I’ve only been working on game designs of my own for the blink of an eye. I’ve been an avid player for years; a little bit of all the things. Traditional RPGs, storygames, freeform larps, boardgames, card games, MMOs, tabletop minis games… there’s very little I won’t try at least once.
The whirlwind at the heart of indie RPGs, storygames, and other narrative stuff that defies easy categorizing is where my real passion lies. The experience I want from a game is just that — the experience! I want to come together with other players to create a unique, fragile thing that bumps up against the feeling of something real and important. Concepts like immersion and bleed aren’t a requirement for that, but an intentional focus on narrative roleplaying mechanics definitely is.
Currently I work for Squarespace in Portland, Oregon, fielding customer questions of all kinds (though in the end, it really boils down to writing emails for a living). In case it’s not obvious, all the words here are my own.
A lot of the free time I can set aside for myself ends up spent on gaming. One such project is Ready, Set, Game: Open Play, a drop-in meetup for just the sort of games I’m passionate about, and am eager to help share with a wider audience. We meet twice a month on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and if you’re ever in the Portland area I encourage you to drop by!
My other interests are very storytelling-focused as well. My college education was focused on journalism and broadcasting, and public radio remains one of my very favorite things. Podcasts make up another big part of my media diet, along with film. In fact, some of that precious free time I mentioned earlier is spent organizing a film club, too! Is free time still free if you keep on spending it?
At the end of the day, I’m hoping to use this space to organize and share my thoughts and ideas as I work on them, with the aim to release finished products into the wild someday — probably via crowdfunding. (Kickstarter is another of my favorite things, and Patreon is starting to get there, too.) I might try to fit in some fiction here and there, too.
If you just want to peek over my shoulder as that happens, great! If you want to join in and collaborate on something, that would also be right up my alley. If nothing else, talking over an idea is a great way to help give it form.
Thanks for reading all that. Here's a bit of a poem:
The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.
—W.H. Auden, "As I Walked Out One Evening"
But what's up with that title? Doesn't "Orbis Tertius" mean "Third world"?
Well, yes and no. Yes in a literal sense, the Latin translates that way; no, it's not at all a reference to the economic status of other countries in this case. Reading this ought to clear things up, though perhaps with the consequence of making other matters worse...