ZuluOneZero is the name I was given as a bicycle courier in London. I liked it and started using it as a moniker. When I started looking into making games seriously and independently I had too much going on in the grey matter and my mind kind of fractured. I found it easier to make up a whole team to handle all the different elements of the process. I found myself working through little dialogues between team members, just like I would in a real office, to help smooth my brain through the transition processes. I liked it. It felt kooky and fun.
The internal team are:
ZuluOneZero – That’s me – I’m the only real person in this house.
Xander Blain – Developer
Trixie Lightfoot – Developer – artist
Brian Melloncamp – Finance
Harmony Cage and Felicity Mendleson- Marketting
Gene Goldenberry – artist
Baron Von Hummbolt – audio technologist / musician
So for example when I was looking at buying a new domain name Zander and Harmony would both argue with Brian about what was best for the profile. Then Brian would come back with a very sensible, “Well kids that’s all well and nice to have a .com, .com.au, and a .net.au address but to tell the truth we only got $460 back on the Tax Return so you can only get a .net address this year. Maybe Santa will bring you another domain later in the year”.
As you can see Brian is a little condescending to the “pie-in-the-sky” Xander who wants everything and the “put-your-best-foot-forward” Harmony who just want’s to be able to do her job.
Xander is a great developer. He’s analytical and “patient” (read stubborn) and can test the bejesus out a problem ten ways to Mary.
Trixie does the crafty coding and eases the transition into managing the artwork and talking to Gene. Xander and Gene can rub the wrong way sometimes.
Brian is… well.. Brian. I like Brian. He keeps me honest.
Harmony and Felicity are tireless promoters of my work. Because let’s face it I’m an extreme introvert. Talking to people and being social sucks my energy. But they lap it up like two cute puppies in a bowl of milk. I don’t know why there are two of them but they work on commission and seem to feed off each other’s energy.
Gene is the man – there is nothing he can’t draw or sculpt.
The Baron is quite a bit older than the rest of the team and I suspect he’s been around in my head for a long time in a dormant state. I love him like a brother but I think he might be a little crazy. He’s lazy and talented and only does things that he likes doing. But every once in a while he can be a musical genius.
Zulu in real life has an Honours Degree in Art History that used to be called Fine Arts until the Department wanted to get away from the “Fine” aspect of “Art”. He was a curator and exhibitions co-ordinator in an Australian state gallery. Spent a lot of time working in specialist bookshops. Is a multi-instrumentalist and wanted to be a real musician. Trained as a sculptor in the Classical Russian tradition. Worked as a bicycle courier long enough to get a call sign (z10). Started in IT before people had personal email addresses and is a *Nix guru. Works part time as an IT Architect for a super massive Ziabatsu.
Every part of my imagination get’s a login to the blog and all of my brain has a voice somewhere – even when I’m not talking.