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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.


April Eternal Lies — the Trail of Cthulhu mega-campaign that Will Hindmarch and I designed and wrote — was nominated for an Origins Award in the Best Roleplaying Supplement category! Many thanks for Will for being my partner in this, to Jeremy Keller for taking it the last mile, and to Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press for making it all happen.

March I picked up a gig teaching Game Design I to a class of enthusiastic sophomores at the Kansas City Art Institute. I made a pair of presentations on game design and writing at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas.

February A week-long trip to Minnesota saw a series of great playtests for Operation: Turbine. They validated a bunch of changes made since the KC Game Fair and suggested another raft of refinements. If you're interested in playtesting or collaborating, drop me a line!

January Just a bit more than a week after returning home from our holiday travels, Stacey's grandfather Edward Ausderau had a pair of heart attacks, the second of which was fatal. He was 90. I'd known him for more than 20 years, and I can't think of anyone I'd rather have named our first son after. Goodbye, Grandpa Ed.

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.

Jeff Tidball's headJeff Tidball is a seasoned creative executive, first-class writer, and award-winning game designer.

He's the exec who's promoted and heaped with new responsibilities at every job he gets. He's the writer who takes a month off to write a novella that gets him into the best film school in the country. He's the game designer who challenges himself to design a board game you play without a table and wins the Origins Vanguard Award. He's the guy you want on fourth down when there's a grenade in your foxhole…

…but don't take his word for it, poke around the "jeff tidball" Google search for yourself.

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