Welcome to my Freelancer Web Site

rjcurrie News

Welcome, one and all, to The Not So Amazing Adventurers Of Rod Currie: Freelancer. As you might guess, I am Rod Currie and this is the web site for my activities as a freelancer. While I am particularly focused on the game industry, I am also willing to take on writing and editing jobs in other fields.

I may expand more upon this welcome in the future, but for now, hello, welcome, and feel free to look around and comment on anything that interests you. Oh, and if you’d like to hire me, that would be cool too.

Have fun.

Hire Me As An Editor

rjcurrie Editing

During my 23+ year career as a technical writer, editing was always a big part of the job. As with any written communication, it is vital that technical writing be clear, concise, and accurate. And now I want to use those skills to help you improve your writing.  If you are working on a project that includes text, you can probably use an editor. In the game industry, that can include card text, rulebooks, role-playing supplements, and more. An editor can catch spelling and grammars errors, help clarify confusing text, and suggest structural changes that can improve the readability of your document. If you want, an editor can also work with you from the beginning to help guide the development of your project.  The level of editing you want is up to you.

So, if you are looking for an editor to make the most of your writing (in gaming or other fields), contact me.  We can discuss what kind of editing you need and what it will cost.

 

What is Fiction Impossible?

rjcurrie Fiction Impossible

Fiction Impossible: The Game of Literary Chaos is another one of my game designs in process. In Fiction Impossible, players assume the roles as assistants to the Cosmic Librarian, the being responsible for maintaining the stability of the Realms of Literature. Unfortunately, the Cosmic Librarian has been murdered and the Realms of Literature have been thrown into chaos. Characters are all mixed up (for example, imagine The Three Musketeers featuring the Jabberwock,  Jayne Eyre, and Victor Frankenstein) and it’s up to the Librarian’s assistants to set things right. The one who does the best job wins and becomes the new Cosmic Librarian. I have some basic mechanics in mind right now, but I’ll discuss those in a later post.

I should point  out that the inspiration for Fiction Impossible came from my days at the University of Waterloo, where I was writer and actor with the FASS (Faculty, Aumni, Staff, and Students) theatre company. Every year, FASS wrote and performed a musical-comedy show. In 1983 (a show entitled FASS or Fiction), the theme of the show was “the library after dark.” In that show, the Great Librarian invited all the characters from literature to a party. Unfortunately, the party was disrupted; literature was scrambled; and the Great Librarian was murdered. Eventually, the heroes found someone who who pulled the cosmic bookmark from the stone and set everything straight.

 

Gaming Conventions and Me

rjcurrie Conventions, News

I have been attending major gaming conventions for over 30 years and creating and GMing role-playing scenarios at them for nearly 20 years. Gaming conventions are my major connection to the game industry. It’s through those conventions that I grew interested in game design and working in the game industry.

You can read about my convention roleplaying events at supersquadamerica.com.

In this category of posts, I plan to discuss the conventions I attend.

What is Supply Sergeant?

rjcurrie Supply Sergeant

Supply Sergeant is a game that I have done some minimal design on. Essentially, the players are WWII supply sergeants trying to keep the soldiers in their unit happy by trading with other players and the black market for the luxuries that their soldiers want. The higher the rank of the soldier who wants a luxury, the more victory points it is worth. But as I say, I have only done minimal design work on this idea. As I do more work on it, I’ll try to write about it here and would love feedback from you.