Jon Dodson
The headshot of Jon Dodson sporting a nice blue button down sitting on a bench in front of a tree on a nice day.

Partner to Francesca and father to Finley. I'm an Engineer and built the video game community Cheerful Ghost and text based mini-MMO Tale of the White Wyvern.

Personal Projects

Cheerful Ghost
Launched January 2012

Cheerful Ghost a community site for people that love video games. Create an account, add all the games you own to your list and join the conversation. Cheerful Ghost was created using Ruby on Rails and is hosted on Heroku.

Create a free account
Tale of the White Wyvern
Launched July 2019

Tale of the White Wyvern is a text based, high fantasy, sword and magic adventure mini-MMO that you can play with your friends! I created this retro BBS game with Travis Newman and launched it July 2019. Tale of the White Wyvern was created using Ruby on Rails and is hosted on Heroku.

Play the game for free
The Video Game Site Webring
Launched September 2018

The Video Game Site Webring makes discovering new video game sites fun by randomly taking you site in our list. I created http://vgw.io to be a fully open source community project on GitHub.

Find a new game website
Starship Rubicon
Launched 2015

In 2015 Cheerful Ghost published its first game, Starship Rubicon. Starship Rubicon is a modern take on the classic space shooter genre. It's a smart and challenging rogue-lite that features a unique control scheme, pixel art remixed with real NASA photographs, and an existential crisis about who is REALLY the monster.

Play the game on Steam
Zemus
Launched 2013

Zemus is a ruby gem that translates URLs into embeddable code you can insert on a page. It does its magic by simply inspecting and hacking up the URL itself, it makes no external requests to a webservice. Zemus is Open Source code hosted on GitHub and is available for you to use & modify.

View the source on GitHub