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Steve Ince, freelance writer and game designer, posts thoughts and comments on these two meaningful aspects of his life.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish everyone all the very best for the coming year. Let's hope it's a good one for all of us.

I hope that you didn't over-indulge, unlike some.

After the snow finally vanished, we had a light covering overnight. I hope it's not a sign of more to come.

Take care.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blimey! I have a fan.

I was looking at the links that brought people to my site when I saw that a few had come from this one today. Imagine how flattered I feel at such kind words. Thanks, Terramax, I'm touched.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I succumbed to the bug and can now be found on Twitter - @Smoozles

God knows what I'll do with it as I can barely keep this blog going on a regular basis. :) Still, I need to keep up with all the mod, fab and groovy trends...


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bah, humbug!

I was hoping to write some interesting posts in this blog today, having broken off from my writing work for a week or so. However, I now find I have a dreadful cold just in time for Christmas and the chances of me writing anything interesting are zero.

So I'll just wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now, where's that box of tissues...

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Site update

I've just spent a little time updating the site for my steve-ince.co.uk domain.


Friday, June 27, 2008

What's happening in Poland?

I regularly check the stats for my sites, particularly what links are bringing people to them. Just lately I've been getting a lot of people in Poland coming to the site from online searches for my name. I'm curious what's happening in Poland that's warranted this increased interest in me. If anyone knows, could you please tell me the secret?


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hello from Paris

I'm in Paris doing some promotional work for So Blonde. The original intention was to combine this with a short holiday with June, but she had a fall before we came away and wasn't up to the trip. So I find myself alone in my hotet room with some time to spare so I thought I would post another entry in the old blog.

I'm actually staying in a hotel called Le Chat Noir, which I booked online and thought was a cool sounding place and has connections to the Montmartre area of Paris. Only, when I got here I found that it was situated on the same street as all peep shows and other red-light district kind of places. Still, the hotel is pretty good and it's not very far from Montmartre.

Last night I met up with Stefano Collavini, the artist who's currently doing the art for the Mr. Smoozles comic strip. We spent the evening in a small cafe and had a great meal and lots of interesting conversation. Stefano wants to get into designing and developing his own games, so it's probably only a matter of time before we start seeing something from him and his team.

Today's interviews went very well and no one fell asleep through boredom. :) One of the things I like most about doing interviews is the way that thinking up answers to the questions helps to crystalise my thoughts on game development. It's kind of like the idea that there are times you can learn more from teaching others than you can from being taught.

Which reminds me that I was again asked by a university in the Netherlands if I would join their teaching staff. I remember that last time I was asked I very nearly considered doing so but now I'm doing so many different things that I couldn't possibly take on a teaching post without all of that exciting stuff being left behind. I'd like to teach in some small way, but taking up a post at a university is not the way to gor me right now.

Now I need to go and find something to eat. I'm suddenly surprisingly hungry...

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Saturday, February 09, 2008


Just before Christmas, I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games. Dave's only just released this picture of the two of us, taken by his girlfriend. From the smiles on our faces you'd think we actually enjoyed making games...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Merriness

Here's just a little something for festive fun.


Saturday, October 13, 2007


I think that Stephen Fry is a wonderful entertainer and his recent documentaries about bipolar disorder and HIV have been excellent, too. In conjunction with the latest documentary on HIV, a new website has been created called G.I.JONNY to help raise awareness of the problems of HIV amidst fears that people are becoming complacent about the disease. Part of what you can do is create your own ID (hence the picture) and use it to help spread the word, but there are other things you can do, too. Anything that helps increase awareness of such a powerful health issue is deserving of support.
[By the way, for those of you who don't know, jonny is a nickname for a condom that goes back to a time before I was born - ancient history to some, I know.]

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Steve Simpson

Simpsonised version of me.