To say that I am a former game developer and designer would be slightly inaccurate. I just don't own or operate a video game development studio any longer. That said, I grew up with games. From table top nights with my family, Nintendo game systems growing up, and eventually PC and multiplayer games as I got older, games have been a part of the majority of my life.
My interest in computers and game design really started budding in the late 90's which eventually led me to a professional career and business designing and building games.
Today, I still design games in my spare time. I have a few board game projects that I have been working on and even tinker with some of the latest game development tools like the Unreal Engine to keep my design skills sharp.
Although I've moved on from a professional career in games, I continue to support them in other ways including game testing, developer support, Twitch streaming, and writing reviews.
A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS...
Let's face it. I'm a busy kinda guy. I'm always tinkering or doing some kind of something. That said, I do more than just build and play games. Here are a few of my projects that I thought I'd share with you.
THE BULLYING PULL-UP CHALLENGE
Founded in 2018, The Bullying Pull-up Challenge is a social impact movement project that I started to help spread the awareness of bullying. The challenge is simple. Do pull-ups for 30 days consecutively and use the hashtag #bullyingpullupchallenge. Yep, at the end of the challenge you'll have completed a total of 465 pull-ups for a good cause.
DICE CONNECT BOARD GAME
This is a game of chance and strategy that I'm tinkering with. It tends to be a hit at dinner parties and it's super quick to pick up. I'm currently prototyping different game variations and might look at publishing the game in the future.
GO COMMANDO BOARD GAME
Go Commando is a game that I have been working on for years. The game originally started out as a video game pitch project until it evolved into a board game. Basically, it's kind of a cooperative deck building game. It's gone through multiple iterations and has been tested over a few hundred hours. It still needs work. This is another game design hopeful project that I have going on.
METAL GODS TABLETOP GAME
Metal Gods is a 15mm miniatures sci-fi themed real-time strategy tabletop war game.
The universe of Metal Gods centers around Augers (augmented mecha machines) piloted by the last remnants of the human race who’ve traveled across the galaxy in hopes of salvaging our species as pioneers by colonizing Alpha Centauri Proxima B only to find our very existence imploding in the same rut of war, destruction, and thirst for power that brought us here in the first place.
Build your machine, claim the battlefield, protect your people, and defend your right to survive on the only livable planet within reach of our own existence.
First Games Played:
Lode Runner, Pitfall, Oregon Trail, Number Munchers.
First Console Owned:
Nintendo Entertainment System
Favourite Game of All Time:
It's an even split between Zelda a Link to the Past and Final Fantasy III/VI. Also, I'm a big fan of Unreal Tournament 2 and Tribes 2.
Games That I get Addicted to:
MMORPGs. I played Asheron's Call for 5 years where I was a volunteer game master and was the leader of a guild for several years. Then Shadowbane, Dark Ages of Camelot, Star Wars Galaxies, Asheron's Call 2, Guild wars, The Matrix Online, WoW, Eve Online, Black Desert Online, etc, etc, etc. You get the point. My latest interest is Population Zero Online which I am currently an Alpha Tester.
Game Consoles Currently Owned:
Super NES, Sega Game Gear, Sega Dreamcast Playstation 2, PSP (original) Playstation 3, XBox, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch.
Number of Games Owned:
Over 300 console games. I'm working on growing my Steam library. It's pretty puny.
I Mostly Game On: A custom PC that I built in 2012. (Yeah, it's ol' balls.)
Game Hours Played: I've never kept track but you can bet it's well over 100k.