WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? (Introductions)

Just some talk about general Butterscotchy stuff here.
BSCOTCHES! Believe it or not, there are actual people behind the usernames in these forums. ACTUAL PEOPLE. And I'm going to prove it. Here are a bunch of questions you can answer about yourself, so yonder other forumgoers can get to know you better!

(Every field is optional of course. IN FACT, THE WHOLE THING IS OPTIONAL.)


Tell us about yourself. What's your story?



What are some of your favorite things?

(Bands, foods, artists, brown paper packages tied up with string)



What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?




What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?

(Learning a new skill, Getting in shape, etc...)

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Posts: 1371
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
I grew up in Grinnell, Iowa (small town of 10,000), which is ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE UNIVERSE. I then went to USC for my first semester of college because I wanted to be a filmmaker. But I didn't get accepted into the film school, so in my depression I ended up doing nothing but playing World of Warcraft for 2 years. During that time I got really fascinated with games, development, and design, but I had no SKILLS, so it was just a pipe dream. Probably because I was playing too much WoW to develop any.
So I went to the University of Northern Iowa and got degrees in finance and economics instead, became a Chartered Financial Analyst, and then went to law school. Around that time I got married to a 6'1" Indian tennis player, and then I began pursuing an MBA at the same time as my JD.
But during law school, I started teaching myself programming, and then I started making my own games. Things escalated pretty quickly, and I began entering game jam competitions and doing game dev 8+ hours a day and neglecting my schoolwork. Well, I realized soon that this wasn't sustainable, and that I had to make a decision. So I chose game development, and I dropped out of school.
From there, I was hired at Simutronics Corporation as a programming intern in St Louis, and Sam (MY BRO) was hired there as well. About 8 months later, we both struck out on our own and formed Butterscotch Shenanigans, and here we are!
What are some of your favorite things?

I have a weird newfound affinity for Chillstep music, and I'm also a huge fan of No Doubt, Muse, Cake, Ratatat, the Bloodhound Gang, and just about any kind of chiptunes.
I'm also an avid MMO player and Kerbal Space Program player. So far my proudest KSP moment has been building a folding robotic lander that could retract various parts to change its landing profile. Got that sucker to Duna and back!
What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

Running. I enjoy exercise, and I try to keep in decent shape, but my god... running. My legs fall asleep after about 1.5 miles, and then I can't feel anything. I HATE IT SO MUCH.
What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?

Definitely working on getting back into good shape, and trying to come up with ways to maintain that. I've tried to diagnose my problem, and it's definitely one of expense and access. I don't want to have to drive all around creation just to go to the gym, and I don't want to spend $50-100 a month for classes or gym memberships or what have you. So I'm learning about no-weight exercise, and I got a pull-up bar that I can hook in to a doorframe for about $30. Building my own in-home mini gym on a shoestring budget!

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Posts: 1371
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
I, TOO, GREW UP IN GRINNELL, IA. I went to college in St. Louis at YE OLDE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, where I struggled to figure out what in the HELL to do with my time. After failing physics I decided that PSYCHOLOGY was going to be my bread and butter. The course load for that particular major was also small enough that I could just do WHATEVER I WANTED ALL THE TIME, which included taking classes in every other school (engineering, compsci, business, etc.).
My sophomore year (2010) I did a summer internship where the university paired students with ventures in the St. Louis area. While the venture I worked for was a bust, I started the local game dev meetup group and the first St. Louis game jam, which had a whopping FOUR PEOPLE. Since only so many decided to come I scrambled the night before to learn how to make a game, since I was suddenly going to have to. I stumbled on gamemaker, made a game in 2 days, and then kicked it over to Seth, which pretty much caused him to drop out of school.
YOU'RE WELCOME.

I finished school while other awesome people in the community took over organizing and running the St. Louis game dev scene, and didn't really reappear until January 2012, when Seth and I showed up for the Global Game Jam at UMSL and made the original Towelfight of the Gods. At this point there were about 100 people attending the jam, which pretty much blew my tiny mind. As Seth said, we got hired after and once I graduated that spring I worked as a sort of QA lead, designing psych experiments to be employed on testers, and an internal consultant, harassing processes where they could be optimized.
We started making games and had some luck with Quadropus Rampage last June. Then I started feeling a little weird. Making games was extremely taxing and I was getting angry at Seth on the regular for things I generally never got upset about. Then I started fevering every night. Then having full-blown night sweats that destroyed my sheets. I got diagnosed with stage 4b Lymphoma (FREAKIN' CANCER) in November of last year, and immediately began treatment to kill it.
Crashlands was the sort of greater purpose that sprang from having my mortality checked. We're still chugging away at it, 7 months later, 5 of which I was undergoing extensive chemotherapy. I'm so pumped to hit full throttle on my life now that I've got it back that I CAN'T EVEN RIGHT NOW.
And, just two weeks ago, I engaged the best woman I've ever met. Things can really only go up from here.
What are some of your favorite things?
Female vocalists are my JAAAAAAM. I usually pick a song and play it on repeat while inkscaping for LITERALLY DAYS AT A TIME. You can find the list I keep over here. Yes, Katy Perry is on there. Halt your judgment.
I also love reading and self-improvement. My favorite series I've read thus far is probably the Kingslayer trilogy (next book is coming out soon omgyiss) or the Mistborn trilogy. Complicated magic systems are the best.
Also, coffee.
What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

Apathy.
What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?
I can't actually draw with a pencil, which bothers the hell out of me, so I'm doing creature sketches every morning to try to sharpen that up.
I'm also running 5k's at the end of every month to whip my post-cancer body back into health, and working on a motivational-style talk. I aim to one day give a TED talk, because WHY NOT.
I use a Getting Things Done system and Workflowy to track all my stuff. Suffice it to say I've got a lot of irons in the fire when it comes to self-improvement!

