Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas

Games Developer / Narrative Designer / Writer

  • Location: Cardiff
  • Career stage: Expert

I'm a game developer and writer with more than two decades of commercial experience in all sorts of fields:

* Coding for AAA and indie console & PC games
* Writing prose fiction, comics, games and movies
* Narrative design
* Coding for web, desktop, mobile and interactive TV
* Film-making
* Writing and running interactive events

I'm co-director of Talespinners, a story-for-games company who work with all sizes and genres of games company helping them with their narrative, dialogue, editing, voice work and so on.

Work History

Chair - Games Wales

Sep 2014 - Present

Gameplay Programmer / Designer - Frictional Games

Sep 2013 - Present

Founder & Organiser - GamesDev South Wales

Feb 2012 - Present

Freelance Writer & Narrative Designer - Winged Monkeys

Jan 2007 - Present

Event Organiser, Lead Writer - Crooked House

Mar 2001 - Present

Gameplay Programmer - Double 11

Mar 2011 - Sep 2013

LEGO Systems Programmer - Traveller's Tales

Jan 2010 - Mar 2011

Chief Technical Officer / Joint CEO - Awen

Dec 2002 - Dec 2009

Director, Lead Developer - Fictician Ltd

Oct 2002 - Jun 2004

Chief Technical Architect - DITG

May 1999 - Dec 2002

Head of Programming - The Productive Play Company

Mar 1997 - Apr 1999

Director - Cuckoo's Nest Enterprises

Aug 1995 - Aug 1996

Education

Computer Science - BSc. - Glasgow University

Sep 1991 - May 1994

Skills

  • Design
  • Scriptwriting
  • Digital content skills
  • Editing
  • Management and leadership
  • Narrative
  • Networking
  • Product management
  • Programming
  • Project management
  • Specific hardware/equipment skills
  • Specific software skills

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