folk. lore. play.
My name is Corvus Elrod and I am a professional game and instructional designer based out of Portland, OR.
Bhaloidam is a modern portmanteau of three Proto-Indo-European words - bha meaning to tell, loid meaning to play, and dam meaning the tribe.
I first coined the word Bhaloidam when coming up with a name of my self-published participatory storytelling platform. Bhaloidam, the product, is an extension of my lifelong pursuit of understanding the intersection of story and play within communities.
After several careers - including a decade in the video game industry - I've turned my storytelling and game design talents to informal STEM education - creating the GEM Methodology and working with organizations such as Saturday Academy, Tao Foundation, and ChickTech to teach kids computational-thinking skills, in the guise of highly-participatory game design classes.