game events organiser / game publisher
I offer advice on publishing tabletop games as well as organising live gaming events.
These services cover access to a host of talented contributors as well as direct support in marketing your game ideas and setting up playtest sessions in order to fine tune your creations.
I have extensive international business experience across over 40 countries and speak fluent French and English.
I have run an independent game creators event over 9 years (Indiecon) which has enabled play-testing of small press publishers and game creators to host over 140 different games, some of which have been published as a result.
Hello I am Christopher Loizou, a business executive and part time game designer, owner of the Cursed Empire IP and creator of the Thargos setting.
I live in France and moved there in 2008 from the UK. I have released 10 indie role-playing game books from the Cursed Empire setting, a graphic novel and a related miniatures range over a 10-year period from 2003 through to 2012. Also, I released an Ancient Greek setting game book revolving around the 300 Spartans and their famous battle of Thermopylae.
I am a huge fan of the Ray Harryhausen films, and a host of other swords and sandals epics and these shaped his taste very early on in terms of atmosphere and setting. I like epic adventures and the quirky feel of stop animation whilst being a huge fan of horror, fantasy and sci-fi films from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s. More recently films like Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Peter Jacksons LOTR and The Hobbit, Frank Millers 300, the Game of Thrones & Vikings series are all to my taste.
J.R.R Tolkien, Steven Pressfield, Frank Herbert, Raymond E Feist, Michael Moorcock and H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe to name a few, have all inspired me to develop my own setting and stories. I am passionate about ancient history revolving around Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome and the likes of Carthage with Alexander the Great being a particular favourite inspiration and the details of his military campaigns and interpretations of the incredible individual he would have been for his time have been regular reading for me. Reading up on the Middle-Ages is also another era I enjoy.
I was introduced to role-playing games in Monaco when I was 12 when a friend of mine recommended, I purchased the D&D red box (this was in French and at the time even though I did not really speak the language).
I was so taken by the fun and the impact on my imagination that I got into regular D&D gaming and ran many campaigns over years, including occasional games of Stormbringer, Runequest and MERP (Middle-Earth Roleplaying) and one-shot Call of Cthulhu & Paranoia games. I used to run a home brew game in my mid to late teens that started out as Cult Master, then mutated into F.A.T.E. (Feu Air Terre Eau – the 4 basic elements in French) and finally Cursed Empire. I am more Games Master than player, participating as a player in less than 1 in 50 RPG gaming sessions on average. When I started my studies at the Tours Business School in France, I had planned to get involved in some business related association but ended-up, much to my delight, in forming with what became some of his closest friends, a gaming association called Stalagmythes. I was the Chairman of the association for the duration of my studies and gaming such as tabletop, paintball, murder mystery nights etc. were very much back on the menu.
It was after years of being told by my Monaco & Tours friends that I should publish the game and I did exactly that in 2003. Cursed Empire has been dormant now since 2012… until now…