Tiny little post…

I haven’t had much desire to write lately, I suspect it is the busyness of the season. I know some of you are waiting for me to continue with the “My Acclaim” stories, but I’m just not sure what I want to write about next, though it will most likely be Project Top Secret.

The challenges of 2010 are still near. My holiday shopping has been minimal and where I usually make great efforts to find those odd, unusual and fun gifts; I’ve instead opted for the simple and easy.

I am looking forward to 2011 and a New Year with a fresh mental restart.

I’m Alive… So Alive…

I cannot describe how I’ve felt these past few months as I’ve continued to look for work. Sure I had a job, when many can’t find one. I liked where I worked and the people I worked with. And yes the ending of a nearly 2 year relationship in the middle of all that didn’t help. But I still felt like something else was missing from me.

Enter the new job. On Monday, I start working with BioWare working with the Community around Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The world just seems so different today and has for the past week as I’ve been slowing moving towards my first day. I feel amazing.

I get to work with BioWare… BIOWARE!

I get to work on a Star Wars game… STAR WARS!

And I once again get to be a part of a fanatical, fantastic and fascinating community.

I’m Alive… So Alive…

I’m Alive… So Alive…

I cannot describe how I’ve felt these past few months as I’ve continued to look for work. Sure I had a job, when many can’t find one. I liked where I worked and the people I worked with. And yes the ending of a nearly 2 year relationship in the middle of all that didn’t help. But I still felt like something else was missing from me.

Enter the new job. On Monday, I start working with BioWare working with the Community around Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The world just seems so different today and has for the past week as I’ve been slowing moving towards my first day. I feel amazing.

I get to work with BioWare… BIOWARE!

I get to work on a Star Wars game… STAR WARS!

And I once again get to be a part of a fanatical, fantastic and fascinating community.

I’m Alive… So Alive…

My Acclaim: Prologue

In order to tell my tale at Acclaim I need to take you back, all the way back to 1998. It was that year that a few things came together for me but most importantly it is the year that I started my second fan site. My first was for a game called Creatures; the second was for a game to be made by a newly founded game company funded by Microsoft. That game was Dungeon Siege, created by Chris Taylor at his new Gas Powered Games studio.

That site was called “The Dungeon Siege Historian”. It wasn’t the first fan site for DS, one started a week before mine, but it didn’t last… Mine did. That site grew and was picked up by GameSpy as a hosted site under Planet RPG. We then merged with another fan site out there and eventually grew to become Planet Dungeon Siege. This site is still up and running 12 years later and with Dungeon Siege 3 in the works looks like it will be around for quite some time. But in 2007 after DS2 I was getting a little bored with the site and the franchise and was looking around for something new to play in the MMO space. I was a huge fan of Asheron’s Call, a game that I still think is one of the best MMOs of all time, and was looking for another fantasy based game to fill my time. As I searched around I found that the Acclaim brand had been resurrected and was putting out Asian MMOs in the US. One of the games coming was 2Moons, an adaptation of the Korean Dekaron. I loved the over the top style of the game and decided to join the community and see what it was about.

At the time there was much of a moderation team, in fact I think there might have only been one who worked for Acclaim. So I decided to offer my help, using my experience with PDS as proof of my competency. I contacted David Perry, who directed me to David Jun in Acclaim’s Marketing. He brought me onboard as one of the first volunteer moderators for 2Moons, with 2 other people. One really never made an effort and the other worked out well for some time, but eventually was let go.

I continued to grow the team adding those that I thought really helped the community. I will eventually write about some of them but for now I will only mention Jill Sullivan. Jill was my “wonder twin”… Between the two of us we could do just about any project Acclaim threw at us, in record time and above expectations. It was her video creation for 2Moons that led to David Perry hiring her to work for him, and her encouragement with him and Howard Marks that helped Acclaim hire me. I cannot ever thank her enough for that. She is currently looking for work in the Gaming Industry and I would highly recommend her to any company.

And that brings us right up to the point of me being hired at Acclaim.

Next up, my first few weeks at Acclaim and the challenges of taking on Communities that really didn’t want me there.

My Acclaim: Forward

Now that Acclaim really is gone, absorbed by Playdom into the behemoth that is Disney, many people have asked that I write about my time there.

And so I shall…

I first want to say that what I will write is my personal thoughts and opinions as told from my perspective as a employee that worked 2800 miles away from everyone else. This means that I wasn’t always privy to everything that was going on with Acclaim. In fact I was just as surprised as everyone else when it was acquired by Playdom. It will also have a great deal to do with Community Management and my thoughts and processes as I entered and began to grow the Acclaim Community.

Over the next week or so I will begin to tell the story of “My Acclaim”.