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Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by Brian LeTendre.

You can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.

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CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under CC. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

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Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by Brian LeTendre.

You can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.

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CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under CC. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

    Dan Vondrak Talks X-Men Origins: Wolverine Game at NYCC 2009

    Dan Vondrak Talks X-Men Origins: Wolverine Game at NYCC 2009

    Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by me, Brian LeTendre.

    In this episode I dug into the 2009 archives of the Secret Identity podcast for an interview I did with Raven Software’s Senior Creative Director Dan Vondrak, about the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game.

    Why am I pulling up this interview now? Because Dan Vondrak directed the campaign of this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. I am loving the campaign, and what is kind of incredible about it is that much of it was created remotely during the pandemic.

    The idea for this episode came from the first time I booted up the game, as I got hit with a wave of nostalgia. Not because the game itself is set in the ‘80s (though that is a big deal for me as someone whose formative years were that decade), but because of the studio logos that are emblazoned on the screen when it starts. In addition to lead developer Treyarch, there are a slew of other studios who worked on the game, including Beenox, High Moon Studios, Sledgehammer, and Raven Software.

    I could write an entire series of blogs on the work of those studios (and I likely will at some point), as they created some of my favorite games of the Xbox 360/PS3/Wii generation. Just in case any of those names don’t ring a bell:

    High Moon Studios brought us the awesome Transformers games War for Cybertron, Dark of the Moon and Fall of Cybertron.

    Beenox created Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, featuring my two favorite Spideys--Peter Parker and Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099).

    Sledgehammer Games was born out of Visceral Games, creators of Dead Space, one of my all-time favorite series.

    Raven Software was behind X-Men Legends I & II, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, among many others.

    Which brings me to today’s blast from the past. Back in 2009, I was in the middle of my game journo stint, covering games for Comic Book Resources. The Secret Identity podcast was also going strong at that time, and NYCC was the place where we would get almost an entire year’s worth of interviews done for the show.

    It was at NYCC 2009 that I got to interview Senior Creative Director at Raven Software Dan Viondrak, who was the project lead on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a game that was released alongside the upcoming movie.

    The game featured a story written by Marc Guggenheim, who you may know from a variety of comic-related projects, including his run on Wolverine of course, as well as runs on Flash and Amazing Spider-man, and his development, writing and production work on the Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow TV shows.

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine received decent reviews at the time, and most agreed that the mechanics were the strong point. It felt great to play as Wolverine, and the game really captured the brutality of his combat skills, and how far he could push his healing factor.

    Sadly, unless you own a copy of the game and a console to play it on, you’d have a tough time playing X-Men Origins: Wolverine today. Thye license expired and it’s not available digitally. But there are plenty of used copies floating around out there, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

    Raven made a Wolfenstein game that was released later that year as well, and also the underrated Singularity in 2010, before working on the Call of Duty franchise for the past decade.

    Here are links where you can find more about X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Raven Software:

    Raven Software: https://www.ravensoftware.com/home
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine game trailer: a...

    • 20 min
    Don Cardenas--Comics, Community, and Creating During a Pandemic

    Don Cardenas--Comics, Community, and Creating During a Pandemic

    Convos With Creative People | Don Cardenas

    Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by me, Brian LeTendre.

    In this episode I welcome artist, musician, fellow podcaster, and friend Don Cardenas to the show. I’ve known Don for over five years now, and we first connected around our mutual love of music, as he was a listener of the Thrash it Out podcast. He’s an amazing artist, and I interviewed him about his book Packs of the Lowcountry for the Secret Identity podcast back in 2017 (in fact, it was the last interview we did for the show, which ended later that year).

    As we always do whenever we catch up, Don and I cover a lot of ground in this discussion. In addition to talking about his work and his process, we ended up talking quite a bit about finding your creative community, and adjusting creative expectations for yourself in the midst of a pandemic. In fact, this conversation was the inspiration for the blog series I recently started about rebuilding my creative routine.

    I’d like to thank Don for being so gracious with his time, and for the great discussion as always. Go check out his work, and listen to his podcast!
    Here are links to where you can find Don, as well as some of the stuff we talked about in this episode:

    Don on Twitter: twitter.com/DonCardenasArt
    Don on Instagram: instagram.com/doncardenasart
    Don’s Website: doncardenasart.com
    Comics - Coffee - Metal podcast: https://anchor.fm/donald-cardenas
    Brian’s episode on CCM: https://anchor.fm/donald-cardenas/episodes/CCM-Podcast-Episode-20-Brian-LeTendre-eikvta
    Packs of the Lowcountry on ComiXology:
    https://www.comixology.com/Packs-of-the-Lowcountry/comics-series/40302
    I Wish it Was Xmas Today (Cover): https://youtu.be/ajKIHBrnA5o

    As always, you can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.
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    CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ed Greenwood--Talking Forgotten Realms 4e at DDXP 2008

    Ed Greenwood--Talking Forgotten Realms 4e at DDXP 2008

    Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by me, Brian LeTendre.

    In this episode I reach all the way back into the 2008 archives of the Secret Identity podcast, for a conversation with the creator of the Forgotten Realms, Ed Greenwood.

