Who am I? All joking aside about being the unluckiest human to walk the planet, I am the person you see every day but don’t notice. I’m a person you’ll never see until you meet me. I’ve been accused of having an aura so low, I barely register as alive. I’m the guy that works in the basement of your company, the person you never heard about.
I arrived on this dust ball February 2nd 1965 – yes, I’m that old. Even at an early age I knew I was going to be a storyteller. I would write these little fantasy tales for the people I knew. In my early teens I stumbled into the first fantasy role-playing game, Dungeon & Dragons. I played through high school and later one created my own game worlds. I used those game worlds to weave my fantastic tales for all my players to participate in. Right about the time I started college (community college, not a university), microcomputers made their appearance. I played every game I could find and afford. I even got a job a local game store and convinced the owner to carry computer games so I could get them at wholesale.
Everyone has special talents that make them who they are, things that set them apart of everybody else. We could each fill a book with those traits. I am no exception, but I won’t bore you with my self-promotion. Suffice and writing.
I’ve worked as a freelance writer and software tester. I’ve written testing tools and small computer games. I stumbled into web development because my favorite daily joke page went down, and moved into back end web programming from there.
I'd hoped to turn these talents in to a career for myself in computer game design, but that has proven difficult. One day, Interplay Entertainment, the makers of Fallout and D&D computer games, needed a web programmer. I had just the right skills they needed. For once a beam of luck shone through the murky darkness for me, I got the job.
Interplay is no more. Due to corporate misgovernace
the company folded along with my chance to become a
game designer. With the bust of the dot-coms, I've had
a great deal of trouble picking up work so I've elected
to take a bartending course and change work industries.
I'll post the full story of Interplay's demise soon.