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Posts: 329

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
I'm a young guy (not even 20. NOT YET) from Artigues près Bordeaux, France. Yes, you guessed it, the closest "big" city is Bordeaux, wine and slavery (back in the good ol' times at least). Ask Google if you're curious.
I studied sciences, "lost" one year after my graduation (like the graduation we have at 18 years old) in a preparation class for the Grandes Ecoles (the SPECIFIC formation [wasn't the classical one] in my SPECIFIC location was a big joke). Last year I began some studies in Humanist and scientific culture (Culture Humaniste et Scientifique). In fact, we have sciences (math, biology...), literature, art and social sciences (sociology, economics, history and other stuff). Each semester we have some new courses (like, it was drawing in first semester, music second semester and so on). We have almost literally lessons on EVERYTHING in during three years and that's really awesome.



What are some of your favorite things?
Editors and Morcheeba for the music (and for now).

Else I love learning new stuff from everything, every possible domain.
I also love creating in many forms, but mostly writing short stories/small novels and creating game concepts (if you ever have no idea what to do, contact me, I have awesome games awaiting to be created). I believe I have some talent, but I still need to refine it.

And most of all, seeing out with my GF. She's the sweetest and the most beautiful creature I ever seen (plus she's smart).


What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?
One specific guy. That's sad. I don't even hate him in fact. It's really impossible to describe



What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?
I'm working for a very nice boss for a few weeks, so I learn some new practical competences (and get some MONEY). I also read some scientific/technical/geeky things, and read some English stuff.
Also, I am awaiting to work on a translation of Crashlands (Seth and Sam, if you read it, you can contact me), creating a game (nothing you can be afraid of) and things.




I don't think I forget many things, so yup, that's me... Kinda.

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Posts: 1823
Location: Bordeaux, France

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
Uh, I'm Australian, born and bred. I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere called Woomera, that just happened to be a USAF base. Much of my childhood was spent in the company of Americans. When I was 15 we moved closer to 'civilization' and I completed year 12 with a barely passable grade. FIrst chance I got I moved to the City (Adelaide where I am now) and failed to get a job, so I moved back home again the following year, redid year 12, got better marks, and attempted to go to University.

Since I was old enough to hold a crayon I've been drawing using any medium I could get my hands on. Even my math books used to be filled with equations and tessellations in equal amounts (think M.C. Escher's repetitive works, he's actually my fave artist). So I attempted a Bachelor of Visual Arts at University - whereby I became extremely disillusioned with the whole system, man. Basically said art course was designed to make me a gallery curator, not an actual artist.

So though I never technically finished it, I walked away with a lot of knowledge of arty things that I've been striving to work on ever since. This last year my art stuff has gotten exponentially better, and forgive my advertising but if you're interested you can see it at http://phoenixfireart.com.au - or my facebook fan page http://facebook.com/phoenixfireartau
My fiance moved from the US (Florida) to be with me Feb 2013 and we're trying to get him a permanent Visa so he can get a better job than I can, and then I can quit working a stupid dayjob and finally be a professional artist bum and hermit from the entire world. Dreeeeeeeeeeeams. So close, but ever so far.
What are some of your favorite things?
Bands: Evanescence above all else. For some reason their music speaks to me in ways that nothing else does, has or probably ever will. Linkin Park, Trapt, Breaking Benjamin, Korn, Eminem, Offspring... I have an eclectic taste in music and have at least one fave band from each genre if I think about it hard enough.
Fave Food: Uh... I don't know that I have one. I love Nutella. Everyone does. Green Apples when I can get them. Pears. Chocolate, of course. Honeycomb.
Reading: Particularly Patricia Cornwall, who's my fave author. I love her forensic fiction novels. Also my fave series is The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R Lawhead. Quite the opposite in that it's completely fantasy, but based on Merlin and Arthur, and knights of the round table, etc. Completely worth the read, I need to finish acquiring the series and reread it again.
And R.A. Salvadore's fantastical Drizzt Do'Urden novels. I'm a D&Der irl (on occasion, not as often as I'd like unfortunately) and Drizzt was a great inspiration to my first and fave character. I loved 'living' her story, so much so that it's all still locked in my head. Along with a bunch of other fantasy novels that I never seem to have time or inspiration to actually write. Someday.
Drawing. My tablet ~hugs it tightly~. My tablet PC ~Hugs that too~.

My finace. <3
What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

I have to agree with Sam. Apathy and Indifference. One of the best quote's that stuck with me for a long time comes from the movie The Boondock Saints.

