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Professional creative visual communication: www.universalhead.com
Game summaries and reference sheets: www.headlesshollow.com
Visit THE ESOTERIC ORDER OF GAMERS www.orderofgamers.com to find essential quality content for the gamer who loves immersive, thematic tabletop games—including all 240+ of my rules summary and reference sheets constantly updated, plus articles, videos, foamcore box insert plans and more!

If you appreciate my work, there's a donate button on the website. Every donation is sincerely appreciated and goes towards more website content!

Professional graphic designer and addicted gamer.

I'm best known here for designing rules summaries and reference sheets. You can find more than 240 of them all in one place at www.orderofgamers.com, plus lots of other great gaming stuff.

I occasionally do boardgame graphic design - notably Traders of Osaka, Prophecy, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ninjato, Aztlán and most recently, Scalawag!, and the Ares Games redesign of Inkognito.

Some other (rarely updated) sites of mine: my personal blog at www.headlesshollow.com, my personal travel diaries at www.petergifford.com, and my ex-band site at www.thetelltales.com.

Creator of the official website for Tékumel (an original imaginary world invented by Professor M.A.R. Barker) at www.tekumel.com and the unofficial site for BattleLore (no longer updated) at www.battleloremaster.com.

Please read BEFORE contacting me about my player aids:

I get a lot of emails with requests for particular game summaries and translations of existing ones. Please save us both some time and read the following:

Sorry, due to an overwhelming number of requests, I don't have time to summarise particular games, or supply original art files to translators. If you still wish to do a translation, go ahead, but please credit my original work.

Let me explain. There was a time when I was happy to supply files to people who wanted to do translations. That very rapidly became a huge drain on my limited time. Not only did I have to organise ways to send people large files, then compress them and send them, but I had to field questions about program versions, export files to match whatever program version the translator had, and answer various questions about the way I'd set them up. Every request became a time-draining chore.

I'd have to be doing this as a full-time, paid job to have the time to fulfil all the translation requests and come up with new summaries and content. I've already done 240+ summmaries, and, including all the other gaming content I create for my site, it's all non-paid work (apart from the very occasional small donation to my website).

I've also been asked, why not create some sort of template? Well, the reason my sheets are appreciated, I would venture, is that they are done by a professional graphic designer and writer. There are countless subtleties to each sheet that would not survive 'templatization'. Did you know that every sheet is the size that best fits the amount of content? That every column of text lines up perfectly? That I sometimes write and rewrite to come up with the most succinct way to express a paragraph of rules text in just a sentence? That fonts and colours usually match the game design? There's a lot of work behind the scenes. As much as I'd love to hand off some of that work to others, the quality level just couldn't be maintained.

Hope this answers any questions satisfactorily and glad you enjoy my sheets!

And please don't contact me to get artwork, scans, answers to rules questions, inside info ... that's what the forums are for.

For those who choose to print in B&W, I do have B&W versions of a few of my summaries available at the Esoteric Order of Gamers. I won't be making B&W versions of all the summaries I've already done, however.

Geek of the Week #105 (Sep 9-15, 2007) http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/206712

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User Details for UniversalHead
Registration Date: 2004-08-30
Last Profile Update: 2016-03-14
Last Login: 2016-05-04
Country: flag Australia
State: NSW
Town/City: Sydney
Website: http://www.universalhead.com
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