You can learn more about my work, interests, and life in general by following the links in the menu above. But, if you want to hear a short version of my life story, 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.
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. With the merits gathered from RPG publishing and design, I got into making mobile games as a producer. Eventually, in 2014 I started working as a game designer for Colossal Order. In 2016 I was granted the Golden Dragon Award for my publishing work. This is the greatest achievement award of the Finnish tabletop role-playing scene you can get.
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 2020 I had a pretty successful Patreon running and I had done maps for big RPG publishers like Cubicle 7 and Chaosium.
Like I didn’t already have enough all kinds of projects going on, in 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.
Finally, when I’m not working or spending time with the family, I relax by working out at the gym, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu (mostly no-gi), and playing tabletop role-playing games. I also enjoy watching (fantasy & sci-fi) movies and series, and reading or listening to audiobooks.