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Writing Alchemy is storytelling that centers intersectional characters, including a fairy tale series that combines humor and magic with serious topics, and a tabletop role-playing series about the adventures of disabled and mentally diverse heroes.

Writing Alchemy Fay Onyx

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Writing Alchemy is storytelling that centers intersectional characters, including a fairy tale series that combines humor and magic with serious topics, and a tabletop role-playing series about the adventures of disabled and mentally diverse heroes.

    Bonus Cast 8 – Thriving While Trans Stand Up Comedy

    Bonus Cast 8 – Thriving While Trans Stand Up Comedy

    Writing Alchemy Bonus Cast 8 Summary

    This Bonus Cast features stand up comedy that the amazing Tobi Hill-Meyer did for Thriving While Trans. Afterwards, there are some announcements about upcoming audio and text games.
    Content warnings are listed at the bottom of these show notes.
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    Show Notes
    Writing Alchemy Merch Store
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    Discord and Slack Invitations
    Discord: https://t.co/Po52EE9xcB?amp=1
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    Participate in a Unfamiliar Heroes Game: https://writingalchemy.net/podcast-2/unfamiliar-heroes/participation-survey/
    Support Writing Alchemy
    You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
    Kofi donation: http://ko-fi.com/S6S4BFL0
    Contact Fay
    Writing Alchemy Contact Form: https://writingalchemy.net/about/contact-form/
    International Podcast Month Links
    Dungeons and Office Work Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/e19-rpg-d-d5e-dungeons-and-office-work-2019/id1452118957?i=1000449233440
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    Performances Used in this Episode
    Thriving While Trans: https://www.facebook.com/events/seattle-central-colleges-erickson-theater-1524-harvard-ave/thriving-while-trans/303818313579679/
    Chain Lynx Fence: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-pocket-theater/chain-lynx-fence/1086141861551258/
    Music and Sound Credits
    Intro: Mellowtron (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Transition and outro: Poofy Reel (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Content Warnings 
    Transphobia. Oppression. Street harassment. References to medical tests. References to kidnapping in a fictional setting.
     

    • 20 min
    Crossroads Story Time 1 – The Story of Creation

    Crossroads Story Time 1 – The Story of Creation

    Summary

    Crossroads Story Time is a new series that explores the myths and lore of the Crossroads Setting. The four short stories in this episode delve into the cosmology and magic of Crossroads through the story of its creation.
    Content warnings are listed at the bottom of these show notes.
    Photograph of the full moon illuminating wispy clouds which are curling around the moon dramatically.
     
    Crossroads Story Time 1 Transcript
    In order to make these transcripts as accessible as possible, each one is produced in four formats: as an online post for access convenience, in a word document with a low vision friendly font (Veranda), in a pdf with a dyslexia friendly font (OpenDyslexic), and a low contrast blue on black pdf as an access option for people with migraines (Veranda).

    Online transcript: https://writingalchemy.net/2019/10/31/transcript-of-crossroads-story-time-1/
    Word doc: Writing Alchemy CST 1 transcript
    Pdf: Coming soon!
    Blue on black: Coming soon!
    Main transcripts page: https://writing-alchemy.net/podcast-2/transcripts/
    Transcribed by: Fay Onyx

     
    Show Notes
    Crossroads Links
    Setting Overview: https://writingalchemy.net/crossroads-overview/
    Crossroads Lore: https://writingalchemy.net/crossroads-overview/crossroads-lore/
    The Other Realm: https://writingalchemy.net/crossroads-overview/the-other-realm/
    Fay’s Links
    You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
    Kofi donation: http://ko-fi.com/S6S4BFL0
    TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writing-alchemy?ref_id=8162
    The RSS feed of this podcast is: https://writing-alchemy.net/feed/podcast
    Music and Sound Credits
    Bouncy intro, transition, and outro music: The End is Near by Scott Gratton is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License
    Crossroads theme: Uninvited by Scott Holmes is licensed under a Attribution License
    Gusty autumn wind: Autumn wind and dry leaves.wav by Stek59 | License: Creative Commons 0
    Crackling fire: crackling_fire_021012.wav by sagetyrtle | License: Creative Commons 0
    Tinkling chime: PB Bar Chimes (long) by petebuchwald | License: Creative Commons 0
    Content Warnings 
    The sound of fire. Memory alteration.
     

