john r. harness, designer and curator

Hi! This is the personal website of me, John R. Harness, a.k.a. cartweel. I'm a writer, game designer, independent curator, language creator, art collector, and critic. I'm slowly migrating information from my page, but my goal is for this website to become a place for me to collect and organize my various online projects. Like many people, I am less and less involved in Twitter, but you can still check out my Twitter account if you really want.

I’m well known for #SadMechJam (read more) and for coining the phrase “Lyric Game” (see this list of lyric games). I’m the founder of Knucklebone Magazine.

One of my abiding interests is in arts and political infrastructure, by which I mean platforms, spaces, commons, and divesting from the museum-industrial-scam. More on those thoughts to come. What I want to say is that several of my projects (many very in progress) are my attempts at creating new arts infrastructure through magazines, alternative arts spaces, and toolkits. One such new project is my TTRPG webring!

Email Me!

For inquiries about writing or design gigs, feel free to email me at cartweel [at] (n.b. There is no "h" in cartweel!).

If, as this website and my projects grow, you'd like to support me monetarily, you can support me through Ko-Fi!

My Writing & Other Projects



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Knucklebone Magazine

Design Resources & Archives

Cool Design Archives

Cool RPG-specific Resources

Tiny Tools Directory - ("open source, experimental, and tiny tools roundup")

A list of templates!

Want to build your own space on the Indie Web?

Check out these HTML code snippets!

Webmaster Resources from Sadness

Want to check out more of the Indie Web?

Try the Marginalia independent DIY search engine...

Check out the retronaut webring Previous Next

...or browse the rest of Neocities.

Play Games Online

Aventuras Fantasticas

The Official Blueberry Soft Hypermedia Adventure Game Construction Engine (OBSHAGCE)

JtyOne Online ZX81 Emulator -- This link will load 3D MONSTER MAZE, a game with which I have become obsessed, but there are dozens of other games on the emulator!