This is about ludology and dramaturgy—a high-falutin’ way of saying games and stories—put together to make something new. This is about the business of creating games and stories, too. Gameplaywright is about writing and design, aimed at pros and amateurs. This is an exploration, not a journey.
We’re Jeff Tidball and Will Hindmarch. We’re going to be wrong sometimes, and we’re not afraid of that.
This stuff matters to us, and we’re hoping to get smarter by writing about it. If it matters to you, too, pull up a chair. Make your games better, make your writing better, and if you read something that provokes you, speak.
Will Hindmarch is a Chicago-born freelance writer and designer with dozens of credits as an author, developer, and graphic designer. He is the Lead Designer and Head Writer of Protagonist Labs, creators of the online storytelling game, Storium. His new stealth-adventure RPG, Dark, is forthcoming.
From 2004-2007 he was the developer of the flagship World of Darkness Storytelling Game, Vampire: The Requiem. Prior to that he designed numerous d20 System titles for several publishers, like Fantasy Flight Games, and served as developer of the cult-favorite action-movie RPG, Feng Shui, from Atlas Games. He has worked on numerous products honored with ENnie and Origins Awards, and designed the Outie Award-winning and fan-favorite book, the Requiem Chronicler’s Guide.
Will is a proud contributor (in excellent company) to the book, Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media, edited by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin, available from MIT Press. In addition to game writing, he is a contributor to The Escapist and Atlanta magazines, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He used to write small-house plays, small-press comics, and award-winning poetry. Lately he’s experimenting with short fiction and spec teleplays.
Do not talk to him about zeppelins or we will be here all day.
Jeff Tidball is an Origins Award–winning, ENnie Award–winning, and Diana Jones Award–nominated writer and game designer working professionally since 1996. He took a break from full-time game design from 2000–2002 to earn an MFA in Screenwriting from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Jeff’s proudest creative accomplishments are Eternal Lies, a world-spanning campaign for Trail of Cthulhu; Horus Heresy, a mammoth board game of the Warhammer 40,000 universe’s foundational battle; Pieces of Eight, a pirate-ship combat game played with minted coins and no table; and Gravity, an unproduced feature screenplay available by request.
Jeff has worked in-house for Atlas Games as its Director of Creative Development, for Decipher as its The Lord of the Ring Roleplaying Game Line Developer, for Tomo Software as its Lead Game Designer, for Fantasy Flight Games as its Vice President of Product Development, and for RiverKey Creative as its CEO.
Now, Jeff works for himself under the banner of Left Justified LLC, although the lion’s share of that time is spent in an ongoing executive consulting role as Atlas Games’s Chief Operating Officer. He’s also leading start-up publisher Drive & Energy and its flagship title Gravstrike.
In the past, he’s done freelance work for Chaosium, Eden Studios, Green Ronin, Steve Jackson Games, White Wolf Publishing, and many, many others. He has served as the line developer of the tabletop RPGs Ars Magica, Feng Shui, Dragon Age, and Decipher’s The Lord of the Rings RPG.
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We don’t promise to publish reviews of everything we receive. We generally review only things that strike us as exciting and fun, or that get us thinking. It is our policy to disclose when we have received complimentary copies of the games we discuss.
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