Designer and Artist
Lichdom: Battlemage for PC
February 2012 - Present
Responsible for shepherding the vision of the Lichdom IP and delivering on the goals of the product as defined by the Executive level. Hiring, management, mentoring, and scheduling of the design team.
Delivery of all documentation, prototypes and educational materials necessary to move swiftly into game production.
Design of multi-discipline world construction methodology to ensure rapid production with clear goals and ownership.
Built a play-test gated pipeline for multi-discipline teams by which features are iterated on based on frequent playtest feedback.
Level Design Director
World of Darkness for PC
December 2010 – February 2012
Responsible for the hiring, mentoring and management of the World of Darkness Level Design Team.
Manage all budgeting and scheduling concerning the World of Darkness Level Design team.
Coordinate multi-national teams with offices in the U.S. and the EU for the delivery of game systems and tools as the Designer and Product Owner.
Design company wide processes for world construction, asset integration, and game ready deployment.
Lead multi-discipline teams to design and deliver game-play prototypes and production pipelines.
Collaborate with Art Directors to create visual target scenes to guide the production of assets and worlds.
Lead Level Designer
April 2008 – December 2010
Responsible for the world design and environment specific interactions for World of Darkness.
Led technical teams that design the world assembly tool suite for both World of Darkness and Eve Online: Incarna.
Collaborated with the CCP Core technologies team to design and implement the lighting solutions, scene management solutions, and world streaming solutions for World of Darkness and Eve Online: Incarna.
Designed and constructed prototype levels for the analysis of game play features specific to movement, combat, navigation systems and performance.
Created the Level Design documentation and wiki used by CCP for training Level Designers.
Associate Professor: Level Design
September 2007 – December 2009
Created the course structure and taught Level Design 1 and Level Design 2 studios.
Skills (General Software)
Maya Unlimited v.3 – 2011
3D Studio Max v.5 – 8
Adobe Photoshop v. 3 - CS4
Adobe Premier v. 3 - CS3
Education and Certification
Certified Product Owner and Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance)
Bachelors of Industrial Design
Auburn University, June 1996
Available upon request.
Work Experience (continued)
Product Owner and Technical Artist
Eve Online: Apocrypha
November 2008 - March 2009
Led a team tasked with graphically upgrading all of the asteroid assets in Eve Online as the their Product Owner. Created demonstration HLSL shaders that were used as the basis for the final asteroid shaders.
Lead Environment Artist, Lead Level Designer
Global Agenda for PC using UDK 3
March 2006 - April 2008
Responsibilities included creation and management of the Environment Art and Level Design teams.
Design and construction of environments to meet combat, navigation and aesthetic goals.
Design of environment specific movement types and the process for deploying these features.
Worked with concept artists to design applicable moods, themes, level architecture and props.
Prototyping and implementation of server/client replicated assets for MMO game-play.
Kismet scripting and intro-camera animations.
Advanced material creation and particle systems for level goals and action objects.
Senior Environment Artist, Level Designer
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for PC and Xbox 360
April 2003 – February 2006
Creator of the Oblivion Plains, a series of levels consisting of 13 worlds that wove together dozens of interior and exterior levels with hundreds of creature encounters, traps, and puzzles.
Designed a random dungeon system for the Oblivion Plains.
Responsibilities included modeling and textures of modular level assets, both architecture and props.
Design and creation of combat encounters and world events using TES Script and TES AI.
Responsible for environment asset animations, scripting, and Havok physics rigging.
Environment Artist and Level Designer
August 1997 – April 2003
Cool Boarders 2001 for PlayStation 2
Cool Boarders 2001, Cool Boarders 4, Cool Boarders 3 and Rally Cross 2 for PlayStation
Visiting Instructor: Game Design
January 2012 -June 2012
Instructing a 300 level Industrial Design course that introduces the use of Unreal Engine as a tool for designing iOS games and user interfaces.
Skills (Game Tools)
Unreal Developers Kit 3 & 4
Gamebryo and the Bethsoft tool set (TES Editor, GEK)
Havok and PhysX physics simulation tools
Hansoft Agile Project Management
Test Tracker Pro
Lecture: Framework: Using a defined purpose, goal, and iteration structure to deliver quantifiable success. SCAD, 2012
Lecture: The Art of Level Design, SCAD, 2009
Lecture: Lighting for Level Design, AIA, 2007