Thursday, February 07, 2008

Session Report, in which I play Dungeon Twister for the first time

The latest Jerusalem Strategy Game Club session report is up. Games played: Odin's Ravens, Notre Dame, Atlantic Star, Dungeon Twister.

First play for Dungeon Twister. I force everyone to play Atlantic Star again.

1500 and counting

This is my 1500th post. I've still got a copy of El Grande: Decennial in shrink to give away still. Stay tuned.

Want a Job as QA of Games?

Lisa Burns, Sr. Staffing Engineer at Pyramid Screening Technology sent me this position she's trying to fill. Email her or call her at 925.460.9222 if you're interested.

Tell her I sent you and I'll get a finder's fee that will keep me blogging for another half a month!

Position: Director of Operations - Gaming
Salary: Competitive
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Package: Medical, Dental, 401k

The Director, Operations and QA is responsible for leading all aspects of Quality Assurance and IT strategies for Namco titles. Incumbent is responsible for managing up to 100 full-time and temporary employees across multiple game platforms. This person works closely with Executive Staff, Producers, Lead QA Testers, the QA Teams, Sales, Marketing and others groups to provide services and solutions. This person will exhibit outstanding leadership and mentoring capabilities and use those skills to facilitate the career development of employees.

· Manages Quality Assurance; builds and maintains a strong leadership team
· Managers Customer Service; ensures customers are provided solutions in a precise, effective, and efficient manner
· Sets policies, objectives and direction based on company goals and objectives
· Determines staffing needs for all products, and hires, trains and maintains high performance test teams for successful product rollout
· Creates clear career paths for the testing department
· Manages and fosters good relationships with development teams and external groups
· Communicates findings of test teams to executive staff and development teams
· Works closely with development teams to develop, evaluate, implement and improve test processes and procedures
· Ensures services exceed expectations both internally and externally

This position has supervisory responsibilities

· 7 + years experience in the Quality Assurance area, with 5 + years experience managing a game Quality Assurance department
· Excellent knowledge of development and Quality Assurance processes, procedures, and practices
· Proven hiring and performance management skills
· Excellent written and verbal communication, multitasking and analytical problem-solving skills
· Must be able to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to adapt to changing priorities based on company goals and objectives
· Must have excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills in handling difficult situations with the ability to negotiate and recommend solutions to all levels of management
· Excellent knowledge of current video games and systems
· Expertise in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word) and Bug Tracking Software
· Strong understanding of testing and debugging techniques

Bachelors Degree in related field

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

Top 25 Linux Games

Jimmy Atkinson writes to tell me about his list of top 25 Linux games. It definitely gives Windows a run for the money.

Number three is FreeCiv, by the way, which also won a BGIA last year.

Game News

Board Game News tells us that Fantasy Flight Games will be publishing a Battlestar Galactica game. There's an article in the Star Tribune this week about Fantasy Flight Games, too.

Cerise Magazine has an interesting article on whether woman gamers should worry about embracing femininity.

Bernie discusses a competition junkie's complaint about games that let everyone have a chance at winning.

Nebraska TV recommends using board, card, and dice games to help kids learn math.



Simon J said...

My group has also recently started playing Atlantic Star. (All our games have been at least five players)

We have found that, unlike Alhambra, you really need to pay attention to what your RH opponents are doing, which can make accurate play hard work.

In Alhambra you can see what tiles your RH opponents are collecting as they are face up on the table - but in Atlantic Star the cards are hidden and if you don't notice that you are trying to complete the same cruise as the players on your right you won't do well.

I think there is still considerable luck in Atlantic Star (particularly concerning the 9 value boats) but I probably agree that a better player is more likely to have an advantage at this than at Alhambra.

In Alhambra a lot of the moves are relatively obvious. In Atlantic Star there are often difficult decisions to be made. It really helps the game that the money is so tight.

The Reish Galuta of the Geula said...

Did I mention that El Grande: Decennial is at the very top of my wishlist?
(And would benefit the entire BS community... and would have cheap ($0) shipping) :-)