I didn’t expect to have an opportunity to host a panel for Metatopia any time soon but Covid-19 happened.
As a result this convention went online and, long story short, you can watch this panel featuring myself and three amazing guests (more about them below) on YouTube.
My enthusiasm about organising a panel for Metatopia expressed itself in two ways.
First, maybe I picked one of the longest and convoluted title for a topic: “Tabletop Roleplaying Games and English: Beyond the American Culture Online”.
Second, I set myself the goal to gather guests strictly from different continents. I did pull it off with talented TTRPG designers hailing from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. What I love with constraints like that, is that they foster opportunities to meet new people.
My panellists were:
- #RPGSEA/#Sworddream – Pam Punzalan (She/They)
Pam Punzalan is a queer Filipino game designer, sensitivity and cultural consultant, and editor based in Manila. She first entered the spaces through #RPGSEA and #Sworddream, and now does community organization for both spaces on top of Asians Represent. Beyond publishing her own work, particularly the PtbA games Sundo: We Once Mortal and Navathem’s End, you may find her contributions across projects big and small. She was recently part of the team that released The Islands of Sina Una, and is now on Brinkwood, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Gun & Slinger, and Best Left Buried.
- Old Skull Publishing – Diogo Nogueira (He/Him)
Diogo Nogueira is a Brazilian game designer and graphic artist from Brazil. He created Old Skull Publishing in 2016 to take part in the growing community of DIY RPG community and simply loves to explore all kinds of games, even though he has a soft spot for the OSR. He created, among other games, Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, Lost in the Fantasy World and is going to release a trilogy of minimalist RPGs focusing on survival very soon.
- The Wagadu Chronicles – Allan Cudicio (He/Him)
After working as a Game Designer for Candy Crush developer King and narrative games studio Wooga, Allan Cudicio founded his own company, Twin Drums. He is currently working on the PC game “The Wagadu Chronicles‘ ‘, the first afro fantasy MMORPG. Allan’s big passions are Dungeons & Dragons, fried plantain, dogs, cycling and justice.
If you are not a fan of YouTube, I will upload an audio only version of this panel on our regular feed. I will do so as soon as I have some spare time between my preparations for CyberConv and work on “Paris Gondo – The Life-Saving Magic”.
In the meantime, have good games.
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