Gordon Ramsey stands in a yellow kitchen space, looking down with an air of tiredness. The caption reads “Finally, some good fucking food”. So. Finally. Some good fucking game design (notes).

So, once upon a time in January 2016, Adam Koebel and John Harper sat down on Twitch to have a conversation about game design and specifically hacking Blades in the Dark. The archive is in two parts on Youtube (part 1 and part 2). I, an excitable game designer eager to Make Good Shit, took notes. Not really copious notes but probably enough. I’d already started working on Misbehavin’ by this point, so I was definitely rubbing my grubby little hands together and eager to consume this knowledge. Fast forward, like, four years later (FOUR! ENTIRE YEARS!) and I like…


I know, it’s been forever since I said I would continue what I started with part 1, which goes through making the decision of if you have the space for a screen and if your home wiring can handle it. Now, we’re going to go through the whole process, start to finish, while I get myself a screen and lights. First things first, let’s take a look at my space. As a note, these will be affiliate links (for Valera Screens and Amazon) that benefit me creating more content in the future. Gotta be able to get everything, right?

My room/office, which is fairly small and very full of things. You can’t even see Roy Mustang and Patrick Stump on my dresser anymore…

Pretty…


So I ended up running two separate sessions of Misbehavin’ for strangers at PAX Unplugged this past weekend. That wasn’t exactly my plan for the weekend but I decided to roll with it. Besides, what’s the worst that could happen?

The worst thing was, well, two tables of white people who hadn’t even played Blades before trying to step into a world even more bluntly about oppression, marginalization, intersectionality, and only tangentially about doing crimes. Hoo boy. It was an entire time, where the connect didn’t even begin until the weight of consequences for actions started being felt. It was…


And now the continuation of my journey at PAX for the first time as press. May it give you a laugh and, if you end up taking a dive as a content creator or press yourself, hopefully it helps you avoid some of the pitfalls I ran into. Read the beginning here.

Day 1: Mistakes Were Made

So I showed up bright and early to start off a day full of interviews and trawling the expo floor. And by a full day, I really do mean full. I had made the grave mistake of booking a demo of some kind nearly every available half hour…


I promised I would write about my PAX experiences, as this is my first time going to East, my first con as press, and the first time I feel generally professional heading into something like this. So let’s get this party started.

Unread Inbox: Yes

As I mentioned, I’m going as press for the first time so this is a whole new realm of talking to companies and devs, making sure I’m sending the right things to the right people by the right times, and reviewing in a larger capacity that my normal “I’ll play this whenever I get a free minute”. The…


So. You’re a streamer or content creator using video of yourself over some other footage. You don’t want your space in that video of yourself and the obvious answer is a green screen. Lots of streamers have them and kits on Amazon don’t cost a huge ton. But there are a lot of considerations to this and getting it to truly look good. The following is part one of a series of tips and tricks for improving your lighting setup when using a green screen while streaming or creating video content on Twitch, YouTube, Mixr, Picarto, and the like.

Read…


A few days ago, I read an article on NPR by Gene Demby for Code Switch about being The Only One In The Room: being the only person in an often decision-making group that represents one or several marginalized communities. And while I associate with this in terms of work situations, which is what this article refers to, I associate with it more in terms of tabletop gaming.

Back To Basics

So first things first: The Only One is a situation that happens often and generally goes unmentioned. A single person in the minority is surrounded by a sea of those in the…


I’m honestly shocked that this graphic was allowed to happen.

Sunday night was WWE Great Balls of Fire so here’s my match by match review of the pay-per-view. This does contain spoilers for the event and the following RAW.


Let’s talk about this new song and video. And let’s not talk about llama monster muppets. Well, let’s not only talk about them. Because, surprise surprise, it’s a metaphor. Watch the video/listen to the song here:

Official Video. Directors: Scantron & Mel Soria.

First Things First…

Take a step back from the weirdness that’s inherent to Fall Out Boy’s video. Literally all of them. I don’t know that this video or sound are even the strangest thing they’ve ever done. Yes, there are llama people living in the woods. But take a second to think about what that even means. …


Saturday’s NXT TakeOver Orlando was a great show with good wrestling and storytelling. Honestly, I’ve only got one real complaint about the whole thing: WWE has a problem with being weird lately. I hadn’t really noticed it before because I didn’t have a ton to compare with. I can’t watch ROH, NJPW’s ring announcing tends to be in Japanese, Impact is a blazing trash fire, and I don’t watch a ton of indies. However, I’ve been marathoning Lucha Underground now that it’s on US Netflix. It’s not like being strange in a mundane world doesn’t work and isn’t valuable. …

Allie Bustion

Illustrator, streamer, GM, game designer. 💫 Enjoys Nutella & pro wrestling w/ side of esports. 💫 she/they 💫 Commissions open. Contact: abustion.mp@gmail.com

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