to apply for funding, you can fill out the forms here.



Writing the Other online workshop Mar 13th

March 5, 2016

K. Tempest Bradford just hipped me to the Writing the Other workshop coming up this Sunday.  The workshop is aimed at giving creative tools to writers on how to approach creating characters in ways that are human, respectful and broadening beyond the creative pitfalls it can be easy to stumble into.

And, if you’ve been reading my blog or writings for any time, you know that a lot of times I’ve seen perfectly decent game design get mixed with horrible portrayals and hateful messages.  If you’re a designer and actually interested in broadening your creative tools and doing better, it might be worth your time to check out.

Are you afraid to write about characters whose racial heritage, sexual orientation, or religion differs from your own? Do you think you’ll get it wrong or cause offense?

In this renowned workshop, basis for the classic text Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, authors and editors Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward teach you to write sensitively and convincingly about characters of diverse backgrounds.

Appropriate for all fiction writers, Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction combines lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an introductory workshop for the concept and practice of writing the other, and it is the basis for the writing handbook Writing the Other. If you have read the book, this workshop repeats the information given there in a different format and offers students the opportunity to do the exercises and get feedback from the instructors and your peers. It is different in scope from the 6 week and weekend intensive workshops.

The class will cover:

  • Identifying differences from the unmarked state that are, in this culture, considered to be deeply significant differences
  • The Dominant Paradigm
  • The Marked and Unmarked States
  • Parallax
  • Categorical Thinking
  • Congruence
  • Resonance

This workshop is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, comics, screenplays, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level. Technical requirements below.


Community Radio: Strangeness on the Airwaves

February 14, 2015

Quinn Murphy’s Community Radio, the Nightvale-with-the-serial-numbers-scraped-off RPG, is now available for sale.  It’s a great short game, going for $3 a PDF.


The Adventures of Yellow Peril & Magical Negro

January 11, 2015

My friend Na’amen and I had been talking about doing a podcast for over a year now.  We finally started, where we talk about geeky shit from a POC view.  First episode, rambly and longer than we expected, but still fun. Show notes here.

Covered everything from Dragon Age: Inquistion, steampunk alt-history books, anime, comics, and more!


Indie Initiative Bundle of PDF games

December 12, 2014

The Indie Initiative Bundle of Holding has a LOT of good games right now.

$8.95 gets you

  • Breaking the Ice
  • octaNe: premium uNleaded
  • The Shadow of Yesterday
  • Trollbabe
  • Universalis

Go above that and you get:

  • Dogs in the Vineyard
  • Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • InSpectres
  • My Life with Master
  • Polaris (and The Wish We Wish to Night)
  • Puppetland
  • Sorcerer (Annotated Edition)

There’s a TON of really good games here, and if you’re looking to try games that are still very innovative RPG designs, this is a great deal.