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Eugene Marshall

Game designer, writer

Posted in game, mac, writer

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Eugene Marshall, one half of Arcanist Press. We create tabletop roleplaying game content, mostly for Dungeons & Dragons. I write and edit our content, as well as manage our promotion and social media. My spouse handles layout and art direction. Together, we've created Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e, a D&D supplement that began life as a successful Kickstarter and is now a critically acclaimed top seller on DriveThruRPG. In addition, I am a lead writer for Sigil Entertainment, an art and game studio that creates content for Savage Worlds.

In my capacity as a game designer and marketer, I'm also the showrunner of a Twitch live play show called Sigil Spotlight. We are a majority POC and LGBTQ+ community of tabletop roleplaying game industry creators. Each session, we feature the game content of one or more of the creators at the table. I run these sessions as well as the channel. The videos are archived on YouTube as well.

And then, of course, I have my day job as a university college professor working on early modern European philosophy; I've produced three academic philosophy books.

What hardware do you use?

My primary machine is a Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019 iMac with a 3.7 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, a 500 GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 580X. I have a second monitor as well, an LG 27UD58-B 27-inch 4K UHD. Because I stream, I also have a Blue Yeti mic on a boom and use the SR80e open ear headphones from Grado Labs.

I also have a 13 inch MacBook Pro at a standing desk in the other room, with another LG 4K monitor, because I can't sit at a desk all day. I actually have the Kickstarter model cardboard standing desk from Chairigami. I've had mine since 2014 and it still does the job. When I'm on the go, I like the Paper Mate Mirado Black Warrior Pencils, Black, HB #2 and I carry them and my laptop in a Targus Ascend backpack, which I like because it has a low profile.

Ha, and I almost forgot my most important ingredient: coffee. I've had a subscription to Blue Bottle Coffee ever since they bought my all time favorite coffee subscription company, Tonx. Before Tonx I drank Intelligentsia. I use a Hario ceramic coffee dripper to make pour-over coffee with the help of an Elementi gooseneck electric Kettle.

And what software?

My software is pretty boring; I gave up being adventurous when I had kids and couldn't find the time to hack Linux anymore. So now I use the latest macOS and all the default apps - Notes, Reminders, Calendar, Mail, etc. I have three different Mac machines (including my machine at my university office) and an iPhone XS Max, and I rely on the out of the box syncing across platforms.

For word processing, I use Word. My spouse does the bulk of the layout, but I occasionally make edits, so I use the Adobe Creative Suite to do that, mostly InDesign. For game promotions, I use Hootsuite and Discord. To stream, I use Streamlabs, now that it is thankfully out for Mac, and Zoom. I occasionally use Pocket to read stuff I've saved, but my library of things to read always grows faster than I can read the stuff, sadly. On my Macs, I also use BetterSnapTool and the Time Out app from Dejal to schedule breaks, which I will otherwise forget to take.

What would be your dream setup?

I am incredibly privileged, so I am actually pretty close to my dream setup for my work applications. I'd welcome a really nice, expensive chair, like a Herman Miller Aeron, with a keyboard mount and mouse tray at hand, both adjustable to reduce ergonomic stress on my wrists. I wish my area had gigabit internet, even though I know I don't need anything faster than I have (400 Mbps). Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with what I have!

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