My name is Rowan Ryder McDonald-Nyland, and I’m a game designer.

I’ve loved games as long as I can remember – I was lucky enough to be born in the early 90s, which gave me plenty of time to play an ungodly amount of SNES, then Nintendo 64, then PS1, and so on.

I knew fairly early that I wanted to be a game designer, and I spent a fair bit of my free time in school designing levels and small games in Valve’s Hammer Editor and in Game Maker.

After a brief stint in the film industry as a boom swinger and camera operator, I decided I’d love to do something in games as a career and earned my Bachelor of Game Design in 2015 at SAE Melbourne. During uni, I also managed to earn a couple of credits on produced titles at a company called Good Game Entertainment.

Since then, I’ve gone on to work as a game designer at Torus Games, and have worked on five titles; four have since shipped, and I was the only designer working on two of them.

I plan to continue designing games until I physically can’t for whatever reason, in which case I’ll go back to just playing them.

Thanks a lot for reading and visiting my site! You can get in touch with me via the Contact Page if you have any comments or questions.

Cheers,
Rowan

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