I’m a seasoned creative executive, a master copywriter, and an award-winning game designer. That makes me a go-to creative problem-solver who can generate and iterate great product and marketing ideas, see problems coming around the corner, and earn the respect of clients, collaborators, partners, and staff.
I lead creative organizations, departments, and projects. I was promoted to creative director at age 22, ran the product development department at one of the hobby game industry’s most respected publishers, and was recruited to serve as CEO of one of Kansas City’s most technically innovative design firms.
I write it all. Video scripts, web and interactive copy, game rules, video game voiceover and dialog, flavor text, world background, prose fiction, feature screenplays, and essays and articles about anything and everything.
I design anything you could call a game. Facebook and social games, board games, card games, roleplaying games, and games that defy convenient categories.
I believe in the power of creativity and communication.
I’m @jefftidball on Twitter and consider it the best of the social networks, all things considered. I post personally and informally and well as professionally.
I’m a co-founder of Gameplaywright, a website and book publisher interested in—nay, obsessed with—games and stories. My partner is Will Hindmarch.
I’m on Facebook because the power of its network externality is too great to ignore and its implications for gaming continue to loom large.
LinkedIn documents my career. Read my recommendations and you’ll learn that the people who’ve worked with me are glad they did.
I maintain a Tumblr blog as a web notebook, in lieu of a traditional blog. It’s better (in my opinion) to forego the full monty than to blog poorly.
Pinterest is interesting, but I’m still figuring out whether it makes any creative sense for me.
2020 is almost over. Good riddance. ¶ Gravstrike graphic (re)design proceeds! Here’s a version of the new logo that’s getting very close, in a box cover mock-up and alone.
Spent a week in Iowa. ¶ Wrote a lengthy blog post about what’s wrong with virtual tabletop conventions, and how we can fix it.
Although Dice Miner has not yet arrived with backers, it is not commanding very much of my time just now, so I’ve moved on to other Atlas Games development and producing projects: A new, simpler core game for the Once Upon a Time line, a new competitive+cooperative (so fun!) card game we licensed from a designer I met at Protospiel Madison last year, and (shhh!) probably some kind of new edition of an old classic card game whose name might rhyme with “Punch Bunny.” Stay tuned!
I’ve hired a graphic designer to carry Gravstrike‘s visual design forward, and progress on the Tabletop Simulator implementation is coming along nicely!