Alexis Kennedy

Alexis Kennedy

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“It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.”featured

“It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.” <– that was Tolkien. And he had a way with names, there’s no doubting it, but I wonder how reviewers would react to a Read more

An Unacknowledged Debt: Le Guinfeatured

Le Guin died, and I joined the crowd of people tweeting about it, with probably my favourite single quote of hers, but it’s hard to pick a favourite from her work, isn’t it? because she said so many resonant, authoritative things, in and out of fiction. I read A Wizard of Earthsea when I was seven, Read more

“I was wondering if you have a specific method of capturing the essence of things that you find emotionally moving through gameplay?”featured

I give occasional talks to the Game Design/Creative Writing dept at Brunel Uni.  One of the students last year mailed me to ask a followup question. Here’s the reply I sent. — “I’m especially interested in the notion of Poetic Design, and I was wondering if you have a specific method of capturing the essence Read more

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GDC 2018: It Couldn’t Happen Herefeatured

I’m doing another GDC talk, this time on the Indie track: It Couldn’t Happen Here: Intensely Practical Tips For Growing An Indie Studio I’ll be sharing lessons and war stories from both Failbetter and Weather Factory, with the occasional excursus into useful things I picked up in my gap year. My co-founder and I will both Read more

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