This GeekList tells a lot about me and my history as a game designer.
My history in the board and card game market began in the late 1980's, when my college house mate at the University of Michigan, Matt Forbeck, introduced me to Will Niebling, who at the time was a top representative in the hobby game field. My professional relationship with Matt and Will lasted many years, and led to work for several of the "grand old men" of game companies, including Grenadier, Mayfair, Iron Crown Enterprises and others.
During this time I was also working as the Games Department Head at Rider's Hobby Shops in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI. Juggling work, school and ad hoc game company support was a busy, but fun time. After graduation, I moved to Madison, WI to work as the Games and Novelties Product Manager for Capital City Distribution, one of the world's top comic book and trading card distributors. It was during this time that I first started working with Bob Watts and his Philly-based Heartbreaker Hobbies, and Stockholm-based Target Games AB (the two companies were strongly partnered and merged in the late 90's).
During that time I became the most prolific designer of collectible card games in the world, creating 6 unique CCGs, plus 7 expansion sets (and a few that never made it to print). I may still hold that title. My most famous creation is the Doomtrooper
, a collectible card game based on the Mutant Chronicles
property. Now long out of print, Doomtrooper was printed in 17 languages and available the world over.
After several years as a freelance designer, I returned to the 9-to-5 world to provide a steady paycheck and health benefits for my family, which at the time included a baby boy. Fatherhood capitalized my time, but I still had time to work with Madison-based Corsair Publishing.
But real life was knocking too strongly on my door, and I took a ten-year hiatus from the game industry to help raise my (now 2) young sons. The boys are older now, and it's time to get back to work with a new company and a fresh set of designs that have percolated in my head for the past decade. It's an exciting time.The Winter Family - Bryan, Diana, Casey and Jack (sitting)!