Meet the Team – Trevor Worrall

Meet The Team Mondays – Play-test coordinator, Meta and Game Balance Controller, Trevor Worrall

Name: Trevor Worrall

Role: Play-test coordinator, Meta and Game Balance Controller.

About: I’ve been interested in card games since I was a kid in middle school thanks to the pokemon trading card game. Back then, I didn’t really know the rules but still managed to have fun playing with my friends. As I got older, I got more competitive minded about the card games I played and grew a fondness for knowing a game’s rules extremely well. I started to play the Yugioh tcg competitively in high school and managed to qualify for the Canadian national championship event which was a blast to play! This gave me a taste for high level play that I wouldn’t be able to shake in the future. Now an adult, I focus on playing all the digital card games because I don’t have as much time to frequent hobby shops. That hasn’t stopped me from continuing to be competitive, however, as I’ve played tons of Magic the Gathering online, Solforge, Hearthstone, and Might and Magic: Duel of Champions on the pc. I even spent a few years on the design team of a digital card game by the name of Shadow Era. When I was approached to help with GalaCollider, I knew this was a golden opportunity I couldn’t pass up!

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I love that GalaCollider is doing something different. A lot of card games unfairly get called “clones” of existing card games but that is very hard to do with GalaCollider. This is because it blends multiple existing genres into one giving you a new and fresh experience. I’m always excited for new experiences!

what inspires you? I’m always inspired to try out new things. I tend to sample lots of different activities so that I can find new hobbies to enjoy as well as just learn new things. The initial feeling of joy you get when you find something new to love is great!

What is your current gaming obsession?: I’m very much obsessed with card games in general, but if I had to pick one game I would say my current gaming obsession is poker. Surprisingly, the skills you pick up playing traditional card games like Magic the Gathering actually apply to poker quite well. The two actually aren’t all that different. In particular, Poker helps you train your mind to think in terms of odds and percentages and these lessons can be applied to every TCG you play as well. Did I mention I love learning?

Meet The Team – Amy Ballinger

Meet The Team Mondays - Creative Writer and Producer Amy Ballinger

Name: Amy Ballinger

Role: Creative Writer

About: For GalaCollider, I am creating the setting and lore for the game, including an overarching storyline that will be revealed gradually in future updates and releases. As a sci-fi writer, it’s particularly exciting to get to design the various playable alien factions and flesh out everything conceivable about them – their evolution, history, culture, physiology, technology, philosophy, religion – absolutely everything. I’m writing about a whole new world, but one four billion years in the future, so it’s fascinating to imagine what might transpire during that timespan.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: To me, the most striking part of GalaCollider is the unique gameplay. There are a lot of games out there with space as their backdrop, but GalaCollider manages to synthesize two traditionally separate genres into a unique and really fun game. It balances deep strategy with accessibility, which is exciting to me as a gamer who tends to avoid 4x strategy games because of their tendency to have a steep learning curve.

What inspires you?: There are really too many to count, as inspiration strikes in the most unlikely of places, from an overheard conversation to an article I’ve read. But there are a few inspiring works that have stuck with me through the years. Ghost in the Shell is a big inspiration to me, especially as a near-future concept of Earth. The Art of War is timeless in its communication of both strategy and psychology, and Jane Austen’s novels capture the intricacies of the human psyche in elegant prose.

What is your current gaming obsession?: A bit of everything. Recently, for MMO’s, I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2 and ArcheAge, for handheld, Super Smash Bros. and Professor Layton games, for console, Destiny and Diablo III, and for computer, Hammerwatch, Hearthstone, Psychonauts, FTL . . . I probably play a bit too much! I haven’t played Bioshock Infinite recently, but I’m still obsessed with it over two years after it was released. And of course, a variety of card/board games, of which Star Realms is a current favorite of mine.