Hivemind Restored: Welcome Adam Smith

Every new person gets a session with Horace.

It was a long, interesting process. When RPS put out the appeal for a new writer to plug into the hivemind™, we were never expecting not only the incredible volume of applicants, but the extraordinarily high standards. Over 300 people applied for the position, and in there were many absolutely fantastic candidates. It was not an easy decision by any means, which is partly why it’s taken us so very long. But one writer stood out, in terms of the specialisms we were hoping for combined with just really great writing. He, you may have guessed, is Adam Smith.

We’re delighted to welcome Adam into the dysfunctional, broken family of RPS. Even though he’s Mancunian. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying his writing over the last few weeks, as he’s faced the trial-by-fire route which any must take to work with us. We certainly have. He’s a fine asset to our team. He even plays hardcore strategy games.

So we’re back to a core team of four again, aided by our wonderful freelancers. It’s as it should be, indeed as the Infinite Instruction Booklet of Horace instructs it must be.

A huge thanks goes out to Lewie P as well, without whom we’d have been in a right pickle over the last few weeks of being a threesome. You will continue to see him on the site lots too, we hope.

So, welcome the new-boy in.


  1. Belsameth says:

    As many said before, your Sengoku diary is excelent. Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Nemon says:

    Will he be using the same bathroom as the other guys?

  3. Avish says:

    I like his writing but I think the previous doctor was better…


  4. Deano2099 says:

    Awesome stuff, glad to see him on board… so has Adam written about games anywhere else for those of us curious? It’s a hard name to Google see. I love the fact that I’ve never heard of him though. That you guys found someone completely new and mostly unheard of who is nevertheless brilliant. Hurrah.

  5. Nova says:

    Welcome Mr. SEO unfriendly name.
    Also together with “hivemind” and your surname I’m now picturing something like the Matrix unplugging in reverse.

  6. caddyB says:

    Good work.

  7. rocketman71 says:

    Great news!

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  9. JanH says:

    Great news. Welcome, Adam, and congrats.

  10. LennyLeonardo says:

    Welcome, you LUCKY BASTARD. I imagine you cheated and actually wrote something good for your application. Cheap, Smith, cheap.


  11. KillahMate says:

    Welcome to the party, Adam.

  12. Iokanaan says:

    a belated congrats from me as well, AS. might as well start using your codename.

  13. Freud says:

    Congratulations. Not the most imaginative pseudonym though.

  14. Tony M says:

    I thought the Sengoku Diary #2 was the one where he really nailed the RPS editorial voice. Good stuff.

  15. Colthor says:

    Hello! Looking good so far.

    Any chance of a “Gaming Made Me” or similar, so we know where the new boy’s coming from? Because he doesn’t write enough already so clearly needs more work.

  16. Namos says:

    Welcome Adam!

  17. Kieron Gillen says:

    Welcome to the hive mind, Adam Smith. I HOPE YOU SURVIVE THE EXPERIENCE.


  18. Srethron says:

    Welcome to our capitol, Mr. Smith! Act as you have in the past and all will be well.

  19. sonofsanta says:

    Complete non-surprise shocker! Seriously, getting the attractive peach comments last week was a bit of a give away.

    Still: huzzah! Your writing does seem excellent indeed, and I can only hope and trust that the decision was made sensibly by your hivemind seniors and not out of the desperate exhaustion of having manned the website themselves for these few months. I am sure it will all work out excellently, once you learn the appropriate phrases and platitudes necessary to calm Jim’s maddened rages every time he glimpses another living man.

    Plus, now John can stop whining about exhaustion on Rum Doings, which’ll be nice.

  20. Sinomatic says:

    ‘Bout bloody time he got an official welcome! Really been enjoying your work Mr Smith, you seem to be a scarily perfect fit for the hivemind. Which is great for us, and probably somewhat disturbing for you, I’d imagine.

    And whilst it’s nice to see your name finally grace the bottom of the site… we not get to stalk you elsewhere on the internet too?

  21. Super Bladesman says:

    But the big question: does he have iron?

  22. Sarigs says:


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    bsplines says:

    Welcome to the hivemind Mr. Smith! Looking forward to hearing more about your time in Medieval Japan!

  24. zipdrive says:

    Welcome, Adam! Good job so far :)

  25. McCool says:

    Welcome to the fold.

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  27. Cable says:

    Welcome, I wish you many good and strong words and an infinite supply of puns.

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    Gassalasca says:

    I refuse to read his articles until I know how he sounds.

    I insist on a Wireless Show in honour of his being admitted to your glorious ranks.

  29. tungstenHead says:

    gl hf

  30. Vandelay says:

    Big mistake. Adam has already made me anticipate more of his words. Soon he will become mine and any others favourite RPS member. It will become known as Rock, Paper, Smith and the next stop will be the world. Do you not see what you have unleashed!?

    On the other hand, I for one welcome our new puntastic leader.

  31. Dozer says:

    This is good! Well done Adam! Looking forward to the Sengoku diaries!

  32. Baka says:

    But will he pay maintenance for all city improvements which ordinarily cost one gold per turn?

  33. Jerricho says:

    Welcome to the castle, Adam. I hope you enjoy your stay and don’t run short of iron.

  34. Ergates_Antius says:

    Hang on – hasn’t Adam Smith been writing for RPS for a while now?

    Or am I thinking of someone else?

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      Yes, as the article clearly says, he has. But now he’s an official RPS person.

      Welcome, Adam!

    • Josh W says:

      The difference is now they implant the neural chip that will allow him to engage in the form of telepathy required for those group reviews. You thought they were transcripts? They’re pure-thought printouts. They need to hire writers or the result would be too likely to be smells or architectural diagrams.

  35. Nero says:

    Grats and welcome!

  36. SLeigher says:

    Are we to draw from this that if I want to be a future RPS writer I need to change my last name to Smith?

  37. TooNu says:

    Welcome Adam Jensen…Oxford? oh dear you picked the wrong Adam AGAIN

  38. Inglourious Badger says:

    Welcome Adam and best of luck. I can see why you got the job with a CV like this:

    “Adam Smith (baptised 16 June 1723 – died 17 July 1790 [OS: 5 June 1723 – 17 July 1790]) was a Scottish social philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith is the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The latter, usually abbreviated …”

    Oh, wait…

  39. The Hammer says:

    Congratulations, Adam!


  40. Pijama says:

    Bloody hell, so the godfather of political economy is the newest member of the Hivemind?

    RPS has gone a long way, a long way indeed. *single tear of sheer pride*

  41. buzzmong says:

    A Mancunian eh?

    Does he know anything about mad ferrets?

    (I’m so so sorry)

  42. Wooly says:

    I love your Trading Company!

  43. Rab says:

    Hoorah! Good luck, man! Enjoy the inevitable weight gain that comes with writing success!

  44. GenBanks says:

    He should create a Twitter account…

  45. Captain Hijinx says:

    Welcome to the RPS family Adam!

    Look forward to reading your WORDS.

  46. Craig Stern says:

    Yay, welcome! I’ve really been enjoying your Sengoku diary so far. I look forward to seeing your future output, Mr. Smith. :)

  47. MonolithicTentacledAbomination says:

    Does he write with an invisible hand?

  48. Eric says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your work, sir. :)

  49. tourgis says:

    Welcome Adam. I’ve been enjoying your writing and it’s nice to have a wish fulfilled.