Founder / Lead Organizer (2010)
I founded the The Colorado independent Game Developers Association or "CiGDA" (often pronounced 'sig-dah') in 2010. It is a free, open and supportive, grass roots group for game developers (artists, designers, coders, etc.) We meet with the purpose of learning and sharing information about independent game development (self-publishing, DIY, bootstrapping, resources, methods, etc.)
Most importantly this group is an accessible support structure to gather artists, designers, programmers, musicians and writers to make self-expressive interactive content for fun and profit.
This group is truly independent. Our topics and events center around content sharing solutions to the challenges faced by independent developers.
In 2012, I accepted appointment as Assistant Professor of Game Design at Champlain College in beautiful Burlington, VT. Teaching is immensely rewarding. Surrounded by earnest and hungry young developers requires you to keep up with the latest news, practices, tools and platforms in a rapidly evolving field.
-Visual Communication for Game Designers
Courses of Instruction:
-Game Production I, II & Sr. Production Capstone
-Principles of Game Design
-Game History & Development
Other duties and appointments:
- Course and Curriculum Assessment
- Student Advising
- eLearning (Canvas) Faculty Division Coach
- Faculty Advisor for student chapter of IGDA
- Recruitment & Entrance Portfolio Evaluation
- Champlain Game Academy (onsite high school summer camp for aspiring game devs)
- Event Planning and Exhibition Set-up
- Industry Outreach Highlighting Champlain Game Studio's Approach (GDC, MIGS, etc.)
- Faculty Welfare Committee member
- Sophomore Symposium Speaker 2014, 2015
Expert Commentator, as self [Mediajuice Studios] (2014)
I appeared in Videogames: The Movie, speaking about various aspects of game development including the emergence of new platforms and independent communities.