    • 24 min
    Collaboration 2 – Pandora Files: The Case of the Missing Hope

    Collaboration 2 – Pandora Files: The Case of the Missing Hope

    Writing Alchemy Collaboration 2 Summary

    Several storybook characters have gone missing from the kingdom of Tome. Making things worse, a Storyteller has just disappeared. Frecka and Salvinia, Agents of Pandora, were assigned to the search for Loren Hope. Will the two agents be able to crack a case that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men have failed to piece together?
    Game Master: Jonn Perry (he/him)
    Salvinia (she/her): Played by Fay Onyx (ze/hir)
    Frecka (she/her): Played by Whitney Johnson (she/her)
    Audio Editing: Therin Stapp (she/her or they/them)
    Music and Sound Effects: Fay Onyx
    Content warnings are listed at the bottom of these show notes.
    Stylized human figures in different colors are shown with a web of gray lines drawn between them, indicating connection and collaboration.
     
    Collaboration 2 Transcript
    In order to make these transcripts as accessible as possible, each one is produced in four formats: as an online post for access convenience, in a word document with a low vision friendly font (Veranda), in a pdf with a dyslexia friendly font (OpenDyslexic), and a low contrast blue on black pdf as an access option for people with migraines (Veranda).

    Online transcript: https://writingalchemy.net/2019/09/22/transcript-of-collaboration-2/
    Word doc: Writing Alchemy Collaboration 2 Transcript
    Pdf: Coming soon!
    Blue on black: Coming soon!
    Main transcripts page: https://writing-alchemy.net/podcast-2/transcripts/
    Transcribed by: Rhi and Fay Onyx with the help of Otter.ai

     
    Show Notes
    Game System
    Forthright Open Roleplaying Full Color and Full Art Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/222089/Forthright-Open-Roleplay-Core-Rulebook
    Forthright Open Roleplaying Creative Commons Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223977/Forthright-Open-Roleplay-Creative-Commons-Edition
    International Podcast Month Links
    Website: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodMonth
    Transcripts: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/transcripts
    IPM episodes: https://internationalpodcastmonth.simplecast.com/episodes
    Jonn’s Links
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleypy
    Redacted Files:
    Website: http://www.theredactedfiles.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/trfpodcast
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redactedfiles/
    Heroes of Cypher:
    https://twitter.com/HeroesOfCypher
    Fay’s Links
    Website: https://writingalchemy.net/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@writing_alchemy
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WritingAlchemy/
    Whitney’s Links
    Website: https://whitneyjohnsonvo.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/EditrixW
    You can find her acting work in:
    Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services: https://www.kalilastormfire.com/
    Take the Mass Pike: https://twitter.com/takethemasspike
    The Nuclear Solution: https://swheatpodcasts.podbean.com/
    The Listening Jar: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dashing-onions
    Therin’s Links
    Website: http://orczone.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theorczone
    Personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/explosiverunes
    Music and Sound Effect Credits
    Intro: Mellowtron (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    The Redacted Files teaser music: Spider’s Web (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Writing Alchemy teaser music: Living Voyage (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Tome theme: Lost Frontier (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Noir detective music: Deadly Roulette (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Noir music for the case overview: Spy Glass (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Jazz music for the case summary: I Knew a Guy (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Jazz music for entering the crowded bar: Covert Affair (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Race music: Suvaco do Cristo (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    The Hare’s car peeling away: Nissan Maxima burnout (04-25-2009).wav by audible-edge | License: Creative Commons 0
    The Tortoise’s car peeling away: Car peels off by therisingorder | License: Creative Commons 0
    Tires squeal on sharp turn: AE00

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    Collaboration 1 – Accessibility in RPGs

    Collaboration 1 – Accessibility in RPGs

    Writing Alchemy Collaboration 1 Summary

    In this episode, Fay, Mimsy, and Rhi dive deep into how the RPG community can become a more accessible and welcoming space for disabled players, GMs, and designers. Learn about some of the excellent work that Fay and Mimsy are already doing in this space, and leave with plenty of ideas on how to play, run, and make games that are better for all players.
    Moderator: Rhi (she/her)
    Participants: Fay Onyx (ze/hir) and Mimsy Dorsey (they/them)
    Organizer and Audio Editor: Rhi
    Transcription: Rhi and Fay Onyx with the help of Otter.ai
    Stylized human figures in different colors are shown with a web of gray lines drawn between them, indicating connection and collaboration.
     
