The Next Adventure
Hyper RPG has been my home for over a year now and I couldn't be more glad. I came in with zero experience on day one and started planning a 12 hour stream for rLoop. I improvised, organized, and adapted. Learning from Zac Eubank and the rest of the cast and crew, while making things up along the way. And that's basically never changed!
Live programming is an absolutely endless and voracious beast. There were nights where I slept for two-three hours in the studio on a couch, wrapped in the Gauntlet cloak (sorry Chris Bramante!) before big events (once that was even streamed, oops!). There was actual blood, sweat, and most surprisingly tears.
I never expected to care so deeply about the people I worked with and the community that rallied when we faltered and cheered when we succeeded. And that remains my favorite surprise about this whole adventure. I've met so many people who are just as passionate, silly, and genuinely excited about games and goofing around as I am.
It's through Hyper RPG that I met Brian Feister and started writing for Open Legend RPG. Again, I was surprised to meet yet another talented, creative, and driven individual, just like my comrades at Hyper RPG, who refused to cut corners or deliver anything but high quality storytelling. Over this year, Brian Feister has become one of the people I know best, even though we've never met in person (thank you internet!). Bringing Amaurea's Dawn to life has been an incredible journey and we have so many amazing projects lined up for the future. But what I can tell you right now is that I will be taking on a full-time position as the Narrative Director of Open Legend RPG!
This is an absolute dream come true and one I never could have expected. I first learned about storytelling during middle school when I should have been studying mathematics. I scribbled stick figure comics into my notebook margins and spent my weekends playing D&D online in Neverwinter Nights with my friends. In college, when I switched my major to Creative Writing, I was pretty certain that I would never find a way to write for a living or even share any of my stories with anyone outside of my close circle of friends.
When I began my Creative Writing courses, my stories stuck out. I don't mean this in a good or bad way, simply put, I was the only guy in class trying to tell stories filled swords and monsters. When I tried to write what I thought was "serious" fiction, it was a disaster. And that's not to trash the Literary Fiction scene. I'm proudly and unironically subscribed to the New Yorker, but I just didn't have a knack for capturing normal, everyday life. This is only to say that I never thought I would be where I am today.
I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. Anyone who's told me to keep going, listened to me explain a story concept, dared to read a draft, or if you've ever given me notes -- thank you! I can't tell you how much it has meant to me.
Here’s to the next adventure with Open Legend!