Mayan Mysteries

Escape from Antcatraz!

Math games for teens.


Just a Joke


Q. Why do cows have hooves?
A. Because they lactose.

Game of Islands

Two kings and a joker are stranded on an island. A wizard offers each one a wish. The first king wisely wishes to go back home. The second king, also very wise, wishes the same. The joker feels lonely, all by himself, so he wishes the two kings back to the island.

MAYAN MYSTERIES and other VIDEO GAMES

I developed character profiles with back stories, designed the narrative arc, and wrote cut scenes (graphic novel style) for this educational video game.


A FEW OF MY OTHER VIDEO GAMES



I've been writing content and designing interactives and games for software since the 1980s. Here are a few favorite projects of the past:

ESCAPE FROM ANTCATRAZ (science adventure, Scholastic)

SAFARI! (science adventure, Scholastic)

QUEST FOR THE POLE (polar history and geography adventure, Scholastic)

THE BALLOONATICS (language arts game, Scholastic)

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS (TV series and software, Scholastic/​Microsoft)

THINKIN' SAFARI and COSMIC GEOMETRY (math and logic games, Edmark/​Riverdeep)




Escape from Antcatraz appeared in Scholastic's Microzine software series for the Apple IIe.

TeachThought review: "Itís hard to find information about Scholasticís early education series Microzine, but many will remember playing the games that it produced.

Microzine was an innovative product in the educational gaming world, as it was a subscription service. Five times a year, subscribers would get four educational programs and ... it produced numerous educational titles, including memorable games like Myths of Olympus, Escape from Antcatraz, Quest for the Pole, and Safari."


Nostalgic review from Tom at NerdNest Productions: "When most of my peers think of the Apple II, they think of trekking to Oregon and avoiding awful 19th-century diseases. As for me? Well, I spent plenty of time on the trail, but I have a big appreciation for the deeper cuts, including this gem from 1987: Scholastic's Escape from Antcatraz.

There isn't much about it online. It was through some Apple forums that I found other users that remembered it. Here's hoping this video increases its visibility as it's pretty great. I hope that one day we'll be quoting 'We stick together' as often as we quote Bionic Commando and Metal Gear."

Stories & Games

Born-Digital Products
Science and nature games, activities, animations, and more for ages 6-9.
A digital story told in narrated episodes, interactive journals, social media, and other platforms.
Mayan Mysteries is a narrative video game (Dig-It Games) in which students join archaeological adventures, solve puzzles, and discover an ancient culture.
Children's Books
Read the sad, moving tale of a peace-loving leader who lost his land, many of his people, and his life-long fight to keep the peace.
The true science adventures of Diane France, forensic anthropologist. NSTA Selector's Choice, AAAS/SB&F Subaru finalist, starred reviews!
Adriana Ocampo found her path to science adventure through space-traveling robots and crashing asteroids! (FREEBIE science quizzes.)
The Body as Evidence (Autopsies) and Crime Scene Investigation!
Outdoor fun for 6 to 8 year olds.
Tornadoes! and Hurricanes! are my two best-selling books with 1.6 million sold!
Games
A must-have card game set for English language (ESL/EFL) and language arts teachers and tutors. (FREEBIE ESL materials.)
My top selling game book!
Lively games and activities about grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary skills.
Great American History Games, 15 Primary Source Activities (plays, games, readings, and more) and more!
Race from Earth to Mars, an orbiting target, by fixing malfunctions and answering intriguing science questions. Endorsed by astronaut Jack Lousma.