An interview about my game “Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday”

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We’re proud to announce that Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, Android, and on iOS in the “Choice of Games” app.

Escape your captors…and endure your rescuers, but don’t be late to the ball! When you are kidnapped, you must take charge of your rescue, and reclaim your rightful throne.

Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday is a 158,000-word interactive comedy by Charles Battersby, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.  Continue reading on the Choice of Games Blog.

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Kidnapped: A Royal Birthday

I wrote a video game for Choice of Games. Here’s the trailer for “Kidnapped: A Royal Birthday. You can buy the game and play the demo for free HERE.

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“Disclosure” Delivers Dimensioned Depiction of the Transgender Experience

It will be impossible for me to review Disclosure objectively, because it is a resoundingly authentic documentary about transgender actors in the film and TV industry. And, when I’m not working as a writer, I’m an actress.

The performers interviewed in Disclosure include Laverne Cox, Candis Cayne, MJ Rodriguez, and others, plus behind the scenes trans people like film director Lilly Wachowski. Their stories are so similar to my own that I felt like I was watching an interview with myself. Halfway through, I started to wonder if the filmmakers would end up showing a clip of me in one of my many “Trans Hooker #2” roles. Sure enough, the final montage of the movie does have a brief clip of me as “Trans Party Guest” in a scene from Tales of the City. As someone who has “been there,” I can say that this documentary is one of the most accurate depictions of the transgender experience that I have seen. Continue reading at ChelseaCommunityNews.com.

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Genre-savvy audiences are increasing numb to horror. The days of animatronic vampires groaning, “I vant to suck your bloooood!” are lone gone. The 21st century haunted house is technologically advanced, highly interactive, and immersive. Some of them even have selfie spots for people who want photo ops with the monsters (you know who you are). We toured some of the scariest places in town for our roundup of Halloween experiences, and found a nice spot for pumpkin spice cocktails to calm our nerves after witnessing terrors mankind was not meant to see! Continue reading at ChelseaCommunityNews.com.

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A Stimulation Celebration Hits Greenpoint

The annual Brooklyn Sexual Health Expo was held in Greenpoint in late September, bringing more sex toys than you could shake a dildo at. Although there were naughty delights to be had, it also offered educational experiences, plus some of the nicest dominatrixes around. Continue reading at GayCityNew.nyc.

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Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) is in it’s third year, and attendees mostly know what to expect: meet-and-greets with drag queens who’ve appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and booths hawking products and services for drag queens (or civilians trying get the drag queen look). Each year a few new features arrive. Notable this time around is the DragCon’s first cosplay contest. Continue Reading in ChelseaCommunityNews.com.

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More Than Just LGBTQ Superheroes

Four years ago, the idea of a comic book convention tailored to the LGBTQ community was a new concept. Flame Con, as it was called, was an optimistic little affair held in Brooklyn at the flamboyant Grand Prospect Hall. This month saw the fifth annual installment of it, in a larger venue in the Sheraton Times Square to accommodate the thousands of attendees.

The stereotypical horny, heterosexual, cisgender male nerd is still a significant part of most pop culture cons. However, geek media has had openly LGBTQ characters for decades, and fans who grew up with those characters are now working in the business, creating characters that represent themselves. Continue reading at GayCityNews.com.

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Flying High with Cheer New York, at the NYC Pride March

At the stroke of noon on Sunday, June 2, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” boomed out on the corner of 37th Ave. and 89th St. in Queens. It was a sound check for Queens Pride. New York City was just 36 hours into Pride Month, and the first of our Pride marches was under way. My group, a 90-member LGBT cheerleading team, Cheer New York, was warming up in the street, eagerly waiting our turn to march. This was our first parade of the year but, within a week, we had also marched in the Brooklyn Pride parade, and some of us had traveled to Philadelphia for Philly Pride, to march with a sister team of LGBT cheerleaders. Ultimately, we would lead a 200-member coalition of cheerleaders from 10 cities, for June 30’s NYC Pride March. Continue reading at ChelseaCommunityNews.com.

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India’s Openly Gay Prince Joins NYC For WorldPride, Human Rights Conference

With WorldPride, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the usual frenzy of Pride month celebrations sweeping over New York City this week, LGBTQ pilgrims are coming in from around the globe, to be part of this truly unique moment in time. Among the notable visitors is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, Gujarat, India. Continue reading at ChelseaCommunityNew.com.

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Slime, Surprises, and a 60-Year-Old Barbie

toys-entertainment-2019-02-28-gcn03-sm_i.jpgThe tragedy of the annual Toy Fair New York is that most people can’t go. The Jacob Javits Center is crammed full of the coming year’s hottest toys, games, and dolls but the only people who can play with them are toy industry professionals. Plus a few lucky journalists. This Gay City News reporter was among the fortunate few who got to run amok in this dream house, where I learned what the cool kids will be playing with this year.  Actually, it isn’t enough to just play with toys anymore. Kids today have to “unbox” them. Among the major trends are products with surprise accessories that are revealed dramatically as the packaging is opened. The “LOL! Surprise” dolls were a hot item this past Christmas, and this year they won the prestigious Toy Of The Year Award in two categories. These dolls come in little balls that are unwrapped layer-by-layer, revealing a series of stickers, clothes, accessories, and — eventually — the toy itself. Continue reading at Gay City News…

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