Meet the Team – Connor Bridgeman, Thomas Lowry and Cedric de Leeuw

Connor Bridgeman

Thomas Lowry

Cedric de Leeuw

 

Connor Bridgeman

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Role: Marketing Manager

About: Video game and enthusiast and current university marketing student in Seattle. I grew up in Silicon Valley and have always wanted to work in tech. I fell in love with games and computers at a young age, and they have been a huge part of my life ever since. I also have a passion for sports, especially (American) football, go Niners! When I was given the opportunity to work on GalaCollider, I immediately recognized a success in the making.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: One of the features that impressed me when I first played the game was it’s ability to seamlessly integrate two great genres. The fact that I was thinking of strategies I had once used in Starcraft and others that I learned from Hearthstone at the same time was my “wow” moment with GalaCollider.

What inspires you?: I enjoy sticking my face headfirst into new experiences. I try to take all the opportunities that come my way and leave them better than before. I love working in teams and making my teammates happy keeps me going!

What is your current gaming obsession?: MGSV has been my recent single player go to. It’s one of my favorite franchises of all time. I’m actually struggling to beat it since there is so much to do! Rocket League has been another obsession I currently have. Best pick up and play game I have played in a long time. Plus it’s soccer with flying cars. Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront are also about to absorb my social life.

Learn more about Connor: I am on the twittersphere. Follow me. I want to be popular. https://twitter.com/bridgetheman

 

Thomas Lowry

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Role: Test Manager, Junior Programmer

About: I’m a fairly recent university graduate from the Cook Islands, studied Computer Science and IT in Hawaii, and moved to Australia for work.  I’ve always wanted to be able to work on the hard problems in game programming, so when I came across the GalaCollider Kickstarter with a remote team, I jumped at the opportunity to help out.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: The thing that first caught my attention about GalaCollider was the potential combination of things it could do, the idea of having strategic map positioning, and card management, and mind games from hidden information… All wrapped up in my favourite genre as well, Space sci-fi 🙂

What inspires you?: I love learning, and I’m pretty good at wrapping my mind around the generals of new ideas, often when I come across unique ideas like those in GalaCollider I get really excited about the potential I can see in where it is and where it’s going. Other areas that really inspire me are algorithm and software design.

What is your current gaming obsession?: Funnily enough my recent obsession has been less any specific game (time is a bit short) and more researching game design and game programming, one thing for sure though is that my Steam wishlist has grown a lot while I’ve been looking for games that present new, interesting ideas.

 

Cedric de Leeuw

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Role: Video Editor

About: I am a very creative person which is the reason I studied audio visual design. I’ve done a lot of things during that period, some examples: video editing, special effects, 3D, web design, html/css coding, creating flash games. However in the end I stuck with video editing and creating special effects because I enjoyed doing that the most.

My biggest passion has always been gaming though, and I’ve never really realized that during my studies. So after I was done studying, I started to look at what gave me the most enjoyment when I was working. Eventually I could answer that question and started my own YouTube channel. I cover many games and love to play new innovative games. Whether it’s a triple A title or an Indie game doesn’t matter. In my let’s plays I can be as wacky as I want to be, however in preview/review videos I’d like to be more professional.

I came into contact with Nina from GalaCollider and after playing the demo I was sold on the game. I previewed it in a video which I made for their Kickstarter, and they were amazed by the quality I delivered. A couple months later, they asked me to join the team as their video editor because they needed more videos for upcoming promotions. So here I am! I’ve never really done anything like this or worked much in my own industry since I went to YouTube fairly early and found that my own happiness was more important.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Since I am a strategist I’d have to say being able to change up my strategy mid game and not having to forfeit after 4 turns because my early rush didn’t work.

What inspires you?: Although the source of my creativity can literally be anything, I find that listening to music while it guides the visuals in my head inspires me the most. While listening to a song it can take you through a journey into space while the next time that same song could take you underwater and explore the deep oceans. I find it exciting to let the music guide me and not know exactly where I’ll end up. This way I am also free to change course while I work which means I am not locked to one specific outcome and have the flexibility to choose the best one.

What is your current gaming obsession?: I don’t think I have a real obsession at the moment however the thing I look the most forward to is Blade & Soul.

Learn more about Cedric: http://www.youtube.com/GamersObservation