19th of February 2013

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this. At the moment, it’s all a bit empty around here. However, the plan is to update at least once a week, so before long this place will be filled with lots of stuff to read. What kind of things will I write about? Well, let me quickly introduce myself and then answer that question.

It is the year 2013 (wow, that sounds futuristic) – I am a thirty six year old scientist, emerging writer and game designer. Let me elaborate: I completed a Diplom in electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen and earned my PhD in electrical engineering at Imperial College London. Currently I am working as a researcher for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, whose claim to fame, among other things, is MP3. In my spare time, I’ve always written stories, having taken part in two open calls hosted by Wizards of the Coast. I have won my game design spurs with the PC game “XPLOSIVE“, which is a dynablasters clone developed by Mark A. Hillebrand, Christian Heuser and myself in 1995.

Considering my hobbies, I will mostly write about the art of writing, game design and my life. Specifically I will comment on my work in progress, a fantasy novel titled “Age of Torridan”. Other than that, I am designing games every now and then. Since you cannot be creative in a vacuum, I also tend to play a lot of games. In one of the next blog posts we’ll take a look at what makes games work and then how other people have implemented this. Eventually I’ll show some of my own designs, once I have new material.

Until the next time,

Kai Herbertz

3 thoughts on “First!

  1. Sarah Sheila (@sarahsheila) February 19, 2013 at 22:37


  2. chunkyrook February 20, 2013 at 08:08

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I’ve been re-playing Diablo 3 and the story made me think about taking up creative writing … not in earnest, mind you, because unlike you I don’t have the perseverance and, quite frankly, the English to write anything near decent, but the story and questing of Diablo 3 seemed to me so hackneyed and clumsy that for a brief moment I thought even I could do better ;) Looking forward to your posts! — C

    • kaiherbertz February 20, 2013 at 08:20

      Ah, the chunkyrook!
      You are far too modest, writing something a lot better than decent shouldn’t be a problem for you. At all. In fact, I’m always surprised that you are not working on a novel.
      All the best,

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