045 – Blogging, Streaming, & Game Design: Making Inclusive & Diverse Content with DeAngelo Murillo


Our guest today is DeAngelo Murillo, a writer, streamer, game designer, and activist. He founded a really cool blog and website that puts a spotlight on cosplayers and other creators called The Geek Lyfe and has continued that theme in his streamed games on Twitch. We talk about the site, his journey into content creation, his Actual Play and Charity streams, and then we pivot to talking about his game that is about to launch on Kickstarter, Emerald Templars. There are so many good nuggets in this episode, and I know you’ll learn a lot!

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:16 DeAngelo Introduction
  • 00:06:05 How DeAngelo got into content creation
  • 00:10:57 The Geek Lyfe
  • 00:21:10 Streaming on Twitch
  • 00:23:27 Setting up a Charity Stream
  • 00:31:49 Emerald Templars
  • 00:39:03 DeAngelo’s development process for the game
  • 00:46:46 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:52:44 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:55:35 Upcoming projects
  • 00:56:50 Where can people find you?
  • 00:57:34 Wrap-up

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