Role: Writer, Social Media Manager
Jan 2020 - June 2021, Team of 15
A bright, whimsical, award-winning capstone game about magical skateboarding and community.
Released on Steam and Itch.io with 8,000+ downloads. Won Excellence in Visual Art, Production, and Peer Choice Awards.
Write & implement quest dialogue and one-liners with Yarnspinner in Unity
Design and document quirky, beloved characters
Create a lasagna-themed familiarity system
Research gender diversity and connections with magic, community, and skating
Contribute to and edit festival applications
Manage social media, build relations with content creators. Create hip memes!
Romantic Rainbow Delights
March 2020, Team of 9
Ice cream-themed dating sim made in a week for NotGDC Game Jam with 9,900+ browser plays.
Concept storylines and write branching dialogue for love interest character with 3 endings
Learn Fungus tool to implement dialogue into Unity
Collaborate with other writers on narrative design and incorporate feedback from professional editor
Playable in-browser: nessathewriter.itch.io/romantic-rainbow-delights
Role: Solo Dev
Sep 2017 - Jul 2020
IndieCade-nominated, NYT-featured wholesome dating sim card game (1,000+ digital downloads) for roleplaying destined lovers across spacetime.
Awarded Melbourne Queer Games Fest Bronze, Koret Foundation Scholarship, and showcased in 7+ game festivals internationally, including Game Devs of Color Expo, Bit Bash, and QGCon.
Design, iterate, and polish core mechanics, game loop, rulebook based on playtest feedback
Write 70+ multiple choice scenario cards and design 14+ diverse characters
Print and play: jellolin.itch.io/queering-spacetime
tiny rainbow rebels
Role: Solo Dev
Short cozy narrative game about a tiny frog in a leather jacket vest after defeating the rich with motorcycle tricks.
Write 80+ freeform branches in Twine
Featured in GDC Indie Showcase, Queer Games Conference, PAX Aus Diversity Lounge
850+ browser plays
Awarded Zeitgeist Award at UCSC Games Showcase for “speaking to the current cultural movement”
Playable in-browser: jellolin.itch.io/tiny-frog
Carla Only Likes Things Because They're Gay
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019
A 15 minute romantic comedy play selected for UCSC Chautauqua Festival.
Carla has a crush on her roommate, but doesn't know if she's gay. Well-meaning teasing and clueless shenanigans ensue.
Besides writing and revising the script, I assisted with creative direction at weekly rehearsals. It was amazing to see it brought to life on stage and hear the laughs of the audience.
I pitched and wrote an article on Queer & Trans-formative Game Design and methods for envisioning better futures, which I was honored to have published in COLORBLOQ's Worldbuilding Collection.
I'm Toto, a multiple award-winning game writer.
I specialize in whimsical worldbuilding, quirky and diverse characters, and romance.
Below are highlighted projects with samples.