Meet the Team – Brian Abdo

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Name: Brian Abdo

Role: Programmer

About: Currently, I am a graduate candidate at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying both Computer Science and Information Systems. I never expected to enter the game development industry as my undergraduate degree was in history. After some soul searching, I decided to go back to school and get my master’s degree in the family business, Computer Science. Game Development has always intrigued me but I never delved too deep into it until I started my capstone/thesis for my program. The projected started out as a procedurally generated planet but morphed into an entire 4X, RTS game! I spend quite a bit of my free time working on it while I devote most of my time to GalaCollider.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: GalaCollider is everything you look for in a game. It has a point, a growing community, and it always tries to become a better version of itself. It was the latter that sparked my interest in the game. When I met Sebastian at ECGC in 2016, he showed me how far the game had come and the endless possibilities to come. Let me say, my favorite thing about GalaCollider might not yet even be in the game. Otherwise, I’d have to say the 2D, 3D map concept. It’s really inventive!

What inspires you? I’m inspired by a lot of different things. These range from games, to books, to movies, and music. Currently, music has been the source of most of my inspiration. Specifically, artists such as Lindsay Stirling, David Choi, and Malukah.

What is your current gaming obsession?: If No Man’s Sky was out right now, it would be that. Otherwise, I’m currently playing FIFA.

Meet the Team – Trai Corté

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Name: Trai Corté

Role: Programmer

About: I hate talking about myself because I never know what to say haha. I started playing video games when I was really little, like 3 or 4 years old. That past time has managed to stick around with me for about 20 years now. I’m currently a Computer Science major at ODU with a minor in Physics. I enjoy writing code and enjoy anything space related. My all time favorite class was Astrophysics because I got to apply some really cool math to space physics which I enjoy greatly. That being said I’m also a fan of Science Fiction. With my favorite science fiction novel being Revelation Space. Another fun fact about myself is that I’m currently in charge of a student organization centered around game development on my university called the Video Game Design & Development Club. Through that I have gotten to meet some great people and even managed to discover GalaCollider while on a trip to East Coast Gaming Conference. There’s not much more to say about me. I enjoy just hanging out and talking about many different subjects, whether that’s games or books or world events.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I enjoy how easily GalaCollider pulls off the 4X strategy card game feel. Being a fan of strategy games, card games and Science Fiction and then finding something that combines all three really made this fun.

What inspires you? Other people’s successes. I always enjoy watching people succeed because it makes me feel like I can succeed and that’s a good feeling to have

What is your current gaming obsession?: This is a tough one because I play so many games. I would say my biggest focuses right now would be Civ V, Overwatch and seeing how long it takes me to crash Fallout 4, I even play some Endless Legend every now and then.

You can see more of Trai’s work here: https://student.wp.odu.edu/tcort001/

Meet the Team – Elijah Fisch

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Role: Community Manager

About: I’ve always had a passion for games. In recent years I’ve enjoyed delving into the creation of board games & card games, as well as an eager foray into the world of Unity3D. Searching for the next up-and-coming indie games, I found GalaCollider, and its unique lore & gameplay spoke to me! I’m also a musician, currently pursuing a BFA in music composition at Concordia in Montreal, QC.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Its captivating lore and its unique mesh of 4X style gameplay with deck-building.

What inspires you?: People thoroughly dedicated to pursuing their art, especially in the realm of games. Sebastian Chedal chief among them!

What is your current gaming obsession?:

Video Games: The Dark Souls/Bloodborne games.

Board Games/Role-playing Games: Dead of Winter, Dungeons & Dragons

Learn more about Elijah:

https://soundcloud.com/user-453516719

http://www.thejemband.com/

Meet the Team – Robert Miedema and Richard Simms

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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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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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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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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

Meet The Team – Jero Juujärvi

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Name: Jero Juujärvi

Role: Marketing Consultant

About: I’ve been a passionate game developer since childhood but I’ve also been into Consumer Behavior, Marketing, and Interactive Media!

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Crushing Opponents, Fully.

What inspires you?: I’m inspired by the fact that whenever you practice something your always developing yourself into something more.

What is your current gaming obsession?: Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Dirty Bomb.

Meet The Team – Roberto Casas

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Name: Roberto Casas

Role: Marketing

About: I’m a mix of two very different cultures (Swedish and Colombian). I have a diverse background (trained as a Veterinarian) and dedicated to Marketing the last 18 years of my life. I am an avid reader (when there is time) and always trying to stay up to date with the latest consumer trends.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: The unique idea of combining card games and 4X, the incredible graphics, and most of all, the creative force of the whole team.

What inspires you?: The thought that our mind has an endless capacity of creating ideas.

What is your current gaming obsession?: My 15 months-old daughter. Just now she is a fast growing tornado that keeps e (and the rest of the family really busy)

Meet the Team – Sam Watson

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Name: Sam Watson

Role: Composer / Sound Designer

About: I have been a freelance composer, sound designer, and audio engineer for television and film for the last 16 years. I’ve been lucky enough to circle the globe via work and have met some amazing people as a result. My love for sound was obvious from the start when I won the 3rd grade science fair for a project on the property of sound. Some of my favorite experiences were documenting BB King’s life story, working on a film for Habitat for Humanity on five continents, and a kids’ music education TV show called Lomax the Hound of music for which our audio team was Emmy nominated. My last big project was writing the score for the teen adventure creature-feature Big Bad.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I love that it blends the old familiar card game with the 4x space conquest approach. The randomness in the cards helps keep the game fresh and ensure that no two games are ever the same. Plus it features true head-to-head playability which is always the most fun. (I’ve always enjoyed games like chess, poker, & Risk). Galacollider is very much a thinking & strategy game at the highest level!

