Planet Spark - Various Titles - Game Designer
May 2018 - Present
A series of educational games to teach maths skills to children aged 5 to 12. I worked on numerous titles, each covering different areas of maths and having unique mechanics. On average created around 2 or 3 complete design documents per work week.
Maguss - Maguss - System Designer
January 2017 - April 2018
A mobile augmented reality game that I can best describe as Pokemon Go meets Harry Potter. You wonder the world (the real world) encountering monsters, collecting ingredients and finding chests. The majority of my work was designing the monster's stats, AI, calculating the in game currency and designing the player progression.
Thousand Realms - Fire Gate & Fire Seed - Quality Assurance and Narrative Designer
November 2016 - September 2017
Mobile based choose your own adventure games. Choose a Mage , a Sword Master, a Thief and go on an adventure through the Thousand Realms. I was initially taken on to do QA but after a time they asked me to write additional narrative material and design monsters and items to feature in the games.
AffirmedIT - FitConnect - Rewards Designer
January 2017 - June 2017
FitConnect is a system that gathers data from various apps that track your workouts, diet and sleep patterns. I was taken on to create formulas that would reward points based on how well you did. The main challenge was to ensure that all users were rewarded fairly, regardless of their ability.
Bit Augur LLC - Cancelled Project - Programmer
May 2017 - June 2017
A cancelled project. It was a casual fishing game on mobile that was designed for a young audience.
World Away Games - Swipe Breaker 2 - Level Designer
A modified version of the classic game breakout for mobile. I was tasked to design some levels for the game that took advantage of its unique mechanics.
Sphynx Studios - Colorfy - Programmer
January 2017 - February 2017
A casual game for Steam that was in Greenlight when I started working on it. The game had high resolution images and the developer wanted me to create settings that would display the optimal image based on the screen resolution.
Ice Peddler Games - Riddle Hack - Programmer
November 2016 - December 2016
A question and answer game for PC that had a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2017. My work here was limited to programming but was the first professional job that I had.
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HMV Retail Ltd - Sales Assistant
September 2006 - October 2015
Alien Globetrotters Youth Club - Play Support Worker
April 2002 - March 2011
PlaygroundSquad UK Nov. 2015 - Oct. 2016
Level 3 Qualification in Game Design
University of St. Mark and St. John 2004 - 2007
Ba(Hons), Computing and Information Technology with Education Studies, 2:1
Plymstock School 2002 - 2004
A-Level, Information and Communication Technology
AS-Level, Applied Mathematics
Plymstock School 1997 - 2002
GCSE, Information Technology
GCSE, Science Double Award
GCSE, English Literature
GCSE, RE (Short Course)
I am a hardworking and knowledgeable game designer looking for a position in a professional video games studio. I enjoy dedicating myself to a project, making sure that every aspect is as good as it can be. I have been able to motivate myself into self publish a game for mobile called StarratS which is currently available on Android. Two of my strongest skills are my work ethic and ability to research. No matter what the game's subject matter may be, I like to thoroughly find out as much as possible and implement what I learn into the game.
I also have a good head for numbers and am happy to calculate appropriate character stats, enemy spawn rates, weapon power or whatever is required to achieve a balanced game. As I enjoy working with numbers, people and managing data, in the long term I aspire to work in project management within the industry. I can also be creative and like to approach existing concepts from different angles and think of alternative methods. If I come across an issue I will not spend hours banging my head against a wall and would rethink the situation to find a solution.
Outside of the video game industry I am an avid boardgamer and play regularly with friends every week. I have taken part in multiple Ludum Dares as a solo entrant and was also at the inaugural Jamchester Game Jam in a team of three. I also run regularly and have pushed myself to enter multiple marathons and half-marathons. I cycle too and have done cycle tours in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic.
I like to do charity work when I can and have volunteered to teach English and work in orphanages in India, Ghana, Thailand and Vietnam. Whilst on these trips I wrote public blogs which have helped me to improve my writing skills and in communicating through documentation. The trips also allowed me to meet have many great experiences and to meet a variety of people from different cultures, which I look forward to being able to feed into my game designs.
I have also become involved with a charity known as Everyone Can (formally Aidis Trust). They provide assisted technology to people with disabilities to improve their quality of life. I often help them out on special gaming days that they run for children. They run these events in groups with children who have a variety of disabilities and learning difficulties, but we take a wide range of specialist equipment along so that every child can play. You can find out further details about in an interview they held with me, at the link below.
Unreal Engine 4, Unity, Game Maker, Maya, Photoshop, Mercurial, Github, Axosoft, Pycharm and Trello.
Available on request from Mikael Hellberg (Head of Games & Media at Access Creative College) and Mats Hjertkvist (former supervisor at PlaygroundSquad UK).