Emanuel Garcia

Who am I?

I am a Mechanical Engineer with over 5-years of experience in the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical industries. Now, I am a narrative designer and project manager with a passion for storytelling. As an engineer, I learned the importance of quality and collaboration. Compromise and acceptance are keys to a happy team; I strive for that. The more we learn from each other, in culture or pursuits, the more we build as a team.

I have experience in narrative design and project management for tabletop RPGs and video games. Nothing else excites me more than designing interactive media for players to experience. I fully commit to creating immersive stories. You can follow my work on Twitter and Patreon as Mr. Stidz. I’m also a team member at Cyberpunk Day. We manage cyberpunk content from talented creators and showcase them every year online!

What can I do for you?

I provide Narrative Design and Game Design consultation and freelance writing services for tabletop and video game projects. I prepare lore documents, character sheetsscripts, and game-balancing spreadsheets (economy, rewards, damages, etc.) I also design branching narrative prototypes using Twine or Articy Draft. Moreover, I design tabletop RPG adventures and encounters for d20 systems and more. You can find my published content through DriveThruRPG and Patreon. For more information, contact me directly by email at egarciacruz@outlook.com.

Writing Samples

In-Game Scene: Script Format (6 pages)

Designed for the tutorial level of Greater Powers (MMORPG)

Character Barks: Character Sheet (2 pages)

Created as a sample from the MMORPG, Greater Powers.

Quest Design for Cyberpunk 2077: Flowchart (1 page)

Created as a sample from the open world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077 (side quest – gig, “Homecoming”) by CD Projekt Red. Quest inspired by my Cyberpunk Red adventure.

Twine Game: Branching Dialogue (16 minutes)

Created and designed as a personal project set in the world of Mega Building One.

Item & Creature Descriptions: List (1 page)

Created for Legends of Venari BYOPills Collaboration Event.

Prose & Game Writing: Lore Article (7 minutes)

Created for the Legends of Venari marketing team, “The Hunt for Vilovi”

Portfolio

Legends of Venari is a monster-catching RPG available to play on PC and Mobile.

Role: Game Designer / Narrative Designer

  • Proofread and edited in-game texts such as monster and item descriptions.
  • Designed systems such as spawning, leveling, and economy using Excel.
  • Assisted with the planning of world-building content for the upcoming full release.

Greater Powers is an upcoming skyship epic-fantasy MMORPG coming to Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PC.

Role: Narrative Designer

  • Designed storyboards for the cinematic animation demo.
  • Collaborated with the Creative Lead and 2D Artists for the completion of scripts and storyboards.
  • Mentored other team members on the basics of narrative design.

Behbes Adventures is an upcoming action-adventure platformer coming to PC.

Role: Narrative Designer

  • Created lore documents and character sheets.
  • Wrote character dialogue and storylines. 
  • Designed sample level designs according to the narrative.

Mega Building One is a tabletop role-playing game system-agnostic cyberpunk setting and adventure.

Role: Writer / Producer

  • Wrote and designed a 60-page document filled with game mechanics and lore.
  • Designed the book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Managed over a dozen playtesters with constructive criticism and feedback. 
  • Liaised with editors and artists for the completion of this project.

CRIME CITY is a tabletop role-playing game system agnostic adventure.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a simple system where Game Masters can implement their preferred ruleset.
  • Created original mini-games using dice.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Created lore, character backgrounds, locations, encounters, and dialogue.
  • Hired and managed freelancers to edit text and create art for this module.

The Emerald is a tabletop role-playing game system agnostic adventure.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a simple system where Game Masters can implement their preferred ruleset.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Created lore, character backgrounds, locations, encounters, and dialogue.
  • Hired and managed freelancers to edit text and design maps.
  • Graphic Designed promotions and banners for social media using Microsoft Office.

Chill Mist Valley is a tabletop role-playing game scenario based on the D&D 5e system by Wizards of the Coast.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a stat block for a Fey monster with a challenge rating of 13.
  • Created character profile and lore for the Fey monster, Rosemarinia.
  • Wrote a short story (1124 words) about Rosemarinia and the Fey court.

Dead Lotus is an upcoming cyberpunk tabletop role-playing game adventure in partnership with Cybernation Uncensored.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Wrote and designed a 34-page document filled with lore, characters, and dialogue.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Liaised with a cyberpunk game publisher for the acquisition of artists and editors.
  • Managed project with publisher and pushed creative direction for the completion of this project.

Legends of Venari is a monster-catching RPG available to play on PC and Mobile.

Role: Game Designer / Narrative Designer

  • Proofread and edited in-game texts such as monster and item descriptions.
  • Designed systems such as spawning, leveling, and economy using Excel.
  • Assisted with the planning of world-building for the upcoming full release.

