Hello & Welcome

 Hi, I’m Chad Bordwell. I've been working in the game industry since 1997. I've shipped over 10 AAA titles, such as Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Jedi Knight: Outcast, Quake4, Assassin's Creed: Unity, and Farcry 5 & 6.

Primarily my roles in the industry have been in game design, level design, and mission scripting for single player and cooperative game play. The majority of my shipped titles have released on Playstation, Xbox, and PC.

If you're interested in my skill set for your company please contact me through LinkedIn or visit the contact page for my most current contact information.
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Something Wicked Games Layoffs

 Hi Folks,

Yeah unfortunately Something Wicked Games laid off most of the company including myself.  They're calling it a temporary layoff which means they could call us back.  It also means I technically have to resign if I find a new job.  In reality it's a way for then to not pay reverence and still lay people off.

I do hope they find a publisher however.  SWG was a great team and I enjoyed working with them.  So I wish them luck in locking down a publisher to get that project back on track.

In the meantime I'm going to start looking for my new gig.  The industry is in quite a state at the moment so this could be a challenge.  We shall see.


- Chad

Squanch Games Cuts Ties With Justin Roiland

 Squanch Games shared this message today. 

It's a sad situation for the team who worked hard and made a successful game, but will now suffer from their association to him. I enjoyed the one year I contracted with the team at Squanch. They are a great group that deserves success. I hope they can recover from this.

Adult Swim also announced cutting ties with Roiland, buit will continue Rick and Morty with a new voice actor.

Accepted a Design role at Something Wicked Games

I'm happy yo announce I've accepted a Senior Level Design role a Something Wicked Games!  

Something Wicked is a new company created by industry veterans that have brought us games like Fallout 3 & 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.  These are many of the games I love so I'm very excited to be a part of their upcoming project Wyrdsong.

Wyrdsong has just started development so there isn't much I can say but I can show you some teasers that have been made public.

They've also released some equally moody concept art.

Squanch Games Reveals High On Life

 Hey everyone.  As you may know Squanch Games is a company lead by Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland.  They finally revealed the title I was working on with them in 2020.  It's called High On Life about an alien cartel that is selling humans as drugs for aliens.  So you and some talking guns team up to take them down.  

Looking at the trailer I see some familiar things and also some great new stuff!  Hope they don't forget about me in the credits, but seriously Squanch was a fun group of people.  Glad to see the game is alive and doing well.  Can't wait to play it.  

Check out the trailer!

Farcry 6 Shipped Today!

Since I left the project before it finished I wasn't sure if they would credit me or not. It appears that I did make the credits however.

While I was there I was the game designer and my main focus was on the new Outpost system. I'm not familiar with the shipped version but the version I was working on was each Outpost had an objective which players could choose to got for or not for bonus rewards.  So if you wanted to get the objective you might need to sneak in stealthy or use only explosives, etc.  But if you wanted to do the old kill everyone to concur an outpost you could do that too.  But not sure what shipped.

Anyway, congratz to the team and I guess to myself.  haha

Making the Jump to Lead Designer


I have always steered clear of lead roles and after 25 years in the industry people start to look at you funny.  But to me a lead role is a different job, a people managing job.  I got into the game industry to make games, not manage people.  Most of the leads I knew barely knew how to open the editor the team used.  I didn't want to be that person.

However when I started at Lost Boys as a Senior Designer they immediately approached me about being the Design Lead of the project.  At first I was pretty reluctant but they said give it a try.  If it works out great, if not I'm still a Senior Designer.  So I thought what the hell, the industry expects this move out of people after a number of years and this was a great way to see if it would work for me.

After 5 months in the role I'm shocked to say I really enjoy it!  I'm in fact kicking myself that I didn't make the move sooner.  I've been a senior designer so long I didn't even realize I was in a rut.  Now with the new role and responsibilities work seems fresh and exciting again!  

I can't wait to share what I'm working on, but for now I'd really love to thank Chase at Lost Boys for offering this opportunity to me.  And for doing it in such a way that didn't intimidate me from taking it.  

- Chad