Renaud van Strydonck

Renaud van Strydonck

Portrait of a Game [ Designer / Developer ]

The Golden Rule

“Forming a kind of initiated priesthood, secrecy is the general rule. A modern occultist cult sums up this almost primordial urge for secrecy in one of its dicta: Knowledge is Power; Knowledge shared is Power lost” [1] The inimitable Matt Jones (who wrote such digital gems as the Bourne Infrastructure) recently posted a fragment of Greg… Continue reading

For $1,000,000 (and a Cup of Coffee): the Prayer Dynamo

“Hullo London.” “Hullo John Constantine.” “How are you then, London?” “All right. Full of people. Raining. You?” – Neil Gaiman, Dream a Little Dream of Me As you might have noticed, I like Robert Archambeau‘s Citation Suite. Whenever I think of cities, my mind wanders to his text.  Something about its structure must echo patterns of… Continue reading

Level Up⇪

“[…] If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ […]” – Rudyard Kipling, If I have tried to explain these ideas several times, now… [I should, perhaps,… Continue reading

…und sie zittert da heute noch

“When the child was a child  It walked with its arms swinging,  wanted the brook to be a river,  the river to be a torrent,  and this puddle to be the sea.” – Peter Handke, Song of Childhood  Today, I am one year older than I was a year ago. As happens every year, on… Continue reading

Who made your Alphabet?

“If thought is like the keyboard of a piano, divided into so many notes, or like the alphabet is arranged in twenty-six letters all in order, then Mr. Ramsay’s splendid mind had no sort of difficulty in running over those letters one by one, until it had reached, say, the letter Q.  He reached Q…. Continue reading

the Vorpal Code

“He took his vorpal sword in hand […] One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.” – Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky [1] So… when I sat down to write this entry about our programming lessons, the title popped straight into… Continue reading

the Blue City

“What god do you pursue in cities? Do you see him, briefly, from inside a moving tram? There – is that his name, those spray paint letters? Is that him, broken, crazy, speaking tongues? There, is that him? Can you demonstrate? Can you mouth or call his unsaid name?” – Robert Archambeau, Citation Suite It… Continue reading

I create my own perfection…

“Dear Diary…” Today, I wrote a game pitch about Medusa. Medusa, who understands what is happening to her, who knows that Perseus is coming, who sees clearly and cannot be seen. She must sneak her sisters safely out of a post-Mythical metropolis, before the great hero Perseus comes on his winged sandals to kill her…. Continue reading