Green Ronin Seeks Women Writers for Lost Citadel RPG

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Green Ronin is looking for one talented woman to work on the upcoming Lost Citadel RPG…

Work on the Lost Citadel RPG continues at Green Ronin as they look for someone to help write for the dark-fantasy horror shared-world franchise. A brief reminder, the Lost Citadel is a shared-world transmedia property that’s aiming for a Cthulhu-esque exploration of the world by multiple authors, creators, etc.

And on Green Ronin’s end, they’re adapting the world into a new RPG that utilizes the 5th Edition D&D rules (as well as their other RPG settings) so it’ll be interesting to see exactly how they manage that transition. But for now, they’re looking for your help.

via Green Ronin

In the lead-up to June’s Kickstarter for the [Lost Citadel Roleplaying Game], we are going to be running a talent search for women who are interested in coming to work on the project. If you identify as female and dark fantasy is your jam, we want to see what you can bring to the table! Not to worry, fellas, we have some other opportunities for you coming up later in the year, as well, but this talent search is just for the ladies.

Ultimately, one woman will be chosen to write for the Lost Citadel RPG under developer C.A. Suleiman and as part of a paid contract, but it’s my hope that we might find not just one but several new, talented women creatives that we haven’t worked with before at Green Ronin.

We will begin taking submissions on April 17th, and will post the official rules and guidelines for the talent search separately. Meanwhile, read up on the Lost Citadel and get ready!

I’m glad to see that they’re looking for women in particular–they are seriously underrepresented in the industry and it’s always great to see any kind of push for better representation. It’s interesting to see how the industry is changing. So good on you, Green Ronin. In the meantime, you can read up on the Lost Citadel and its transmedia craziness here. So be sure and check it out to gear up for the official opening date of their search.

What do you all think about the Lost Citadel? About the Talent Search? Diversity in gaming?

  • cudgel

    triggered !

    Please say Female writers, we don’t say Men writers, its sounds forced.

  • Shawn

    Why does it have to be a woman? I mean, some reasonable explanation would have been nice. There are just as talented male writers as female, so why this?

    • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

      Presumably, they believe that having a greater variety of perspectives on the writing team will have a positive effect on the setting.

      • Maurice

        You know what else we need? A greater variety of perspectives in off shore oil drilling. We need the female perspective in coal mining and tree cutting and trash removal.
        Imagine if the person in charge of overseeing your open heart surgery was a diversity hire.

        • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

          …are you implying that a greater variety of perspectives would not benefit the creation of an RPG setting? They’re a form of expression/world-building that hinge upon creating an intriguing end-product that can be emotionally/intellectually resonant for a variety of players. Having a variety of skillsets, styles, worldviews etc on the creative team can really bring that type of project to the next level.

          Your reply, in essence, is equivalent to “Why would you want ketchup on a burger? You wouldn’t want ketchup on tires, a keyboard, or a xylophone!”

          • Maurice

            No. I’m saying that game companies should hire writers based on their talent and ability to do the job.

        • cudgel

          Physical labour =/= writing.

      • Shawn

        A great variety of perspectives are fine, but it should be the best writer, not the best female writer, or the best white writer, or the best jewish writer, etc.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          That and depending on what you are doing. I would not want a “diverse” or “variety” of perspectives if I had a narrow goal with an end in mind, I would specifically look for something similar to but not quite an echo chamber. Basically if I want a dark fantasy setting I am going to be looking for people who have a similar dark fantasy mindset. I don’t want to try to build ravenloft and end up with eberron.

          • Shawn

            Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more.

      • Jay Mort

        YAY!
        More SPARKLE-PIRES!
        More muscley men who need the woman to ‘change him’ and help him become better!

        Woot-woot.

    • Johan Kristian Milde

      Also presumably, they already have all the talented male writers they want on their writing staff, and are looking to fill a perceived gap in their workforce. Notice that the listing is only for a single writer – this is filling in missing perspectives and backgrounds.

      • Shawn

        That makes some sense, but Green Ronin’s announcement makes a point of telling the males, that they’ll have something for them too.

      • Jay Mort

        Nothing says ‘un-biased’ like mandated token hires to signal others how virtuous you are.

        • Johan Kristian Milde

          Do you really believe that Green Ronin Publishing, which is a business, would spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on an unnecessary hire in order to get their virtues signalled in a move that in today’s news climate will be forgotten in a week?
          Come on, that does not make sense.

