Tuesday, July 10, 2012

State of The Friendly at KingsIsle (Episode 1)

Hello readers,

So I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now, and I just haven’t really had the time to do it yet. What I’d like to do is make a post every once in a while and help give you a glimpse of my life at KingsIsle. There’s no time like the present, so here we go!

I’ve now officially been working here for two months. It’s been a crazy two-months, and I still feel like I’m on training wheels. But at the same time I feel like I’m getting comfortable with my job enough that I’ve made a dent in the enormous amount of work that needs to be done while we prepare for Pirate101 to come out.

When I started working here, Professor Greyrose sent me a PowerPoint slideshow that clearly let me know all of my responsibilities that I would stumble upon. I love Professor Greyrose’s PowerPoints! Seriously, she has helped me a ton with the ins and outs of this job of Community Management. At some point when the flood gates open and Pirate101 launches, my job’s emphasis will spotlight a lot on the forums for Pirate101.com. Currently I’m only administering a small number of Alpha players on a subset of what those forums will become. I’m able to answer a good number of questions for people there on our Alpha forums, but in the future the "Number of Messages" to "Number of One-Eyed Jacks" ratio will amp about 1,000 to 1. O.O

A lot of what I’m doing now is getting our fan sites set up, working with Facebook/Twitter/Google+, attending meetings about Pirate101, actually playing Pirate101, and getting used to all the tools we have to help administrators and employees do their job. A lot of amazing work has gone into the back end of building these games. I’m still learning how to use some of these things. Some I’m getting a lot more familiar with. Others are still a mystery. I’ll get it and understand it all--it’s just a matter of time. I have amazing powers now though! I can take screenshots of the commons from 100 feet up. :)


I’ve also been getting to know a lot of the cool people that work for KingsIsle as well. Outside of the company you always hear about the big names that drive the information, but you never get to really see the 200 or so hardworking artists, designers, programmers, web gurus, customer service reps, QA hounds, Marketing dawgz (that’s the team I’m chillin’ with), production peeps, and everyone else that make this company work so well. It works and there’s another good team making sure that team works (fear the William Haskins my friends . . . I’ve crossed paths with him at McDonald’s and know the fury of his Big Mac).

Every once in a while when I’ve been staring at the screen for a few hours, I just have to force myself up and out to take a break. Break time is a good time to meet people. :) Lunch time is also a good time to hang with people: There’s always a few good games going on in the break room, and there’s actually a Minecraft server set up for just employees. These people love their games . . . even more than I do . . . and it’s great to just be around that vibe. It’s so much different than it was at my old job that way. I definitely feel like I have a common bond here. It’s just that I’m no longer the crazy gamer dad who manages his staff over there in that boring office. It’s more like, I’m the crazy gamer dude who played Wizard101 to the ground and got a job here NICE!

From this end of the screen, I see a lot of people getting extremely excited to play Pirate101, and I don’t blame them. It’s going to be a fantastic game that you’re going to love. Eventually this ship will launch even though to the outsider it may feel like IT’S TAKING FOREVER, GAH! Truth be known, everyone is working overtime right now to get this closer to Beta and launch. It’ll happen, and when it does I hope you’ll have a huge smile on your face like I did when I played Pirate101 for the first time. :)

Thanks everyone for all you do and for the excitement in the air. It’s really cool working here and talking with the fans.

Happy dueling!

9 comments:

Iri Gianthunter said...

thx for the update, friendly. love getting an inside perspective like this, much fun to read...sounds like things are going great...and extremely busy. good luck as you move into month 3, take care...

Rokk said...

There's a KI minecraft server? That's epic. Speaking of which, that would be a cool idea for another blog (minecraft) if you ever found the time (right after I read this post about how busy you've been).

Cheats and Crackers said...

It's so awesome to see this! I've been following you ever since I started playing back in February '09, and it's been awesome to see you grow, and man, now you actually work at Kingsisle! Keep it up Friendly. :)

Iri Gianthunter said...

by the way, every time i'm in the commons now, i'm going to glance up, see if i can spot you XD

Ryan LifeGarden said...

What did you use to take those screenshots o: I really wanna be able to do that, is there like an extra button you get for being KI support?

Tara Darkgem said...

Must be nice to meet new people and take those epic screenshots ;D

Hope you're having fun friendly!

Swordroll said...

Glad you're getting settled in! (And goodness, some of us bloggers need these extreme picture-taking capabilities :D)

Eevee918 said...

Do you get one of those amazing pets that have like May Cast Tempest and stuff? That would be really cool. Awesome blog post too! :D

Icy Wiz said...

DOOD! There's a Minecraft server for employees? Now I'm more jealous of you than before! Live in Austin, work for KI, Minecraft at the office. GAH!