Although we here at Nerdy City maintain a collective forty-plus years in the game industry, we remain on the cutting edge of design and social offline gaming. We’re artists, writers, creators, LARPers, video gamers, and above all, designers.
R.M. Sean Jaffe is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer, who has written for such various companies as Warner Brothers, Fringe Majority, Hendrick’s Gin, White Wolf, Vogster Entertainment, and Griptonite Games. His work has been featured in several games including White Wolf’s World of Darkness, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, CrimeCraft, Dystopia Rising, and most recently Eschaton Media’s newest release, Chronos. He lives in Jersey City with his wife and an affable if poorly-behaved dog. He maintains an un-ironic love of comics, games, heavy metal, and 80’s toys which is directly at odds with his fear and apprehension about pastel colors.
For a bass player, Joshua Brain Jaffe is one hell of a graphic designer. Joshua has been designing for bands, fashion, websites and games for over two decades now, but don’t do the math and realize how old he must be. A self taught talent, He believes every millimeter you see should hold meaning and purpose, or at least wants you to believe it does. Every logo, symbol, page and cover has been lovingly poured over at 6400% magnification, or as he puts it: “I like to make evil things pretty.”
He’s also well regarded for his eclectic taste in music and fashion, riding his bicycle and his flair for outrageous facial hair. He can often be found defending Jersey City’s superiority over Brooklyn and explaining at length how he feels hipster is a nebulous insult at this point.
One day he may even succeed in getting someone to believe him.
Megan is a costume builder for NYU and was one of the playtesters on (and inhabitants of) the original Chez Geek. Recently, she’s been keeping herself busy as Eschaton Medias’ resident Editor-In Chief, carefully making sure all of the books, novels, and games are up to her high standards. She’s an avid gamer and an expert at keeping things on track. She specializes, obviously, in costuming, although she has a gift for research and story as well.
She is awesome and tiny.
Ian Powell is actually 3 bears sewn together wearing a people suit. He lifts things for Nerdy City. Sometimes he eats a member. Mainly he’s well behaved. Ian is also the Coordination Director for Dystopia Rising: New Jersey, and a writer for Eschaton Media. Sometimes he makes funny voices, and pours drinks. His debut album with his band, Plank Fight, “Scurvy” is currently on Billboards Top Ten Albums That Don’t Exist list. It is rumored that his beard tastes like gummi worms, and cures the blues.
Gia Grillo is the Social Media liaison and meme doyenne for Nerdy City. She is a writer living and working in the shadow of New York City. She spends most of her time staring into a tv showing terrible movies and drinking coffee which she then processes into a slurry of over-processed, twice-baked madness she calls poetry.
David Groveman is a novelist and improv comedian. While by day he manages to masquerade as a responsible adult-type person, but by night… he’s usually asleep by 10:00. David is a storyteller for Sacred Grounds Gaming, a member of Lunatic Fringe (New Jersey’s longest running improv comedy troupe), he’s a published author, blogger for Mets360.com and has had a series of plays produced in New York City. You can usually find him looking down his nose at the selection of bourbon behind the bar, speaking in silly voices or wrecking people at X-Wing. When David grows up he hopes to be taller than he is right now.
Eschaton Media is the company that publishes the groundbreaking Chronos Roleplaying System™ that we use to run our games. Most of us are also a part of it, so it’s safe to say we’re all fans. They also make a bunch of other great games, like the Dystopa Rising Tabletop series, Tempus Omni, Project: Paradigm and others!
Sacred Grounds LARP
Sacred Grounds LARP is the group that runs the fantasy meets steampunk world during the Age of Exploration in the world of Aularia. A lightest-touch boffer LARP that is run by a large number of experienced storytellers who wish to hand the power to the players. Check out their site for more info on this wonderful, warm community below!
Phoenix Outlaw Productions
The group at Phoenix Outlaw Productions are no-holds barred, take no prisoners bunch, focused on designing and creating great tabletop and live-action games. The experienced team has been to a huge number of events and cons in the past, not only to run games but to discuss game creation and design. For more info on the team and their most recent projects, visit the site!
Doomsday is a boffer LARP that is set in a wild and crazy Sci-Fi world where players can jump into … the FUTURE! Players work to bring order back to a world gone mad, where society has crumbled after cataclysmic events. The sky is certainly not the limit, as one can even visit the vast cosmos! Teleport to the site!
Eleventh Hour Productions
Eleventh Hour Productions is a LARP production company that is hell bent on delivering quality parlor LARPs throughout the tri-state area. They want to ensure that you are simply not just playing a game, but having an experience that can be remembered for being immersive and thrilling. For more info on upcoming events, look it up!
Imagine Nation Collective
A group of which we are a part of, the Imagine Nation Collective is a group that works to set standards in the greater LARPing community. We as a group work together to raise the bar in making an interactive, fun experience for all associated, and help grow the community around LARPing as a whole. For more information, click that link!
Dystopia Rising LLC
Dystopia Rising LLC is the company in charge of the post-apocalyptic LARP that has spread like wildfire. The founding members of DR are also in the talented group of Eschaton Media, listed above. Known for an immersive world with a large, networked player base, the game can be found on either side of the continental US and has crossed international boarders going north to our Canadian brethren as well. Like killing zombies, then shamble on over to the link!
Double Exposure runs some of the biggest and best gaming conventions on the east coast! Don’t take our word for it, visit one and find out for yourself.