Re:Play

Hosted ByClara Mount

Summary

Gaming has brought generations of people together around ideas, experiences, and—of course—play. Hosted by Clara Mount, Re:Play is building a more inclusive community by creating a space for underrepresented gamers and their allies to share their voice. We’ll tell stories about our experiences and provide new perspectives that challenge our community to think differently about who we are and what we do. If you’re excited about games and the gaming community—join us at the game table!

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All Episodes

Raquel Skellington is the World’s First Professional LARPer

TW: sexual assault and abuse, grooming, bullying, threats, talk of suicide, racism.
Raquel Skellington (she/her), the world’s first full-time professional LARPer, tells the story of how she built her career, survived a traumatic public character assassination during the peak of cancel culture, and now represents some of the biggest companies in the LARP sphere. She also shares her thoughts about being the first pro LARPer as a woman of color, and what that means for her.

00:02:06 — Meet Raquel!
00:13:02 — “LARP fundamentally changed me”
00:22:49 — Becoming a professional LARPer
00:39:38 — When modeling and LARPing converge
00:47:59 — Surviving a racially fueled public attack
01:06:51 — Recovery and growth
01:21:21 — What keeps Raquel going

Games
Sims series — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sims
House of the Dead 2 — https://bit.ly/39cqL25
Civilization series — https://bit.ly/3zpXWK9
Paladins — https://www.paladins.com/
Dystopia Rising — http://www.dystopiarisinglarp.com/
Dammerung — https://www.larpcoop.com/dammerung

Other Resources
Calimacil — https://calimacil.com/?aff=117
Ateliers Nemesis — https://ateliers-nemesis.com/en/
Drachenfest US — https://www.drachenfest.us/

Support my show! www.bubblegumbitchcraft.etsy.com

Credits
Guest — Raquel Skellington, https://raquel-skellington.carrd.co/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount (@bubblegum_titan on Twitter)
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Anna Hughes

Elaine Gómez is Leaving a Legacy of Accessibility

Elaine Gómez (she/her), Puerto Rican game designer at Brass Lion Entertainment, shares how game design can be a tool for exploring and celebrating culture, and how she’s leaving a legacy of accessibility through her work in the video game industry.

00:01:19 — Meet Elaine!
00:15:11 — A beautiful storybook
00:20:40 — Game design philosophy
00:29:20 — Leaving your mark as a designer
00:39:36 — Representing cultures with sensitivity
00:51:22 — The importance of accessibility design
01:03:21 — The industry needs to learn to share
01:15:15 — Getting started with accessible design

Games
Child of Light — https://bit.ly/3wqQwUR
Assassin’s Creed 3 — https://bit.ly/3815A2g
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — https://bit.ly/3FYHbH8
Mulaka — https://www.lienzo.mx/mulaka/
The Last of Us — https://bit.ly/3G6gnVy

Other Resources
Brass Lion Entertainment Careers — https://brasslionentertainment.com/careers/
AbleGamers — https://ablegamers.org/
Accessible Player Experiences (APX) — https://accessible.games/accessible-player-experiences/

Support my show! www.bubblegumbitchcraft.etsy.com

Credits
Guest — Elaine Gómez (she/her), @chulatastic or http://www.elaine-gomez.com/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount (@bubblegum_titan on Twitter)
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Anna Hughes

Chel Wong is a Freelancer with the Power of Friendship

“If you like video games and music so much, why don’t you write music for video games?” Today’s guest said “BET!” Tune in for a behind the scenes look at game audio and insights on networking in the game industry, featuring Chel Wong (she/they), award-winning game music composer and sound designer with credits on games such as Kine, OnlyCans, and Whisker Squadron.

01:06 — Meet Chel!
08:27 — A life shaped by games
14:00 — The secret life of game audio
28:47 — “I failed teaching”
32:21 — Advice on getting into audio
38:11 — Networking for gamers
50:30 — Curated spaces

Games
Kine — https://www.kinegame.com/kine-home
OnlyCans — https://oxyoxspring.itch.io/onlycans
Whisker Squadron — https://bit.ly/3MKO0yf
She Dreams Elsewhere — https://www.studiozevere.com/
Death’s Door — https://playdeathsdoor.com/
Sable — https://www.shed-works.co.uk/sable
Guilty Gear Strive — https://www.guiltygear.com/ggst/en/
Outer Wilds — https://www.mobiusdigitalgames.com/outer-wilds.html
NieR Gestalt – https://bit.ly/3sbp6zP
Trails in the Sky — https://bit.ly/3ycgUDs
Pokemon Diamond — https://diamondpearl.pokemon.com/en-us/
RedOut — https://redout.games/
F-Zero — https://bit.ly/3w3xRNG
Kirby Air Ride — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_Air_Ride
Ghost Trick — https://bit.ly/3KC76oF
Team Fortress 2 — https://www.teamfortress.com/
Undertale — https://undertale.com/
A Hat in Time — https://www.gearsforbreakfast.com/games/a-hat-in-time/
Heroes of the Storm — https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/
Warframe — https://www.warframe.com/landing
Hyper Light Drifter — https://www.heartmachine.com/hyper-light-drifter

