Carie Varner is an artist, a mother, a drinker of much Pepsi and on occasion, funny.
She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (who needs to eat?). Her artwork is available to view and purchase on her Facebook page.
Carie was known as AMC Mike when she helped co-host the film-centered radio show and podcast Lights Camera Cleveland.
Her first gaming book was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness, and she's played everything from World of Darkness to Earthdawn, and even some game with THACO. She's LARPed in three different networked organizations, holding organizational positions in two. She's also helped playtest LARPs, including Shadow Run (the costumes were so cool!). Carie is currently the head storyteller for River Valley Rage, a Vampire LARP in Tennessee.
MUD/MUCK/MUSHes have been a big part of her life, too. She's played in many, and the constant typing has improved her grammar, her typing speed and to a lesser degree, her speling. She's role-played in Hogsmeade, on a 5th World in a different universe, in classic books and in completely newly-crafted universes. She's ran several as well, including a high school for super heroes and a small Appalachian town during World War II set in the Supernatural universe.
May 22nd, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 8 mins
community, geeks, roleplaying games, safety, toxic
Role-playing game communities, like most communities, have become increasingly aware of issues like safety, inclusion and behavioral problems. This week, The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult and often uncomfortable topic of toxic players, toxic game runners and toxic environments in the world of tabletop RPGs, LARP and MUSH, and they explore ways we can all help to make our gaming spaces healthier.
May 17th, 2018 | Season 1 | 55 mins 24 secs
characters, creativity, geeks, plot, roleplaying games, setting
Where do ideas come from? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the process of creativity and how great ideas are born. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they talk about coming up with ideas for plots, characters and settings.
April 29th, 2018 | Season 1 | 54 mins 50 secs
conventions, geeks, lexicon, magpie games, masks, roleplaying games, the region
The Favorite had to work, so The Curmudgeon and the Legend went to Lexicon, an amazing gaming convention in Lexington, Kentucky. After playing in some tabletop games there, they bring in the show's first guest, The Pollack, to talk about convention games. Covering everything from planning, promoting and actually running a con game, Ryan, Carie and Chris do their best to figure out the formula to make running and playing con games be as much fun as possible.
April 18th, 2018 | Season 1 | 58 mins
abuse, assault, geeks, roleplaying games, safety, sex, triggers
The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult subject of The Unpermissibles – the triggering topics that should really never be used as plots in your games. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they discuss maintaining player safety, understanding why the Unpermissibles are so damaging and how to navigate them within games you play or run.
April 10th, 2018 | Season 1 | 55 mins 55 secs
geeks, genre, roleplaying games
This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite talk about the importance of clearly understanding and communicating what the game you are running is to your players to help balance expectation and manage the feel. It's about Communication, interpretation and expectation.
April 4th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
accessibility, bleed, buzzwords, geeks, immersion, nordic larp
In their second episode, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss the current epidemic of buzzwords used to market tabletop gaming, LARPing and MUSHing. Accessible, blockbuster, bleed, immersion and transformative are just a few of the words Ryan, Carie and Jason explore.
April 2nd, 2018 | Season 1 | 56 mins 46 secs
demon master, dungeons & dragons, geeks, marvel superheroes, rpgs, shattered isles
In the very first episode of On A Roll, the Curmudgeon shares the tale of his first tabletop rpg and the demon who ran the game, The Legend recalls her first D&D game and The Favorite talks about his first boffer LARP. It's a trip through time that ends with exploring the idea of first games and how new players navigate their first exposure to the role-playing game hobby.