Freelance Forge began as a web forum for role-playing game freelancers. Founded in March 2014 by RPG Superstar finalist Mike Kimmel, the community quickly grew to include over 30 freelance designers.
We aim to be the leading community and resource for role-playing game freelancers. If you have any ideas for features or improvements, please let us know.
Mike Kimmel, the founder of Freelance Forge, is a freelance game designer and teacher. He particularly enjoys writing RPG content for GMs, such as Pathfinder Society Scenarios, monsters, and modules, but he has also written nearly 300 feats for third-party publishers, plus a smattering of magic items, spells, and the like. He has been a GM for 15 years, met his wife because of Dungeons & Dragons, and plans to teach his future children the dark art of GameMastering as soon as they’re able to drop dice. He attends PaizoCon every year, and is always happy to meet up and chat about games and freelancing.
Kiel Howell has been freelancing for various third party publishers for a few years now. He currently resides in the northwest of Ohio, with his 7 rentless roommates (wife, daighter, son, and 4 dogs). He’s been gaming in various mediums since he was 4. He doesn’t mind guns in his fantasy, likes to pit kaiju against each other, and has a hard time saying no to volunteering. His credits include work published by Fat Goblin Games, Flying Pincushion Games, Raging Swan Press, Wayfinder, and he made Top 32 in RPG Superstar Season 9.
Jacob W. Michaels has been gaming for more than 30 years, since he was introduced to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons in the third grade. A newspaper editor in eastern Pennsylvania, he’s a two-time finalist in Paizo’s RPG Superstar, making the Top 16 in 2012 and 2014. In addition to writing or contributing to numerous five-star products from Raging Swan, he has published a module, Ironwall Gap Must Hold, with AdventureaWeek.com and had a wondrous item appear in Paizo’s Daughters of Fury adventure. His work has also appeared in products from Flying Pincushion Games, Jon Brazer Enterprises, Louis Porter Jr. Design, Rogue Genius Games, Rusted Iron Games and several Wayfinders.
Douglas Schaub is a first year PhD student at Stony Brook University. When not synthesizing moon rocks, he pursues a wide range of gaming activities, from RPGs to miniature wargames and computer game modding. He has contributed to several entries in Drop Dead Studio’s Spheres of Power line, and has also written for Outland Entertainment.
Jeffrey Swank started at freelancing in 2014, since that time he has had the opportunity to contribute to numerous Frog God game products, Fat Goblin games, Dreamscarred Press, Flaming Crab games, Purple Duck Games, Outland Entertainment, several Wayfinder issues, made it to Top 8 in Paizo’s RPG Superstar contest, and has a monster going to print in the next Paizo Adventure Path. Recently he has had the privilege to work as developer on Richard Pett’s latest 550k word adventure path The Blight, which has already made $55,000 in kickstarter pledges!
Andrew Umphrey started freelancing as a result of his top-32 performance in paizo’s RPG Superstar 2014 contest. In addition to having his magic item from that contest appear in paizo’s module Daughters of Fury, he has had content appear in Wayfinder 13 and the recently released Villain Codex I by Outland Entertainment. When not thinking about RPGs, he enjoys basketball, board games, cats, and long walks around Minnehaha Falls in his home state of Minnesota.
Nick Wasko is a third year MD/PhD student currently at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He devotes most of his time to his academics, pursuing interests in neuroscience research. When not studying, Nick enjoys reading, writing, exploring the wilderness with his girlfriend, and performing improvisational comedy – all of which synergize with his love for the Pathfinder RPG. Nick made his professional writing debut with Raging Swan Press, and recently won Paizo’s ninth season of the RPG Superstar contest. In addition to his new projects with Paizo, he continues to write homebrew material with his identical twin brother Chris, and is looking forward to more opportunities to contribute to the Pathfinder RPG community.