Hey guys! This week's article will be quite a personal post as it is all about how I got interested all the geeky stuff in my life and what is my inspiration for almost all off my 3D modelling/sculpting projects. My hope is that this post will be very easy to relate to and that many of you will recognise part of your own childhoods. Basically, I thought it was time for some positivity amidst all the shit going on in the world lately!
Let’s jump back about 23 years ago! I believe I was about 6 years old when my dad introduced me to our first personal computer. The noisy device with the small black screen with a lot of blocky english text written on it. He knew what he was doing though:
“Cd..” ENTER “D:” ENTER “cd games” ENTER “cd keen4” ENTER “keen.exe”ENTER
And there it was! My very first game, COMMANDER KEEN 4!! :D
And because Titus had a very similar first experience I had to share Dangerous Dave as well! :D
Anybody remember this game?! It was amazing! And difficult! I don’t think I’ve actually finished any of these games now that I think about it.. <.< Perhaps I should!! As a kid you don’t care about which studio created the game and it was actually only during my college years that I learned that the guys that created Commander Keen were also the original creators of Doom! (which I was never allowed to play because my parents were quite protective of me). And because Titus had a very similar first experience (from the same developers) I had to share a giphy of Dangerous Dave as well! :D
Anyway, I’m getting off track here, it was around the same time that I would watch sooo many cartoons and Disney movies! My favorite ones were definitely the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Thundercats and Darkwing Duck! I’d spend hours and hours drawing little stick-figure Leonardos and Lion-o’s.
Looking back I was also extremely lucky that both my parents are really into fantasy and science fiction. They love movies such as Willow, Star Wars and Star Trek and this definitely rubbed off on me. I was probably 7 or 8 when my dad thought it was time to move on from the simple little Dutch board games such as “ganzebord” (“gooseboard”) and “mens-erger-je-niet” (which I guess translates into: “don’t get annoyed.." I guess?). He decided it was time for “Star Quest”!!, this game was incredible to little 7 year old me! The cover alone told so much about the entire universe which I later discovered was quite a rip-off of the Warhammer 40K universe but who cares, it’s still awesome! :D
Later that year we started playing a second game, Dark World! Again, an epic box-cover and my first introduction to the classic character classes, barbarian, sorcerer, knight etc. Looking back, this game was actually really really superficial and simple but I had a lot of fun playing this with my friends.
Then as the years went on, games got more and more realistic and I started playing more complex games such as Warhammer 40K and especially Magic the Gathering which I’ve been playing for 20 years now. Looking back, the MtG starter decks from the Kazz vs Zakk set had a huuuge impact on my life and it still do. Magic the Gathering is main non-video game that we play in our close circle of friends and every time I see my family, I play with them as well.
I'm sure that most of you are well aware of this game but if you've never tried it I highly recommend giving it a shot for free through Magic Duels. It's definitely not the easiest game to get a hang of as of the game does quite a good job of explaining at least the basics.
Finally, I can't write a post about the games / series and movies that have had a huge impact on my life without mentioning this one..
One trilogy to rule them all, One trilogy to find them, One trilogy to inspire all and you know.. entertain us!
At this point I lost count on the number of times I watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended version of-course). And even though the movies are already over a decade old, the work that was done by Peter Jackson and all the guys over at WETA is inspiring and extremely motivating. I think I'll have to watch them again soon now that the 6th season of Game of Thrones is done... (btw, how awesome were those last two episodes?!?)
Arriving at my life now, games, in all forms, digital - role playing and in physical form are still a huge part of my everyday life and I can’t wait to be part of a team that works together to create the next innovative game that hundreds upon thousands of players around the world will enjoy together.
I hope that this post had some parts to it that were really relatable and invoked a sense of nostalgia with you guys as well. I think it’s something that is good to look back at from time to time. In the grand scheme of things, our lives are simply a large collection of experiences and it is through games that many of us experience a lot of exciting and epic moments, either alone or with friends and family.
So game on guys! And have a great weekend!