Portfolio

Games / Interactive fiction

As editor:

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De Tres Al Cuarto – A pair of second-rate comedians put on a brave show in this deckbuilding narrative game (part of Essays On Empathy, a collection of games by Deconstructeam). Written by Jordi de Paco, I had a great time working as an editor on this, proofreading, making suggestions and tidying up. Art is by Marina González. Sound and music is by Paula Ruiz “fingerspit”.

As writer:

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Shovel Mech – A snow-shovelling mech and its prisoner operator argue about how much work they have left to do. Made in a couple of days for a game jam, I learned how to add a big mechanical button to the story using Ink and CSS. I want to continue this story some day.

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All My Friends Live In A Box – A woman wakes up and opens her box of friends. Written in one weekend for Ludum Dare 48. I streamed the whole process of writing this in Ink and it was exhausting but really rewarding.

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You Have 4 Worms Left – You are in a dark place with a limited number of worms. A simple horror prototype. Made to learn my way around variables in Ink and other stuff.

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Scalene – A sci-fi love triangle between a slob, a cosmonaut, and the moon Europa. The first story that involves a AI machine known as The Gleam, who witnesses events in the solar system from afar. A character who returns in other games below.

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Daylight Savings Crime – A legal drama about Martian lawyers, Earth honey, and a broken robot on the surface of Mercury. Another silly story set in what I will call The Gleam Universe, why not.

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The Last Anarchist – A bot union goes on strike for a 24-hour working day and something sinister stirs on Venus. Part of The Gleam Universe, an established franchise to which you may purchase the rights for a suitable figure.

Journalism

On videogames

A War In Space: The banker who gambled everything and brought Eve Online’s greatest empire to its knees

The ruins of Minecraft’s most obscene server

40 strategy gamers are waging war in a Polish castle for 3 days

The last king of Wurm Online

Journeys in games: the failure of ‘fast travel’

My double life among the casinos of a hacking MMO

The injustice engine: cruelty and murder in DayZ

Travelling the Northwest Passage in a sailing sim

[Full author archive on Rock Paper Shotgun]

On board games

Dog Eat Dog review

The correct way to scratch

Fiction

Omar’s Ashes (short story published in Eleven Stories by Desperate Literature)

Stringfoot (short story published in Brevity is the Soul by Liberties Press)

Moth% – A Survival Horror Story (audiobook)

The Unenviable Insomnia of Halloran Kin

Podcasts:

Hey Lesson – where I ask smart people stupid questions about video games

The Rock Paper Shotgun Electronic Wireless Show – I’m no longer on this as of episode 93, but it’s still good!

Video:

This is your brain on ‘likes’ in Death Stranding

5 Great games from 2020

The Dexterity Games Special (a weird Oss Review)

Let’s plays

SUSD plays Twilight Imperium

SUSD plays Cosmic Encounter

SUSD Plays A Megagame

United Ireland in two hours in Crusader Kings 3

More on the Hey Lesson Twitch channel