Joe Fonseca Writing

About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in history at the University of Calgary. I study the modern military history of East Asia. In addition, I also work as a freelance writer in games journalism and narrative fiction. Aside from contributing to several websites that focus on wargames of all stripes, RPGs, and board games, I also co-host a podcast called “Let’s Talk About Wargames” and write tabletop wargame rules and campaigns.

Ongoing Games Journalism

Currently I have a part-time position writing articles for Screenrant.com. The content of the articles vary from game reviews, top # lists and D&D content. If you have interest in reading my work feel free to follow the link below:


My Writing Inspirations

While not a full list of my inspirations, these are some of the things that influence my writing.

  • History of Japan from the Sengoku to Showa periods; specifically focusing on Empire, Identity and Gender
  • History of Portugal in the Age of Exploration & the Portuguese Empire; specifically colonial expansion and consequences
  • History of the British Empire from the 18th to mid 20th century
  • Classic Dungeon Crawlers (Gauntlet, Hexen etc.)
  • Total War Series
  • Paradox Interactive (Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron IV etc.)
  • Elder Scrolls Universe: Morrowind, Oblivion etc.
  • Old Call of Duty (2003, 2005)
  • From Software Games (Sekiro, Dark Souls, Bloodbourne)
  • Legend of Zelda & Metroid
  • Warhammer Rulebooks & Lore
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Robert E. Howard
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Frank Herbert
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Dungeons & Dragons