Greater Powers is an upcoming skyship epic-fantasy MMORPG coming to Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and Steam.

Role: Narrative Designer

  • Designed storyboards for the cinematic animation demo.
  • Collaborated with the Creative Lead and 2D Artists for the completion of scripts and storyboards.
  • Mentored other team members on the basics of narrative design.

Behbes Adventures is an upcoming action-adventure platformer coming to PC.

Role: Narrative Designer

  • Created lore documents and character sheets.
  • Wrote character dialogue and storylines. 
  • Designed sample level designs according to the narrative.

Mega Building One is a tabletop role-playing game system-agnostic cyberpunk setting and adventure.

Role: Writer / Producer

  • Wrote and designed a 60-page document filled with game mechanics and lore.
  • Designed the book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Managed over a dozen playtesters with constructive criticism and feedback. 
  • Liaised with editors and artists for the completion of this project.

CRIME CITY is a tabletop role-playing game system agnostic adventure.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a simple system where Game Masters can implement their preferred ruleset.
  • Designed original mini-games using dice.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Created lore, character backgrounds, locations, encounters, and dialogue.
  • Hired and managed freelancers to edit text and create art for this module.

The Emerald is a tabletop role-playing game system agnostic adventure.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a simple system where Game Masters can implement their preferred ruleset.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Created lore, character backgrounds, locations, encounters, and dialogue.
  • Hired and managed freelancers to edit text and create maps for this module.
  • Graphic Designed promotions and banners for social media using Microsoft Office.

Chill Mist Valley is a tabletop role-playing game scenario based on the D&D 5e system by Wizards of the Coast.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Designed a stat block for a Fey monster with a challenge rating of 13.
  • Created character profile and lore for the Fey monster, Rosemarinia.
  • Wrote a short story (1124 words) about Rosemarinia and the Fey court.

Dead Lotus is an upcoming cyberpunk tabletop role-playing-game adventure in partnership with Cybernation Uncensored.

Role: Game Designer / Writer

  • Wrote and designed a 34-page document filled with lore, characters, and dialogue.
  • Designed book layout using Microsoft Office.
  • Liaised with a cyberpunk game publisher for the acquisition of artists and editors.
  • Managed project with publisher and pushed creative direction for the completion of this project.

Production Samples

An original narrative design presentation was created to inspire aspiring designers around the world. We discuss the definition of narrative design, what skills are necessary, and how to get started in the field.

Thank you to special guests Colin McComb, Mateusz Tomaskiewicz, Nick Jones, Shirley McPhaul, Simon Geaudroult, and Matthew A. Goodwin! In addition to talking about narrative design, we also delve into the topic of the video game industry in Puerto Rico.

Role: Producer

  • Interviewed and networked well-known designers, writers, and academics of the industry.
  • Video and audio edited the presentation using Da Vinci Resolve and Audacity.
  • Designed the presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Wrote video script (3166 words).
  • Recorded voice-over using Audacity.
  • Created a time management spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. 

Terraternity is a thematic cooperative board game designed for 2 to 6 players.

Work together to lower CO₂ emissions strategically and create Power Plants across the planet to Save Terra! Fight climate change as 1 of 4 characters and stack cubes to avoid any Natural Disasters that may tumble down to Earth.

Role: Producer / Copywriter

  • Copywrote social media posts and Kickstarter page.
  • Translated rule book from English to Spanish.
  • Liaised with editors, photographers, and actors to produce a 60-second video.
  • Designed and copywrote email promotions to promote Kickstarter launch.
  • Organized weekly meetings with the project director to establish tasks prior to the Kickstarter launch.

Cyberpunk Day is an online event to celebrate the genre and all its contributors and creators such as Mike Pondsmith, William Gibson, and Philip K. Dick.

Me and, co-founder of Cyberpunk Day, Matthew A. Goodwin, organized an interview session with Mike Pondsmith from R. Talsorian Games.

Role: Producer

  • Coordinated interview with Media Ambassador of R. Talsorian Games.
  • Designed interview questions in accordance with the theme of Cyberpunk Day and R. Talsorian Games’ IP.
  • Conducted interview with Matthew A. Goodwin through Zoom.

HighShelfCollective ran a charity event under the Trevor Project to support the LGBTQ+ community.

I ran a Cyberpunk Red game session, The Crow Bar, with 4 other members of the HSC team.

Role: Game Master

  • Wrote an original one-shot adventure called The Crow Bar available to download on Patreon.
  • Game Mastered a 4-hour session with 4 other players using the Cyberpunk Red system.
  • Created several game scenarios with a variety of battle maps and character tokens using Roll20.