Renaud van Strydonck, Game Designer

About Me

Hi, I’m Renaud, and I’m a game designer.

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, I have lead the design of projects for Warner Brothers, Nintendo, LEGO, Bandai Namco, Kiloo and MGM as well as on a number of original concepts for both small and large studios across Europe.

While my passion is for meaningful games with social impact and emotional gameplay, I have experience designing all kinds of play, and taking an idea from the concept stage through pitching, prototyping and production.

I am currently taking on contract and freelance work, and can be contacted via email, twitter or the contact form below.

My Process

Coming Soon.

My Work

Concept Research
Idea Generation & Concepting
Game Pitch Documents
High Level Design Briefs
Systems & Deep Game Design
Features & Core Game Design
Free-to-play & Progression Design
Onboarding / Tutorial Design
Balancing & Level Design
Design Consulting & User Testing
Prototype Design & Building
Interactions & UX Design

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Strive Training – The Unexpected

Client: Strive Training (London)
Platform: Video Conferencing
Role: Experience Design

The Unexpected is a team-based experience playable over any video conferencing client, in which players take on the role of HR Interns for a Superhero Agency, hiring heroes to defend London from an unexpected monster attack.

The game take the form of a series of gameplay segments, intentionally designed to complement Strive Training’s five-day unemployment course while improving engagement and confidence in course participants.

Salt & Time

Studio: Renaud van Strydonck
Platform: iOS & Android
Role: Creative

Salt & Time is a cozy adventure game about taking care of your community by baking sourdough – which also teaches you how to bake sourdough yourself.

As a widow:er, the player is haunted by the loving ghost of their deceased partner, who teaches them to grieve, take care of themselves, and take care of others, by teaching them to bake bread and feed those who cannot feed themselves.

It’s a gentle game about patience and empathy, in which a player unlocks recipes and techniques to practice at home.

Worlds In The Dark

Studio: Renaud van Strydonck
Platform: Tabletop Roleplaying Game
Role: Creative

Worlds in the dark is an exploration, survival and adventure game about a group of Academics exploring the unknown and learning to know themselves in the process.

Inspired by Annihilation, Myst, Alien, and Stargate SG-1, Worlds in the Dark asks players to question the relationship between the human and the other-than-human, and to accept that all experiences transform us.

Worlds in the Dark is a game Forged in the Dark, partly built on John Harper’s Blades in the Dark.

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Good Job!

Studio: Paladin Studios
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Role: Game Design Lead

As the clumsy child of a CEO, you must climb the corporate ladder one office-themed puzzle at a time!

Complete puzzles in multiple ways as you experiment with the interactive environments—a projector can be wheeled gently through an electric door…or catapulted through the wall. So toil (or tumble) your way to the top and make your father proud.

Empire: Millennium Wars

Studio: Moonshot Studios
Platform: iOS & Android
Role: Senior Game Design

Empire: World War 3 (Millennium Wars) is an MMO strategy game set in space. Build a colony on Mars and fight for your share of rare and precious resources.

Build up a futuristic space-army and battle with millions of other players around the world, and form alliances with other commanders for a competitive edge.

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Almost A Hero

Studio: Bee Square
Platform: iOS & Android
Role: Game Designer

Almost A Hero is probably one of the most addicting RPG clicker games you will find out there today. In this incremental RPG clicker game, you will meet a bunch of idle heroes, also known as the most useless idiots to walk this earth, who embark on a quest to be slightly less useless idiots.

In Almost a Hero you’ll find idle heroes with upgrades, quests, ancient artifacts and secrets to unlock to become almost heroes. Oh, and there’s lots of clicking to do.

Squirrel & Bär

Studio: The Good Evil GmbH
Platform: iOS & Android
Role: Game Developer

Squirrel & Bär – a 2D mobile adventure game for 3-9 year old kids to learn English as a foreign language

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Stargate SG-1 : Unleashed

Studio: Arkalis Interactive
Platform: iOS & Android
Role: Game Designer

Stargate SG-1: Unleashed is an adventure game featuring the original SG-1 team for Android and iOS.

It is a playable story in the style of Telltale Games, with a new original villain (Sekhmet, the daughter of Ra).

The main cast of Stargate SG-1 provided voices for their characters.