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Steve Kraus

Narrative Writer

stevekrausvo@gmail.com

Hi! I’ve been writing, telling, acting, directing, and voicing stories since I was a kid. From tearing apart worlds with a childhood Tonka truck, to creating new worlds professionally, I’m a lifelong storyteller and gamer.

As a voice actor, you’ll find me as SJ McKeen.

 

GAMES

SETTING CARTOGRAPHY

I always wanted to know what was outside that dungeon. After some time, I came back with a planet and made all the maps.

• Continents of 40+ developed countries •
• Language and dialect maps •
• Regional, local, and adventure maps •
• Battle maps for VTT and print •

Lore & WORLD BUILDING

I create worlds with believable countries, cultures, faiths, and people of all types. Add some critters, classes, languages & lexicons, holidays, and items.

As a consultant, I’ve overseen lore on an inter-departmental basis, acting as the master of the fictional worlds we build.

Non-Linear Stories

Decades in the TTRPG space have taught me how to design adventures and levels for balanced play. In a world of open adventure, optional scenarios could lend a wonderful sense of agency over their experience.

Untimely Heroes ran as an actual play on https://twitch.tv/VoxAndQuill 

Untimely Heroes Storylines

Scripts

VOICEOVER & CUTSCENES

World of Alleriya
Altered State Machine

TABLET DISPLAY: EXPERIMENT # 7152
Diagram of ASTO to ASTO ENERGY conversion

She had discovered the Tear emitted particles which she termed “ASTO”. Her notes suggested she had previously introduced these particles back into the Tear and the result was a form of energy!

INT. PJB AND BRAIN ONE LOOK AT LUNARIS MACHINE

According to their notes, the professor and her assistant, Brain One, had perfected the Lunaris Machine. It was now able to reproduce this new energy from the same particles introduced into the Tear.

The Challenge

The complexity of ASM’s $ASTO utility token was explained via a series of animated analogous narratives to a vast cryptocurrency audience.

Characters and their interactions within the World of Alleriya metaverse also prompted community responses which helped shape the metaverse itself.

 

Character Development

Robin Hood Origins
Renaissance Entertainment Corp

SHERIFF
Captain, who is that?

FERRET
Robert Earl of Loxley, Lord Sheriff. He be not on the
[invitee] list. Oh, and he gave us coin!

SHERIFF
Thank thee, Ferret. No floggings tonight for thee.

FERRET
Damn.

SHERIFF
Good my Lord Robert. Welcome to Sterlingshire. Tell me,
what causes have you to pay for these… people?

The Challenge

The 10-minute opening gate scene at the New York Renaissance Faire had to set the pace of the nine-hour performance day, establish major characters and their motives, and promote certain services and products.

Written in Elizabethan English to maintain an immersive atmosphere.

 

LIVE THEATER – COMEDY

Three Monks & A Trunk
Renaissance Entertainment Corp

BROTHER HEBEOUS

Hedonism. Debauchery. Outlandish behavior. Welcome to the faire.
(Increasingly impassioned.)
My gentle friends, no doubt thou hast come here to feast, hear song and to be merry. This is, after all, what many of us seek in life, even we humble brothers.

However, we – the Friars of the Castigating Condemnation — have discovered the truth behind these so-called revels.

The  entertainment within these walls is disguised as fun BUT innocents such as thyselves are at risk for eternal damnation and therefore must be exposed!

Well, the evils exposed, not you.

The Challenge

When three monks inadvertently become what they sought to condemn, you have the standing-room-only comedy, Three Monks & A Trunk. Part script, part improv, this high-energy, manic show had to capture and keep an audition’s attention despite the busy  surrounding environment of a renaissance faire.

Marketing

Medical product copy and layout.
Client: AFP Imaging Corp.