The Binds that Hold Us

I, like many other game developers across the world, participated in the 2014 Global Game Jam. Starting with only a theme at 5:00pm on Friday, January 24th, myself and two others created a fully functioning video game by 3:00pm on Sunday the 26th. Now, although my game is no where near the likes of Goat Simulator (if you have not heard of Goat Simulator, look it up; your life will be better for it), it goes to show how drive, focus, and creativity can blend together to build something from practically nothing. My team and I took the theme, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are,” along with the additional challenge of passing the Bechdel Test, and created The Binds that Hold Us, a puzzle/platformer where players take control of two convicts escaping from prison, each utilizing their own perspective and talents to work together and escape.

The game is not meant to look pretty or play perfectly, but to be an experiment in game development and show off the talents of the people involved.

Download The Binds that Hold Us from the Global Game Jam website.

Special thanks to my co-developers, Carol Liang and Steven Itrich.


Thicker than Water: A Valoris Tale (Version 1.1)

I made a thing, I guess.

Some people know that I am not only a writer, but I am a video game developer (in training) and as part of an eight-week long project, myself and a group of two others made a narrative-heavy mod for Neverwinter Nights 2. Please keep in mind, however, that this mod is very buggy and very basic. I am not a programmer, although I am learning, and this was made in eight weeks by a team with zero-experience with programming in C. That being said, we managed to create a working prototype in only eight weeks. It is often said that the hardest part of game development is publishing, and we managed to accomplish that. This is only an example of things to come, as I hope to eventually polish the mod even further and release a fully-functioning 2.0 version. Until that point, please enjoy this 1.1 version. Any and all feedback is appreciated, as QA testing has not been completed.

Thicker than Water – A Valoris Tale follows Aeric Darrowson, a former member of the Bloodwaters Pirates, the most feared organization in the world, as he tries to smuggle his sister out of the group. How will Aeric act in his escape attempt? Will he act with integrity and look out for his sister’s safety? Or is he truly a brigand at heart, displaying only cruelty to others?

Download Thicker than Water – A Valoris Tale (1.1)

Special thanks to LilyAnne Rice and Jonathan Marson, two writers who helped me turn a crazy idea into a somewhat-functioning game.

(Note: you must have a working copy of Neverwinter Nights 2 to run this, as the .mod file is a special file type)