Norvendae is the name of the world I began developing when I was in fifth and sixth grade. It now represents a collection of my creative work, as I consolidate innumerable projects that have spread across the Internet since I first arrived in the late nineties.
Who I Am
I’ve accepted and cast off a lot of labels throughout my twenty-plus years, and my identity is one of those great works-in-progress that I will continue to develop until my expiration date comes up. I’m a husband and a father. I’m a wage slave and a writer. I’m a gamer and designer. I’m a workaholic and procrastinator.
I live in Salt Lake City and I do lots of stuff. I maintain and provide content for this website. Most of what you see here I made myself — I can’t think of anything here I didn’t do, or at the very least encourage and assist in the creation of – I make stuff.
What I Do
Current projects include a massive cross-platform game (combination of board game, card game, role playing game, and a couple disparate video game projects) that I’ve been developing for several years, War of the Seven States of Magic.
Past projects include a webcomic, Rumors of War, which takes place in the WotSSoM setting, as well as some serialized stories, such as the Rumors of War vignettes and To Catch A Goat. I also write the occasional short story (somewhat by accident), such as “Fruben Daleborn and the Demented Shopkeep” and “A Wizard’s Torment.”
I’ve also done tons of amateur game design work, mostly dabbling with existing game systems like Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and Arkham Horror. I’ve made games using Klik & Play, Multimedia Fusion, Inform 7, and RPG Maker.
In the past, I’ve performed on stage as an actor and dancer, written and performed a monologue or two, I’ve directed for the stage, and also designed and managed stage lighting. I (successfully) learned basic audio engineering in a weekend to fill in as lead tech at one of the largest anime conventions in the country.
I’ve been master of ceremonies (Emcee) for theatre, campfires, awards ceremonies, and contests — I’ve performed improvised comedy as part of an ensemble, and I have hundreds of hours of convention experience — mainly planning and hosting events.
When This Happens
I am always working — whether it’s writing or designing. I like to solve problems and to perform research. I enjoy the challenge, and look for new quandaries all the time.
I usually update my blog lots and lots throughout the week. I don’t update on the weekend because I’m usually trying to rest and recover in time for the next week. If I don’t update for some reason it might be ’cause I’m too busy with stuff, or stressed out, or depressed or something less interesting than I can make up at the moment.
It’s been a couple years since I attended or staffed a proper convention but I don’t regret taking a break. I hope to make a return as an industry guest in the future, rather than an attendee or staff member, but I guess we’ll see about that.