Brandon Carbaugh

Designing for Mindplay

In this post, I discuss some of the design ideas that went into my latest game, “Pumpkin.jpg”, and explore a particular sort of game I find interesting: those where large parts of the experience happen entirely within the player’s mind.

Game cover for "Pumpkin.jpg"

My new game, “Pumpkin.jpg”, is OUT NOW and free to play on! It’s a short h̶o̶r̶r̶o̶r̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ TRAINING EXERCISE about the a̶c̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶t̶i̶r̶e̶ ̶f̶i̶r̶e̶ EXCITING FUTURE of facial recognition technology!

(A desktop browser and headphones are recommended.)

What happens when you accidentally summon a wish-demon but he’s weirdly hot and the two of you kind of hit it off?

This 6-page comic written by me and illustrated by the amazing Erin O’Neill Jones!

I commissioned a movie poster by the amazing Jessica McGinnis (@jaykittens) for the Star Fox script I wrote in December! It came out SO GOOD!!!

You can read the script here, and find more of Jessica’s work at

New Game, Out Now!

It Lives Beneath (a lovely little horror game on which I am incredibly proud to serve as a writer) is available now on the Choices storefront! Download Choices: Stories You […]

The Wall of Memory

Sometime in the last few years it became officially Not Cool to talk about nostalgia anymore, or to admit a sincere emotional connection to products of capitalism and consumer brands. […]