I am the director of Cheeky Parrot Games
of Auckland, founded in 2014. We now own titles originally published by my former company: Raid the Pantry
and Granny Wars
. I was the lead designer of Raid the Pantry and one of my main contributions to Granny Wars was coming up with the theme of rival nanas. The first original title published under Cheeky's label will be Cat Capers
With Amanda Milne I founded SchilMil Games
in 2011. Together we (also) invented the games, Komodo
, and Kenakalan
, released in 2012. (These titles are now distributed in New Zealand and Australia by Cheeky Parrot Games.) In 2013 we took a raw prototype created by Brad Thompson and turned it into Granny Wars
. My fifth and final collaboration with Amanda is Manifest
, published in August 2014. My main contribution to that was the deck builder.
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child I enjoyed Monopoly, as we would play it on snow days when none of us had to work or go to school; pinochle; Othello; Mastermind; Clue; Acquire; Facts in Five; and, at gatherings of my mother's family, Charades. I graduated from Washington University in St Louis, having studied Anthropology and French.
Following that I lived in Denver for about five years, where I held a couple of interesting jobs and did volunteer work, the latter continuing when I moved to Southern California.
In 2000 I immigrated to New Zealand with my then-husband and son. Here in New Zealand I studied and attempted to practice homeopathy, was introduced to Euro games (Carcasonne was my gateway), got divorced, and taught English as a second language. These days I work full time for Cheeky Parrot and I'm happily re-partnered with my wonderful Kiwi fiance, Chris.
I enjoy Euro games that play in 45-90 minutes. I also play competitive Scrabble and am ranked in the top 100 in New Zealand. I spend some free time playing on Board Game Arena; these days Stone Age, Takenoko and Tokaido are my favorites. Join me for a game? My handle there is also Schil.