Writing a backstory for your RPG settings and players

July 2nd, 2020

Reposting from Creative Play and Podcast Network published on June 25th, 2020 https://creativeplayandpodcastnetwork.podbean.com/


Does your setting need a backstory? Where can you find inspiration for setting?
Join our guests Debra Hoenig Parizek, Justin Oldham and Evan Cook as we talk about Writing a backstory for your RPG settings and players.

Definitely checkout more about our guests at their links below.

Justin Oldham the mind and drive behind the RPG and novels for the AFTER COLLAPSE RPG line

Check out his Amazon author page:



Evan Cook the founder and mad scientist behind the creations of Paradigm Lost LLC



And follow Paradigm Lost on Facebook at @paradigmlostllc https://www.facebook.com/paradigmlostllc/
On Discord: Paradigm Lost Alpha Testing Enclave


Debra Hoenig Parizek of ParDen Us Gaming and producer of the EVERYVERSE RPG game system.




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Interview with Justin Oldham and A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE

December 10th, 2019

*Reposted from https://creativeplayandpodcastnetwork.podbean.com *

This weekend I got to have a great interview with Justin Oldham a writer, gamer and RPG developer who has written A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE a post-apocalyptic role-playing game set after civilization has come to a slow, bitter end.

"If your thinking of building a game, then do it!"

This Role-Playing game offers a detailed post-Collapse environment filled with opportunities for adventure and discovery. Player Characters, known as “Survivors,” cautiously explore through the dangerous ruins of once-great metropolises. A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE uses a d20-based game mechanic, a classless character generation system and a Character Point (CP) system that rewards players when they complete scenario and campaign goals, allowing them to improve attributes and acquire new skills.


“A.C.: After Collapse is a post-apocalyptic tabletop RPG with a customizable D20 architecture that allows referees and players to experience this genre in as much or as little detail as they want. The game includes basic rules and individual source books that expand on a variety of topics. It is supported by a product line of novels and anthologies that use the power of fiction to provide a big backstory. There is something for everyone, no matter how much or how little experience they have with RPGs or this genre.”

Links to the book and the series on Drive Thru RPG are HERE

I hope you enjoy our chat and check out Shadow Fusion at these links:



Shadow Fusions YouTube Page is HERE

Justin Oldham’s Amazon Author page is HERE

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Also Justin's other book we discussed:


Interview with Ed, Gaming Manager at Tucson Comic-Con

October 30th, 2019


Were looking forward to a fun weekend this Nov 1st. 2nd and 3rd so I wanted to talk to Ed the Game Manager of Tucson Comic-Con about the fun weekend of gaming coming up this weekend!
Well be getting our GAME ON at #TCC! Join us for hours of fun and excitement in our game room with RPGs , tabletop games and the free Arcade games!
Join in the Pop Culture For All at #TucsonComicConNov. 1-3, 2019 at the Tucson Convention Center
To host a Game atTucsonComic-Con go to tinyurl.com/tcc19game or
This year the Cons Game room is open from:
Fri 3pm-10pm
Sat 10am-midnight
Sun 10am-5pm
Find everything Tucson Comic-Con here at https://www.tucsoncomic-con.com/
Thank you Bookmans for sponsoring the gaming room: https://bookmans.com/
Thank youAmazing Descovries for letting us record at your store  https://www.amazingmtg.com/
Please check out Extra Life at https://www.extra-life.org/
Our favorite Gaming Con RinCon: http://rincongames.com/
Join in the Pop Culture For All at #TucsonComicCon
Nov. 1-3, 2019 at the Tucson Convention Center
To host a Game atTucsonComic-Con go to tinyurl.com/tcc19game or

RinCon 2018 Panel Women in Gaming

January 8th, 2019

Pull up a chair, there's room at the table for everyone. Hear from an array of women's voices in the world and industry of games: BG and RPG design, event coordination, web content, and… well, sitting at the gaming table.

This was a great Panel at Rincon last October in 2018, check out more at our favorite gaming Con at http://rincongames.com

The wonderful panelists:

Karen ArnoldEwing, RinCon Chair


Marissa Kelly


Sarah Reed, Board Game Designer at undinestudios.com/

I'm an avid board game fanatic and married to an amazing LEGO builder named Will. These two hobbies keep us busy and fill our house to the brim. We run a local board game designer group in Sacramento, California. We have designed and published two board games so far, Project Dreamscape and Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture. I'm a huge supporter of Kickstarter board game projects and am active on Twitter, encouraging other people in the hobby to have fun and pursue their passions. I also created the play 10 board games 10 times challenge on BoardGameGeek.com.


