About Me

My name is Ewen Cluney. “Ewen” is pronounced like “Aaron” for reasons my parents have never adequately explained to me. “Yaruki Zero” is Japanese for “zero motivation,” and it’s meant as an ironic exhortation to myself to get things done. It was inspired by how I felt about being forced to put on a skit for a Japanese class.

I’ve been playing RPGs since middle school. The first game I played was Palladium’s Robotech RPG, and the first game I owned and ran was Toon. My gaming group has never been the type to settle on a system for more than a year or so though. My obsession with anime started in high school. I’d had contact with anime here and there, but Project A-ko was what turned me into an anime fan. That in turn is what got me to start learning Japanese, and I’ve done a lot of work in translation and localization, including translating and publishing Maid: The Role-Playing Game and Golden Sky Stories.

I also design original games, mostly (but not entirely) with something of an anime influence. My first published original game was Channel A, available from Asmadi Games, and I’ve started putting out games through DriveThruRPG, DriveThruCards, and Patreon.