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

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Since May 2020 James has been studio manager at The Green Board Game Co. Ltd. It’s a UK-based games studio that’s part of the Asmodee Group of companies, the second largest tabletop games company in the world. He is having a blast. However this job prevents him from taking on any external work

Before that, he was director of the games consultancy Spaaace, which he set up in 2007, and lectured in games design and interactive narrative at London South Bank University and the National Film & Television School.

He co-wrote the book Board Games In 100 Moves with industry legend Ian Livingstone. It was published by Dorling Kindersley in 2019.

The Game Design Masterclass, James’s three-hour crash-course in tabletop game development, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018. It 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 has its own website: www.gamedesignmasterclass.com.

James was narrative designer for Insane Robots, the XB1/PS4/PC card-battling game from Playniac that released in 2018 (Metacritic 87%).

Alas Vegas, James’s kickstarted RPG of ‘flashbacks, blackjack and payback’ launched to the public in early 2018, to strong reviews (4.7 out of 5 aggregate at OneBookShelf) and good sales. 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 boastingĀ 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 wrote a monthly column in Tabletop Gaming magazine, in which he re-examined the winners of the Spiel des Jahres award, in chronological order. It came to an end in 2020, meaning that for the first time in three decades James is not actively engaged in journalism.

The seventh supplement for James’s story-telling card-game Once Upon a Time (co-developed with Andrew Rilstone and Richard Lambert) is ‘Fairy Tales’, available at all good games shops.

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