I’m John Scott Tynes, also known as Rev, a veteran creator and leader in games and interactive entertainment. I currently work at Wizards of the Coast (again) as a D&D Videogame Creative Director. Previously I was Executive Producer for Virtual Reality at Holospark and a Director at Microsoft helping students of all ages worldwide learn to code and build their technology skills through the programs I ran at Microsoft Imagine. Before that I was a Lead Game Designer at Microsoft Studios creating original Kinect games for children including Kinect Sesame Street TV as well as Xbox Live Arcade games including South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! and Full House Poker. I was the sole Producer for the Pirates of the Burning Sea MMO from Sony Online Entertainment and Flying Lab Software. And before all of that I founded Pagan Publishing and Armitage House and have worked or written for Bungie, Acclaim, Wizards of the Coast, Atlas Games, Steve Jackson Games, Daedalus Games, Chaosium, Salon, McSweeney’s Online, The Stranger, The Escapist, Tablet, and many other companies and publications.

My email address has not changed since 1998.

A nearly complete list of my credits follows.


Virtual Reality

The Impossible Travel Agency (Holospark, Executive Producer, Co-Director)

Séance: The Unquiet (Holospark, Executive Producer, Writer, Co-Director)

The Haunted Graveyard (Holospark, Executive Producer, Writer, Co-Director)


Project Columbia (Microsoft, Design Director)

Kinect Sesame Street TV (Microsoft, Concept Creator)

Crimson Alliance (Microsoft, Design Consultant)

Full House Poker (Microsoft, Lead Designer)

Game Room (Microsoft, Design Consultant)

Game Room: Pitfall (Microsoft, Mobile Design Consultant)

Game Room: Asteroids Deluxe (Microsoft, Mobile Design Consultant)

Game Room: Centipede (Microsoft, Mobile Design Consultant)

Game Room: Lunar Lander (Microsoft, Mobile Design Consultant)

Toy Soldiers (Microsoft, Design Consultant)

South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play (Microsoft, Lead Designer)

Pirates of the Burning Sea (Flying Lab Software, Producer, Content Lead, Game Designer)

Phoenix (Bungie, Lead Writer)

Magic: The Gathering — Battlemage (Acclaim, Lead Writer)

Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Delta Green: The Roleplaying Game (Co-Creator)

Puppetland (Creator/Designer)

Unknown Armies (Creator/Co-Designer)

Call of Cthulhu D20 (Co-Designer)

Call of Cthulhu Sourcebooks

The Golden Dawn (editor, co-author)

Mortal Coils (co-author)

Delta Green (editor, co-author)

Delta Green: Countdown (editor, co-author)

The Unspeakable Oath issue 16/17 (editor, co-author)

The Resurrected 3: Out of the Vault (co-author)

The Stars Are Right! (co-author)

Unknown Armies Sourcebooks

One Shots: Five Stand-Alone Scenarios (editor, co-author)

Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The New Inquisition Sourcebook (editor)

Postmodern Magick: The Unnatural Sourcebook (editor, co-author)

Statosphere: The Invisible Clergy Sourcebook (editor, co-author)

Hush Hush: The Sleepers Sourcebook (editor, co-author)

Weep: Six Scenarios of Woe and Ruin (editor, co-author)

Ascension of the Magdalene (editor)

Break Today: The Mak Attax Sourcebook (editor)

To Go: A Campaign of Mythic Ascension (editor)

Penumbra Sourcebooks

Three Days to Kill (author)

In Nomine Sourcebooks

Revelations I: Night Music (co-author)

Revelations II: The Marches (co-author)

Revelations III: Heaven and Hell (co-author)

Liber Reliquarum: The Book of Relics (co-author)

Infernal Players Guide (co-author)

Superiors 4: Rogues to Riches (co-author)

Feng Shui Sourcebooks

Marked for Death (editor, co-author)

Back for Seconds (editor, co-author)

Pandemonium Sourcebooks

Stranger than Truth: Further Adventures in Tabloid World (co-author)

Over the Edge Sourcebooks

Wildest Dreams (co-author)

Board & Card Games

The Hills Rise Wild (co-designer)

Creatures & Cultists (co-designer)

Magic: The Gathering — Ice Age (writer)


Delta Green: Strange Authorities (author)

Rehearsals for Oblivion, Act I (short story author)

Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement (author)

Delta Green: Dark Theatres (co-editor, short story author)

Delta Green: Alien Intelligence (co-editor, short story author)

Singers of Strange Songs (short story author)

Made in Goatswood (short story author)


Family Games: The 100 Best (essay author)

Hobby Games: The 100 Best (essay author)

Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media [ read online ] (essay author)

videogame commentary for weekly online magazine The Escapist (author)

Death to the Minotaur: How Wizards of the Coast sacrificed its geeky, Gothic, sex-for-all idealism for Pokémon-size profits and Magic moola [ part 1 | part 2 ] (author)

Wiser Children: Two Years of Writing About Movies (author)

videogame reviews & commentary for Seattle weekly alternative newspaper The Stranger (author)

film criticism for Seattle biweekly alternative newspaper Tablet (author)


The Yellow Sign (screenwriter)

The Resurrectionist (editor)


Toy Soldiers Radio Serial (producer)

Civic Sinner: Spoken-Word Stories and Dispatches (author, reader)

Distortions (composer)


Revland circa 2000 A.D.