Well, most people who will care already know this, but today was officially my last day working for Terralever. They’re a great company full of wonderful people. I learned a lot while here and worked on a lot of interesting projects. They’re actually hiring ActionScript developers (real programmers to do real programming, that is), and I’d recommend the job wholeheartedly.
I wasn’t actually looking for a new job. I’ve got a 3-month-old daughter and a mortgage only slightly older than that 😛 But, I also stumbled across an opportunity that was entirely too good to ignore.
No, I can’t pronounce it either. Nobody can.
See… I’ve always wanted to work in the video game industry (some times more than others), and I’ve been a big fan of Raph Koster‘s work for a while now. I’ve read his book and agree with most of the things he says in it.
I’d actually read the news on the day Raph and John announced the company and was intrigued. I looked at their job postings and didn’t see anything that fit me very well, so I passed it up.
Then, a little while ago, a new list of job postings went out and I actually matched two of the positions… after a bit of bullying from friends, and a lot of agonizing over the potential heartache, I figured I may as well apply for both of them. I interviewed with the team shortly thereafter, got along great with people, liked the environment, and am absolutely in love with the project. It’s gonna be awesome.
I’m not doing this for any sort of perceived financial gain that might come from it. I have no illusions that I’m getting any measurable pay raise out of this. I’m doing it because it’s about as close as I can realistically get to my dream job. I’m doing it because I believe in the project’s goals. I’m doing it because I’m a great big dork who’s never really taken a chance like this before. I’m doing it because I don’t think I could ever forgive myself for not doing it.
Our house is 90% packed. We’ve done some minor repairs and painting in order to make the place more attractive to renters. We have a short lease on a medium-sized apartment in Escondido. If the place works out, great. If not, we’re not tied down to it.
We pick up the U-haul next Tuesday morning. If all goes well, we arrive in California early the following day.
I start work on the 30th. 🙂