Phil Brucato

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Satyros Phil Brucato
Occupation Writer, game designer
Nationality American
Genre Fantasy, Role Playing Games, Music, Spirituality, Politics

Satyros Phil Brucato is an American writer, journalist, editor and game designer. Based in Seattle, Washington, he is best known for his work with White Wolf, Inc. – including role-playing games such as Mage: The Ascension, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and Mage: The Sorcerer's Crusade – and BBI Media, for which he has written articles and columns for newWitch and Witches & Pagans magazines. A member of the Wiley Writers group, he has also created the Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium series of books, authored the webcomic Arpeggio, published various short stories, and formed Quiet Thunder Productions, a Seattle-area small press publishing and promotions company.

Noted for his motto "To write is to tell the Truth,"[1] Phil uses fantasy fiction to inspire his readers toward real-life achievements. Meanwhile, his blogs at Daily Kos and Posterous focus on current political topics, most especially the Occupy Movement and related government and business affairs.

Arpeggio webcomic[edit]

The webcomic Arpeggio started in 2010.[2] An urban fantasy webcomic co-created by Phil (writer), Bryan Syme (illustrator) and Sandra Buskirk (editor and letterer), Arpeggio follows teenager Meghan Susan Green as she explores her literally magical musical talents.[2] The comic is named after the musical term arpeggio (which means "broken chord"), and was inspired by[3] Brucato's friendship with musician S.J. Tucker and his own experiences as a musician in various bands. The comic has been offline for at least 5 years.

Ravens in the Library[edit]

Ravens in the Library was a limited edition fantasy anthology published in 2009 as part of a fundraiser for the singer/songwriter S.J. Tucker.[4] Phil co-edited this anthology with Sandra Buskirk, becoming their first publication as Quiet Thunder Productions. When S.J. Tucker was hospitalized for serious medical issues, Ravens in the Library was created to help contribute to her recovery and medical expenses. Many authors contributed stories for the anthology including Laurell K. Hamilton, Terri Windling, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, and Holly Black. The book also included many illustrations, including pieces by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, James A. Owen, and Amy Brown.[4]

Published works : books[edit]

Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium Series[edit]

  • Goblin Markets: The Glitter Trade- author & editor with Elizabeth Jordan Leggett & Scott Havens (2011, Quiet Thunder Productions).
  • Everyday Heroes: Adventures for the Rest of Us – author & editor with Christopher Hall, Jessica Hammer, & Various Authors (2005, Laughing Pan Productions).
  • Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium – author & designer (2003, Laughing Pan Productions).

Selected role-playing work with White Wolf, Inc[edit]

Onyx Path Publishing series[edit]

  • Mage 20th Annivesary Edition: Quickstart- author & editor (2014,Onyx Path Publishing).
  • Mage 20th Annivesary Edition- author & editor with Brian Campbell, John Snead, R.S. Udell (2015,Onyx Path Publishing).
  • Mage 20th Annivesary Edition: How Do You Do That?- author & editor (2015,Onyx Path Publishing).
  • Mage 20th Annivesary Edition: Book of Secrets- author & editor, Brian Campbell (2017,Onyx Path Publishing).
  • Mage 20th Annivesary Edition: The Art of Mage 20 Years & More- author & editor (2017,Onyx Path Publishing).

Selected other role-playing works[edit]

Other books[edit]

Published works: short fiction[edit]

  • Wyldsight: Tales of Primal Fantasy, ed. Sandra Buskirk (2013, Quiet Thunder Productions; contains five stories: "Waves" and "Gramma Wolf's Garden" (original) and "Elynne Dragonchild," "Drinking the Moon" and "Chaser" (reprinted – see below).
  • "The Lord's Greatest Jest" in Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Steve Berman (2013, Lethe Press).
  • "Clown Balloons" in Deep Cuts: 19 Tales of Mayhem, Menace & Misery, ed. Angel Leigh McCoy, E.S. Magill & Chris Marrs (2013, Evil Jester Press).
  • "Johnny Serious" in Urban Green Man, ed. Adria Laycroft & Janice Blaine (2013, Edge Books).
  • "The Green Tunnel" in Malestrom: Tales of Madness and Horror, ed. Lilia Cohen-Moore (2010, Brainradio/ Savage Mojo).
  • "Chaser" in Wily Writers Podcast, September 2011.
  • "Drinking the Moon" in Cabinet Des Fées, May 2010.
  • "Stormada" serial fiction series in Steampunk Tales, 2009–2010.
  • "Valhalla with a Twist of Lethe" newWitch Magazine Issue #18, Autumn 2008.
  • "Loopholes" in Bad-Ass Faeries 2ed. Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lee Hillman, Jagi Lamplighter & Jeff Hillman (2008, Marietta Publishing; reprinted 2009 by Mundania Press)
  • "Ravenous" in Weird Tales Magazine Issue #346, Sept–Oct. 2007; reprinted in Weird Tales: The 21st Century, Volume 1 ed. Stephen H. Segal & Sean Wallace (2007, Prime Books); and Ravens in the Library ed. Sandra Buskirk (2009, Quiet Thunder Productions)
  • "I Feel Lucky" in CyberAge Adventures ed. Frank Fradella (2004, CyberAge Press); reprinted 2009 on the Wily Writers, ed. Angel Leigh McCoy, and 2011 in Night-Mantled, Vol. I, ed. Angel Leigh McCoy (2011, Wily Writers)
  • "Special Guest" in Backstage Passes ed. Amelia G (1996, Rhinoceros Books).
  • "Shards" in When Will You Rage? ed. Stewart Wieck (1994, White Wolf); reprinted in Strange City ed. Staley Krause (1996, HarperCollins).
  • "Patchbelly and the Plague Wolf" in Drums Around the Fire ed. Bill Bridges (1993, White Wolf, Inc.)
  • "Elynne Dragonchild" in Sword & Sorcererss IX ed. Marion Zimmer Bradley (1992, DAW Books); reprinted in Dragons: A Celebration of the Greatest of Mythic Creatures ed. James B. King (1995, Sovereign Seal Books).

Published works: essays, interviews and magazine columns[edit]

Phil Brucato has written essays and interviews that have appeared in a variety of publications. Magazines featuring his essays include Realms of Fantasy,[5] Witches & Pagans, newWitch, Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine and Requiem Magazine. His articles have also appeared in Pop! Goes the Witch ed. Fiona Horne (2004, Disinformation Press)

He has also been a long-term columnist for several different magazines.


A bass guitarist, Brucato has written articles and interviews for a variety of publications and websites. In 1989, he was a founding member of Lonesome Crow,[6] a heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Later, he went on to play bass in the bands Dark Cross, Aqua Blue and Widdershins and Path of Trees throughout the 1990s. Since then, he has belonged to local dance communities, especially contact improvisation and Five Rhythms groups around San Francisco, California, Asheville, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington.


  • Ennie Award for Everyday Heroes: Adventures for the Rest of Us, "Best Written," 2005.
  • Wizard Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade – Best RPG Supplement, 1998.
  • Out of the Box Award for Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade – Readers’ Favorite, 1998.
  • GAMA award for Mage: The Ascension, 2nd Edition – Best Roleplaying Game, 1996.
  • RPGA award for Mage: The Ascension, 2nd Edition — Reader’s Choice, 1996


  1. ^ "The Authors of Marietta Publishing". Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Arpeggiothecomic". Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.  Ravens in the Library Project
  5. ^ "Satyrblade: Contributing Writer". Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  6. ^ "1989: Lonesome Crow is Born". Retrieved 2008-09-07. [permanent dead link]

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