I love stories. Whether it’s reading a good novel, watching a movie, or playing a video game, I’m hooked by the people, the setting, and the plot. For me, it’s just as engaging, if not more so, to write a story, work on a script or develop a video game. So when I was asked by Dice and Stuff to participate in a podcast to showcase a role-playing game that’s being Kickstarted by Shades of Vengeance, I couldn’t say no.
The thing about role-playing games is that are a means for a group of people to collaboratively tell a story. The host is the storyteller and the rest of the players are the characters. The host sets the scene, plays the majority of people that the players encounter in the world and the characters react to each other and the setting like actors in an improv as they move the story forward.
People often ask how I co-write with my sister and I always find the question a strange one. I think that’s because of my background in theatre and in role-playing games where collaboration is simply how it’s done.
Either way, the podcast I’m in will roughly four parts long, starting now and releasing each week in November. I encourage you to take some time out of your day to listen and enjoy the hilarity as we play through an ‘episode’ of an old-timey style super-hero show in the form of a radio play. For reference, I’m the voice of Tiny Tina – a ‘superhero’ with the power to shrink to the size of bug.
Era, the Empowered, is a role-playing system being Kickstarted right now. You can check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadesofvengeance/era-the-empowered
And Dice and Stuff has a few different podcasts going on if you’re looking for more collaborative storytelling or information about role-playing games. You can check them out here: http://www.diceandstuff.com/
Or like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/diceandstuff
Without further ado, here’s the link to the first part of Cowl Cops, an Era the Empowered Game: http://www.diceandstuff.com/cowl-cops-case-of-the-mystery-meat-part-1/