After leaving the game industry, he helped set up the Games Design degree course at NSAD, now NUCA, Norwich, UK and became course leader. Since then he has been teaching Game design in colleges and is currently working on an independent game project.
Andrew has written a story called “The Teahouse,” with illustrations by Andy Catling, for Book 2 of Fables for Japan. Here is an excerpt:
Many years ago, although not as many as you would believe, there was a teahouse in the greenness of Northern Kyushu. The teahouse sat on the banks of a once prosperous waterway, waiting for customers. Each morning, like a flower in bloom, it opened. Its shutters were unfolded and the large open room revealed and made welcoming to tempt passing traders. By the end of each evening, its single lamp would be lit, attracting nothing more than moths, and the owner would walk to the edge of the teahouse and throw slices of cucumber into the darkness. No one ever asked her why. They might guess it was for the spirits that a teahouse seemed to attract.
The owner was a widow by the name of Kaori who had often been amused by the way her name looked like a teahouse, as if she were destined to own one. Her husband, Takumi, had been a skilled craftsman and built the once beautiful structure to show his love for her. Crafting the wood carefully that the shape of the building formed her name. He proposed for them to live out their days together by the majestic willows, on the banks of a thriving waterway. That would have been a joyful story, if fate had not intervened...
Read more in Fables for Japan, Book II. Coming soon!