Dave Neale Play Researcher Board Game Designer

As a game designer, I specialise in narrative and mystery games, or 'interactive fiction'. I've designed board games for Asmodee, Ravensburger, iello and Space Cowboys, among others, and had a lot of fun doing it.

As an academic, I'm an Affiliate of the Centre for Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at the University of Cambridge, where I teach the psychology of play. I provide consultancy services for people who want to understand the evidence on play for policy formation, staff training or product development, and have worked with the LEGO Foundation, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, and the United States Military Operations Research Society. In 2019, I contributed to the United Nations' 'Playing for the Planet' initiative, to develop a game to help galvanise action on climate change. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I also play guitar, and once wrote a playAnd I've been playing board games all my life...

For all academic and consultancy enquires, please use this email.

For all game design and fiction writing enquiries, please use this email.

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