Hello! My name is Laura E. Hall.
I’m an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer living in Portland, Oregon. My work focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
Environmental Narrative and Interactive Experiences
My creative, immersive installations focus on storytelling through environment, performance, ephemera, interaction, deduction, and reflection.
Game and Narrative Design
My game design, narrative writing, and world-building is wide-ranging and includes digital work, text-based interactive fiction, field and street games, ARGs, digital/tabletop hybrid board and card games, installation art, and analog games.
Community Development and Engagement
As a long-time community manager, I’m committed to inclusive and safe community spaces. I proudly serve on the board of the Portland Indie Game Squad (PIGSquad).
What I’ve Been Up To
Immersive Book Club
The Immersive Book Club is a group of friends in Oregon who get together to discuss immersive work, including theater, VR, site-specific works, experiential design, LARP, escape rooms, interactive fiction, and more. We meet during the last week of each month and stream our chat. More info at immersivebook.club.
I wrote Katamari Damacy for Boss Fight Books, a look at the story behind one of the most fun, most enduring video games of all time. Available now!
Escape Rooms in Media Essays
In an essay series, I’m documenting rooms shown in television shows and in films, their puzzles and game flow, and how these games are used to advance the show’s narrative, and showcase character dynamics and development.
News, Interviews, and Public Speaking
Public Speaking, Podcasts, and Interviews
Recent & Upcoming:
IndieCade Everywhere, October 16, 2020
A MAZE. Berlin – Total Digital 2020, July 23, 2020
LudoNarraCon, April 24, 2020
GDC, March 18-22, 2019 San Francisco, CA
Narrascope, June 14-16, 2019 Boston, MA
Superconductor, October 9, 2019 Melbourne, Australia
Invite me to give a keynote, provide expertise on escape rooms and immersive work, or speak at your organization! Please email me to check my availability. View my previous speaking engagements, headshots, and bio, and check out my podcast interviews.
Interested in working together? View my consulting page for more info.