Ben was born in Riverside, CA but moved to Japan with his family when he was 9 months old. He grew up there until he was 18 when he moved to Fresno, CA to go to college. One bachelor's degree and a master's degree later, he still lives in Fresno, making games and doing work in the field of Restorative Justice. He loves games and has been playing since he was little. He started work on El Dorado Canyon (his first game) in 2013 and self-published it through Kickstarter in early 2015. He is working on other games, but focusing on finding a large publisher for EDC at the moment.