  • Txabi Etxebarrieta

    You know, I just had a feeling the comment section would be garbage. Then I clicked the link and my suspicion was immediately confirmed as I started choking on the thick cloud of Cheeto dust and loose beard hair.

    • cudgel

      My problem is more to do with the language used rather then the content itself.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        Fair play. I read “triggered” in a mocking tone.

        • cudgel

          I was mocking myself, lol.

    • Hawt Dawg

      That dust works well with a hairy armpit and rasta braids stuck to what appear to be a woman, but you are not entirely sure because it is dressed in garbs made for ten size larger.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        Well I’m glad to see the AT&T guy finally brought internet to you and the rest of the family from the Hills Have Eyes.

        Seriously, watching you people post is like watching someone give themselves a rusty trombone. I should probably be offended, but I’m mostly just impressed. It must be hard stroking yourself off with such gusto considering how much crap inevitably comes out of your mouth when all is said and done. Whoever told you tossing salads like a pro would get you on Master Chef seriously underestimated your commitment.

        • Hawt Dawg

          I know you think social welfare is your birthright, but that does not mean quota is the best thing since sliced bread.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            I worked over 60 hours a week last month at my job, all the while paying into social security I’m never going to see a dime of. And I have never been on any social welfare programs. So don’t talk to me about entitlement little boy. The only birthright I believe in is working folks like you to death in labor camps. Love is a five letter word and its spelled GULAG.

            And for the record, your trash talk game is kind of a joke. But then again, that’s kind of to be expected. The moment your mother first laid eyes on you, she became the first woman in recorded history to regret not taking someone’s offer to “try something different” and stick it in the back.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Butthurt reports all out of stock?

            Also, I suspect I am at least 20 years older than you and by far more successful. I just can’t stand third rate people with white guilt who thinks that being progressive is just for evil middle aged men who pays taxes and do not commit heinous crimes.

            Better luck next time snow flake.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            “Butthurt reports all out of stock?”

            Good lord man, your comeback game is weaker than your dad’s pullout game. I’m not sure what you’ve been doing with this 20 extra years you think you have on me besides disappointing your lovers, but clearly you haven’t spent that time on any meaningful personal development.

            Why don’t you do me and the human race a favor. If, somehow, a woman made the mistake of conceiving your foul little crotchfruit and was somehow convinced not to abort them like any reasonable person would want to after spending five minutes with you, I want you to smother your children. I want you to walk to into their bedrooms while they sleep, bury a pillow over their faces, and wait until they stop kicking and screaming for good. Once you’re done, I want you to blow your own brains out. I would prefer it if no more of earth’s precious resources were wasted on you or the rest of the human detritus that keeps rising to the surface. It will literally be the only good thing you will have done in the entirety of your otherwise unremarkable and regrettably long life.

          • Maurice

            Wow…ok, looks like this conversation has strayed off into loony land.
            I wish you the best, good sir. Please get the help you so desperately need.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            And I hope you get the help you need for that problem I mentioned earlier. You’re gonna wrack up one heck of a chiropractor bill before that’s taken care of.

          • Hawt Dawg

            I am in your mind permanently ripping your mental state to bits.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            lol, you think too highly of yourself. Like I said below, I saw the article title and byline, figured the knuckle-dragger troglodytes would be out in force, and decided having a place to verbally abuse folks between tasks would be fun. It’s not even a full five minutes out of my day to think up cute little reminders of how little the world would miss you if you were to suddenly disappear.

          • Hawt Dawg

            In your head.

            Bad!

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            I’m not sure you understand how this relationship works buddy. I issued a public challenge to every alt-right cracker and misogynist with my first post because I knew I was going to get outrage, even though I overestimated their trashtalking skills. I have, since, responded to literally *everyone* who posts here.

            And that right there is the key. You aren’t special to me. You’re no different than hdarren or Maurice. But you? You’re the one who keeps coming back despite being constantly outclassed. You’re the one who feels so inadequate that you keep trying to compare yourself to me and make it about you. And that’s kinda sad.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Yeah you truly need to defend yourself at all cost.

            Mind trapped!

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            At all cost? I told you, I’m enjoying this. It’s like kicking puppies. Though, honestly, if you’re just going to repeat the same point I’ve already dismantled it’s gonna start being not worth it. Not really a whole lot I can do when basically you’re not actually responding to anything I say because you already know you’re so outclassed by my responses.

