Dennis Detwiller

Creative Director, Game Designer, Writer, Artist

Clients Include: Activision, Electronic Arts, Viacom, Lightstorm Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast, Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Sierra, Vivendi Universal, Ocean Pacific, Radical Entertainment, Emerald City Games, Darkhorse Comics, White Wolf Games, Steve Jackson Games, Hothead Games, PlayFirst, Green Ronin and more.

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Email: dennis.detwiller@me.com
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Nerd Culture: Respecting What Others Enjoy

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When I was a kid, being a nerd (and boy, was I ever a nerd) was about loving a lot of different weird stuff.


That’s it. You just went out there and loved stuff. The concept of nerd culture wasn’t formed enough “a thing” to do anything else. 

You’d find things — in the back of book stores, in the bargain bin at K-Mart, in the musty halls of the Compleat Strategist on 33rd (yes, that’s how you spell it). Things no one else knew about. 

Finding such things was like capturing some special kind of wildlife. Something you’d bring back in a box and take care of and study and take notes on. If you met like-minded people, you’d bring it out, you’d show it to them. Sometimes you’d even lend it to them.  

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THE SENSE OF THE SLEIGHT OF HAND MAN - PROGRESS!

THE SENSE OF THE SLEIGHT OF HAND MAN continues, struggling towards Bethlehem to be born. The writing is done. Shane is madly laying it all out. I am madly illustrating the last bits. MADNESS.

It’s grown and grown. It was supposed to be ~128 pages, and now it looks more like 200+ pages when all is said and done. I’m super excited to share it all with you. So, please spread the word to people you know. Download the first 88 pages for free below!

THE SENSE OF THE SLEIGHT OF HAND MAN pages 1 to 88.

For those who missed out on the Kickstarter, a print version will be available for general purchase post-launch, once all the contributors have received their copies. 

New Consoles: The End of the Road

Nintendo released the Wii U console in September, and since then, less than 3 million people have bought it. It sold less than 57k in January, making it the worst preforming console to date. 

Many consider the Wii U console already finished. 

Sony announced a console that promised “more of everything” without actually showing anything that couldn’t have been shown at the PS3 announcement in 2005. Microsoft will of course follow suit, chasing the living room crowd with a machine that apparently does it all, but mostly deals with media and TV in a grab for eyeballs.

Except, the world has already moved on. 

Markets always do this. They discover a niche, become as streamlined as they can to earn money in that niche, and then the niche shifts or vanishes altogether. Meanwhile, the stalwarts who occupied it, hang on to the past as a predictor of the future, and go down with the ship. They have no choice. They can’t change. Even the dwindling returns (or growing returns on a market that’s collapsing!) are too valuable not to pursue.  

When a business becomes big enough, its biggest threat is its own inertia.

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Keepers’ Korner - IMPOSSIBLE LANDSCAPES

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Oh, you know, just something I’ve been working on for awhile. I have a ton of these works (the Gilchrist Trust, a book on the Great Race of Yith as DG enemies/allies and a lot more). 

 

IMPOSSIBLE LANDSCAPES

Wherein Minds are Lost but Truth is Found

A Campaign of the King in Yellow, for Delta Green

"We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded. Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You’ll read them — or they’ll march."

—Charles Fort

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