Kat Rider, Live Host & Content Creator at GloryHoundd.com

Steve Jackson Games Live Host. Director and Producer of GloryHoundd Productions Videocast Series, Gaming Addict, Professional Game Demonstrator, Entertainer, Writer.


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Interview with Ed Jowett and the RPG Era The Chosen

August 28th, 2018

Legions of creatures are invading and only you, the Chosen, can enter the Lost Lands to fight back, and face the horror of the Anonassi...but first check out the Kickstarter here:



I was lucky enough to get to chat with Ed Jowett from Shades of Vengeance and to talk about their newest addition to the Era series of RPG games. Currently Era: The Chosen is live on Kickstarter and has funded with still 20 days left to go to unlock more fantastic stretch goals so please check it out!


Check out their Facebook group to talk with other GMS and swap stories with other Chosen here:


and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shades_of_Venge


Check out the YouTube things we mentioned on the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j7TRgXlg6U


Check out their books on Drivethru RPG here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8156/Shades-of-Vengeance?affiliate_id=49631

Seriously check out all those Quick start guides!!!!


"I’m a universe builder really."




For Those Resident Evil and Zombie fanrs check out Era: Survival for a great Zombie game:


Keep an eye out on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cppn I think we need Septembers one shot to be the Era quick starter!

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Interview with Ben Ravensdale and Villains & Henchmen!

August 6th, 2018

Interview with Ben Ravensdale and Villains & Henchmen!
I got a chance to chat with Ben Ravensdale from Ravensdale Publishing and talk about their awesome game Villains & Henchmen!  
Ravensdale Publishing
Please check out and support their Kickstarter at:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1039811131/villains-and-henchmen
And join Ravensdale on Social media 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravensdale.publishing
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ravensdale.publishing/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ravenspublish
Also heres some other fun stuff we chatted about:
The spectacular art of Sour_Muse:https://www.instagram.com/sour_muse/
Check out Starship Valkyrie is a live-action roleplaying crisis simulator, created by Christian Brown and Roselle Hurley.http://starshipvalkyrie.wikia.com/wiki/Starship_Valkyrie_Wikia
Sentinels of The Multiverse:


Dice bags from UberDungeon, seriously check them out here:
RinCon 2018
TusCon 45
Tucson Cmic Con
Crit Hit AZ
Learn more about RPGaDay here:

Check out our #RPGaDay2017 and #RPGaDay2016 episodes here!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 9th, 2018


Our message for International Women's Day

Meet the lady Gamers Kellie and Jocelyne who want to talk about International Women's Day (IWD) and were celebrating it this year at Tucson Games and Gadgets. On March 8 and I think this is a new tradition for every year! Today on International Women's Day we commemorate the movement for women's rights.

While the first observance of a Women's Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Woman’s Conference suggested March 8 to become an "International Woman's Day."

Please be grateful for all the ladies at the gaming tables and lets all be allies to each other while sharing and respecting each other at the table and outside the hobbies we love!


Tucson Games and Gadgets: https://www.tucsongamesandgadgets.com/

Check out our KickStarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1540288459/help-launch-season-five-of-dnd-journey-of-the-fift

Our Scion podcast and Trixie can be found here: https://ragnarokandroll.podbean.com/

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Would you be interested if we hosted D&D and Edge of Empire games on Roll20?


