Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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One Page Dungeon Contest 2017: Of No Small Power

The 2017 One Page Dungeon Contest is once again upon us! Matt and I have created an entry for the now venerable contest: our third submission in the last four years. We both felt our last adventure was a little bit too large in scope, and our desire to scale things back seems to have manifested itself quite literally throughout the design of the dungeon. Behold, Of No Small Power! You can view a...

HyperBound featured in Rise of the Video Game Zinesters

I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I thought I’d share this little tidbit of news with all of you. In March 2012, Anna Anthropy released her book Rise of the Video Game Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form and my hack project HyperBound was given a three page write-up! This...

Three Set Piece Monsters (from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition)

The second edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons is often not remembered fondly. The convoluted calculations THAC0 scores enforced (which all too often involved dealing with negative numbers) look arcane compared to the streamlined nature of the modern d20 system. Even throwback games tend to gloss over the bones of this edition, aiming more for emulating the theme of the game rather than the...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer