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Christopher’s Build: The Long Marchfeatured

In January, we’ll be releasing Christopher’s Build, the second major free update to Cultist Simulator. (Anyone following on the beta branch will see some of the updates well before January). Christopher’s Build – named for the urbane, devious, melancholy occultist Christopher Illopoly – is about two things: (i) Thing the First – making the game a bit shorter(ii) Read more

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The Labyrinth Under the Skinfeatured

We took Cultist Simulator to Rezzed a week ago. Player-facing events are really useful for feedback. We got a very, very positive response, but again and again people fiddled with combinations that didn’t work. There’s a lot of trial and error, they said. Yes, I said, you’re right, and I want to reduce the amount Read more

“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

“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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BY ZOMBIESfeatured

Anyone who has ever considered writing for a living will have heard Opinions about the Passive Voice. At the very least, they will be vaguely aware that the passive voice is considered sordid or sinister. I think it is pretty sinister, actually. Look how I just used the passive ‘is considered’ to shrug the belief off on Read more

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