If you want to learn a bit about my background, keep reading…
I’m a Finnish geek born in the late-70s. I grew up playing Commodore 64, NES, Nintendo pocket games, PC games, Dungeons & Dragons, and other tabletop role-playing games. Later I’ve also played a variety of card, board, and miniature games. At some point, I got this idea that I want to make my own tabletop RPG and I want to be a game designer someday. In the pre-internet era, this felt like a dream very far away, since opportunities in Finland at that time seemed scarce at best, but times change.
Ironspine and the Golden Dragon
In 2006 I published my first tabletop role-playing game, Heimot (a space opera RPG), and founded my own publishing label, Ironspine Press. Since then I have published five bigger releases and a dozen or so smaller ones.
In 2016 I was granted the Golden Dragon Award for my publishing work. This is the greatest achievement award in the Finnish tabletop role-playing scene you can get.
Colossal Order & Cities Skylines
With the merits gathered from RPG publishing and design, I got into making mobile games as a producer. Eventually, in 2014 I started working on PC games as a game designer for Colossal Order. I’ve been working with Cities Skylines since and it’s been awesome!
Mapvember & Miska’s Maps
In 2015 I started drawing small maps for tabletop role-playing games and posted them on social media. At first mostly for the fun of it, but to my own surprise, people seemed to like them and I started working on the maps more seriously. That’s how Miska’s Maps was born. By 2019 I had done maps for big RPG publishers like MCDM Productions, Cubicle 7, and Chaosium.
GM Miska the RPG Creator and Influencer
Like I didn’t already have enough all kinds of projects going on, in late-2019 I decided to set up a Youtube channel PJ Miska (PJ means the same as GM in Finnish) for some occasional streams and videos where I share my experiences, ruminations, tips, and ideas on role-playing games in Finnish.
After much consideration, I decided to move my publishing company on the background and focus my creative efforts on smaller digital publications. In April 2020 I launched a Patreon page to support my Finnish RPG publications and other related projects.