Hi everyone, my name is Jay Dragon, I use they/them pronouns, and I'm a young queer game designer and camp counselor. I write Tabletop RPGs, LARPs, and even a Text-Based RPG system, with a perspective on building communities, engaging in ritual, and immersing oneself in a shared fiction.
Who I Am
I'm 21 years old, and have spent much of my life growing up in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, on land illegally stolen from the Esopus Munsee people of the Lenape. The area is equal parts financially impoverished and intensely beautiful, and has served to give me an aesthetic appreciation for both the majesty of nature and the authenticity of the broken-down. I've spent the past eight years working at the Wayfinder Experience, a LARP summer camp for teenagers in my home area. I'm queer, intensely so, and bring that queerness into my writing.
What I Write
As mentioned, I'm a writer of Tabletop RPGs (role-playing games) and LARPs (Live Action Roleplaying Games). I tell stories about friendship, queerness, apocalypse, and transformation. My games are about what it's like to discover yourself in the face of certain doom, and my own lived experiences. Smaller games like Queer Messes and the Rake both are about teenage experiences that relate strongly to my personal folklore, and Games for Lost People and Sleepaway become autobiographical studies. I've also been writing games for the Wayfinder Experience for eight years, and have run more than 25 games, each for 50-70 people. To me, game design is about curating and exploring an experience that offers the ability to transform you and enter a new space.