Other Resources
Charity EP Jam — https://charityepjam.bandcamp.com/music
AbleGamers — https://ablegamers.org/
Andrew Prahlow (composer for Outer Wilds) — http://www.andrewprahlow.com/
Akash Thakkar (music for Hyper Light Drifter) — https://www.akashthakkar.com/

Support my show! www.bubblegumbitchcraft.etsy.com

Credits
Guest — Chel Wong (she/they), @chelwongaudio on Twitter/IG or https://linktr.ee/chelwongaudio
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount (@bubblegum_titan on Twitter)
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Anna Hughes

LARPing in Color is Helping You Build a Better World

The season 3 premiere features Lawrence Moore (he/him), Founder and CEO of LARPing in Color (LINC), and Dr. Rachael Cofield (they/them), Director of Programs and Operations at LINC. Tune in to hear the full story of the first time Lawrence cried at LARP, the origins of LINC, and the importance of normalizing inclusive behaviors to make LARP better for future players. And don’t forget to apply for free sensitivity consulting through the Normalize Paid Emotional Labor (NPEL) program!

00:01:23 — Meet Lawrence and Rachael!
00:17:56 — Lawrence gets scared and cries at a LARP
00:25:06 — LARPing for emotional impact
00:30:56 — LARPing in Color origin story
00:42:24 — Document your values, or Rachael’s PHD in “go the f*** home”
00:53:20 — Free (and paid) diversity resources
01:05:15 — Building a community based on values

Games
Garden of Destinies (LARP) — https://gardenofdestinieslarp.com/
Pantheon LARP — https://www.clockworkmonsterproductions.com/pantheon

Other Resources
LARPing in Color — https://larpingincolor.com/
NPEL Program — https://larpingincolor.com/npel

Support my show! >> www.bubblegumbitchcraft.etsy.com

Credits
Guests — Lawrence Moore and Dr. Rachael Cofield (@rachaeldoesgeography on Twitter)
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount (@bubblegum_titan on Twitter)
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Anna Hughes

Michelle Flamm is Probably an Impostor (and That’s Okay)

Unpopular opinion: impostor syndrome isn’t a bad thing, and if you’re lucky, it never goes away. Tune in to hear Michelle Flamm, Senior Systems Designer at WB Games San Francisco, talk about why impostor syndrome makes you a great designer, what the Blizzard lawsuit represents to her as a woman in the industry, and how game studios can provide ongoing support for marginalized employees.

01:07 — Meet Michelle!
13:10 — Supporting diversity in games
19:55 — Blizzard lawsuits
28:09 — Impostor syndrome hot take
31:40 — HR, get out the way
41:53 — Mentorship 101

Games
Animal Crossing — https://animal-crossing.com/
Destiny franchise — https://www.bungie.net/
World of Warcraft — https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/
Final Fantasy XIV — https://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/
Sniper Elite — https://sniperelitegames.com/en
Boyfriend Dungeon — https://www.boyfrienddungeon.com/
Final Fantasy 11 — http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/index.shtml

Other Resources
Timeline of the Blizzard controversy — https://bit.ly/3HLocjC
Women directors leaving Blizzard — https://bit.ly/3CFmyML

Don’t forget to check out our friends at the Quit The Build podcast! https://www.quitthebuild.com/

Credits
Guest — Michelle Flamm, @mmogirlkai on IG or https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleflamm/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka

Jarory de Jesus Wants to Get You in the Door

When you were a kid, did you ever think that making video games could be a career? Turns out, a lot of us didn’t… but some of us found our way to it anyway. Tune in to hear Jarory de Jesus, Technical Designer at Elodie Games, talk about his nontraditional path to the industry, the challenges that are unique to aspiring game devs of color, and how game studios can evolve to be more inclusive.

01:20 — Meet Jarory!
13:28 — A nontraditional way in
21:43 — Barriers to entry
36:30 — Advice for aspiring game devs
41:00 — Advancing devs of color
54:54 — How can we be better?

Games
Rust — https://rust.facepunch.com/
Duck Hunt (NES) — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_Hunt
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/jedi-fallen-order
Persona 5 — https://atlus.com/p5r/
Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) — https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/home
Madden NFL — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madden_NFL

Other Resources
Unity (game engine) — https://unity.com/
Extra Credits — https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz
Game Maker’s Toolkit — https://www.youtube.com/user/McBacon1337
Blacks in Gaming (Facebook) — https://bit.ly/3oG25nJ
Blacks in Gaming (Discord) — https://discord.com/invite/eSrZ476ecj
Latinx in Gaming — https://www.latinxingaming.com/
Games Industry Gathering — https://games.industrygathering.com/home.html
International Game Developers Association (IGDA) — https://igda.org/

Don’t forget to check out our friends at the Quit The Build podcast! https://www.quitthebuild.com/

Credits
Guest — Jarory de Jesus, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarory-de-jesus/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka

DeAngelo Murillo is Creating the Future He Wants to See

How can diversity across the gaming industry enrich gaming experiences for all of us? And how do we make sure we’re leaving the world a better place for those who come after us? Join us as we talk with DeAngelo Murillo, creator of geek media site TheGeekLyfe.com, about Latinx experiences in the gaming community, the importance of normalizing mental health through the games we play, and the inspiration behind his brand-new inclusive TTRPG, Emerald Templars.

