There’s an old saying that you can’t go home again. While I still believe that to be mostly true, the last few months have had an eerily familiar feeling to them. As to why, well, here’s a look at some of the stuff that has happened in CSE during the Fall/Winter:
a) While CSE was desperately looking for a first-rate modeler to join our team, he appeared. Eerily like when Mythic needed another artist ASAP and the talented Lance Robertson simply walked our door and asked for a job. Since joining our team, Mike has frankly, kicked serious ass;
b) I drafted and executed a Term Sheet with another company and then wrote a first draft, hog-choker of a contract with said company. We have a fine attorney, as we did then, but saving some significant money by me doing the grunt work is always a good idea;
c) Worked on a “Vision Document” and presentation for two new games to show to our partner. We were always “presenting” things to partners or potential partners back in the day. The difference is this time, we don’t need to, as I used to say, “put on the Presidential kneepads” and beg for funding, now its to talk about JVs or distribution;
d) Got to work and hang out with an outstanding bunch of guys and gals, a team composed of a mix of industry veterans and less experienced folks who, working together, are focused on building a new studio and who are all excited about all the interesting opportunities in a growing gaming space;
e) Me, smiling broadly as the entire team contributes to our game both from within their work discipline and outside of it. Our last two major design ideas came from our artists. That’s one of the many things that make CSE different from many (not all) other studios. Everybody is part of the design, incubation and development process whether they are a programmer, artist, finance, HR, etc. Lucas, one of our industry vets, confirmed that this was the first place he has worked at where everyone truly has a voice in the process;
f) The studio hired what should be our last major team member for a while, we now have everyone we need to be successful, now we just have to deliver. It was the same back at old Mythic, we had a small team and we simply had to go out and make games that were fun to play;
g) Nerf guns firing within the office as people bring their kids and pets (including one very cool Bearded Dragon) to our space and bad jokes, puns and other assorted witticisms flow like water from the Nile (during its flood stage of course);
<<<drum roll please>>>
h) Back hurts again, not as bad as when I was walking around various E3s with a walker/cane/crutch but painful enough.
So, while this is not exactly the same as 1995, it is pretty damn good and I’m one happy camper. As a matter of fact, I’m happier than I’ve been since the middle of last decade (way before the EA acquisition). And that alone makes it all worthwhile. All in all, I consider myself truly blessed.
P.S. I’ll have a follow-up post that will focus on the guys and gals of CSE and why I think we have a real shot at success. No guarantees as usual in this business but we are off to a great start.
P.S.S. More teaser goodness tomorrow.