Judy Barbosa – eSports Events

In this episode, we talk with Judy Barbosa, a voice actor, community manager, and events host who heads up the NYC League of Legends group and the Order of Gamemasters for D&D enthusiasts. We talk about how Judy got into voice acting and how she grabbed the reins of NYCLOL to build it into a thriving and welcoming community with events for watching professional League of Legends. We also hear from Judy about the challenge of building credibility for holding e-sports events in venues usually dominated by traditional sports, what she’s learned planning them for the last few years, as well as how she continues to prop up and help create opportunities and awareness for Latinx gamers and budding D&D DMs in her area and beyond.

Music credit: Geoplex – Resplendent from The Arcadium/TheFatRat

Judy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jetset_
NYC League of Legends Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYC_LOL
Order of Gamemasters Twitter: https://twitter.com/jointheorder
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit
The Arcadium: https://the-arcadium.net/

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Sam Chen – Product Management

In this episode, we talk with Sam Chen, Senior Product Manager for Subscriptions at Twitch, about how he went from working in the trenches with Frank for anime conventions to helping oversee the product pipeline at Amazon and then for one of the most well-known and popular livestreaming platforms in Twitch. We talk turkey about what exactly it means to implement products for Twitch such as gift subscriptions, tiers, emotes, and more, how Sam’s own livestreaming experiences and regular interactions with Twitch streamers drive his product management philosophies, and where he thinks Twitch and its community is going when it comes to content creation.

Music credit: Geoplex – Resplendent from The Arcadium/TheFatRat

Sam’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/djfluffkins
Sam’s Twitch: https://twitch.tv/djfluffkins
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit
The Arcadium: https://the-arcadium.net/

Ben Bertoli – Journalism/Bookwriting

In this episode, we talk with Ben Bertoli, an accomplished journalist and author who has written for Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, Mashable, and more and wrote “101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up”, a guide and achievement activity listing of some of the best games for kids to play. We chat with Ben about his path into being a freelance journalist for games, how he integrates gaming into his day job as a teacher and mentor, as well as his struggles and triumphs writing about games in general. We also dive into Ben’s love of Nintendo growing up, his affection for the print journalism of games of bygone days, and his aspirations for future books.

Music credit: Geoplex – Resplendent from The Arcadium/TheFatRat

Ben’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/superbentendo
Ben’s Website: https://www.benbertoli.com 
101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up on Amazon
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit
The Arcadium: https://the-arcadium.net/

Jewel Daab – Community Building

In this episode, we talk with Jewel Daab, a mother, community builder, livestreamer, and fitness enthusiast who balances her priorities taking care of her family while also sharing with others her passion for and enjoyment of all things gaming. Having built and maintained a healthy fan-based games community on Discord in the Coven, as well as an impressive growth and outreach on social media with her gaming content on Mixer and Twitter, Jewel has shown how you can be games-adjacent and still find time for the things that matter. We talk with Jewel about her journey into games, her values and principles in shepherding gaming communities, and how raising a family has helped shape her outlook on games in the past, present and future.

Jewel’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Namaslays
Jewel’s Mixer: https://mixer.com/Namaslay
The Coven on Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/coven
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Nikki Greicar – Technical Art

In this first episode of 2019 of Behind the Screen, we talk with Nikki Greicar, a Rigger in the mobile games industry and an experienced Technical Artist who’s been working in games for a number of years. A former co-worker of Frank’s and Kristen’s when they were all at Gazillion Entertainment together working on Marvel Heroes Omega, Nikki gives us the lowdown on the Technical Art part of the design pipeline and muses about her road into games through studying game art/design as well as networking at GDC. She also shares with us her love of motorcycles and MMOs, and on a more humorous note, forgives Frank for being an uncultured heathen for not supporting ketchup on hot dogs.

Nikki’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/KetchupHero
Nikki’s ArtStation: https://nikki3d.artstation.com
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Robert J. Schuster – CCG Game Design

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we talk with Robert Schuster, Game Designer at Wizards of the Coast, who does work on one of the most long-lived and well-known collectible card games out there in Magic: The Gathering, as well as their most recent digital version of the game, Magic: The Gathering Arena. When not working on contributions to new designs, mechanics, and Magic: The Gathering game balance, Robert is a caring father, husband, and friend to those who know him.

Frank takes a journey with Robert through his road to Seattle, and into one of the most well known game companies in the world. We discuss how Magic: The Gathering has changed and influenced his life, how social media and the digital realm have morphed how collectible card games take feedback, and some of his own personal trials and tribulations working towards a fulfilling job and a family he loves and cares for deeply. Side note: Robert doesn’t blink an eye at Frank being a dirty denial and control blue player.

Robert’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertjschuster
Wizards of the Coast: https://www.wizards.com/magic
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

James B. Jones – Narrative Writing

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we chat with James Jones, journeyman writer for the games industry and former colleague at BioWare Austin. Among James’ achievements in games include co-authoring the STAR WARS: The Old Republic Encyclopedia, writing narrative and VO scripts for NCSoft’s Blade & Soul, constructing story arcs and lore for multiple games in the action, fantasy, and sci-fi spheres, and more.

Kristen chats with James about his well-traveled, sometimes difficult road in the industry, from his humble beginnings in Flint as a writer and later Editor-in-Chief of Binge Gaming, to his work at BioWare Austin’s STAR WARS: The Old Republic, to the trials and tribulations of Red 5’s Firefall, and much more. We also talk to him about the personal and emotional cost of being exposed to the sometimes turbulent, volatile nature of the games industry, and how his struggles and successes have shaped the narrative writing work he continues to contribute to many titles.