Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Making Cyberpunk Games for Today

Date: Oct 24, 2021 6:00 am
Duration: 1 hrs
Kira Magrann, Bee Zelda, Jamila Nedjadi, Ettin, Kienna Shaw
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How do we make relevant social cyberpunk sci fi? How to avoid pitfalls like neon orientalism and ableist metaphors? A brief history of cyberpunk genre, and how to shift the narrative back to radical social sci fi.

  • Kira Magrann is a queer nonbinary disabled tabletop roleplaying game designer and snake friend living in Columbus, Ohio. The creator of A Cozy Den (about lesbisnakes in winter time) and Something Is Wrong Here (an uncanny emotional love letter to David Lynch's work), Kira also has a Patreon that elaborates on game design process and collaborates on the biweekly More Seats at the Table which is a newsletter featuring marginalized game makers. Follow current projects at @Kiraserpentine on Twitter.

  • Bee Zelda (they/them) is your non-binary busy bee @bee_zelda. They are a podcaster, a member of the Broadswords, the host of Anime Attache and a player on the Power Play podcast. They are a twitch streamer, they have co-produced their own show on Roll20 called Indie Showcase, they host Tabletop Otaku for Origins Game fair, and they are the community manager for D&D Adventurers League.

  • Paul "Ettin" Matijevic (he/him) is a writer and designer based in Sydney. He wrote the setting for the retrofuture cyberpunk game Hard Wired Island as well as the cosmic horror/high school mystery game Breakfast Cult. His magnum opus, the comedic cryptid game Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside, has won him no awards yet, but Paul is confident that his love of board games, webcomics, and blatant disregard for his university education will earn him some reward eventually.

  • Kienna Shaw (she/they) is a QTPOC designer, writer, and streamer. They freelance and self-publish games (which can be found on itch.io), including the system agnostic cyberpunk setting Arcon co-written with Jason Cutrone. She is also one of the co-creators of the TTRPG Safety Toolkit and one of the co-founders of Salty Sweet Games.

  • Jamila R. Nedjadi (they/he) is a non-binary himbo of the TTRPG indie space, cheering on BIMPOC and queer folks! He's a prolific game designer, and his games include BALIKBAYAN: Returning Home which was nominated for the IGDN Indie Groundbreaker Award for best setting, and Apocalypse Keys which will be published through Evil Hat Productions. Jammi is also one of the co-hosts for The Gauntlet Podcasts, where folks chat about the indie games they've played in the Gauntlet community.

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