As has been widely reported, today was my last day at Wizards of the Coast.
It has been a privilege to work with so many wonderfully talented and dedicated individuals over the past fourteen years.
At the risk of forgetting more names than I can remember, here's a list of just some of the amazing folks I've had the honor to sit near at one point or another:
Tim Shields, Rob Voce, Joe Hauck, Judy Holman, Chris Galvin, RE Dalrymple, Monty Ashley, Jason Carl, David Hoppe, Skaff Elias, Andrew Finch and the many others who helped create the innovative Organized Play division and its many programs.
Jim Butler, Rich Baker, Duane Maxwell, and David Eckelberry: thanks for welcoming me to the Alternity team!
I joined an R&D department that already boasted names such as Bill Slavicsek, Jeff Grubb, Ed Stark, Thomas Reid, Kim Mohan, Mike Selinker, Shawn Carnes, Mike Donais, Teeuwynn Woodruff, Wolfgang Baur, Cindi Rice, Keith Strohm, Monte Cook, Sue Cook, Bruce Cordell, Miranda Horner, Julia Martin, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Michele Carter, Skip Williams, Penny Williams, John Rateliff, Chris Perkins, and of course Stan! How's that for a challenging situation for a 26-year-old would-be game designer to face?
And then, over the next dozen years, I had the pleasure of helping to welcome plenty of amazing folks into R&D (and the larger company as well): JD Wiker, Rich Redman, James Wyatt, Erik Mona, Jeff Quick, Rob Heinsoo, Jesse Decker, Matt Sernett, Chris Youngs, David Noonan, Logan Bonner, Owen K.C. Stephens, Charles Ryan, Stephen Schubert, Mike Mearls, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Chris Sims, Peter Schaefer, Peter Lee, Torah Cottrill, Jeremy Crawford, Greg Bilsland, Cal Moore, Steve Winter, Chris Tulach, Scott Larabee, Scott Rouse, Sara Girard, Kierin Chase, Shelly Mazzanoble, Marty Durham, and dozens more whose names will come to me as soon as I hit "submit post."
And then there's all the tremendously talented freelancers who I've been able to help earn a little money doing what they love, such as Rob Schwalb, Ari Marmell, Scott Gray, Alex Jurkat, Ray Vallese, and Dawn Geluso, to name just a few.
Last but not least, I also had the great fortune of working in the same building as my brother Greg, and of course, of meeting my future wife Gwendolyn Kestrel.
I've lived the dream for fourteen years, one month, and nine days. When I think of all the folks who don't even get a fraction of that luck...well, I certainly can't feel sorry for myself for very long.
Many have asked what's next for me. For now let's just leave it as "Answer Hazy. Ask Again Later." Keep your eyes out...you never know where I might show up.