    Way back in April of 2008, my friends Alana Abbott, Max Saltonstall and I traveled to the Dungeons and Dragon Experience (DDXP) convention, to get a preview of the upcoming 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. We got to meet, interview, and play games with some of the architects of 4e, and it was an amazing time.

    One of the highlights of the show was getting to sit down with the legend himself, Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms. We got to talk about the Realms being the base setting for the new edition, what was new and different with the Realms in 4e, and some of the projects Ed was working on at the time.

    Maybe my favorite part of this interview from a creative standpoint, was hearing Ed’s take on the Living Forgotten Realms initiative, and how it contributed to the richness of the stories being told around that world. Fantastic stuff.

    As I said in the intro for this episode, these old interviews are great to revisit, and provide a time capsule of what was happening at any given point. This time in particular was a very exciting one for D&D and the Forgotten Realms, and it’s fascinating to see what part of WOTC’s plans for 4e came to fruition, what didn’t, and how that informed a lot of what we see with 5e today.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy this interview from 2008! Here are links to some of the things Ed and I talked about, as well as things I mentioned in the intro:

    Blackstaff Tower (Book 1 in the Waterdeep series): https://www.amazon.com/dp/0786949139
    Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide (4e): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/57376/Forgotten-Realms-Campaign-Guide-4e
    Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotten Realms: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/166568/Ed-Greenwood-Presents-Elminsters-Forgotten-Realms
    Living Forgotten Realms Campaign Archive: https://www.livingforgottenrealms.com/
    History of Winter Fantasy/DDXP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Fantasy
    Ed Greenwood on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse
    Article about the launch of Gleemax: https://v1.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/editorials/interviews/1218-Gleemax-Wizards-of-the-Coast-s-Gamer-MySpace
    Article about the shutting down of Gleemax: https://critical-hits.com/blog/2008/07/28/someone-broke-the-brains-jar/

    As always, you can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.
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    CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

    • 26 min
    Travis Legge--Frostlands of Fenrilik and Scarred Lands

    Travis Legge--Frostlands of Fenrilik and Scarred Lands

    Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more. Hosted by Brian LeTendre.

    In this episode I welcome game designer and Scarred Lands Line Developer Travis Legge to the show.

    Travis and I talked a lot about his new project for the Scarred Lands, Frostlands of Fenrilik, which is coming out very soon through the Slarecian Vault, the community content portal on Drive Thru RPG. Frostlands of Fenrilik is an expansion for Scarred Lands that explores the frozen continent of Fenrilik. Known as the Roof of the World, Fenrilik is a massive frozen tundra filled with unique creatures, dangerous weather and deadly Titanspawn.

    We talk a lot about the Scarred lands as a setting, and why it is one of our favorites, community content programs like DM’s Guild and the Slarecian Vault, and a bit about what the future holds for the Scarred Lands line.

    Here are links to everywhere you can find Travis, and more info about Frostlands of Fenrilik, including two free previews that are on DriveThruRPG now.

    Scarred Lands: Frostlands of Fenrilik
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/Xm6hqg-YlVY
    Free Preview One: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/329593/Frostlands-of-Fenrilik--Preview-One
    Free Preview Two: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/329594/Frostlands-of-Fenrilik--Preview-Two

    Onyx Path website: http://theonyxpath.com/
    Onyx Path on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing
    Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/

    Slarecian Vault Titles: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing/subcategory/8329_29809/Slarecian-Vault
    Slarecian Vault Info and FAQ: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/cc/19/Slarecian-Vault

    Travis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TravisLegge
    Travis on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/plasticageplays
    Travis on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxV5V2fCZn6uaPIyHoZAleA
    Travis’ Products on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?author=Travis%20Legge

    As always, you can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.

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    CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

    • 1 hr 5 min
    CWCP Preview Episode--October 2020

    CWCP Preview Episode--October 2020

    Convos with Creative People is a podcast about creative paths and processes. Each episode features interviews with creators of all genres and mediums, and discussions on writing, art, design, marketing, music, podcasting, and more.

    In this quick preview episode, I talk about the evolution of the podcast from its origin as See Brian Write, and what listeners can expect moving forward.

    You can follow me and keep up with my creative projects on Twitter @seebrianwrite.

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    CWCP Theme music: Dreamer by Kevin MacLeod, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. Link to original work: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3676-dreamer

    • 8 min
    See Brian Write #32--Amber Love Talks Mysteries, Podcasts and Comics

    See Brian Write #32--Amber Love Talks Mysteries, Podcasts and Comics

    In the thirty-second episode of SBW, Brian kicks off a brand new season by hanging out with author, podcaster and comic writer Amber Love. They discuss Amber's Vodka O'Clock podcast, her Farah Wethers mystery series and her work both covering and writing comics.

    You can keep up with Amber on twitter at twitter.com/elizabethamber and check out her website www.amberunmasked.com for news on all of her projects.

    You can also get the show notes for this episode at www.seebrianwrite.com, and you can find his books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Brian-LeTendre/e/B00AGFTZFA.

    Special thanks to Jeremy Horn for allowing us to use his music for the SBW theme.

    • 1 hr 19 min

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