93 episodes

BACKSTORY is an ongoing series of interviews with game designers and other notable members of the role-playing community, hosted by Alex Roberts. This show is all about the person behind the work: how did they get into gaming? Why did they start designing? What are they most excited about for the future? Alex loves getting to know people, and you'll love coming along for the ride.

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BACKSTORY is an ongoing series of interviews with game designers and other notable members of the role-playing community, hosted by Alex Roberts. This show is all about the person behind the work: how did they get into gaming? Why did they start designing? What are they most excited about for the future? Alex loves getting to know people, and you'll love coming along for the ride.

    89. Cat Tobin

    89. Cat Tobin

    On the final episode of Backstory, designer and publisher Cat Tobin talks pushing things forward, leaving things behind, and publishing original Irish language RPGs!

    Talk to you later, heroes.

    • 56 min
    88. Lucian Kahn

    88. Lucian Kahn

    Game designer Lucian Kahn talks magic, humor, and some exciting game anthologies. Would you rather be a Visigoth or a Mall Goth?

    • 59 min
    87. Diana J Leonard

    87. Diana J Leonard

    Psychologist Diana J Leonard shares her work on the life cycle of play communities.

    • 59 min
    86. Ben Chong

    86. Ben Chong

    Ben Chong, aka swordsnflowers, joins us to talk about his experience teaching analog game design, developing the TTRPG scene in Malaysia, and his Sword Dream.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    85. Sangjun Park

    85. Sangjun Park

    Game designer and translator Sangjun Park talks about Moonflower, game translation, and his hopes for the future of the Korean TTRPG scene.

    • 54 min
    84. Jon Cole

    84. Jon Cole

    Larpwright and sex educator Jon Cole on teaching with larp, designing in collaboration, and creating space for Real Talk.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

TheAustrianGuest ,

Granted my wish!

The Backstory podcast is a wish granted: This is exactly the podcast I was hoping to find!

Alex Roberts does a great job interviewing really fascinating creators. It's inspiring, informing, and fun. I'm so happy to get to know the real people behind these games, making it possible to see myself following in their footsteps.

Observer138 ,

Excellent Interviews and Delightful LARP Tales

Backstory is a wonderful interview show that consists of a collection of delightful, friendly and interesting converstaions with game designers from across the hobby. The host brings her background in LARP to the table in a way that makes for some interesting connections and promotes that unfaily maligned corner of RPGs as a valid form of play that is worth exploring

monkeyfun_dave ,

Exactly right.

I cannot say enough good things about this podcast. It's instrumental for anyone who wants to understand game design beyond the basics, this is a strong (yet friendly) introduction to the mindsets of some of the most important people in the indie games world today.

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