Tyler Deren

a Canadian-based full-stack software developer.

What do I do?

As a Senior Full-Stack Software Developer, my responsibilities can be best described as "The Custodian." I am an engaged caretaker for all services that power an application. I am often the first person called when a mess needs cleaned up, a bug infestation needs extinguished or when one of the servers need a gentle smack to get it to work.

Services Include:

  • bullet-point Enterprise Application Development
  • bullet-point Backend Development
  • bullet-point Game Development
  • bullet-point Console Porting
  • bullet-point Database Migrations
  • bullet-point Server Management (*nix/Windows Servers)
  • bullet-point Software Consulting
  • bullet-point Technical Co-founder

Tools of the Trade


Leadership Roles


Lead Architect and Security Officer

2020 - Present

Today, there is a rising demand for quality education with a modern and interactive approach. This gave birth to Eduplaytion – a Norwegian-based EdTech company made up of experienced teachers and skilled game developers on a mission to create high-end, game-based learning solutions for the international B2C and B2B market.

  • bullet-point Establishing the vision for how technology will be used in the company.
  • bullet-point Ensuring that technological resources meet the company's short and long-term needs.
  • bullet-point Outline the goals for research and development.
  • bullet-point Creating timelines for the development and deployment of all technological services.
  • bullet-point Making executive decisions on behalf of the company's technological requirements.
  • bullet-point Maintaining a consumer-focused outlook and aiding in the delivery of IT projects.
  • bullet-point Managing technology budgets and time frames.
  • bullet-point Ensuring all technology practices adhere to regulatory standards.
  • bullet-point Responsible for the entire stack; from implementing UIs on the game client to building REST APIs on the backend to handling database design with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • bullet-point Work with Typescript, Express and Node to build out the backend API server

Swordmonkey Studios Inc.


2021 - Present

Swordmonkey Studios Inc. is a small software development agency with a team scattered across Alberta, Canada. Our specialty is developing exceptional interactive experiences that blends creative artistic vision with modern design sensibilities. From developing enterprise software applications to artful video game experiences, we are the team you need to get it done.

Something Classic Games, LLC

Managing Partner

2014 - Present

Something Classic Games is a tiny independent video game developer with a team scattered across North America. We are dedicated to developing exceptional turn-based role-playing games with modern sensibilities. Our games are "designed for people with jobs", they are well polished titles that can be consumed piecemeal and are perfect for folks with limited time.

This is me if I was an Orc.

This is me if I was an orc


Core Values

Learn: There is always more to learn. I actively search for new knowledge and openly share what I know.

Positive: Approach all obstacles with a positive mindset. Be calm and dedicated even when faced with challenging problems.

Bold: Embrace innovation and change to become a better developer and better person.

Human: Be authentic and communicate honestly, openly and respectfully.


  • bullet-point Plant Dad
  • bullet-point Camping
  • bullet-point Hiking
  • bullet-point Ice Hockey (Edmonton Oilers!)
  • bullet-point Dungeons and Dragons
  • bullet-point Reading (Primarily Fiction and Historical Fiction)
  • bullet-point Anime
  • bullet-point Video Games (story-based and RPGs!)
  • bullet-point Favorite Game: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Contact Me

If there are any questions, please reach out to hello@swordmonkey.com or fill out the contact form below.