who is ideartisan?





Bill Eberle
Bill Eberle

     I am Bill Eberle and ideartisan.com is my idea consulting website.

     I work with others, in person and online, to discover, create, and develop innovative ideas. Being creative and working creatively with others is the type of work I do best.


     My experience as a collaborative creator includes creating and developing ideas for entertainment, education, and interactive online applications. During my career I've worked with others as an idea catalyst and idea developer and learned how to help individuals and teams turn innovative ideas into successful products and applications.



     One of my longtime collaborators describes me this way:

“Bill has a uniquely creative mind. He combines whimsy and humor with technical insight leading to surprising outcomes. He also has a stick‑to‑it mentality and can be counted on to solve problems.” Peter Olotka, Future Pastimes





     My work includes creative work as a board game designer. Currently selling board game product and product lines I helped design include Cosmic Encounter® (a classic fan favorite), Cosmic Encounter® Duel, DUNE (another classic fan favorite), DUNE Conquest (a faster, lighter Dune with surprises), Arrakis Dawn of the Fremen (my all time favorite game), and the Letter Piece Games WORDSMITH and Decipher.

     The online version of the Cosmic Encounter® board game also exists on Steam as a Tabletop Simulator game.  More info. about playing Cosmic online.

     In 2022 I led the three person technical team Future Pastimes contracted to develop the online puzzle game LTRPC, which we host as a free, playful advertisement for our Letter Piece board games. You can play LTRPC anytime at LTRPC.com or competitively with friends and family four times a day (new games at midnight, 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Eastern) at LTRPC.com/4xday. I play LTRPC 3‑10+ times a day to help keep my mind sharp and exercise both my short and long term memory.

     I've also worked as a senior programmer, a technical team manager; as an online game, game ai, and database application designer/developer; and as a SQL programmer and SQL application ui automation designer/developer.

me as Cosmic Encounter's Sorcerer



“The team at Future Pastimes did a terrific job framing, designing, and delivering NBA.com’s online application, ‘Courtside Live.’ . . . viewed by tens of thousands of basketball fans the world over every night of the season.” Mark Sutton Smith, CTO NBA




“Bill Eberle at Future Pastimes designed a sophisticated data framework to create an ever-changing, fresh web interface for families about living healthfully which is full of surprises and thoughtful messages.” Kathleen Kelly‑Nu, Program Officer, Special Initiatives, Association of Children’s Museums




“Bill was (and is) our internal champion and chief architect for using Cosmic Encounter Online and data driven design in our projects.” Peter Olotka, Future Pastimes




     My small, two person company Maine Quality Information Partners provided clinical analysis and reporting services for MaineGeneral Health, and created a multi-user online database application to support managing health information, appointments, classes, scheduling, goals, and cohort progress statistics for a wellness program run by MaineGeneral and the State of Maine to lower state financed health care costs. I was the principal designer and project manager for the project and provided application and database design, subcontractor management, SQL development, and application support for the program managers and 50+ online wellness staff using this program to log results, coordinate scheduling, manage classes and class attendance, help participants set goals and measure progress towards those goals over a period of five year.



     Starting in 2012 I began designing and publishing books of my poetry. And from 2014 to 2019 I designed and created yearly chapbooks as a member of Rockport Public Library Poets’ Corner. I also serve as a board member for the Thomaston Historical Society and as a member and former chairperson on the joint Patient and Family Advisory Council for Maine Health‘s Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.