Hi, I’m
Jeff Tidball.

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.

You’ll find my photography on Instagram as well as on Flickr. Both of these are “as time permits” diversions. I love to take photos and mess around with them, but who’s got the time to do more?

Pinterest is interesting, but I’m still figuring out whether it makes any creative sense for me.

Recently...

April

The official announcement won’t come until early May, but in April I bought Prolific Games from John Harris and Bill Sininger. Sign up for the Prolific newsletterrun by bears! — for news and promotions when Operation: New Management goes fully live and totally public.

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March

I was on the Armchair Dragoons podcast, chatting with a panel of educators about teaching game design at the college level. ¶ For a virtual convention, GAMA Expo was a notable success. Although they can’t (yet?) replace for in-person shows, cons are getting closer.

February

Twenty-eight-day February seems like an apt month for progress on everything, but nothing brought fully complete. Teaching is ongoing, Gravstrike‘s faction logos were redesigned, Left Justified Studio’s kintsugi card game project found an artist, and I’m in the exciting process of [redacted], whose road, sadly, leads through a ton of accounting and tax filing.

January

The groundwork was laid in December, but in January I received the coin design for a new Band or Album campaign, to almost-certainly be called Band or Album Remix. To get word when it launches, sign up for my wildly infrequent email newsletter. ¶ I picked up a spring-term gig teaching an Introduction to Game Design course at UW-Stout. I really enjoyed teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute the semester I filled in there a few years ago, and am quite excited to taken another spin at teaching game design to college students.