I aim to help people tell stories. Whether that's through pen and paper or online, my focus is on writing that inspires others, to give them the tools to create and build atop of what I've penned. I focus on tabletop games of all sorts - role-playing games, board games, storytelling games, and more.
I've worked on building worlds for years, making imaginary realms that are both evocative and authentic. When making games that endure, it's all about the details that fans and readers can lose themselves in, and I pride myself in bringing them to life.
My name is Julian Kay, also known in some quarters as ARBco or Alien Rope Burn, and I need your help to write about landsharks. Let me just write about bulettes for a living, I just have so much to say about bule—
Wait, no, let's start again.
I'm Julian Kay, a freelance game writer who wrote the world bible for Level 99 Games' BattleCON as their "Loremaster" (official title), written for Pelgrane Press' 13th Age, and did writing and design for the multi-ENnie award-winning Planewalker.com! I also create indie games like the the parodical political commentary Anarchopunk 2020, and the (also) award-winning anime slice-of-life RPG MELWAFF.
I'm also (in?)famous for my long-running game commentaries done as part of the FATAL & Friends thread on SomethingAwful.com as "Alien Rope Burn", mostly talking about the post-apocalypse gonzo RPG Rifts or some little-known games called Pathfinder and Starfinder. I'm big on honest criticism. Don't worry, those games are tough old birds, they can take it.