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We're writers, designers, directors and coders.

We love story. We're based in South Wales, and we work on projects all over the world.

What’s your story?

Ian Thomas

Director

Writer/Narrative Designer/Coder/Director

Ian is a writer, narrative designer, games programmer, and published author and screenwriter. Over the last twenty-five years, he’s worked in interactive television, education, film, publishing and the games industry, where he’s helped bring to life console & PC games such as SOMA, the LEGO games and the LittleBigPlanet series.

Outside mainstream games, Ian’s writing includes the Napoleonic horror movie Fallen Soldiers, the children’s Cthulhu book Where’s My Shoggoth? and the best-selling interactive story Pendragon Rising. He also writes, designs and directs live-action events such as the acclaimed ghost story God Rest Ye Merry.

Giles Armstrong

Director

Writer/Narrative Designer/Editor

Giles is a writer and narrative designer, and has worked in the games industry for ten years, with contributions to more than thirty shipped titles in various roles, including multiple games published by Electronic ArtsSony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios.

He has written for the BAFTA award-winning Relentless Software, written on the TIGA award-winning Velocity 2X developed by FuturLab, and was the lead writer on The Descendant, developed by Gaming Corps. Among recent projects, Giles was the lead writer on Bloody Zombies, developed by Paw Print Games, and wrote on RAID: World War II, developed by LionGameLion.

Matt Gibbs

Associate

Writer/Editor/Game Designer

Matt is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked on games such as DICE’s Battlefield 1Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome IISega’s Binary Domain, and Ubisoft Reflections’ Driver San Francisco. Alongside his games work, he is the Managing Editor of Improper Books, a comic and book publishing studio focused on creator-owned stories that have a touch of the fairy tale or otherworldly about them. Before going freelance, he worked in creative services for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Originally a field archaeologist, he has worked on sites covering the Mesolithic to the Medieval throughout the United Kingdom.

Chris Tihor

Associate

Writer/Game Designer

Chris has been working as a writer and game designer for many moons with folks that include Harebrained SchemesTap Tap TapHeadless Chicken Games and One More Story Games. He’s probably best known as the creator of the award-winning game “Mandatory Upgrade: X Marks the Spot”. Outside of games he has written comics, short stories, and articles and has even worked extensively as a software developer (Gods help him). He’s based in Canada.

Michelle Clough

Associate

Writer/Editor/Game Designer

Michelle is a part-time/freelance writer and narrative designer based in Vancouver, BC. Co-founder and chair of the IGDA Romance and Sexuality SIG, she has spoken about male sexualization and healthy, diverse fanservice at multiple conferences, including Queerness and GamesPAX Dev, and the GDC Narrative Summit. Her credits include QA for Mass Effect 3, senior writer/editor for the adventure dating sim 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum, and current work in sci-fi RPGs, mobile interactive fiction and VR experiences.

Jason Marchant

Associate

Writer/Creative

Part writer, part performer, part games journalist and part corporate mouthpiece, Jason has been connecting words into meaningful sequences for the better part of two decades. He’s worked on marketing for games such as Ratchet & Clank and Killzone, scripts and taglines for Nokia and Microsoft, and even finds time to write his own stories and roleplaying adventures. He also likes to act and do the odd voiceover now and again.

Rachel Thomas

Associate

Live Event Designer / Producer

Rachel has designed, organised, and written live events for over twenty years, including critically-acclaimed games such as the ghost story God Rest Ye Merry, the horror Slaght Maand, and the pulp action-adventure Dick Britton and the Voice of the Seraph. She is a founder member of Crooked House. Rachel is also a photographer, and practising veterinary surgeon!

Specialists

We work with a wide range of external writers, with specialists in genre, medium, but also in particular topics. Along with games writers, we have award-winning authors, comic book writers, screenwriters, copywriters and editors on our books. Let us know if you’re looking for something in particular.

Mentorship Programme

We run a mentorship programme to help up-and-coming games writers produce portfolio pieces. Here are our current mentees!

Devin Presbury

About: Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, I strongly believe that anything can be deep-fried. I have a B.A. in Interactive Entertainment, an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen & Television from the University of Southern California, and a lot of theories about misunderstood Star Wars villain Elan Sleazebaggano.

The Programme: As an aspiring video game writer, I would like to create an interactive story that will help strengthen my portfolio.

The Project: When her best friend is murdered and she’s targeted next, Ash must break into the memories of her estranged friends to determined which one is the killer.

Kelly Hornung

About: As a fan of interactive narratives and unique games, I am always looking for ways to combine these two interests together.

The Programme: With experience as an essayist and playwright, I’m hoping to build my skills in writing non-linear dialogue and plot, as well as develop strategies for environmental storytelling.

The Project: My game will explore the future of food security and wealth, inspired by the works of Edward Gorey, Punchdrunk Theatre Company and Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Next Floor’.

Maja Bäckvall

About: I’m a Danish/Swedish academic researcher specialising in Viking Age runes and medieval manuscripts. My main claim to fame in the games industry so far has been translating Harald Hardrada’s lines into Old Norse for Civilization VI.

The Programme: I hope to learn more about narrative structure, and ultimately to get one step closer to a career in games.

The Project: Medieval pilgrimage – in SPACE. An interactive travelogue set in a space station society based on medieval Europe.

Melissa Gibbs

About: I am a 22 year old freelance writer and blogger from Montreal who has a degree in literature. When I’m not drowning myself in coffee and working on my manuscript, I’m probably slaying something on Final Fantasy or exploring a tomb with Lara Croft.

The Programme: Working under Talespinners, I hope to gain some insight into the game industry as well as how I can make my project ‘Beneath The Bluest Sea’ become a polished stand-out piece of my portfolio!

The Project: Roan, a human child born in a world of turbulent storms and Blue, a river-spirit stuck in a scorching desert, are thrown together as unlikely friends in a quest to save their parallel worlds from total destruction.

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