My Life

Things You Might Not Know

For those of you who are interested in such things I thought it might be worthwhile to list a variety of facts about me. Some true, some not so much.


  • I write short stories and novels
  • I won first place in the third quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest (2009) for my short story ‘Digital Rights
  • I have story reprints available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and the Nook
  • I am a game design consultant with Empire Avenue, the Social Stock Market
  • The most recent game I played was Emissary of War
  • My first writing sale was an article on role-playing with different languages in Dragon Magazine.
  • Videogames I helped make during my ten years at BioWare: Baldur’s Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights (plus expansion packs), Jade Empire, and Dragon Age. I did not work on Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect or MDK2. And BioWare did not make the Dark Alliance games, Planescape, or the Icewind Dale series.
  • I have written three novels (plus two others written during college, but I pretend those don’t exist)
  • The stand I used to use to hold Dungeons and Dragons books open to transcribe stats into creatures while doing data entry for BaldurÔÇÖs Gate 2 is now what I use to prop up the iPad when doing rewrites for my novel (the iPad has the annotated version of my drafts)
  • I was actually paid, in real money to transcribe Dungeons and Dragons stats. Something I used to do for free throughout high school
  • I am amused by strange things
  • Father to two wacky kids
  • I have a computing science degree from the University of Alberta. Oddly I have never had a programming job though the technical skills I learned are very beneficial in my game design career.
  • My most recent release is the non-fiction book: Lazy Designer, Starting a Career in Game Design.


  • My career goals were to become a paranormal researcher (this triggered by some strange occurrences in my youth). Also: I liked the X-Files
  • I once tamed a unicorn
  • I enjoy fishing
  • Piloted an airplane on a couple occasions
  • I am building a robot army in my spare time
  • For years I ran a small shareware company producing writing software
  • I am a brilliant chef
  • Was once a member of a specialized branch of the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Very skilled at herding cats

Wow… that was an amazingly complicated effort on my part to avoid finishing novel revisions for the day…

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.


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