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We’re a small team. Everyone wears many hats, and we seek input and feedback from everyone on the team. We all get a voice on any and all things we care about, and everyone’s opinion is deeply valued and respected. To that end, we’re looking for other folks who are highly collaborative and communicative. We set egos aside and invite open feedback and discussion. Creativity is an iterative process, and we all understand that we’re on the same team working together to make the best possible experience for our players. Our collective brain is better than any of our brains individually.

Flexibility and work-life balance are very important to us. We believe happy, healthy developers make better games—full stop. You have commitments and passions outside of work and games, and so do we! We’ve all done the crunch treadmill, and we want to build something better. Games are cool, but life is cool too.

As a powerful emotional medium, games can provide hope, introspection, and positivity. All creative works carry a message, and it’s important to consider the social and ethical ramifications of what we make. We know that the best way to do this is with a diverse team, so we especially encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Our team works on video chat during core hours to emulate the feel of working in a “real” physical office; so we’ll need you to be within a North American time zone (PST–ATL).

 

LEAD WRITER

We are looking for an experienced writer with strong editorial skills to help us create an engrossing story within a narrative-focused simulation game. As our head writer, you will work with the narrative design team to establish narrative goals and standards, then lead a team of writers in executing that vision.

This paid position will be for the remaining development of the project, approximately 18 months. Our team works on remote video chat during core hours to emulate the feel of working in a “real” physical office, concurrent with North American time zones (PST–ATL) and we’ll need you to do that too.

We’re looking for people who can collaborate, communicate, and consider the perspectives of others while maintaining autonomy over their own decisions.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with narrative design to create and uphold standards for tone, mood, and worldbuilding
  • Lead brainstorms and writers’ rooms to create engaging character arcs and thought-provoking narrative scenarios
  • Outline, write, revise, and proofread narrative scenarios for an emergent narrative system
  • Mentor other writers to improve dialogue and exposition copy
  • Provide edits to unify tone/voice


ESSENTIAL

  • 3+ years writing experience on narrative-focused commercial game projects
  • Editing experience at all stages of the editorial process from structural edits to proofreading
  • Deep understanding of storytelling form and techniques
  • Strong ability to write tight, impactful prose and dialogue in a variety of voices
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to give good, constructive, actionable feedback
  • Ethos for iteration and the ability to receive constructive feedback without egoism


PREFERABLE

  • Experience leading brainstorms and writers’ rooms
  • Familiarity with systems-driven narrative games or interactive fiction
  • Familiarity with sim/strategy/resource management games
  • Love for philosophical quandaries and thoughts on what makes us human


WRITING SAMPLE

Please submit a writing sample of up to 2000 words that demonstrates your ability to write snappy, compelling dialogue and engrossing prose. You may submit multiple pieces for up to a total of 2000 words. Samples may be playable pieces, screenplays, short stories, or a combination thereof, but at least one should showcase substantial sections of dialogue.


To Apply

If you think you’d be a good addition to the team, we’d love to hear from you! Please send us an email at hiring@sonderluststudios.com with your résumé, writing sample, a few paragraphs about yourself and why you’d like to join, and any other links or info that might be relevant and give us a sense for who you are.


GAME DESIGNER

We are looking for an experienced Game Designer with a strong systems focus who can work with the design team to implement, test and balance gameplay systems on a sim/strategy game that emphasizes creating emergent narrative.

This paid position will be for the remaining development of the project, approximately 18 months. Our team works on remote video chat during core hours to emulate the feel of working in a “real” physical office, concurrent with North American time zones (PST–ATL) and we’ll need you to do that too.

We’re looking for people who can collaborate, communicate, and consider the perspectives of others while maintaining autonomy over their own decisions.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Brainstorm, implement and iterate on strategy/resource management gameplay systems for the purpose of creating player-driven emergent narratives
  • Identify unanswered questions in the game design and propose/implement prototypes to answer those questions
  • Communicate with the engineering team to improve on design-facing tools, i.e. be a fierce advocate for ways you can work more efficiently with tool support
  • Gather playtest data (both qualitative and quantitative) and make recommendations about changes and additions to be made based on these findings


ESSENTIAL

  • Design experience on a published systems-heavy commercial game project
  • Familiarity with sim/strategy/resource management games
  • Comfort with playtesting and iterating, both individually and with team/external feedback


PREFERABLE

  • Experience with Unity (or an equivalent modern commercial game engine)
  • Comfort with scripting languages and/or spreadsheets
  • Love for philosophical quandaries and thoughts on what makes us human


TO APPLY

If you think you’d be a good addition to the team, we’d love to hear from you! Please send us an email at hiring@sonderluststudios.com with your résumé, a few paragraphs about yourself and why you’d like to join, and any other links or info that might be relevant and give us a sense for who you are.