One of the themes of Blaugust 2022 (and probably previous Blaugusts) is to write a post where you introduce yourself. I don’t think I’ve done this before because my blog has an About Page. However, since we have some people who are brand new to Blaugust this year, I decided to write an introduction of myself.
My name is Jen Thorpe, and I’ve been a freelance writer since 2010. The work I post on Book of Jen is the fun stuff that I don’t typically get to do when writing for pay.
I was one of the original hosts of the Shattered Soulstone podcast and recently have become the only host of the show. Shattered Soulstone is a podcast about the Diablo series of games. In recent years, it has become the place where I keep people up to date about the shenanigans at Activision Blizzard King, and all the unionization efforts. I also try and highlight creative content from the Diablo Community.
When I’m not doing that, I spend a lot of time doing TTRPG games with my friends. We do this online in either audio or “live action” videos. It depends on the game and whether or not people want to be on camera. Most of us live too far away from each other to reasonably be able to game with them in person.
The games I’m currently involved in include:
From Cogwheel Gaming:
Pack Tactics: Season 4 “IN VACUO DEPEROTA”: (Dungeons & Dragons) Our group of Kobolds traveled by spaceship to a different planet, crash landed, and are learning about this new world we landed on.
Cause & Effect: (Dungeons & Dragons) A large group of people from the future get sent back in time to fix things in the past so the terrible future they experienced does not happen. In this one, I’m playing a Warforged who has memory loss and used to be a bounty hunter. One really interesting thing about this game is that the setup is designed so that if a player can’t be there – the game can continue.
Sofia By Night: (Vampire the Masquerade): In this one, I was playing Iskra, who was extremely innocent in life but turned into a broody teenager after becoming a vampire. It takes place in the dark ages in Bulgaria. Sofia By Night had two seasons, one that was mostly audio, and a season of live video. I kinda miss my grumpy, teenage, vampire.
Blood in the Water: (Vampire the Masquerade): In this one, I play Layla, (a Toreador) who is the bass player in an all-vampire band. She is part of a coterie with Silas (a Venture) and Stan (who didn’t know what clan he was in at the start of the game – for reasons). The first season included a lot of chaos and was super fun. There will be a second season.
Laser Vision Comics (Prowlers & Paragons): This one has a group that becomes an ensemble cast. All of us are playing superheroes, and we start by learning what our powers are. It started with individual episodes establishing each character, and grew to episodes where two superheroes team up. There is an upcoming episode that is going to include Thunderbolt, Old Man Winter, Quark, and Agent Orange.
In addition, there will be a Hunter game happening later this month (and extending into other months.)
Video games I’m currently playing:
Most of these games are ones that I started playing a while back, and haven’t finished yet. Diablo Immortal, of course, is new. I’m enjoying it without putting real world money into it. My biggest problem with the game is that the new content is being added quicker than I can keep up with.
Another thing to know about me is that I have several chronic illnesses. These slow me down quite a bit, which is why I struggle to finish a video game. My physical disabilities include: severe allergies, fibromyalgia, and borderline anemia. My other disabilities include PTSD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.
I am nonbinary and use they/them pronouns. Some nonbinary people prefer he/they or she/they. Nonbinary people are part of the LGBTQ2IA+.
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