We love games.
That’s it in a nutshell. Every member of The Grinning Frog team gets a little thrill as dice roll over the table, a shiver of excitement as a new card is dealt and a buzz of anticipation when we spot the potentially winning move…and that gut-wrenching sensation when our plans turn to nought.
So yes, we love games – computer, console, board, card, dice … and most of all role-play games. Collectively our go-to game is Dungeon and Dragons – controversially we play, and love, fourth edition. Sure, 5th is more streamlined but the tactical nuances of the combat rules in 4th really work for us.
I say ‘we’ and 'us' because there is more than one person involved in the production process but there is a main individual - me, Stephen Hart.
I've a background in the graphics design industry in addition to spending 15 years as a corporate trainer and coach. I've also spent my whole writing life playing games.
I write the content and design the layout for all of The Grinning Frog publications. I also design and run our Kickstarter campaigns. (Aided by a buddy who lends his words of wisdom on things relating to Kickstarter.)
The 'us' also includes our fabulous editor Jane Spencer - a trained and qualified full-time editor. She's precise, thorough and a lovely person as well!
She takes the words that I produce and polishes them until they shine.
She does however edit everything we've released since mid-2020. So that would be all the magazine issues and everything that has been crowdfunded.
Then we have a group of content developers all of whom like to be referred to by their games names so that would be - Furgar, Hamish, Laurali and Scorpio. We have the most fabulous brain storming sessions where ideas get thrown out, shredded, rewritten, recycled and reproduced in a much better shape.
Sometimes that's individually and occasionally all together. Good times and fun is had!
I also bounce ideas off The Oracle's discord group, my twitter followers and occasionally step onto reddit to see what opinions people might have.
All the while being able assisted by my lovely wife who, although she doesn't like RPGs (I know, the irony), loves every other kind of game.
So there you have it - I'm a self-employed RPG writer who works with a collective group of people to produce new content every month.