What inspires you?: I find inspiration in everything from the piano works of Maurice Ravel, to books on the the mathematical jokes hidden in the Simpsons, to a walk down a city street. The human mind is an amazing filter for creating order and inspiration out of seeming chaos.

What is your current gaming obsession?: Galacollider of course! By the time I am done working, practicing (guitar, piano or cello) and wrangling our three kids it doesn’t leave too much other time! Although I really look forward to Sea of Thieves when it lands.

Learn more about Sam: samwatson.com and soundcloud.com/samwatsonmusic

Meet The Team – Lorcan O’Shanahan

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About: I’m an Irish born, half Spanish hybrid graphic designer and motion graphics artist with thirst for understanding the world around me and the people in it. When Im not listening to audiobooks on physiology or the creative process, You may find me at home rewatching some of Robert Sapolsky’s lectures on Neuroscience & Behavioral Evolution. My background in Interface design comes from having worked on couple of features like Enders Game, Extraterrestrials, and most recently on the TV series Continuum. These afforded me the opportunity to experience two very different pipelines for mass production of screen design and fast paced animation output which ultimately brought about enough confidence to go freelance as of last year.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Sebastian and the entire crew have really amazed me with the level of focus and energy they bring to the project. At first I was excited to be working on my first real Kickstarted and sci-fi video Game, but after a couple of weeks onboard I really saw fire and passion I hadn’t seen before. Love it.

What inspires you?: I can’t say im not influenced, we all are, by literally everything we come in contact through any of our senses. My eyes are definitely a source, be it scifi movies, tumblr blogs, or other peoples work I like, If I see it and I like it chances are that it will somehow end up appearing in my work that day… Music is also hugely important for my process, Im constantly scouring Soundcloud feeds for the next tune to add to my collection of music.

What is your current gaming obsession?: The last game that I really lost myself in was ‘Journey‘. There was something magical about it, maybe the fact it didn’t have any text, instructions, or voice over to explain the narrative. Just a beautifully crafted journey of self discovery.

Learn more about Lorcan: www.lorcanoshanahan.com

Meet The Team – Drew Hoffman

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Role: UI design and initial Art Direction

About: I am an Art Director & Designer from Orange County, CA that specializes in creating visuals for web and screen. My main focus has always been the usability of a product first and the visuals second. I love to snowboard and all things Japanese. In my free time I am usually watching movies, playing games or spend time with my 5 year old daughter, Lucy.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: Two things….first is that it’s sci-fi overload for me. I have been taking in so much sci-fi content over the past few months and I still can’t get enough. It was bad before but now it’s just atrocious. The second is that with a project like this you really get to explore and try a lot of different things. Different inspiration. Different user flows. Different processes. It is really unlike anything I have worked on. Just being able to surround myself and work on the things I love is the best part of GalaCollider.

What inspires you?: Movies. Architecture. People. Japan. Music. It’s hard to say really because inspiration does not come from a list of sources, you really can draw inspiration from just about anything and anywhere. I would have to say that two common threads throughout my life has been music and taking trips to the mountains.

What is your current gaming obsession?: It’s difficult to make time for games these days so lately I have been playing short games that don’t suck that much time out of my week. I love playing hearthstone and lately I have been addicted to Tsum Tusm. It’s completely different than my usual style of game and I think that’s why I can’t get enough. I also just started playing Shadows of Mordor and Alien: Isolation but it will be a while before I play those out.

Learn more about Drew: www.Drew-Hoffman.com

Meet The Team – Joseph Rintoul

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Role: Designer

About: Game Artist with over 8 years of experience producing art and assets for indie developers, including concept art, visual development, user interfaces and animations. I also have a strong interest in the art of game design and user experience. A recent title I’ve worked on is Puubas “The Weaponographist”, in which I was in charge of menus, characters, FX animation, and UI.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I love the combination of two of my favorite genres. I grew up on the Microprose 4x games of old (Master of Orion 1-2, Master of Magic, etc) and I’m very excited to have deck-building thrown into that mix. I think the near limitless amount of strategy you can have with card and deck builders will keep the gameplay fresh and engaging for a long time.

What inspires you?: For me, it’s the idea that with the right tools and a lot of work, a dedicated group of individuals can make the game that they want to make, and have millions of people experience it with the click of a button. I draw a lot of inspiration from the work done by the fledgeling studios of the 80’s and 90’s, who with a small group of people, created the foundation of gaming as we know it.

What is your current gaming obsession?: Right now, it’s city builders (Banished, Skylines) and the Souls series. I also love any kind of game with co-op, and I can’t help but fall back into Master of Orion II once every 5-6 months.

Learn more about Joseph here: www.rintouldesign.com/