This is a new feature we’ll be running regularly here at SolForgeGame.com to give you a chance to get to know the people behind the game. Come back each week to meet a new member of the Stone Blade Entertainment Team!
Name: Brian Kibler
I grew up with my older brother Jeff, who now lives in South Boston and works for AthenaHealth doing IT process management things I don’t entirely understand. I also have two step-sisters, a step-brother, and a half-sister who live with my father and stepmother in North Andover, MA.
I went to Phillips Academy in Andover, MA for high school, and for college went to Emory University where I graduated with a joint degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. So obviously now I make games.
What would you say…you do here?:
Game design and development, though I also handle our marketing and social media efforts. I try to live up to my “Minister of Propaganda” title.
Started working at Stone Blade:
I helped develop Ascension long before it was actually called Ascension and started working with Justin and John on other projects once there was actually enough work to justify my presence – which is to say I’ve pretty much been around since the beginning.
I took a job at Upper Deck working on the VS System TCG after I won the first Pro Circuit event for the game, and then transitioned to designing the World of Warcraft TCG and serving as Head Developer for the first few years of its existence. After leaving Upper Deck, I worked for about a year at TC Digital as Lead Developer of the Chaotic TCG.
Outside of game design, I’m also an active professional Magic player, competing in Pro Tour and Grand Prix events year-round, and also a strategy writer for Starcitygames.com. Basically, I’ve made and played games my entire adult life, and I love it.
How you got your job here:
Justin asked me to work with him before the company even existed.
Favorite part of your job:
I love watching people enjoy games I had a part in making. I’ve sat down between rounds at a Magic tournament to watch people play SolForge and looked over to see people playing Ascension at the tables next to me. Those moments are amazing.
Non-Stone Blade Games you play:
I play tons of Magic, obviously, as well as League of Legends. I don’t tend to play many different games, but I play a lot of those that I do.
Favorite SolForge Faction and why:
I’m hard pressed to choose between the Uterra and Alloyin. I love the concepts for each of them – subterranean hippies and magical machinists – as well as the way each of them play out in the game. I have a thing for making giant monsters and smashing people with them. Who knew?
How you spend your spare time:
Between playing and making games, I don’t really have a lot of free time. I’m sure you all feel incredibly sorry for me. In what spare time I do have, I enjoy going to electronic music festivals and shows, finding awesome places to eat, or playing games that aren’t part of my job.
Something you want SolForge fans to know:
While we’re thrilled to have a playable demo in your hands right now, I’m even more excited for what’s to come. We’ve got a lot of amazing stuff coming soon, and I can’t wait to see people playing it.