Warda blends the aesthetic and class hierarchy of
Downton Abbey with the intrigue and backstabbery of
Game of Thrones, with a dash of Agatha Christie mystery
on top. Ambition, magic, invention, and curiosity
combine in this original fantasy setting for fiction
and tabletop roleplaying.
What is Warda?
Warda is a multimedia fantasy project created by author
Alyson Grauer and game connoisseur Drew Mierzejewski.
It is both a fully formed fictional world and an
operational setting for roleplaying games to take place
in. Together, these two writers and performers are
exploring the world of Warda in fiction, audio, RPG,
and live stream actual play, the latter of which is
found on the Twitch channel of the One Shot Podcast
Network. Previous episodes of the live stream can be
found on the One Shot YouTube channel or our blog here
on the website, and there is a podcast available as
well on iTunes and all other available podcasting apps.
Warda combines Edwardian-era aesthetics and class
tensions with high fantasy magic and reimagined fey
races to tell stories of intrigue, mystery, social
warfare, comedy of manners, and many different genres in
The city holds thousands of stories. What will yours be?
So...where do I start?
You can watch the video archive of the live streams, or you can listen to the
The first major story in Warda is called Curiosities, and it is comprised of two
arcs: “The Case of the Calcified Chanteuse” and “The Secrets of Spiderwillow.” It
began in May 2017 as a weekly live stream on Twitch, hosted by the One Shot
Podcast Network, and ended in September 2017.
If you’d like to consume the story in chronological order, we advise beginning
with the first podcast chapter, or viewing the live stream video of Game 1:
The next available ‘jumping off point’ would be Game 10, the beginning of the
What is Glimpses?
Glimpses is a series of four separate adventures that exist outside of the
other storylines of Warda. Each story consisted of a new cast and a new plot,
offered as ‘short stories’ in an anthology setting. You can listen to any of these
stories and know nothing about what happened in Curiosities beforehand. They
all take place chronologically after Curiosities and have no major connections to
what came before.
There is a fifth Glimpse. It is a one-shot adventure, but it also acts as a prologue
to the next major story – Winds of Change.
Are there any stories or books that are set in Warda?
Great question! There are no Warda novels…yet. We hope someday to have full-
length fiction written by co-creator Aly Grauer, but for now we have short form
fiction available right here on the website for you. Aly and Drew have each
written some stories and continue to add more as time goes on. Some of the
Patreon patrons have submitted stories about their canon characters, and with
Aly and Drew’s editorial approval, some of these stories are being made available
to read as well over time.
Aly is known for her novel On The Isle of Sound and Wonder (2014) which was
nominated the Runner-Up for Best Novel by a Chicagoan in the Chicago Reader
(2016) and her assorted short stories with both Xchyler Publishing and the
podcast anthology Tales from the Archives for the Ministry of Peculiar
Occurrences. She has narrated several audiobooks and podcast short stories.
In addition to Warda, she is co-host of the podcast Get Hype.
You can follow Aly on Twitter at @dreamstobecome.
Drew is a longtime GM, worldbuilder, and game enthusiast as well as a stage
combatant and performer. He holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois
University and his short form game “Happily Ever Maybe” was a finalist in the
200 Word RPG Contest in 2017. He is a founding member of the combat troupe
To The Point. In addition to performing, he runs several homebrew D&D
campaigns and enjoys trying out new roleplaying systems as much as possible.
You can follow Drew on Twitter at @worldstoforge.
Aly and Drew are also married and currently live in Orlando with their cat,
Queen Felicia. As they continue to produce the podcast and various fictions set
in Warda, they are building mechanics for an entirely original tabletop
roleplaying game for Warda as well.