Andre Novoa

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Born (1985-07-01) July 1, 1985 (age 38)
  • B.A. in history
  • M.A. in anthropology
  • game designer
  • writer
  • musician
  • cultural geographer

Andre Seabra Real Sampaio da Novoa (born 1 July 1985) is a Portuguese game designer, writer, musician, and cultural geographer. He has lived in the USA and the UK, and is currently based in Lisbon Portugal.


Novoa received a B.A. in history and a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Lisbon in 2009, where he studied bands and musicians on the road. In 2010, he moved to the United Kingdom where he completed a PhD in social and cultural geography at Royal Holloway, University of London with a critical analysis of mobility and social class in the European Union.[1]

Since then, he has written about contemporary identities, extra-terrestrial life [2], and space. He has worked in a major ERC academic grant called "The Colour of Labour", on how labour influences processes of racialization. Currently, he gives intensive courses on "Games, Society & Culture" across the world, exploring contemporary themes such as identities, religion, neo-liberalism and nationalism through the lenses of games and gaming.

Game Design

Novoa has written role-playing game (RPGs) books and modules since 2015. His work has been published in the US, Brazil and Europe. More recently, he created Games Omnivorous [3], a brand based in Portugal that publishes minimalist and bizarre games, including the critically-acclaimed Death Robot Jungle, the first RPG setting in the format of a music LP vinyl [4] and Mausritter: Sword-and-Whiskers Role Playing.


Since his teens, Novoa has played in bands and toured Europe as the drummer for Susan Cadogan and Symarip. He was also one of the founders of Music With Soul Records, an indie label based in Amsterdam credited for the launch of Fumaça Preta [5], amongst others. More recently, he turned to sound design for board-games and role-playing games, collaborating with Portuguese musician and sound-designer Manuel Pinheiro under the guise of the Dead Robots.


An activist since his youth, Novoa is one of the founding members of LIVRE, an eco-socialist List of political parties in political party in Portugal founded in 2014, which is committed to the Green New Deal and is the champion of minority rights in the country. He was a candidate to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections for the party, and a candidate to the Assembly of the Republic in the 2015 Portuguese legislative election.

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