RPG / TTRPG Writing

My professional writing career and one of my favourite hobbies are inextricably and weirdly intertwined. My first two books were written for Wizards of the Coast (under their short-lived Mirrorstone imprint). While I had always been interested in D&D (it’s so very, very me), I had never actually played the world’s most popular role playing game until they asked me to investigate writing a young adult (YA) novel that featured Dungeons and Dragons. So, I joined a D&D Meetup group in London and started playing in 2010. While that novel never went beyond an outline and 3 chapters, I’ve never stopped playing. In fact, many of the best friends I’ve made since moving to the UK are D&D people (they ARE my people: odd, creative, and readily willing to embarrass themselves in public for the sake of the story).

Since then, I have fully immersed myself, playing campaigns that go on for literal YEARS but also writing table top role playing game (TTRPG) scenarios and adventures. Here are just a sampling of some I have worked on:

Tiny Dungeon: Hatchling Edition Cover

I provided a kid-friendly setting for Tiny Dungeon: The Hatchling Edition from Gallant Knight Games. This was a lot of fun to work on especially as making D&D (and writing!) accessible for younger players/writers is a particular passion of mine. After all, playing D&D is basically a living story that players create along with their Game Master (GM).

This is something I’ve even written about for BookTrust: Fantasy, Escape and Roleplaying Games: Why Kimberly Pauley loves Dungeons and Dragons.

I’ve also done some other scenario work for Outland Entertainment, including Rogues: A Blackguards RPG Powered by Alan Bahr’s Tombpunk and Nicolas R. Giacondino’s Chronicles of the Long Night: A Nightfell RPG. It’s always really interesting to step foot into someone else’s world to make a contribution. I feel like I learn something every time I do!

The Seeker's Guide to Twisted Taverns

One large project I worked on was Eldermancy / GhostFire Gaming’s The Seeker’s Guide to Twisted Taverns. I wrote up three of the taverns for that one: The Treetop, The Rail-Away, and The Wildaback. It’s billed as a 5th Edition supplement filled with fantastical pre-made taverns, inspiring story hooks, and lovable NPC’s. I can also tell you it was just as fun to write as it is to play (and you should totally play it).

Most recently, I was one of the writers for their 5E Sunken Isles adventure campaign, which is currently on Kickstarter (and was funded in 35 minutes!). I’m not a slow writer, but this project was very challenging — I wrote nearly 90K words in less than 3 months! I also had the opportunity to help design three new playable races (you can get a glimpse of the Kia’i in the image below). I highly recommend you back it if you like intense campaigns.

And I’m very excited to announce (more details coming soon) that I’m starting work on a D&D 5E supplement of my own — something very near and dear to my heart, incorporating fairy tales into a TTRPG setting.

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