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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Issue : People : Boreal


Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap is a game about headway.

A medium time ago, I was a platform engineer, and boy did I love my job. Sitting in SCRUMM, playing buzzword bingo, mapping the arcs on MySQL chart's wondering what this "Complete State" they always speak about really means. Smoking in the Q44 parking lot, not because I was craving a cigarette, more because it was outside.

I had life in the palm of my hand. I couldn't imagine a better place to be. Menial, repetitive tasks where my version of Shangri-la, everything was in its right place. Then I had this idea, what if everybody could do the same thing I was doing, what if everyone could do the same tasks every day but for like, fun.

I knew I was on to something and I knew it was brilliant, the only problem was no one had yet told me its brilliant, which makes any idea way more brilliant. I figured there were a bunch of smart people around to potentially validate me. Or my idea, I mean. I should try them.

I was wrong, they were dummies. They all hated the idea, didn't think anyone would want to do it, didn't think anyone would pay to do it. Bath salts were gaining in popularity around that time, vicious drug, but game development was a harsh mistress so I chalked their collective lapse of judgment to the rigors of addiction. They were all on bath salts is what I am trying to say.

So I grabbed some folks, built and launched the business, and it failed miserably. Who could have saw that coming? Anyway, so I went home, (the whole thing happened over the course of a week) and slunk down in my DxRacer chair, admitting defeat. The market got me, bro, as it does many a young entrepreneur with no connections, no experience, and a half-baked plan.

I thought to myself, "What went wrong? I had it all figured out!" My girlfriend at the time happened to be in the room, and I happened to be talking out loud. She said, "You know, if you really took your time and thought about what people need, versus what you want, and take the time to do it right, you could do great things." She was the worst sometimes, but she had a point.

So I started thinking about that, and when an idea came I took it to my buddy, and he thought it was pretty good too. Then we built a plan, then found some people, then we launched Default Tester. Hope information stops by from time to time, if we make it. Also, JOBS.

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