About Christopher Allen
Christopher Allen is the Founder & President of Skotos
Tech. He provides company oversight and direction, as well as managing
some of the day-to-day aspects of development. He is also a long-time
advocate of social software and a producer of many games.
Christopher has taken an oversight role in many game & other media,
providing general advice, direction, and support for the
productions. The online game designs have included socialization-based
games that deviate from the achievement-based standards of the
As the President of Skotos, Christopher has also helped to bring
two user-produced games to market: Ironclaw Online and The
Lazarus Project. Each was built entirely from user content.
Christopher did design & development work on all the games he
produced, including Castle Marrach, Grendel's Revenge,
and Lovecraft Country. He was also a contributor to Maxim's
He is currently working on several tabletop designs. A Cthuhloid
tabletop boardgame will expand on some of the design ideas from
Lovecraft Country. A series of card games will offer new looks
at socialization-based mechanics, with the first two in the series
covering role selection and trading.
Christopher has been involved with social software for over 15
years, since he founded Consensus Development as a Groupware
developer. The social games of Skotos Tech are an extension of this
interest. Christopher's notable current & past social software
A tabletop roleplaying site that now supports several user content systems intermingled with collective choice systems, including a ranked index of games and regular reviews.
Life with Alacrity
An irregular blog talking about all aspects of social software design.
A WYSIWYG simultaneous multiuser editor for online work.
The standards for the next-generation SSL.
Christopher has worked with numerous clients on the topic of social
software. He recently gave a keynote speech at the Future of Voluntary Health Associations Conference on the topic.