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Game Journal

Interactive Autobiographical Travelogues for Infinitesimal Imaginary Places

Hello, I would like you to embark on a journey with me of self-healing. I have been a game designer for many years now, but since 2018 I have been unable to create my own personal projects due to my mental health.

My goal for the next year is to ease into things, to get my thoughts out on paper. To journal, in the form of games.

Over the course of one year (2023) my goal is to create one short interactive experience a month. This can something like a short experimental walking simulator, a brief Twine interactive fiction game, or whatever I am feeling up to that month! Most games will have some focus on narrative, and all of them will be personal expressionistic works with a focus on experimentation.

All games will be available for free on itch, but if you are interested in supporting me on my journey, I will also include design notes for the first tier of backers, and companion pieces for the second tier of backers for each game in the form of poetry, short stories or some other form of non-interactive art.

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Game Journal Over, that's all folks!

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jan 22, 2024
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Game Journal #12: Arrivals - & Bookend to Game Journal Project

Posted by spyrosmithy on Dec 25, 2023

Game Journal #12: Arrivals - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Dec 25, 2023
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Game Journal #11: My Faith is Not a Place

Posted by spyrosmithy on Nov 24, 2023

A poem.  Free palestine, demand a ceasefire now.

Backer proceeds for this month are all being donated to Gaza based charities.

Game Journal #11: My Faith is Not a Place - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Nov 24, 2023
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Game Journal #11: My Faith is Not a Place - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Nov 24, 2023
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Game Journal #10: Masking

Posted by spyrosmithy on Nov 10, 2023

Game Journal #10: Masking - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Nov 10, 2023
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Game Journal #10: Masking - Supplement

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Game Journal #9: In Vocation

Posted by spyrosmithy on Oct 07, 2023

The ninth project in the game journal series has been released, called 'In Vocation', a short interactive fiction game.

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Game Journal #9: In Vocation - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Oct 07, 2023
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Game Journal #9: In Vocation - Supplement

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Game Journal #8: Aftercare

Posted by spyrosmithy on Sep 12, 2023

The eigth project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Aftercare', a short erotic interactive fiction game.

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Game Journal #8: Aftercare - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Sep 12, 2023
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Game Journal #8: Aftercare - Design Notes

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Game Journal #7: Sunsetting

Posted by spyrosmithy on Aug 01, 2023

The seventh project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Sunsetting', a short interactive fiction romance.

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Game Journal #7: Sunsetting - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Aug 01, 2023
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Game Journal #6: Burnt Coffee

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jul 02, 2023

Game Journal #6: Burnt Coffee - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jul 02, 2023
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Game Journal #6: Burnt Coffee - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jul 02, 2023
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Game Journal #5: Dog Days

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jun 01, 2023

The fifth project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Dog Days', a short twine game. Heat breeds intimacy from afar.

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Game Journal #5: Dog Days - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Jun 01, 2023
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Game Journal #5: Dog Days - Design Notes

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Game Journal #4: Destinations

Posted by spyrosmithy on May 01, 2023

The fourth project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Destinations', meditate on the stillness between spaces.

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Game Journal #4: Destinations - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on May 01, 2023
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Game Journal #4: Destinations - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on May 01, 2023
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Game Journal #3: Morning Passages - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Apr 03, 2023
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Game Journal #3: Morning Passages - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Apr 03, 2023
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Game Journal #3: Morning Passages

Posted by spyrosmithy on Apr 03, 2023

The third project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Morning Passages' a brief intimate twine IF game.

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Game Journal #2: Cities of the Future - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Feb 26, 2023
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Game Journal #2: Cities of the Future - Design Notes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Feb 26, 2023
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Game Journal #2: Cities of the Future

Posted by spyrosmithy on Feb 26, 2023

Game Journal #1: Routes - Supplement

Posted by spyrosmithy on Feb 05, 2023
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Game Journal #1: Routes - Design Notes

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Game Journal #1: Routes

Posted by spyrosmithy on Feb 05, 2023

The first project in the game journal series has been released, called 'Routes' a short vignette game. Two partners discuss the imminent future on their way towards destinations unknown.

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