"And I am reminded, on this holy day, of the sad story of Kitty Genovese. As you all may remember, a long time ago, almost thirty years ago, this poor soul cried out for help time and time again, but no person answered her calls. Though many saw, no one so much as called the police. They all just watched as Kitty was being stabbed to death in broad daylight. They watched as her assailant walked away. Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."

What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?
I'm trying to make myself a better person and a better artist. Constantly trying to teach myself new skills, to expand my business, to make a name for myself. I give away free art every month because I like seeing people have a smile on their face, and if I can draw them something that does that then who am I to say no. My freebies list is actually longer than my commissions list right now. I give more away then I sell. Which sucks because I kinda need the income, but I think the happiness is more important in the end.
I'm constantly available to talk to if/when people need me. No matter what's going on in my life, I'll drop it all for a friend if they reach out and ask for help. Do what I can, when I can, however I can. Sometimes that can be a bit... taxing, I suppose. Constantly being there for everyone else, and not always feeling like I have someone there for me. But that's just how I am. I deal with my stresses, and help others with their burdens. Art is my escape, and I really need to do more of it.

And that's all I got for now. It's time for me to go get ready for my friday of work (yay timezones). Soon as I'm done with this shift it's home for streaming artwork all weekend. Hooray!

So yeah, I'm around guys, I will definitely read through all your threads and leave comments like crazy when I have a free moment. But there's a little insight into your Crazy Cat Fan. =3

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Posts: 937
Location: #1 Australian Fan

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
Also from Grinnell (WHAT ARE THE CHANCES!?), but my story does not intersect at the same point that Sam's and Seth's do. I love science. FUCKING LOVE IT. And not just the exciting stuff, but the boring-as-all-hell nitty gritty. I ended up digging deep into genetics and molecular biology in college (at the University of Chicago), taught there after graduation as a teaching assistant for a year, did some traveling, taught myself C++ and Python, worked as a lab tech doing drug screens at Washington University (in St Louis, MO) for a year, got married, and then started grad school at the University of Texas Southwestern. WHEW. I've been doing research for the past 4 years, turned in my dissertation A WEEK AGO TODAY, and will receive my PhD on July 18.
And then I'm going to join Butterscotch.
"WTF!? BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SCIENCE?" I hear you asking. I still love the science, but there is a lot of non-science horseshit going on in that realm and doing it for a living would require being a shitty husband, brother, son, friend, ETC. It turns out that making games is not so different from doing science anyway.
What are some of your favorite things?

Cheez-Its. Those things are like drugs. Also science (did I mention that?), arguing with people, analyzing data, making beautiful graphs, coding, writing sci-fi, and telling people that they are wrong. Also profanity; maybe you noticed.
What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

Sexism, racism, and homophobia. It's all one thing: idiocy. We grow up in a damn-prejudiced society so we can't help but have some residual "isms." But anyone who doesn't try to be a better person and admit to, and let go of, those backwards-assed behaviors should be CUT OFF. I fall squarely into the Andrew Ti camp on this stuff (check out http://yoisthisracist.com/ to see what I mean). I am grateful for the work that people like Anita Sarkeesian (of Feminist Frequency) are doing to fight sexism in gaming, and I hope to see more of the same for racism and homophobia.
What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?

FINISHING MY DAMN PHD. And then: (1) learning how to cook; (2) getting into shape; (3) learning electronics; (4) going into fulltime game development.

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Posts: 1720
Location: Dallas, TX USA

Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
I'm Joseph and I'm 13 years old. I'm in High school in Australia but I have a Korean background. Thats pretty much it...

What are some of your favourite things?

Eating, playing strategy games, playing indie games, not ice skating...

What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

People who are generally annoying to everyone.

What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?

Just being nice to everyone and throwing random facts around here and there.

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Posts: 55

Wow, this is awesome. Way more Australians then I figured there would be. Yay!

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Posts: 937
Location: #1 Australian Fan

You crazy upside-down folks!

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Posts: 1371
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

I was going to write this anyway, but then the newsletter told me to do it so I thought I'd better do it NOW:


Tell us about yourself. What's your story?
There are those who call me... Tim! I am a 30-something year-old programmer, game developer, and writer from St Louis, Mo. An IGDA member, too. I have a 7-year old daughter, write medical billing software to pay the bills, make games as Tile Isle to keep the sanity, and write the script for a popular Webcomic: Aikonia.
What are some of your favorite things?
Games: FFVII, Ratchet & Clank 3, Pokémon (Gen I & II), Super Metroid, Zeldas 1, 3 and 4, WoW, Skyrim, and indie games.
I read a lot of things, but I love Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series (I own all 40 books so far!) The Brothers' War is my favorite book, though.
I listen to a lot of Chiptune, game music remixes, Nerdcore Hiphop, and Electric Six.
What's the one thing in the universe that you just can't stand?

Hassles.
What are you working on these days to make yourself a more amazing person?

I am making games and trying to turn it into a money-making, self-sustaining business! Dealing with other things, too... dunno how it's going to work out, yet.

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Posts: 73
Location: Valley Park, Mo

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