Logo of the University of Bayreuth. A square box with a rectangle within it on the left 3rd. Starting from the bottom left of the box there's a diagonal green rectangle reaching up to 75% height on the right side of the box. Besides the box is the german title for University of Bayreuth.

Game Talk: Designing for Emergent Narritve

I’ve been honoured to host a talk at the University of Bayreuth back in December of 2022. In the talk I spoke about the importance of including game mechanics that might seem arduous at first glance. Mechanics like inventory management or resource tracking often get overlooked in favour of a more streamlined experience, leaving behind the dramatic impact they might have if implemented properly. I will argue that it’s sometimes worth it to burden your players for the benefit of the story you want to tell.

A square image containing the multiple segments that make up the action map. The map has 3 rings that form around a centre block. All 3 of the rings are diagonally cut off from each other to create a 4 distinct segments indicating north, east, south and west. The entire map has a paper like texture, and each ring grows darker, starting at a yellow colour on the outer ring up to a deep red for the centre portion.

The RPG Action Map

The Action Map is a tool to clarify relative (fictional) positioning for generally smaller encounters. Breaking out an entire battle map for a simple random encounter can take more effort to set up than to play out, so this is a perfect moment to use the Action Map! Save that effort for the important boss battles and campaign altering encounters!

A collection of custom icons I made for the banners and for further use in printing and more.

Tweakers Huisfeestje 21 event

I got tasked to design the full branding for Tweakers yearly anniversary event as my application project. This included advertisement banners for different for formats, a large cover banner for their article, printables like key cords and nameplates and more.

I decided to play into Tweakers’ casual aesthetic and the event’s focus on games and celebration to create a catchy and cheerful art style. All the icons were custom designed and the colour palette was chosen to pop out at users without overwhelming them. Sadly the designs were never used in the end due to the covid 19 pandemic.

Fantastical Maps

Books, games, blogs or anything else; once you’ve created you’re own world, you’re going to want a neat map for it. Here’s a collection of illustrated and photosbashed maps I’ve created for a veriety of locations and occations.