Daily Illuminator

October 6, 2004: Welcome, Johann!

We are proud to announce that Jeff Johannigman (known as “Johann” to his friends), has joined us as our first “Director of Digital Game Development.” It will be his job to bring our paper games to electronic form, and to develop new computer game titles as well. (And another computer-related project, a couple of years in progress, is about to bear fruit just in time for Johann to lend his skills to it. But that's a story for next week. Stay tuned.)

A long-time computer game industry veteran, his first game was published in 1982 by Atari, on cassette tape for a 16K Atari 800 PC. Since then, he has worked as a programmer, designer, and producer for such companies as Electronic Arts, Sierra/Dynamix, MicroProse, and Origin. He has worked on over two dozen published computer games including Ashen Empires, Master of Orion, This Means War!, Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire, Lords of Conquest, Demon Stalkers, The Ancient Art of War in the Skies, and Ultima: Runes of Virtue.

Johann says, "It was a plastic baggie copy of Ogre, back when I was in high school in the 1970’s, that first got me into gaming. I'm proud to have come full circle to work on the games that were my first love." You can reach him at johann@sjgames.com.

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