It turns out writing tabletop role-playing games is a thing you can do as an occupation. It is hard to explain to grown-ups at parties, who generally assume that I write either a) entire video games all by myself, b) instruction manuals for board games, or c) actually nothing, and my entire job description is an elaborate façade concealing a life of indolence, crime, and self-hatred.
I also do cultural consulting on RPGs and other creative works. If you want to make sure your work depicts ethnic and religious diversity in an accurate, evocative, and respectful manner, I will help you. Right now I do this for free, although if you can pay me to do it, awesome.
I also run games professionally, mostly ones I haven't written myself, mostly for children whom I later make fun of on the Internet. If you're in the greater New York metropolitan area, contact me and I can run games for you and/or your children too. I promise not to make fun of you on the Internet, unless you really want me to.
Things I Have Already Written Which You Can Get
Bubblegumshoe is a game from Evil Hat Productions about teenage detectives. For this game, I wrote "The Wheels of Steal," a story seed about fire, robbery, and hip hop (not necessarily in that order).
Fiasco is a game about powerful ambition and poor impulse control from Bully Pulpit Games. It runs quickly (often under two hours) and is an ideal introduction to tabletop role-playing games. Fiasco kicks off sessions with tables of setting and story prompts called playsets. I wrote a playset about martial arts frauds called Fist City, inspired by such masterpieces of two-fisted heroism as Enter the Dōjō and Miami Connection.
- Various characters for Heroes & Villains
- Aragosta, Jaragua, and the Atabean Trading Company for Pirate Nations
Urban Shadows is a game from Magpie Games about urban fantasy politics and action, powered by the Apocalypse Engine. For this game's setting supplement, Dark Streets, I wrote Borough Guides to the Bronx, Manhattan, and Shàolín. Check them out if you like baseball players who claim to be Yorùbá god-kings, ill-advised bargains with evil subway trains, and psychic landfills. Or, y'know, bagels.
These Are Done but You Can't Get Them Yet
I did cultural consulting on "Black as Pitch at Midnight," an upcoming Call of Cthulhu adventure from Golden Goblin Press.
Working On It
Monsterhearts is Avery Alder's game about teenage monsters exploring messy relationships and queer sexuality. I'm contributing to its guide to experiencing race and religion in the context of high school horror.
Scion is a game from Onyx Path Productions (the artists formerly known as White Wolf) about modern demigods. I'm writing the devá, òrìṣà, and shén pantheons for Scion: Hero. Brie Sheldon interviews me about the game here. My in-progress bibliography for the game is here.
Shinobigami is a Japanese role-playing game about secret modern warring ninja clans, rendered into English by Kotodama Heavy Industries. I'm writing an adventure for this game about an American martial artist appropriating shinobi secrets from Japan.
Iron Street Combat is a World of Adventure for Evil Hat Productions' Fate System. In ISC, shadow governments, creepy cults, evil megacorporations, and other mysterious political factions solve their problems through one-on-one hand-to-hand combat in the tradition of fighting games such as Tekken, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat.
Warrior Princesses in the Realm of Everafter, also from Galileo Games, is a fantasy adventure game about fairytale princesses. In the Tales of the Warrior Princesses supplement, I'm writing "Unite the Clans," an adventure about the Chinese folkloric hero Huā Mùlán encountering the Chányú of a fearsome horde. I also helped build the characters and develop their unique mechanics.
AfroFuture is a game about culture heroes from your favorite songs fighting back against the Man across space and time, based on the mythology and æsthetics of Parliament-Funkadelic and Ishmael Reed. For more information about this game, come find me at a convention!