Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War

Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War

Level Designer

Midway, StainlessSteel Studios

March 2005 to November 2005

Hybrid RTS/Third Person Action Strategy game, using Titan 2.0

  • Engine Hired into QA based on technical skills; made a level for fun, appointed Jr. level designer after two weeks
  • Later appointed scenario designer for three missions in the campaign; two handed down, one from prototype
  • Handled level building, scripting, and encounter iteration and implementation, some gameplay design
  • Background art, lighting, and sound design for most sections, including some sections taken to alpha
  • Assigned press-only levels to be used for marketing, all resulting in use for PR

Recommendations for this work:

I have had the pleasure of working with Joe at 2 different companies so far in my career and would work with him again in a heartbeat.

He is a hardcore gamer at heart and it truly shows in his work, he is passionate and highly motivated. Joe and I have worked in both RTS and FPS genres and I always looked forward to playing the latest version of his levels. Joe knows what fun is and knows exactly how to make it.

In addition to his professional qualifications, personally, Joe is just a great guy to be around. He is down to earth, friendly, respectful, and gets along well with others.

My lasting impression of Joe is that he's a guy who doesn't sweat it, he gets it done. Even in the busiest stages of development, he keeps a cool demeanor while producing timely and exceptional results. It was my pleasure to work with Joe, especially in discussion of game design. And my sentiments were shared by employees at all levels of our company.

Joe is a creative talent with determination. He has an eye for aesthetics and nuance and worked hard to give his scenarios eye candy and atmosphere, as well as fun gameplay. At Stainless, he earned his way into the design department through hard work, creativity, and great spirit. He was quick to master new editors and utilities and his enthusiasm made him a great team asset. I have tremendous respect for Joe and feel fortunate to have worked alongside him. I would be a pleasure to work with him again.

Joe was always known for his positive attitude, hard work and creativity. I loved working with him since our conversations were always positive and constructive. His easy-going and pleasant personality made programmers want to bend over backwards to help achieve his creative goals within his scenarios. A wonderful guy to work with!

Joe is a dedicated and accomplished individual who's not only a personal friend, but someone I've had the privilege of working with in the past. His work ethic and mirthful personality bring life to the workplace and I'm happy to recommend him.

As a Level designer Joe was the Go To Person for any tasks that needed a complex fix or an epic level design. Joe could do it all, immersive and creative Level design, Fix code, Build a website explaining the code changes, and be an all around awesome team player.
if i put together a team Joe would be one of my top picks.