Hi there! My name is Nick Keirle. I’m from the UK, and I currently live and work in Nagoya, Japan.

Game Development:

I’m a writer and game designer, working both freelance and as a solo game dev under the name Haruspex Games – my current project is The Red Market – a text-based monster hunting RPG (major updates released every two weeks). You can check out all my games on Itch.io here, or on this very website by clicking on the ‘Games’ menu above this page.

I’m particularly interested in worldbuilding and systemic narrative in games. I’m also interested in one day finding out why so many games have incredibly bad titles. My favourite bad title for a game is probably ‘Men of War: Assault Squad’, because come on now.


Alongside dev logs for my games, I write a blog on game design, with the major project being RPG Autopsy – a series on RPG game design. I also write occasional book reviews and observations about life in Japan.

Please feel free to email me at nicholaskeirle at gmail dot come if you have any questions, or if you’d like to work with me.

If you like my games, my blog, or my moxie and the general cut of my jib, you can support me on Patreon.

Japanese → English Translation:


In addition to my game dev and blogging work, I have 3+ years experience working as a freelance Japanese translator and interpreter, as well as providing English proofreading, editing, and copyediting services.

Learn more about that here.


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