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This is the professional website of the London-based games consultant, designer, writer and player James Wallis.


James is director of the games consultancy Spaaace, which he set up in 2007. There would be a link to that, but the website is being redeveloped at the moment.

The Game Design Masterclass, James’s three-hour crash-course in tabletop game development, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018 and in the last year has been run in Vienna and Indianapolis, as well as spawning a sibling series of workshops in Australia, and regular appearances for the National Film and Television School and the Prince’s Trust. It will next run at The Ludoquist in Croydon on 3rd July.

Alas Vegas, James’s kickstarted game of ‘flashbacks, blackjack and payback’ launched to the public in early 2018. It is on sale through all good online bookstores, and in digital form from DriveThruRPG and Indie Press Revolution.

The third edition of James’s game of competitive boasting¬†The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen was released by Fantasy Flight Games in December 2016, to rave reviews. It is available at all good games shops, some good book shops, and some places on the internet.

The bottom-up reboot of 1980s classic RPG Paranoia, on which James was lead designer, was released by Mongoose Publishing in 2017.

James writes a monthly column in Tabletop Gaming magazine, in which he re-examines the winners of the Spiel des Jahres award, in order. As of this writing, he is up to El Grande (1997).

The seventh supplement for James’s story-telling card-game Once Upon a Time¬†is ‘Fairy Tales’, available at all good games shops.

James lectures in games design and interactive narrative at London South Bank University.