Meet the Team – Robert Miedema and Richard Simms

Robert Miedema

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Role: Senior Marketing Specialist

About: I’ve been working in the gaming industry for quite some time now. I work for a game studio in the Netherlands that has developed and published a variety of platforms such as: PC, consoles, mobile, handhelds and most recently: VR games. I read about GalaCollider on IndieDB, where I saw a topic that the team was looking for someone to help out with the marketing of the game. I visited the website, watched a movie about the game and instantly fell in love! I decided to wait no longer and shoot an email over to the team, which eventually led to me joining the team in a marketing role!  

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Due to the fact I recently joined the team, I tend to love everything about it. So far I don’t have one favorite thing as of yet, but I’ll let you all know when I have mastered the game!

What inspires you?: Since I was a young dude I was already obsessed with gaming. My father brought home a Nintendo, which led to more Nintendo consoles, PlayStation consoles and eventually a XBOX. When I got older I decided that I wanted to do this for a living, since working in the games industry has so many awesome perks and benefits. Being in touch with the latest technology, making international connections everywhere and experiencing awesome stories by playing games. Making something for the world to enjoy and to connect everyone together, that is what inspires me.  

What is your current gaming obsession?: I’m currently playing a lot of Royal Revolt II on my mobile device, which is an awesome game to play while I commute to my work. On my XBOX I tend to play a lot of Battlefield, but I am looking forward to playing ‘The Division’ which will be released in March 2016! I mostly play games with some friends that live close to my place, so we often organize LAN events at which we play so many old and new games!

 

Richard Simms

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Role: QA Tester

About: I’m a British born nerd. Starting gaming from the MegaDrive, all the way up to the PlayStation 4, games have always been a major part of my life. With a knack for breaking things, being a QA tester on GalaCollider seemed like a golden opportunity.

I’ve worked previously on RetroFish (in development) as a QA Tester, sound designer, and composer.  

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I really like the combination of cards, table-top gaming, and a fully 3D map. It feels like the perfect step forward for gaming.

What inspires you?: Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫), a man who basically stumbled into game composing and yet gave us “One Winged Angel”.

What is your current gaming obsession?: In general, I’m always obsessed with JRPGs. I cracked out my old PSP and started finishing Final Fantasy IX and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.

Currently, I’m 100%ing Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Also, I hate the stupid leopard tortoise.

Learn more about Richard: https://twitter.com/tamachan87

Meet the Team – Sidney Dawson III, Sydney Meeker, and Rafael Pacheco

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Sidney Dawson III

Role: PR/Marketing specialist

About: I graduated from Pennsylvania State University in May 2015 with a BA in Communications. I focused primarily on Public Relations because it was something that I was quite interested in, especially when it came to the entertainment industry at large. I haven’t worked on any official game projects in the past, but if anyone is familiar with forum based RPG’s I have been heavily involved in creating Role-Play Forums and running them since 2007. I’ve also been into gaming for as long as I can remember and my love for gaming is what brought me to the doorstep of GalaCollider, as I wanted to put my degree to use in the industry I enjoy the most.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: The 4X genre seamlessly merged with a TCG.

What inspires you?: Anime and film are probably my two biggest sources of inspiration. I am really big into writing so I value good stories and interesting plot twists quite a bit.

What is your current gaming obsession?: I recently picked up Star Wars Battlefront and I just can’t put it down!

Learn more about Sid: https://www.youtube.com/user/SanosukeHitori https://twitter.com/SanosukeHitori

 

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Sydney Meeker

Role: Creative Writer

About: I’ve been doing video game writing for a few years — I started out working on a fan MMO, went from there to a few professional projects, and ended up with Galacollider! I found GC through David Logan — with whom I helped launch Whispering Willows.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Probably the flexibility of rounds/turns — I can choose how long I can play at any given time.

What inspires you?: Everything! To pick a few: music, weather, comically bad youtube videos.

What is your current gaming obsession?: An old (and poorly balanced) RTS I used to play about a decade ago was recently released on Steam. Impossible Creatures allows for customizable units and group of units, so I spend as much of my time building armies as I do. I’ve also been playing Fallen Earth because I’m waiting for Fallout 4 to go on sale.

Oh, and I’ve also been playing way too much Undertale.

Learn more about Sydney: twitter.com/OrangeyBlueInk

 

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Rafael Pacheco

Role: Marketing Specialist

About: I’m from Venezuela but I’m currently living in Toronto, Canada. Since university I only worked in advertising companies and this is my first gig in the video game industry.

I’m a huge sports fan and fantasy sports addict. I like reading about history, philosophy and suspense.

I believe Friends is the best show ever, I can make the best Mojitos you’ll ever try, and knew since the beginning that Bruce Willis’ character was dead in The Sixth Sense.

No spoilers on Game of Thrones please!

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Very interesting mechanics. The first time I played I found myself exicted about the options I had… Attack here, get a new planet or maybe retreat to protect myself. It’s a fun game.

What inspires you?: Mmmmm… the moment?

What is your current gaming obsession?: Assasin’s Creed Black Flag, Bioshock, Soda Dungeons.

Learn more about Rafael: https://twitter.com/randomrafa

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

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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