Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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The World Is Square?

This place isn’t called The World Is Square anymore. I know that is a bit of a blunt opening, but I thought I’d just get that main point across right off the top. From now on www.theworldissquare.com, www.hyperbound.net, and www.mikeiantorno.com will all redirect to this website, which will have the root domain www.michaeliantorno.com. Simple! For many years, I accumulated a weird...

Local Nerd Quoted In Campus Newspaper

A few months ago I was contacted by a Ryerson journalism student to contribute to a feature story about LARPing, and the stigmas attached to the oft-maligned hobby. Admittedly, I don’t quite remember all the topics we covered, but I do recall chatting about LARP’s relationship with role-playing and table-top games, as well as some general “nerd culture” issues.  While...

A Few Updates

Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of activity around here lately, but I’ve been working on a few projects lately and I simply forgot to blog. Here is the condensed, straight to the point summary of what has happened over the last few weeks: I’ve implemented a new blog design! There are still some features to add, as well as some wrinkles to iron out, but overall it works pretty swell...

State of the World 2013

Brief Overview Some things happened, but not as quickly as I would have liked. Better Overview 2013 was an odd but productive year for the website, Unearthed, and myself. I had some grand ideas for Unearthed when the year began, including aspirations for a playable demo to be release by the summertime. Obviously that didn’t pan out the way I wanted it too… but perhaps it worked out...

Diablo 3 Battle Royale

I’ve never been a Diablo fan. The hack-and-slash combat has always felt boring and mechanical to me; even the shiny 3D veneer of the most recent installment wasn’t enough to coerce me to dive in and risk a repetitive strain injury. Truth be told, as much as I decried the heinous DRM Blizzard concocted for Diablo 3, it was really just another bullet point on a long list of reasons for me to avoid...

State of The World (Is Square): May 14th

All of you TWIS regulars out there may have noticed that things have been rather quiet around here lately. After returning from my vacation I found myself drained both physically and creatively, and I haven’t really been posting on the blog as often as I could/should. Radiostorm has been kind enough to keep posting during the last couple weeks (a period of time which I now refer to as...

Dungeons and Dragons on 60 Minutes

Dungeons and Dragons had just about as awkward an adolescence as its legion of fans did. In the 1980s, the budding roleplaying game was tangentially linked to a handful of high profile teenage suicides. Fueled by spur-of-the-moment hysteria, pocketed movements arose across the country to ban Dungeons and Dragons, claiming that the game taught witchcraft, satanism, homosexuality, necromancy...

Pathfinder Beginner Box & Mini-con

Those of you who follow the blog and Twitter regularly know that I play quite a bit of Pathfinder, especially Pathfinder Society Organized Play. I started my experience with the system about four or five months ago and have been attending organized meetups on a weekly basis. It’s been great fun to finally play in a regular gaming group again! I always encourage people to give Pathfinder a...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer