Portfolio

2016 – Storm Wars

(Kongregate/Web/Facebook/Android) – CEO, designer, and engineer. My first title as an independent studio, I wanted to bring my earlier game Warstorm back to life after Zynga shut it down. The game has been very well received on Kongregate (ranked #6 of all CCGs there) and has just launched on Android with a solid 4.6 star rating. Click to play it on: Kongregate, Web, Facebook, Google Play.

2014 – Star Wars: Assault Team

(iOS/Android/Win8/Amazon, Disney Mobile) – Studio Director/GM. Produced by ‘Disney Mobile PrAustin’, a joint effort between our joint studios in Prague, CZ, and Austin, TX.  Won the coveted ‘editor’s choice’ spot on iOS when it launched (top 100 app in 145 countries). The game is free-to-play, an evolution of the ‘card battle’ genre, and you can download it in the app store on iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

2013 – The Lone Ranger

(iOS/Android/Win8, Disney Mobile) – Studio Director/GM, produced by Disney Mobile Prague.  This is a free-to-play ‘Mafia Wars’-type game with a wild-west setting.  You can get it for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

2013 – Toy Story: Smash It!

(iOS/Android/Win8/Amazon, Disney Mobile) – Studio Director/GM, produced by Disney Mobile Prague.  A 3D ‘Angry Birds’ type physics game, with great Toy Story characters and comedy.  Reached #1 for paid games on iPad.  Get it here: iOS, Android, Windows 8, Amazon

2013 – Nemo’s Reef

(iOS/Android/Win8/Amazon, Disney Mobile) – Studio Director/GM, produced by Disney Mobile Prague. A beautiful, easy to play, and serene ‘reef builder’ game, featuring all of your favorite Nemo characters. Reached #5 free on iPad, and #1 on Amazon.  Top 5 app in 34 countries on iOS. Successful and still going strong – 25+ million players so far. Download links for: iOS, AndroidWindows 8, and Amazon

2011 – Kingdoms

(Facebook, Zynga) – Executive Producer / Lead Designer.  MMORPG ‘lite’ for Facebook, never published. Building this gem for Zynga (and subsequently having it canned) was the most ‘soul-crushing’ experience I’ve ever had in my career.

2009 – Ponzi, Inc.

(Facebook, Challenge Games) – CCO, our biggest success at Challenge Games on Facebook (in terms of # players, though Warstorm easily eclipsed it for revenue).  Along the lines of ‘Office Space meets Mafia Wars’, it was a rather simplistic game but had a ton of style.

2008 – Questy Quest

(Facebook, Challenge Games), another ‘experimental’ Facebook game before games were big on the platform, this was something along the lines of Kingdom of Loathing.

2008 – Nobility

(Facebook, Challenge Games) – CCO, My first experimental game on Facebook, made entirely with the help of an outsourcing company in India (I think the total contract was $2500).  Not much to look at, but this was before games were huge on Facebook, and I was extremely interested in exploring the viral opportunities.  Of all the games I have designed, I think this was the ‘purest’ – the rules were simple, but the game was extremely social and addictive.

2008 – Planetstorm

(Web, Challenge Games)  – CCO, a quick ‘clone” of Warstorm with a sci-fi/military theme.

2008 – Warstorm

(Web / Facebook, Challenge Games / Zynga) – CCO, my first ‘breakout’ success as a designer.  I’m a huge Magic the Gathering fan, and wanted to create a similar type of game that you could play asynchronously, much like Duels.  It was a hit (relatively speaking), and we ported this to Facebook once we realized the potential of the platform.  I’m not certain of the exact figures, but I think around 3 million people played it.

2008 – Mech Duels

(Web, Challenge Games) – CCO, an attempt to cross ‘Duels’ with ‘Mechwarrior’, though the game didn’t perform well.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find any actual screenshots, so the ones below are production design templates.

2007 – Duels

(Web , Challenge Games) – CCO (Chief Creative Officer).  This was the first RPG (that I know of) with ‘asynchronous combat’, meaning that you could challenge another player in combat, and once accepted, your characters would battle autonomously with the results of the battle being shown afterwards.  I was super-excited about the potential of ‘short-form entertainment’ on the web, making asynchronous PVP games that anyone could play in 5-minute chunks.  Andrew Busey (CEO) designed the majority of this game, though I made a few decent contributions.

2007 – Exteel

(PC Action MMO, NCSoft) – External Producer.  This was an early ‘free to play’ title we imported from NCSoft Korea, and attempted to tailor to the US Market.

2007 – Dungeon Runners

(PC MMORPG, NCSoft) – Creative Director. MMORPG featuring Diablo-style gameplay and satirical humor.

2003 – Shadowbane 

(PC MMORPG, Wolfpack Studios) – Designer.  Hired by Wolfpack and moved to Austin, TX where I’ve mostly been ever since.  Shadowbane was an early ‘hardcore’ PVP-focused MMORPG.

2003 – Puzzle Pirates

(PC MMORPG, Three Rings Inc.) – early investor in the studio behind it (close friends of mine).  Really fun! You can play it here.

2002 – Earth & Beyond

(PC MMORPG, Westwood Studios/EA) – Lead Designer.  Big budget space-themed MMO.  Brett Sperry (inventor of the RTS genre with ‘Dune 2′) was my mentor here.  Although the game was shut down, there is still an active community and emulator if you want to check it out.

1998 – Middle Earth Online

(PC MMORPG,  Sierra Entertainment) – not published.

1997 – The Realm

(PC GMUD, Sierra Entertainment) – Programmer / Designer. Claim to fame: one of the very first ‘Graphical MUDs (multi-user-dungeons)’ ever, a precursor to modern MMORPGs like World of Warcraft. Believe it or not, you can still play it!

1996 – Amulets & Armor

(PC, RPG, LDS Co.) Programmer / Designer.  This was a multiplayer action/RPG created in a custom ‘2 1/2D’ Doom-style engine.  Not commercially successful but gained a ‘cult following’ of sorts.  Something Awful published a full ‘Let’s Play’ walk-through of A&A on YouTube in 2012! You can still download it here.

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