K.G. Orphanides - CV

I exchange words, sounds and games for varying amounts of money. My journalistic areas of interest include incredibly strange YouTube children's videosincipient nuclear annihilation, open source software, cybersecurity and computer hardware.

My copy is accurate, clean and reliably on time. I'm also an experienced editor and project manager, with bonus skills in audio and video production.

You can find me talking about old games on Twitter and making new ones on itch.io and Mighty Owlbear

For weird fiction and cosmic horror of dubious merit and statistically significant body counts, see elsewhere on this site

For comissions, tips, interview requests, press releases or anything else you might need me for, please email kg@wyrdsmith.co.uk.



Employment History

1997 to date: Freelance writer, editor and technology consultant

News, review and feature content has appeared in online and print publications including the UK edition of WIRED (as a contributing editor) and its WIRED Awake daily newsletter, the Raspberry Pi Foundation's MagPi and Wireframe magazines, Trusted ReviewsLinux Journal, Rock Paper Shotgun, Cloud ProIT ProExpert Reviews, Roads & Kingdoms, Shifting Grounds, ComputerActive, Custom PC, Bit-Tech.net, Computer Buyer and PC Zone.

Advertising copywriting clients include help4IT, Nuance Communications, Dennis Publishing, Conde Nast, Kaspersky Lab, Dell, BT, Microsoft and Asus.

Video production and presentation for the Big Box PC Game Collectors.

Fiction publications include Deeper Roots, Rowan and Burning Stars (recommended in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 7) for The Lovecraft eZine.


2016 to date: Game developer and writer

Releases include Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending (a parser text adventure developed in Quest), The Road to Adventure (an adventure gamebook developed in Twine to accompany a tutorial in issue 64 of The MagPi) and Winter's Heart (a Twine text and graphics narrative piece).

Current projects include Deck of Bards' Wolf at the Door, where I'm responsible for developing and implementing audio systems, creating ambient sounds and working with other team members to produce and appropriately place music.


2009 to 2016: Co-founder & Trustee, The Queer Alternative

    • Co-founded and grew the membership of this LGBT+ community group from under 10 people to a group of over 400 active volunteers across the UK

    • Oversaw the development of community outreach programs liaising with venues, clubs and educational establishments

    • Managed the process of raising and budgeting over £3,000 annually, enabling TQA to enter the only community float in the Pride in London parade of 2014

    • Took on a role as a trustee in 2015 when the group filed documents to become a small charity

    • Served as IT manager between 2015 and 2017, setting up and maintaining a cloud-based infrastructure to facilitate communication between trustees, organisers and members around the UK


2007 – 2014: Senior staff writer, Computer Shopper & Expert Reviews (Dennis Publishing) 

Produced a wide range of content for both print and the web, including reviews, news and large-scale features on subjects ranging from Android security and PC system building to the irritation value of mobile phones at metal gigs. Other responsibilities included editing features and participating in the proofing and sub-editing stages of the magazine’s production cycle

  • Member of the team that made Expert Reviews the fastest-growing Dennis Publishing tech website of 2012 and 2013

  • Seconded to assist in setting up Dennis Technology Labs, an internationally recognised anti-malware testing facility

  • Promoted from staff writer in 2008

  • Dennis Publishing editorial employee of the month in April 2009

  • Developed detailed testing methodologies for audio and printing hardware

  • Supervised freelance contributors and helped to mentor interns and new staff writers

  • Developed and maintained good working relationships with PR and corporate contacts


2006 – 2007: Contributing editor, irreality.net

Wrote and edited descriptive content for core site features, produced articles and maintained forum areas on this niche social network startup.


2004 – 2005: Hardware building & sales, Abbey Computers

Construction of basic & custom computer systems for the consumer market.

 

2001 – 2002: Lead action games reviewer, ZDnet Downloads.com (Ziff-Davis)

Worked to exacting deadlines and word counts to produce game and software reviews for an American audience. 



 Skills

Project management: Communication, scheduling, budgeting, team management, events management, marketing & PR, fundraising


General computing: Linux and FOSS, Windows, image editing, MIDI & digital audio production, video editing, network and server administration, LAMP, HTML5, JavaScript


Editorial: News and feature writing, commissioning, editing, reviews and testing, interviewing, media analysis and fact-checking, online video production & editing, proofreading, sub-editing, advertising copywriting

Languages: English, French, Greek