We are starting a new feature this week. We are going to interview everyone of our team members until the last one spills the beans. I picked the short straw so I will be going first.
Let’s meet Michael, our Community Manager.
What is your role and what aspect of the game are you working on?
I am in charge of most of the marketing. It is my job to update the site, create community campaigns, manage the various social networks, and gaming hubs for Cat Banana Studios and the game. I also have to remember to feed the hamster to keep the website going. I am also known to use a cattle prod on certain team members when they wander off the range.
Did any game(s) inspire you to shape any of the features or provide input in Imagine Nations? How so?
I think a few games inspired me to help shape the game. I like the idea of playing the game world like the board game “Risk”. In Imagine Nations, we will have various cultures with different levels of hostility. You will have to decide whether to go to war or find a way to make them your allies. Every decision has ramifications.
I am so looking forward to the quest system in Imagine Nations. As a fan of Warcraft and Skyrim, I can’t wait to interact with new people, explore the world, and travel deep in to dungeons looking for treasure. I love the idea of giving the play their own story to make themselves.
Crafting is my favorite downtime activity in games. I find crafting to be relaxing whether you are out gathering resources or building the items as hard earned rewards. I have always been a big crafter in games like Asheron’s Call, Star Wars Galaxies, and World of Warcraft. I look forward to the chance to design the spreadsheets with the recipe needs to build each item in the blueprint system.
What game(s) influenced you the most? What impact did they have on you as a person today?
Jedi Knight Dark Forces 2, Rainbow Six, and Ghost Recon impacted me the most. If it wasn’t for those games, I would probably have never started in the game industry with Microsoft, Sierra Interactive, and Ubisoft. Half Life and Tribes also gave me many opportunities as well. World of Warcraft finally gave me a place to settle down in a community with a large guild and enjoy playing games with no drama.
At the end of the day, while I enjoyed playing the games, I enjoyed meeting new people and connecting with them even more. I have met so many friends both online and offline from gaming.
What is your favorite video game character?
I don’t have one single favorite character since I have been gaming for so long. My first favorite would be Kyle Katarn from Jedi Knight Dark Forces 2, Leroy Jenkins from World of Warcraft, Shepard from Mass Effect, and I just finished Tomb Raider where Lara Croft was portrayed awesomely.
What game(s) are you playing when you are not working hard?
Since I just finished Tomb Raider, I started Borderlands 2. I am also an avid Blizzard fanboy. I play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Starcraft 2.
What is your favorite food and drink?
I love to drink Pepsi. I already requested a personal IV drip to my desk when we get funding. My favorite food is way more complicated. I went to chef school so I like to eat. I like Italian foods the most. Pizza and pastas. But, I rarely turn down a meal.
Any last words?
I really enjoy working for this team. I can’t wait for this game to get to the early access stage so people can discover the awesome game we are making.
Community Roundup #5
We have 2 new monthly polls on the forums. Please read the February “State Of The Game” Address if you haven’t. The post covers news and notes on the progress of the game.
Here are the links to the new polls and recent forum links. Enjoy!
- Poll: How would you prefer the inventory to function? (Backer’s Only)
- Poll: Should character generation affect game play? (Open)
- Campaign or catastropic events, ideas for them
- Health “resource” bars and food topics