    Collaboration 1 Transcript
    In order to make these transcripts as accessible as possible, each one is produced in four formats: as an online post for access convenience, in a word document with a low vision friendly font (Veranda), in a pdf with a dyslexia friendly font (OpenDyslexic), and a low contrast blue on black pdf as an access option for people with migraines (Veranda).

    Online transcript: https://writingalchemy.net/2019/09/12/transcript-of-collaboration-1/
    Word doc: Writing Alchemy Collaboration 1 Transcript
    Pdf: Coming soon!
    Blue on black: Coming soon!
    Main transcripts page: https://writing-alchemy.net/podcast-2/transcripts/
    Transcribed by: Rhi and Fay Onyx with the help of Otter.ai

     
    Show Notes
    International Podcast Month Links
    Website: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodMonth
    Transcripts: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/transcripts
    IPM episodes: https://internationalpodcastmonth.simplecast.com/episodes
    Fay’s Links
    Website: https://writingalchemy.net/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@writing_alchemy
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WritingAlchemy/
    “Blindfolding People Doesn’t Help Them Understand Blind People”: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8qxdz4/blindfolding-people-doesnt-help-them-understand-blind-people
    Mimsy’s Links
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MimsyDorsey
    DOTS RPG Project: https://www.dotsrpg.com/
    Social model of disability: https://www.scope.org.uk/about-us/social-model-of-disability/
    Rhi’s Links
    The Magpies: A Blades in the Dark Actual Play Podcast: http://magpiespodcast.net/
    Skill Check: Copy Editing and Accessibility Consulting for the RPG Community: http://rpgskillcheck.net/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhiannon42
    Web Accessibility Resource: https://webaim.org/
    FATE Accessibility Toolkit: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/283738/Fate-Accessibility-Toolkit-o-Prototype-Edition
    Music and Sound Credits
    Intro: Mellowtron (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Outro: Poofy Reel (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
     

    • 45 min
    Bonus Cast 7 – Creating Accessible Settings

    Bonus Cast 7 – Creating Accessible Settings

    Writing Alchemy Bonus Cast 7 Summary

    In this episode Fay talks about something ze thinks about a lot—creating accessible settings. This topic was started by the question, “How Can I Make My World Accommodating to Disabled People?” which Fay answered on the Mythcreants blog.
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    Bonus Cast 7 Transcript
    In order to make these transcripts as accessible as possible, each one is produced in four formats: as an online post for access convenience, in a word document with a low vision friendly font (Veranda), in a pdf with a dyslexia friendly font (OpenDyslexic), and a low contrast blue on black pdf as an access option for people with migraines (Veranda).

    Online transcript: https://writingalchemy.net/2019/09/11/transcript-of-bonus-cast-7-creating-accessible-settings/
    Word doc: Writing Alchemy BC7 transcript
    Pdf: Coming soon!
    Blue on black: Coming soon!
    Main transcripts page: https://writing-alchemy.net/podcast-2/transcripts/
    Transcribed by: Fay Onyx

     
    Show Notes
    Mythcreants Links
    Website: https://mythcreants.com/
    How Can I Make My World Accommodating to Disabled People?: https://mythcreants.com/blog/how-can-i-make-my-world-accommodating-to-disabled-people/
    Episode 232 – Avoiding the Fridge: https://mythcreants.com/blog/232-avoiding-the-fridge/
    Episode 233 – Healthy Magic School Learning Environments: https://mythcreants.com/blog/233-healthy-magic-school-learning-environments/
    Episode 234 – Harmful Disability Tropes: https://mythcreants.com/blog/234-harmful-disability-tropes/
    International Podcast Month Links
    Website: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodMonth
    Transcripts: https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/transcripts
    IPM episodes: https://internationalpodcastmonth.simplecast.com/episodes
    Fay’s Links
    You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
    Kofi donation: http://ko-fi.com/S6S4BFL0
    TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writing-alchemy?ref_id=8162
    The RSS feed of this podcast is: https://writing-alchemy.net/feed/podcast
    The Social Model of Disability: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_model_of_disability
    DeafSpace: https://www.gallaudet.edu/campus-design-and-planning/deafspace
    Secrets of the Castle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secrets_of_the_Castle
    Music and Sound Credits
    Intro: Mellowtron (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Transition and end: Poofy Reel (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
     

