Anonymous said: Which books inspired Middens/Gingiva?

Middens was partly inspired by the story of Vivian banishing Merlin.

Generally its suggested Vivian sealed Merlin into the trunk of a tree or within a cave, but to my imagination’s taste she entrapped the wizard between dimensions. From there the idea of the Rift began to congeal. Perhaps.

Gingiva was woven from a dream I had many years ago. In the dream I was a teacher to a girl who was failing in school. I accompanied her on test day. While sitting among her class mates I guided her through each question until we came to a problem showing several portraits billeted in an ‘a through d’ style multiple choice. One of the pictures was of the school’s headmaster and the girl tapped it and revealed to me that this man had been abusing the students.

I immediately grabbed the pencil I had been using to tutor, approached the headmaster who was overseeing the children, and stabbed him in the temple. He sat unphased with the pencil poking half way deep into his head and I realized he was only a doll. This was followed by the revelation that the school itself was subterfuge, and the students were being used as slave labor to manufacture endless spare parts for the head master.

Several shadowy characters emerged and began tending to the wound I inflicted; replacing one head for another, while I attempted to escape with the girl I had been hired to tutor. She behaved apathetic and clumsy drunk, as if she had no free will and I was disconcerted by her zombie like lethargy.

We took the stairs with vague monsters in pursuit. The girl I pushed in front  and I followed in back to fight off those chasing behind. The passage we fled to began to gradually narrow forcing us to eventually crawl. The confined space was too tight for me to see ahead, and I didn’t know if there was a way out.

 I couldn’t be sure the path didn’t corner into a dead end, I could only trust it didn’t because the girl kept moving forward.

I woke up before we escaped.

Anonymous said: How did you become so well-spoken and philosophical?

I believe real eloquence is in honesty. There is a cadence to truth.

Knowledge, I suppose, culminates in truth; the best of all possessions.

As I see it a truthful person is one who desires the benefit of all. Although they are planted low to the ground they view the planet and all its creatures as you would from space—-as a unified whole.

Anonymous said: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you find inspiration in music?

Music is sacred. Party with me and I might play a song.

Anonymous said: What became of the Moments of Silence Kickstarter? Were its supporters still charged for funding a project that has gone down the proverbial drain?

It became Gingiva.

bloodoftheraven said: Will we, in the new game, be greeted by familiar faces, or will we forge new alliances in our journey?

The characters and story will be independent of any predecessors with overlap existing only along the edges.

…atleast according to what I’ve outlined so far. 

Anonymous said: Do you publish any kind of reference about moments of silence before actual release? Or will it be mystery all way up to release day?

Moments of Silence is ka-put. I’m working on an entirely different title and I’m being a sneaky bastard about it. 

I will release details closer to the final stretch and something like art samples in the closer future.

Anonymous said: What will the setting of the next game be like?

The mind of an insect.


Creating without claiming,

Doing without taking credit,

Guiding without interfering:

This is the Primal Virtue.
  — Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching 51)

Samples from my Tarot deck-in-progess

The Found Art Of Gingiva | Uncommon Assembly

Exchanged words with writer Russell Fincher