          • Hawt Dawg

            I truly hope those 60 hours were comedy because you excel at it.

    • hdarren

      Back to Tumblr you legbearded landwhale.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        Sorry, I don’t have one. But if you want we can make one together. I think you’ve earned one with your contribution to feminism, what with your unoriginal repost from /b/ circa 2005 being the most compelling argument for abortion I’ve seen this week.

    • Maurice

      Yeah, because making assumptions is much easier than engaging in a discussion with people with an opposing viewpoint.
      Would you not agree that the desire to hire a person of a specific group identity would alienate members of other groups? Should their hiring be based on talent regardless of group identity? Do you not understand that many folks are just sick to death of identity politics and articles like this cause people to seethe?

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        So you want discussion, but you’re sick to death of any subject you disagree with that would bring up discussion? And then you have the gall to condescend to me because I’ve been on the internet for longer than five minutes and know this isn’t a venue to convince people to not be complete garbage? This whole post puts you in that odd intersection between your head and your rear end. I’d suggest removing the former from the latter before trying to “discuss” again, because I’m not in the mood to deal with second-rate concern trolls.

    • Jay Mort

      No one forced you to click you know.

      I remember a certain phrase… something about kitchens and heat…

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        lolwut? I’m getting literally exactly what I want. I saw the article and the byline, knew it would be a lightning rod for people I wanted to verbally abuse for a day, and I went for it. And considering the general, low quality level of trash talk I’m getting back (really? copy-pastes from alt-right message boards and old /b/ backlogs?) I dunno that I’d call it “heat.”

  • Chardun

    Does anyone know if I’d have to buy the core WotC D&D 5ed books, or does the license allow a reprint of all the applicable rules a la some of the old 3ed 3rd party properties?

    • Xodis

      The basic rules are available free online, but Im sure those books will come in handy.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Usually the rules are always included in off shoot, as they are licensed to do so from the core system they are derived.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I don’t know if you HAVE to, but I would just because its nice to have them handy.

  • dave long island

    They want a woman writer?? What about the other 81 genders? They don’t gotta put food on the table too?… lol..

    • Hawt Dawg

      Ha ha ha

    • Blair Smith

      I backed an RPG on Kickstarter recently by a team of Non-binary writers and it’s fantastic. Nice little dark fantasy with some military action against a horror tone. Got an intriguing combat system and really gets players invested in the drama of waging a war against weird monsters.

  • durendin

    It must be terrible to be a woman or a minority in the workplace these days, especially in a creative industry. You don’t know if you got there on your own merit or you were there as a tick box exercise or government quota.

  • Nicolai Zolnir

    I identify as an attack helicopter. Why don’t they acknowledge the marginalized voices of helicopters and other flying military vehicles? Green Roning spreads human chauvinistic, heliphobic hate!

    • Sporkel

      I’m with you chopper!
      I’m with you….

      SHAME on’em!
      SHAME ON’EM ALL!

      (Though I identist more as anew attack helicopter of the private sector, I can totally relate…)

      *playairwolftheme*

  • hdarren

    #EverydaySexisim

  • Arthfael

    On the one hand, I don’t like the idea of positive discrimination (true feminism wants equality, not to reverse the siuation). On the other hand, if their writing team is choking on male-only geek humour, they do direly need to recruit some chicks right now.

  • Maurice

    Imagine the backlash and cries of sexism if the call was for male writers. This is just silly. Theyre trying to fill a perceived gap intheir writing talent. Well what if they cant find a woman to write for them? Hold one at gunpoint? The writing will be forced and lousy, you have to hire people based on their talent and enthusiasm, not whats between their legs.

    • JL

      Yes I’m certain this will happen when there’s an RPG project where women are over-represented.

  • marxlives

    what is a transmedia RPG? Is it like Micheal Douglas in “The Game”?

  • Maurice

    The marketplace will decide if the decision to hire based on sex is correct. If the writing sucks due to their political correct hiring practices, people won’t buy their products and the business will fail.
    Look at successful companies. They hire based on talent and enthusiasm. That is the model for success.

  • Nyyppä

    Well now, that’s just blatant sexism. 😀

  • Jay Mort

    Because hiring based upon genitalia is against the la…

    DARN IT!