Who Am I Anyway?

In 2011 I quit my job, sold my car, and purchased a one-way ticket to Africa. This is what happened next:

Photo by Tomáš Malík

I have been gifted with a passion for adventure, teaching, and most importantly, a feverish love of writing. And so it goes that this is a passion project, to seek out the farthest corners of our world, from the strangest and most curious animals fluttering about our diverse regions to the foods that inspire, and the folklore that give us humans that special dash of spice which connects every last one of us to a heritage as great as the universe itself.

With a passion for anthropology, ecology, food, and folklore this blog is meant to inspire, awe, and encourage.

Thank you for joining me as we uncover the nature that make us human, what makes us animal, and most importantly what make us US!

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Game writer and Narrative Designer: video games, board games, and Role-playing storylines. I ensure your stories play out harmoniously, leading to player comfort and cognitive consonance. Your player deserves a world worth fighting for. I will help you design such a universe with storylines, mythologies, mechanics, and physics that lead to a fully fleshed out experience with a high level of replay.

Instructional Designer: having orchestrated courses online and in person, I discovered an interest in Instructional Design and learning/teaching strategies through various media. As of 2023 I am studying Instructional Design and Learning Technology at the University of Missouri Columbia in the School of Information Science. Special topics of interest include serious games, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual field trips. Not to mention the various systems possible through simulated environments.



223 responses to “Who Am I Anyway?”

  1. petrel41 Avatar

    Congratulations, Nicholas!

    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nicholas Andriani Avatar

      So kind of o you. Thanks for the encouragement.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. David & Laura Speer Avatar

    You are a part-time archaeologist that’s awesome way to go Indiana Jones!

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    1. Nicholas Andriani Avatar

      Gah, haha cheers! It’s proven a rewarding career, quite many changes over the past decade, but lots of time in the lab 😉

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