Hi! My name’s Tim Gray and I live in Nottingham, UK.
Silver Branch Games is a business I set up back in 2002 to publish my material in print and electronic formats. The original spur for it was the Albion rpg concept – hence the name. Celtic bards were said to have carried a metal branch with little bells on it – bronze, silver or gold, depending on their rank. I went for ambition but not hubris. 😉 However, that extended process of working out how to make a game and getting burned out several times led to other tangents, so actually the first thing I published was Legends Walk.
I like playing with ideas, and there’s usually a mythological element in there somewhere. As an approach to products I strongly favour attention to detail and user-friendliness, so the information is easy to access and take on board. In system design I want elegance, aiming for involving and interesting play without the rules taking over. Some experiments manage it better than others!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bit about me
I’ve had a varied history of jobs and self-employment relating to writing, editing, project coordination and admin, self-publishing and web design. I’ve worked for environmental projects, charities, and helped microbusinesses find their brand and share their message.
I’ve been into roleplaying games with varying degrees of seriousness since at least 1985, and have played all kinds of things. My faves tend to involve an element of myth and symbolism; ‘what is going on here?’; and rules that reflect the setting without eating up brain resources. But sometimes a bout of kung fuing goblins is good too, and fortunately these days we can do it with less bean-counting. I’m also fond of board games, in the bracket from light elegant strategy to euro but not too many plastic spaceships. I’m occasionally spotted at UK game conventions.