22 August 2006

Dreamteam for Push 2

So, off the top of my head, right this minute, if I had to tell you who I wanted to work on Push vol 2 (and trying to pick new people and let the previous contributors comment or sit this one out), this is what it might look like:

Thomas Robertson
Jessica Hammer
Annie Rush
Tim Kleinert
Mike Sugarbaker
Kevin Allen Jr.
Mo Turkington
Victor Gijsbers
Neel Krishnaswami
Elliot Wilen
Jason Morningstar
Chris Chinn
Ginger Stampley or someone else (on PBeM)
Sarah Kahn or someone else (on online freeform)
Jerome Larre or someone else (on French RP)
Andy Kitkowski or somebody else (on Japanese RP)
somebody from the Terra Nova blog (on RP in MMORGs)

Paul Tevis
Brand Robins
Ken Hite
Judd Karlson
Dev Purkayastha
Claire Bickel
one or both of the Bakers
Jonathan Tweet
Nicole Lindros
Steve Kenson
Christina Stiles
Robin Laws
Mike Montola
somebody from Contested Ground
somebody from the Terra Nova blog
somebody from the online freeform community
- Emily Care Boss
- John Kim
- Shreyas Sampat
- Eero Tuovinen
- Jonathan Walton

Probably too many indie people, too much tabletop. But slowly diversifying. In any case, there's one proposal. If I forgot you, let me know.


Anonymous Claire Bickell said...

I'm stunned to see my name. I'm in.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Shreyas said...

What's Terra Nova? Is this something I should know?

Claire, you are totally cool.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Claire: Sorry I mispelled your last name. Welcome aboard!

Shreyas: Terra Nova is the shit.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Troy_Costisick said...


Jonathan, I'll offer to contribute and article about the Power 19 if that's something you'd be interested in. Lemme know :)



5:45 AM  
Anonymous Jerome "Brand" Larre said...

Well, thanks. I will be very happy to help, either about French RP or "emotionnal RP" (close to immersionist).

8:33 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Troy: Awesome. I'd be delighted to have you write a pitch about the P19.

Jerome: Awesome. Is "emotional RP" a French term? I don't think I've encountered on this side of the pond yet.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Judd said...

Ya mean Judd Karlman?

I'd love to contribute comments, that sounds fantastic.

I'm honored.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Yeah, that guy.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Brand said...

It was just a way for me to refer to a style of play which is not really immersionism and not really narrativism, but in some way close to both. It's mainly a matter of what you focus on. I'll explain further in a mail if you're interested.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Neel Krishnaswami said...

I'd be happy to do it. For the Terra Nova guy, might I suggest asking Timothy Burke?

3:15 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Jerome: Yeah, send me a couple paragraphs when you get a free moment.

Neel: Awesome. Do you know Tim Burke of are you just suggesting him because he's awesome? I guess I'm unsure of the best way to approach those guys.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Neel Krishnaswami said...

Mainly, because he's awesome, but I do know him casually via email.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

So I can be like "Neel Krishnaswami testified to your awesomeness and suggested I contact you"?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Neel Krishnaswami said...

Sure thing, Jonathan -- I guess this is the strength of weak ties in action. Since it is a weak tie, you probably want to focus on Push 2 rather than on me, though. :-)

6:16 PM  
Blogger Victor Gijsbers said...

Tell me what you, as editor, would like to see from me (an outline, an abstract, a rough version) and I will try to deliver it to you. There are several topics that I believe I need to explore by writing an article, and what could be worthier than attempting to write an article good enough for Push? :)

3:39 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Victor, more info on proposing and writing pieces of Push 2 will be up soon, along with a general outline of the kinds of articles I'm hoping to see.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Rob MacD said...


I know Tim Burke too - we both blog at Cliopatria - so if you need another reference, or if you want me to send him an email, I can. He tends to be a bit over committed, I think, as many awesome people are, but he is a very nice guy so you shouldn't worry about approaching him.

Does the existence of the dreamteam mean you're not looking for non-dreamy contributors/commenters? Because I've been tinkering with something on the history of RPGs that might fit in PUSH - but then, maybe history doesn't qualify as "new thinking" about RPGs.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Rob: If there was no new thinking in history, academia would be a sad, sad place. I definitely think an article that provides a historical perspective would be interesting. It's the thinking that has to be new, not the roleplaying. So pitch away.

If you wanna contact Tim Burke and explain Push to him, that would be great. What I'm mostly interested in is a short article on the various ways in which people collaboratively create narrative in online games. Not just narrative in the sense that Mario 3 has a storyline, but a player-driven narrative in which there are characters who have motivations and conflicts and achieve goals and whatnot. And it would be especially interesting to hear how they are doing this on a micro, interpersonal level rather than just by interacting with game events set in motion by administrators. I realize that this is a really broad topic, so if Tim is more interested in focusing on a specific type or example of this happening (small group interactions in World of Warcraft, say), that might even be better. Up to him. And if he doesn't have time and instead wants to suggest someone else, awesome.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Neel Krishnaswami said...

Hey Jonathan, if you get *two* gaming historians writing for Push, it'll be twice as good! :-)

9:40 PM  
Blogger Bankuei said...

Hey Jonathan,

Did you ever figure out what the heck it was you wanted to ask me at GenCon? =)

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Neel: Indeed. Are you thinking of someone in particular?

Chris: Not specifically. I'll have to go re-read your blog. Maybe there was something I wanted you to write for Push 2.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Merten said...

Mike Montola would be good choice, because you'd get two people for the price of one: Mike Pohjola and Markus Montola.

I'm being a nitpick, here.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I think I could do it. I think my other half Mike could as well, maybe.

- Markus M

8:06 AM  
Blogger Mo said...

I know I'm late to the post, but here I am playing catch up after India.

Jerome: Interesated in hearing more. It sounds like what I was planning for one of my next posts on SA.

Jonathan: When is the deadline for PUSH II? I do have some ideas bouncing around the back of my brain... possibly and article, possibly a mini-game, but I have a deadline for C+P pending.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Walton said...

Mo, there's no deadline yet because I haven't even posted guidelines for proposals. This will happen soon.

1:56 PM  

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