Lead Systems Designer

The Game Band
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Posted
September 21, 2022
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

Our Values

The Game Band is dedicated to making games that reflect the diverse world we live in, which means fostering an environment and community that reflects our world too. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to ensuring our company is an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming place to work.

The Role

The Game Band is seeking a Lead Systems Designer to help craft an absurdist horror fantasy baseball experience: Blaseball. You’ll be a core part of building the emergent narrative simulation that drives the game experience, in charge of turning wild narrative ideas into concrete systems.

As Lead Systems Designer you will:

  • Design and balance emergent narrative systems for a live simulation that a mass audience can affect in real time
  • Manage the intersection of our simulation's systems, keeping the emergent possibility space within the overall game’s tone and vision
  • Collaborate closely with the narrative team to ideate and iterate upon narrative systems
  • Clearly document and diagram your systemic designs
  • Serve as a conduit between the narrative and engineering teams

 

What success looks like:

  • You feel empowered to make significant changes and additions to Blaseball’s core simulation
  • Your systems work in concert across the entire simulation ecosystem and do not feel isolated
  • Your systems widen the emergent narrative possibility space while staying thematically clear
  • You build upon other designers’ ideas as much as your own
  • The rest of the team is easily able to translate your designs into concrete actionable items

Requirements:

  • At least four years of professional games industry experience in Game Design
  • Professional design experience as a Systems Designer or equivalent title
  • Experience writing design documentation
  • Experience prototyping in code, and with web development technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript, React) in general
  • The ability to clearly articulate your design reasoning in verbal and written form

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience designing for a live game
  • Advanced knowledge of Figma and/or Notion
  • A background in creative writing or narrative design
  • A general understanding of baseball

How to Apply:

To apply, email us your resume and feel free to include any details about yourself that you'd like to share. We are accepting applications ongoing as of right now but check back frequently for deadlines and updates. As we grow we will be posting new positions, and we will try to respond to as many applicants as we can.

About 
The Game Band
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The Game Band is a fully remote studio, currently making the popular internet sensation / cultural event Blaseball. Previously, TGB launched Where Cards Fall, winner of the Apple Design Award in 2020.

With Blaseball seeing viral success, TGB is excited to grow the team! We are hiring a number of key roles, looking for folks who will take ownership building systems and teams that will ensure a bright future for Blaseball.

If you aren’t familiar with Blaseball that’s ok; Blaseball is an absurdist, player-driven, browser-based fantasy “baseball” experience. It’s a simplistic simulation of a sport, where players can view, bet on, and contort the league’s rules via weekly elections. People Make Games has a great explainer if you want to learn more.

Our Goals

  • Continue to grow Blaseball’s player base in a sustainable way
  • Continue to explore themes of democracy, community, and collaboration
  • Expand Blaseball beyond a browser-based experience
  • Iterate on ethical and interesting ways to generate revenue while keeping the game accessible and available to everyone

What is it like to work on Blaseball?

Blaseball is Live in a way that maybe no other product is. We ship a whole new season, taking into account fan feedback and mobilization, and implementing new features and systems to drive the meta-story forward in real time.

For the first era of Blaseball, this cadence was extreme, so in the future we are designing a more sustainable cadence for the fans and ourselves.

We want to be very clear with applicants that they will not be expected to work 7 days a week. Just because Blaseball is online, doesn’t mean we have to be.

For technical / coding positions: it’s possible that at key times you will need to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, due to the natural cadence of Blaseball. We occasionally have to set up the dominos over the weekend, so the next season (week) can play out. In these cases you will be allowed to, and indeed forced to, take a “weekend” during the middle of the week.

What benefits do you offer?

  • 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Flexible hours
  • Remote friendly
  • Unlimited PTO

Thank you for considering The Game Band! Blaseball has an incredibly diverse and welcoming community, and we’re building a strong, diverse team to support it. We highly encourage you to apply. Even if you're not sure that you qualify, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

Play Ball,

The Game Band

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