Hey, nice to meet you! You can call me Sage. I’m a board game designer: I generally work on projects with academic institutions to tranform research findings into board games and videogames. I also teach English online.
I’ve been doing board game design – and playing board games – ever since first grade, when my parents banned me and my sibling from playing Pokemon. Because I wasn’t allowed to get into the trading card game craze, I was “forced” to create my own rip-off trading card game. It wasn’t the most innovative game ever, but there was something beautiful in the feeling of system-crafting that’s stayed ever since.
I’ve long since been unbanned from Pokemon (probaby) but I never really stopped making games and writing about them.
Currently, in addition to being a game designer, I am a Masters student at the University of Waterloo in the Experimental Digital Media program. My research involves board games as much as possible, which has been surprisingly easy in this degree.
It would be remiss to not talk about my own personal favourite board games: it’s always changing, but right now Lords of Waterdeep, Terraforming Mars and Viticulture are my top games. This means my bias is always a little bit towards Euro games, or games that involve building up resources over time. It just feels really nice to watch my little engines start working on their own!
Anyway, what I’d rather talk about is you! What brings you here, and what board games are you interested in? Leave a comment and say hi!