February 13th, 2018


Find more about John Paul Ried and his great books and groups we talked about at the below links:
palamarin adventures llc at http://www.palamaranadventures.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PalamaranAdventuresLLC/?pnref=about.overview
Imperial outpost games https://www.facebook.com/imperial.outpost.7/
Here's the teaser for the book that starterd itall!
Reckless Ambitions (The Medford Family Chronicles Book 1)
The beloved, highly respected, and automatically obeyed Palamaran Emperor John Cardillion III suddenly has died without naming a successor. He has four very powerful sons, An Arch Cleric, a Fighter, a Wizard and a Merchant Prince (aka thief), who are eager to slay each other and claim their father’s Ruby Throne. Earl Thomas Medford, the former Emperor’s best friend and Commander of the Imperial Guard, has to decide which royal brother to support for the throne and marry his deliciously gorgeous only daughter too. Earl Medford intends to either avert or win a bloody and vicious civil war.
Meanwhile Earl Medford’s daughter Christina has fallen hopelessly in love with one of the many Imperial Guard officers, Nick Armand. Christina and her best friend, Abigail Theosoar, do everything they can to hide this passionate romance. The not-so-simple Palace Gardener, Dr. Andrew Numil, who has his own agendas, discovers Christina’s secret and uses it to his advantage. Abigail Theosoar’s father, former gladiator and tavern owner Robert Theosoar, falls under a terrible curse with politics as the new Lord Mayor of the Palamaran Capitol.
Finally, Professor Oliver Wendell Enalan, a middle-aged Illusionist spellcaster from the Gamemasters University, finds new psionic abilities within himself as he falls in love with a beautiful Elven refugee Princess. The Gamemasters University, of which Professor Enalan is employed, is dedicated to searching the limitless multiverse for new and exciting games to play augmenting their magical powers. Will Enalan be able to defend the GMU mission and fulfill his destiny? Is the price of ultimate power bitter loveless loss? You shall judge in the end.

Interview with Jim Miller and the word on Crit Hit 2018!

February 6th, 2018

Crit Hit! is Phoenix's Tabletop Gaming Convention!
featuring board/card games & tabletop RPG's. Returning for our 3rd year July 13-15 at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix. Now back for our 3rd year and we are going bigger and better than ever before! From Role Playing Games, Board /Card Games, to panels and night time entertainment, Crit Hit is a weekend of adventure and fun!
 for 7th Sea RPG check out http://7thsea.com/

The Sword the crown and the unspeakable power RPG check them out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wheeltreepress/the-sword-the-crown-and-the-unspeakable-power
Chuthulu Dark RPG they have it at DriveThruRPG http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/98137/Cthulhu-Dark?affiliate_id=49631
Lazers and feelings RPG go to http://onesevendesign.com/
"Gaming is a great way to interface with people!"
Full Metal RPG PODCAST over at https://soundcloud.com/full-metal-rpg
Also a few more honorable mentions! 
Wild in the Streets miniture game
Frog god games
Big publisher with a tiny game?
The inside track on GM perks and Swag! 8 hours equal a free pass plus more!
The oliver House
Crit Hitaz.com

Come fly the wild skies with Wild Skies: Europa Tempest RPG and one of its main pilots Brandon Aten!

August 8th, 2017

Hi guys, joining me today is Brandon Aten publisher of Wild Skies, a story-driven, dieselpunk RPG of anthropomorphic animals, where sky pirates fight for survival over 1930's Europe!

"Europa Tempest is the first book to explore the world of Wild Skies. Its focus is Europe, where everyone is still reeling from the aftermath of the Great War, which never really ended. Instead, 1918 was the year revolutions on the homefront engulfed all of the major combatants. Nations fragmented and loyalties were confused. In the years since then four major nations have remade themselves from the chaos. England is now the center of the Hedge, a fully-militarized authoritarian state with the world's most powerful air navy. France remains divided between the fascists and republicans, both claiming to embody the French spirit. Germany is still ruled by the Kaiser and has built a ruthless land fighting force ready to flex its muscles. In Russia, the Bear Tsar officially rules from his flying palace but many act in his name advancing their own agendas. In between and on the margins mercenary companies and air pirates eke out a living."

- Wild Skies: Europa Tempest RPG


( Wild Skies: Europa Tempest RPG cover; I love this cover! )


Wild Skies Europa Tempest on DriveThruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/215426/Wild-Skies-Europa-Tempest?affiliate_id=49631

This core rule book for Wild Skies provides players:

  • A complete, new, original rules system allowing all players to focus on the stories and adventures they want to part of, and which rewards accuracy, not just success.
  • A robust character creation process giving players complete control in choosing from 40 Animal Types, dozens of Animal Abilities, 20 Careers and over 80 Skill Specialties.
  • The Moral Compass, which integrates a character’s personal motivations with rewards of their own choosing.
  • Combat rules integrating everything from dogfights to fisticuffs.
  • A comprehensive description of the nations of Europe, the setting and important figures.
  • 16 ready-to-play characters for those who want to just step right into the action!



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