I’m an online community rep for STO, which means I spend an awful lot of time hanging out with the STO fan base. I spend most of my day reading our official forums, and passing the feedback I gather on to the rest of the team. I also act as the forum manager, and take care of escalations from our moderation team, as well as helping out with stuff like taking screen shots, and all that other fun behind the scenes stuff.
Right now, I just finished setting up private fleet forums for a few guilds. It’s something new we’re trying out here on the STO forums, and I’m really excited by it. If everything works out with it, I’m hoping to expand on this idea quite a bit!
How long have you worked in gaming, and what did you do before Star Trek Online?
This is actually my first job in gaming. I worked as a GM on Champions Online for a few months before moving to the OCR team. Before that I was working as technical support for a payphone services company, where I worked with the California Department of Corrections to make sure inmates could call home for Christmas.
Who is your favorite Star Trek character and why?
Without a doubt, Q. I really enjoyed the wit and sarcasm brought to the role by John de Lancie. To me, it also spoke volumes that such a powerful being could act so childish, so consistently, while still proclaiming to be so intellectually advanced. This, of course, made me consider my own actions in an entirely new way.
What is an interesting fact about you that players would be surprised to know?
Last year at nVision, I was one of the 203 gamers who established the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest LAN party. I stayed up for 36+ hours with a bunch of other gamers to play video games.
My wife still mocks me for this.
If you could choose to be an alien on Star Trek, which species would you want to be?
I would probably be a Changeling like Odo and The Founders. You know, sleep in a bucket, play pranks on tons of people with my shape shifting powers … Near limitless options for getting myself into trouble, how could you go wrong?
Which is cooler: monkeys, robots, pirates or ninjas?
Pirates, since I was little boy, nothing has been cooler than pirates.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to break into the gaming industry?
Network, network, network. I’m here today because I knew a couple of people in the industry who were very supportive of my desire to get into the gaming business. Having that kind of help to get a job anywhere is incredibly valuable. Work your contacts, find out what you need to do to break in, and then go for it. If you don’t know anyone in the industry, think of things you can do to meet them. If you’re looking at writing, start a blog and keep updating it regularly. If you want to code, work on your own projects. Then, once you have some stuff to show off, head to the conventions and meet some people, and don’t be afraid to show off your stuff!
What was your first favorite video game?
Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders, and old Lucas Arts adventure game. The game was insanely funny, made absolutely no sense and is probably the best adventure game they ever put out. Now if only I could get someone at Lucas to re-release it …