New Twine released, Halfway, To The Lamppost!

My latest Twine is out now!

It’s called Halfway, To The Lamppost and is about how we experience and process fear differently as kids versus adults.
 
All of the Oct proceeds for Halfway, To The Lamppost will be donated to Sistering, a trans-inclusive women’s shelter.
 
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

Thanks to Jonathan Levstein for design and technical support.

TNS Spotlight

For more information on On The Run see the Apple Store TNS Spotlight store page or the Google Play TNS Spotlight store page.

Fact Sheet

Developer: Radical Sheep Productions (Toronto, CA.)

My role: Lead narrative designer

Release Date: August 16, 2018

Platforms: Mobile (iOS/Android)

WebsiteTNS Spotlight Release Trailer

Description: New story-driven game that lets YOU join The Next Step A-Troupe! #TheNextStep follows A-Troupe, a group of dancers who strive to win a number of dance competitions – all while dealing with their own drama and relationships.

Leaps & Maneuvers

The Women’s Studies Research Center will present Leaps & Maneuvers, an exhibition of interactive video games created by members of Toronto collective Dames Making Games (DMG). With a mission to positively influence the gaming industry and improve inclusiveness within it, DMG gives game creators agency in the expression of their identities and provides a community for women to play, critique and create games.

An exhibition with Brandeis University that featured games made by members of Dames Making Games, co-curated with Soha Kareem. I wrote the exhibition description for the digital catalogue.

More information can be found here.

WordPlay

WordPlay is our free festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Each year there will be a curated game showcase, talks by creators about the craft, and ways for the public to learn about making games.

I was on the programming committee and a volunteer for 2013-2015, and I was a jury member for Wordplay 2016, which was hosted at the British Library.

More information found about WordPlay here.

Damage Camp

Damage Camp is a festival of games and ideas, celebrating the diversity and talent within the Toronto community. Damage Camp was created out of a desire to provide a space for our Dames Making Games members and the larger Toronto games community to gather, talk craft, showcase our work and share with each other in order to grow!

Damage Camp prioritizes upholding diverse voices within the games community in Toronto. Have fun, support and uplift each other, and come together to celebrate the unique games scene in our city.

I am on the planning and programming committee for Damage Camp.

Read about Damage Camp 2017 here: Dork ShelfNational Post

Damage Camp 2018 has been announced! 

Short story, “More”, accepted for publication in Frankenstein-inspired anthology We Shall Be Monsters edited by Derek Newman-Stille

32130264_1665317773550253_7668767748863819776_nI’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ve sold a short story to the Frankenstein-inspired anthology We Shall Be Monsters (Renaissance Press, 2018), edited by the Aurora-Award-winning artist, editor, and reviewer Derek Newman-Stille.

You can back the the Kickstarter here, and stay tuned for more information on pre-ordering the anthology.

My short story is queer, body horror erotica that explores eating disorder recovery through intimacy and kink.

Read my interview about my short story here.

Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins

Purchase links: CRC Press | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

game devs and othersGame Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins tell the true stories of life in the industry by people of color, LGBTQIA and other marginalized identities. This collection of essays give people a chance to tell their stories and to let others know what life on the other side of the screen is like when you’re not part of the supposed “majority”.

Why is this anthology necessary? Because too often voices of those society marginalizes are left out of the bigger conversation around gaming, the industry, those that cover it and discuss it. Those that live, eat and breathe gaming are often ignored in favor of the assumed default. This is a chance for people to tell their story, honestly and from the heart on what either being in the industry or on the edges of it means for them. (from Tanya DePass)

Contributors include:

  • Alex Zandra Van Chestein
  • Elizabeth LaPensee
  • Hadeel al-Massari
  • Jaym Gates
  • JC Lau
  • Jonathan Jennings
  • Josh Boykin
  • Kadeem Andrew Dunn
  • Kaitlin Tremblay
  • Kat Jones
  • KN Granger
  • Lauren Ashlee Comp
  • Matthue Roth
  • Maurice Broaddus
  • Michael Annetta
  • Scount Angel Munroe
  • Shana T Bryant
  • Shareef Jackson
  • Dorey T. Shawn
  • Steven Spohn
  • Toiya Kristen Finley
  • Vanessa Paugh