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Hello, I'm Richard! I write games and words that people seem to like, including 'mercurial' and 'lens'. Maybe I can write some for you? My inbox is always open.

Richard Cobbett
Freelance Writer / Narrative Designer

Who Heck Richard? ↴

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Let's see. I've been a professional writer since folks were fretting about the Millennium Bug and a full-time freelancer since before that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that never seemed to come to much. I like to think that suggests people like what I do. I spent the first decade and a bit in the tech and games journalism trenches, writing for magazines and websites like PC Gamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Edge, PC Plus, and many more. These days I primarily work as a freelance games writer and designer, focusing on narrative-heavy projects like RPGs and adventures, designing mechanics and creating worlds, as well as handling scripts and giving NPCs 50 different ways to say 'ouch'. I work remotely, though can on-site for the right project. My rates are based on Writer's Guild of Great Britain recommendations for ongoing projects, with contributions handled on a case-by-case basis.

Nice Things Said ↴

“Indeed, one of the best things about Sunless Sea, apart from its beautifully crafted elder-horror stories, fantastically drawn artwork and generally creepy atmosphere, is the feeling that the decisions you make within the game are shaping the narrative, and that by playing, you are writing yourself into that story.”

The Guardian, Sunless Sea