Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lazy Designer Update

The Lazy Designer “How to Start a Career in Videogame Design” is almost ready to go. I should be posting it tomorrow (though I won’t be announcing anything about it until I’ve had it online for a bit… as I mentioned earlier the target audience isn’t for those reading this blog already). Anyways, I really […]

Signing Stuff

One of the fun experiences we had at the Writers of the Future event last year was to sign books. Several authors gave us tips on how to write good inscriptions. Nina Kiriki Hoffman was especially helpful, spending time with me at the bbq and giving me advice on writing something memorable. I won’t reveal […]

Bring on the Food!

This post has nothing to do with game design or writing. Just warning you. My oldest kid (now 6 years old) had a severe allergic reaction (choking, rashes) to milk when he was a baby and after testing we learned he was allergic to dairy (and eggs and peanuts). This prompted a radical change to […]

Consulting and Me

As many of you know I am a design consultant with Empire Avenue. I’ve also done some game consulting for other groups since I retired from BioWare and I have spoken to various companies about doing more consulting. In line with my last post about my three year plan I need to clarify my availability […]

Three Year Plan

Being able to spend more time with my children was one of the major perks of my leaving my full-time position at BioWare. Certainly I appreciated having more time to write stories and novels but hanging out with my kids while they are young is also important to me. I think I’ve struck a reasonable […]

Lazy Designer Content… Update

I’m still working towards releasing the first book in the Lazy Designer game design series. Things have slowed a bit though because I’ve hit a few snags. I had (foolishly) thought by releasing only the first book, I could get things written more quickly and have an eBook available soon. The problem I’ve ran into […]

Emissary of War

Cedar Hill Games, founded by my former BioWare co-worker Tobyn Manthrope has released a new videogame “Emissary of War” for iOS devices. The first chapter is available for free. He is also writing a series for Gamasutra and so far it has been interesting and full of valuable information, especially to any of you out […]

Darwin’s Evolutions – Short Stories for Digital Devices

Just a reminder for those of you who are interested in short fiction for the Kindle and other devices to check out Darwin’s Evolutions blog where new story releases are announced. I’m not exactly sure when my story ‘Bone Dreaming’ (which I sold to Darwin’s not long ago) will be released but while you wait, […]

Lazy Designer – Book 1

I’m about halfway through cleaning up my old blog posts for the first release of the Lazy Designer game design book. Most of this will be content already on the blog, but reorganized and edited and whatnot. I do intend on some new content though and I was wondering if there were topics some of […]

Read This Week

I recently finished reading issue #20 of the Canadian Science Fiction Magazine Neo-Opsis. A good read, in all, my favorite is probably “Botch’s Heretic” by Cheryl Wood Ruggiero, about a created troll in the service of an evil witch. The commentary in the magazine by editor Karl Johanson also lead me to fleshing out my […]