Branwen Zakariasen is a trans woman living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a performer, teacher, programmer, and designer of playful experiences.

Bhaloidam is a portmanteau of three Proto Indo European words. ‘Bha’ meaning ‘to tell,’ ‘loid’ meaning ‘to play,’ and dam meaning ‘the tribe.’ Bhaloidam is Branwen’s guiding philosophy in life and work – To Tell Stories and Play With her Community. Bhaloidam is also a tabletop storytelling platform that Branwen Kickstarted and published in 2012. The original handbook is freely available on Itch.io. A second edition is partially finished and freely available on GitHub.