Hi! I'm Lauren (she/they), and I'm a pan queer game designer and editor with 6 years of professional experience in technical writing and editing. I've edited 20 ttrpg texts over the past 2 years, across original game systems and existing systems, such as those Powered by the Apocalypse, Forged in the Dark, and Penned to Good Society. On these projects, I brought an eye to overall document structure, rules clarity, and narrative flow, right down to nit-picky grammar.
Seven games I've worked on were nominated for industry awards, including the Great American Novel for Game of the Year and Best Rules (Indie Groundbreaker Awards, 2020) and Visigoths vs. Mall Goths for Best Writing (ENnies, 2020). This also includes Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG, which won the Indie Grounder Breaker award for Best Rules in 2019.
I love writing and communication—skills I truly honed training with Write, a world leading Plain Language firm. Plain Language is commonly defined as: "writing that is clear, concise, well-organised, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience." I bring that insight to each project. For over 2 years, I have coached one-on-one Plain Language sessions and run workshops on crafting documents with the principles of Plain Language.
I hold a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Science in Psychology from Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand). My Master's thesis analysed the re-traumatisation of rape complainants in the courtroom, and the use of rape myths to undermine complainant testimony.
The Veil: Cascade by Fraser Simons
Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG by the Storybrewers
Good Society: The LARP by the Storybrewers
Good Society: Pride, Prejudice & Practical Magics by the Storybrewers
Good Society: Sense, Sensibility & Swordsmanship by the Storybrewers
Uncanny Echo by Fraser Simons
Hack the Planet by Fraser Simons
A Town Called Malice by Monkeyfun Studios
The Great American Novel by Christopher Grey
Quietus by Oli Jeffery
Into the Dark by Stras Acimovic and John Sheldon
Goddamn F*cking Dragons, A Novel About Terrible Heroes by Christopher Grey
Visigoths v Mall Goths by Lucian Kahn
Elephant & Macaw Banner RPG by Christopher Kastensmidt
Retropunk by Fraser Simons
Good Society: Emma, Forget Me Not by the Storybrewers
Good Society: The Fae Courts by the Storybrewers
Good Society: Downstairs at the Abbey by the Storybrewers
Palanquin by Jason Pitre
Candlelight by Gabriel Robinson
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