01:18 — Meet DeAngelo!
14:10 — Questionable Latinx representation
23:08 — The community bands together
30:05 — A grimdark inclusive TTRPG
38:40 — Normalizing mental health through play
50:35 — Advice for creatives

Games
Apex Legends — https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends
World of Warcraft — https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/
Coyote & Crow — https://coyoteandcrow.net/
Into the Mother Lands — https://motherlandsrpg.com/
Emerald Templars — https://thegeeklyfe.com/emeraldtemplars/
Cortex RPG — https://www.cortexrpg.com/

Other Resources
The Geek Lyfe — https://thegeeklyfe.com/
DeAngelo’s Twitch Channel — https://www.twitch.tv/that_deangelo
DeAngelo’s Discord community — https://discord.com/invite/pFcsdwR

Don’t forget to check out our friends at the Quit The Build podcast! https://www.quitthebuild.com/

Credits
Guest — DeAngelo Murillo, https://linktr.ee/deangelomurillo
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka

Nerissa Hart is Creating a Chaotic Wholesome Community

What do you think is the hardest part about being a femme content creator? Today’s guest, Nerissa Hart aka RUBIEHART (they/she), is an actor, multidisciplinary theatre artist, streamer, and professional speedrunner. Tune in to hear Nerissa talk about what makes the speedrunning community unique, describe how they respond to discrimination, and remind us that we all have a place in the gaming community.

01:10 — Meet Nerissa!
11:25 — Theatre + gaming = LARP
18:36 — Crash course on speedrunning
21:50 — Nerissa’s origin story
33:10 — Speedrunning for charity
39:05 — Gender disparities in gaming
49:50 — Dealing with discrimination

Games
Shadow of the Colossus — https://rb.gy/x0uka5
Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons — https://rb.gy/feesqk
Velvet Noir (LARP) — https://www.entropicendeavors.com/velvetnoir
Super Mario 64 — https://rb.gy/izrv3e

Other Resources
RUBIEHART Twitch Channel — http://twitch.tv/rubiehart
Team ICO — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_Ico
LiveArtDC — https://liveartdc.com/
Speedrun stats and info — https://www.speedrun.com/
Games Done Quick — https://gamesdonequick.com/

Don’t forget to check out our friends at the Quit The Build podcast! https://www.quitthebuild.com/

Credits
Guest — Nerissa Hart, https://linktr.ee/rubiehart
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Anna Hughes

Nate Yelle Isn’t the Only Asian American in the Studio Anymore

Why is it important to have more Asian Americans working in the video game industry? How do we get there? And what do video games have to do with tabletop RPGs? Tune in to hear Nate Yelle, game designer at Iron Galaxy Studios, share his insights from nearly a decade in the industry as he talks about Pokemon nostalgia, trends in Asian American representation, and why every game developer should play tabletop RPGs.

00:01:07 — Meet Nate!
00:14:50 — The most compelling narrative game ever
00:19:00 — Asian American identities
00:27:15 — Diversity & representation at video game studios
00:41:21 — Getting more Asian Americans in the industry
00:46:06 — Why every game dev should play TTRPGs
01:03:06 — The Nice Dad GM

As an affiliate, Victor Media Group may earn from qualifying purchases.
Games
Shadowrun — https://rb.gy/hsfwyz
Animal Crossing: New Horizons — https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/
Florence — https://annapurnainteractive.com/games/florence
Toejam and Earl 2 — https://rb.gy/osknzz
Overwatch — https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/
Apex Legends — https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends
Ghost of Tsushima — https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/ghost-of-tsushima/
Street Fighter II — https://rb.gy/tlax3n
NBA Live — https://www.ea.com/games/nba-live/nba-live-19
Blades in the Dark (free download TTRPG) — https://www.evilhat.com/home/blades-in-the-dark/

Other Resources
Unreal Engine — https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/
“Asian American Game Developers Are Dreaming of Their Own Minari Moment” (IGN) — https://rb.gy/arxa4t
Hideo Kojima — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideo_Kojima
Chummer (for Shadowrun 5th edition) — https://github.com/chummer5a/chummer5a

Don’t forget to check out our friends at the Quit The Build podcast!

Credits
Guest — Nate Yelle, Game Designer at Iron Galaxy Studios
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka

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