    • 20 min
    Unfamiliar Heroes 19 – The Owlbear Reintroduction Program Part 6

    Unfamiliar Heroes 19 – The Owlbear Reintroduction Program Part 6

    Writing Alchemy Unfamiliar Heroes 19 Summary

    That creepy feeling is back, Willa is impressed, and a character from a beloved childhood story makes an appearance. Join us for the long-awaited conclusion to the Owlbear Reintroduction Program in the nineteenth game episode of Unfamiliar Heroes!
    Willa the gecko lizardperson rogue, Tarragon the orc bard, and D’Zân the weredragon druid are participating in The Owlbear Reintroduction Program, a project that is reestablishing owlbears in areas where the owlbear populations have been previously wiped out. Of course, this is not as simple as it sounds, because owlbears are large, ferocious, magical predators. Throw in a group of skilled poachers determined to steal owlbear eggs and things are bound to get interesting. This improvised, tabletop adventure was created with the Magic Goes Awry role-playing system!
    Unfamiliar Heroes is a podcast series where people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or divergent minds use tabletop role-playing games to together create stories that center disabled, sick, and mentally divergent characters. In its core values this project centers the experiences of people living at the intersections of oppression. Unfamiliar Heroes is part of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.
    Game System: Magic Goes Awry
    Storyteller: Fay Onyx
    Players: Oriana, Robin, Sage Ealy Silk
    This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!
     
    Show Notes
    Game System
    Magic Goes Awry: https://writing-alchemy.net/magic-goes-awry/
    Fay’s Links
    You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
    The RSS feed of this podcast is: https://writing-alchemy.net/feed/podcast
    Unfamiliar Heroes: https://writing-alchemy.net/podcast-2/unfamiliar-heroes/
    Robin’s Links
    Tumblr: http://skeletonmug.tumblr.com
    Access LARP: https://accesslarp.com/
    Oriana’s Links
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/oriana.sobriket
    Our Space: A Coloring Book: https://www.facebook.com/ourspacecoloring/
    Sage’s Links
    Dreamwidth: https://vladdraculea.dreamwidth.org/
    Music and Sound Credits
    Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
    Game theme: Living Voyage (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Watching crow music: Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Intermission (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Hall of Wonders patter: Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Act Two (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Calming spell: Dreams Become Real (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    Magic flourish for bed sculpture twirling: Magic mallet.wav by Hotlavaman | License: Creative Commons 0
    Glass bottle smashes: Breaking a glass bottle by dasebr | License: Creative Commons 0
    Entrancing eye makeup: Fairytale (Harp & Chimes) by Slaking_97 | License: Attribution
    Smoke bomb: Smoke bomb (small).wav by Nakhas | License: Attribution Noncommercial
    Action music: The Complex (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
    The same glass bottle smash effect as above
    Smoke neutralizer releasing: Air_escaping.wav by Adam_N | License: Creative Commons 0
    Podcast announcements: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
    Deflecting glass bottle: glass bottle bounce.wav by natemarler | License: Attribution Noncommercial
    The same glass bottle smash effect as above
    The gl

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

Jammy Gale ,

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Pretty recently, I listened through all of the Amnesty arc of The Adventure Zone on a partner's recommendation. After that, I thought to myself, "I really like this actual-play RPG podcast thing, it seems like it's easier for my ADHD brain to focus on than either a story with a single teller or a more conversation-style podcast, and I love feeling like I'm getting to know both the characters and the players as I listen to more of it. I want to listen to something like TAZ:Amnesty but more queer. And with disability rep? And other ownvoices diversity? Will I even be able to FIND that?"

Enter: RPG Casts, a website that was founded as a directory for, well, exactly what it sounds like. After a dud or two, I came across Unfamiliar Heroes. I'm most of the way through the setup episode and I'm in LOVE. I like that the system is pretty easy to follow (I'm much more interested in the storytelling than the mechanics, so a game system that facilitates that is a plus for me); the hosts are utterly charming; I laughed out loud; I've already teared up on multiple occasions. I'll try to come back and update this review once I've listened to more, but I suspect it will continue to be an easy 5 stars from me.

Patricia the Amazing ,

So Cool!

I just found this podcast, and I'm binge-listening from the beginning. I love the Tala stories, and I adore the discussions. I've learned so much! I can't wait to listen to the rest of it.

Kay A. Ziraphale ,

Awesome

Fay Onyx has the coolest name and an amazing laugh!! Ze really took initiative (geddit?) creating this podcast and Unfamiliar Heroes in particular!

-Kay A. Ziraphale

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