Ben's one of my favorite designers- all of his games sharply hit on the human condition, and none of them are like anything else out there. Go check'em out!
Polaris is a game about a dying society at the North Pole. Their world of perfect harmony collapses under corruption and in-fighting while armies of demons gather without.
You, one of the last knights protecting the land, with a sword of starlight and an oath of honor, you will see who and what, if anything, you can save, before you also fall in battle or fail in your heart and turn to the demons.
It's a GM-less game where the mechanics are resolved primarily through specialized "key phrases" that turn conflicts into bargaining - "I kill the Demon King", "But only if you are captured in return", "But only if I am unharmed", "And so it was."
Aliens have come and conquered the Earth... through our dreams. Everyone over the age of 18 has fallen into a stasis-sleep, "The Bliss" and the kids who have survived the last 7 years have finally cobbled together a means of fighting back.
Jumping into the dream world, you construct giant robots made of your love and care for those closest to you- to fight the aliens and hopefully free our world. But in doing so, your risk your relationships- damage to your dream-mech is damage to your relationships... can you protect your friends? Can you save the world?
Bliss Stage is a post-apocalyptic anime soap opera. You jump between scenes of bonding and friendship... and terrible nightmare worlds of the aliens. Think Satoshi Kon meets Evangelion and you won't be far off.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Occupied Bodies: Women of Color Speak on Self-Image – Deadline October 15, 2010
I am soliciting essays for an anthology on women of color’s self-image/body image as shaped by family, friends, media, society, history, lived experiences, etc. I’m looking for smart, accessible, and snappy personal narratives that also offer nuanced analysis of the underlying constructs that affect how we perceive ourselves. Exploring intersectionality of identities is extremely important. I particularly want the voices of women of color that are not often heard to be represented, such as trans* WOC, disabled WOC, queer WOC, WOC outside the U.S., WOC with eating disorders, working class/poor WOC and fat WOC. Of course, all the varied perspectives any woman of color can offer are welcome.
This is an exciting project, as this topic has not been explored in depth and including such a diverse collection of viewpoints before. The final manuscript will be submitted to relevant independent publishers.