Uplifting voices for Black History Month 2023

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

We’re in the heart of Black History Month! In honor of Black excellence in the tabletop industry and beyond, here are some wonderful creators in our community to introduce themselves and share some of the amazing work they’ve done.

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Isis Wozniakowska (she/her)

Hey all, Isis Wozniakowska here, I wrote Starfinder Society Scenario #3-21 and #5-04 as well as the upcoming Pathfinder Society Scenario #4-10, and I've done work for Pathfinder Secrets of Magic, Pathfinder Dark Archive, Starfinder Interstellar Species, and more to come.

I got into this whole TTRPG writing thing by answering an open call for writers of color, which is not the kind of thing I can advise when a lot of people I know ask me how to get into this. It's something I think about a lot, how I sometimes feel like I've gotten more chances as a writer lately because I can answer these specialized calls for people who come from specific backgrounds. It's taken me months to come to terms with that possibility of having my own privileges recently as the creative world tries to diversify its talents. And it's been especially complicated for me as someone who spent her formative years living with a white European father in a nicer city than people with my skin color often do.

But I think these days I've finally learned that these opportunities are important because they're the kinds of opportunities that my mother's family couldn't have had years ago, and that my dad as an immigrant never had the luxury of being offered either. So I'm here, I'm creating fantasies and cultures in a world as diverse as our own. And I'm proud to call myself a Black writer or a Mixed writer or whatever other adjectives need to be thrown in front of there to remind myself that I'm here building a name for myself and my family going forward. And I can be proud of the fact that I get to have opportunities that people like myself would have never had in generations before me.

If you want to find more of me, my Twitter is a @wozenstein, and you can always keep an eye out for more Paizo work from me in the future.

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Shan Wolf (he/they)

Hi everyone, I am a freelance game designer and contributing author on both the Pathfinder and Starfinder lines. My credits include Starfinder Bounty #4: Poacher’s Prize, the Adventure Toolbox for book 1 of the Starfinder Drift Hackers Adventure Path, the Starfinder Ports of Call hardcover, the Adventure Toolbox for book 2 of the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, and the upcoming Lost Omens Highhelm sourcebook. My primary focus as a writer is in Black and Indigenous liberation narratives, monster creation, archetype creation, history and lore, and writing revolutionary and inherently anti-colonialist themes.

Besides all that, I am a huge Pathfinder and Starfinder booster. I love these games as they help bring to life amazing fantasies about being heroes and saving the world, or universe, and that is always something I’m interested in doing, or just talking about in general.

If you’re interested in my work, or hearing my views, feel free to take a look at my twitter @Fenrirs_Chosen and you will see an outspoken and passionate advocate for Black liberation, and making the tabletop space more open, safe, and inclusive.

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Erin Roberts (she/her)

Happy Black History Month, y'all! I'm Erin and in addition to being a prose writer and a creative writing teacher, I've been a freelancer for Paizo for a couple of years—how time flies! I've written for a few Lost Omens books, bringing things like Impossible Cake (Pathfinder Lost Omens Grand Bazaar), the Tunwalkers (Pathfinder Lost Omens Knights of Lastwall), reflections on time from the Ladies of Shadow tea and assassination guild (Pathfinder Lost Omens Travel Guide), and a look at the artists and buildings of Golarion (Travel Guide) to their pages. I've also had fun in space, writing a bounty (Starfinder Bounty #3: A Green Place) and adding to vlaka lore (Starfinder Interstellar Species).

Outside of the Paizoverse, I’ve written for D&D (Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel), World of Darkness (Hunter: The Reckoning Fifth Edition) and several awesome 3PP and indie projects (including Anansi’s Tapestry of Lives and Moonlight on Roseville Beach). What’s next? I’m a game writer for a future Foundry VTT project and you can catch my freelance work in projects like Pathfinder Lost Omens Firebrands, Pathfinder Lost Omens Highhelm, and other fun places not yet revealed by the mythical powers that be. I also chat with a bunch of writing folks every week as one of the hosts of the Writing Excuses podcast, new every Sunday. I usually share whatever shenanigans I'm up to next on Twitter at @nirele, so feel free to follow me there!

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Thank you, all of you, for sharing your stories, both personal and fictional.

Liberty's Edge

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Great to be reminded that Paizo is so widely inclusive. Thanks all for this sharing. Keep on the great job :-)

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Thank you Isis, Shan, and Erin! Pathfinder fans are lucky to have talent like yours building awesome worlds - and avoiding some of older books' pitfalls.

Diverse inspirations are the secret sauce keeping Golarion from feeling over-familiar and stale, and after the Mwangi Expanse turned me around on a long dislike of dwarves (the Mbe'ke are just too cool!), I can't wait to see what comes next! I don't suppose we know the Higghelm individual pictured here? Their art's gorgeous!

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

Them some awesome folks there! Way to go!

Verdant Wheel

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Awesome to see! Thank you, all of you!

Also, I love your work on the Vlaka, Erin. Their expanded lore was an instant favourite and something I was super excited to see!

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Omg... Erin. I know this is going to sound weird but the Impossible Cake has brought so much happiness to me.

Sovereign Court

Love hearing these voices. Thank you for your wonderful contributions.

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Has it ever been explained how Jatembe achieved his longevity?

Grand Lodge

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Berselius wrote:
Has it ever been explained how Jatembe achieved his longevity?

He's a level 20 wizard with the Immortality arcane discovery, though I'm sure the 6 mythic ranks don't hurt.

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Thank you all for your contributions and hard work, and for sharing a little of yourselves here.

YAY Ya'll!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!!!


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Nitro~Nina wrote:
I love your work on the Vlaka, Erin. Their expanded lore was an instant favourite and something I was super excited to see!

Ditto. Amazing work and much food for thought. Also tea and assasination guild? Scones and Skulduggery in the one place? GENIUS! Thank you for your contributions, Erin!

Thanks everyone for their contributions! Starfinder and Pathfinder wouldn't be as fun without your voices!

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