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I’ve written about tools that make the process of transcribing podcast episodes easier (Otter.ai and YouTube), but it is also important to know what to transcribe and how the finished transcript should look. That’s what this style guide is for. Because style guides can be a bit abstract, all of the information in this style […]

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  I’m going to start by saying that it isn’t inherently wrong to create game mechanics that treat disability as a limitation. However many of the mechanics that exist create dynamics that reinforce negative ideas about disability. The most common problems are mechanics that fail to represent important experiences of disability, don’t represent disability accurately, […]

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  What it Is Traits associated with specific disabilities are regularly used to make monstrous and evil creatures seem more creepy, frightening, or disgusting. For example, disability associated traits like hunchbacks, non-normative limb shapes, and joints that bend in unusual ways are often used to make demons appear misshapen and deformed. Giving monsters traits associated […]

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Otter.ai is an online app that is designed for transcribing and sharing meeting notes. It is a great option for free automatic podcast transcription. In particular, the ability to easily share transcripts with others and work on them together is super helpful. (Be aware that a google account may be necessary to use this sharing […]

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This super adorable illustration was created by the talented Meghan Dornbrock. It depicts an owlbear from The Owlbear Reintroduction Program, an adventure that is being released on the Writing Alchemy podcast (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4 have been released so far). Once the text of this adventure has been published, this […]

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  What It Is There are a number of cosmic horror tabletop role-playing games based on the Cthulhu Mythos that was originated by H. P. Lovecraft in the twenties and thirties (list of fiction in chronological order). This mythos has been picked up and continued by others. Deeply rooted in this mythos is the idea […]

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Castle Panic Mini Review

This mini-review was created for The Nifty Nerds’ list of The Best Games for 2 Players. I love cooperative games, and one of my absolute favorite cooperative boardgames is Castle Panic. In it the players cooperate to defend their castle against a horde of monsters (goblins, orcs, and ogres) that are attacking it. The different […]

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So excited to be a guest on the Modifier podcast along with game masters Jordan Green, and Anna Murray for Episode 43: Get Acquainted with the Unfamiliar Heroes – Part 1. Accessibility is a reoccurring theme of the Modifier podcast, allowing us to really delve into this topic in detail. This was a great conversation and […]

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This the ninth post of my Trope of the Week Series. Tropes are conventions (or repeated patterns) used in storytelling. They can include themes and plot devices. Underdog characters triumphing after dedicated training is an example of a trope, as is goodness being associated with physical beauty, and villains revealing their secret plans to heroes […]

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This the eighth post of my Trope of the Week Series. It has been polished, updated, and expanded in “Five Common Harmful Representations of Disability” which has been published on the Mythcreants blog. Tropes are conventions (or repeated patterns) used in storytelling. They can include themes and plot devices. Underdog characters triumphing after dedicated training […]

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