New Job: Principal Designer at PlayFirst!

31 Mar


So excited, tomorrow I start as Principal Designer at PlayFirst!

They are the Diner Dash folks, and super nice — I feel like I’m going to a company of friends! (By that I meant the new folks, there are three friends working there already!)

Wish me luck! Wheeee!


Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


12 responses to “New Job: Principal Designer at PlayFirst!

  1. Oliver

    July 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I just finished Keen 4 again and remembered your Kickstarter project, which led me to this place somehow.

    Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for all the wonderful childhood memories. I fondly remember playing the games with my sister, taking turns on death or level finished on my Dad’s old PC. Sometimes I’d die on purpose so it would be my turn on my favorite levels. 🙂

    Keen was my hero as a kid and he also got me started into making my own stories, games and characters. Nothing published, but a few of them were pretty popular on the school yard.

    So yeah.. I just wanted to say thank you for all of that. 🙂

    With your new job, are you still going to work on Secret Spaceship Club? If yes, just two humble suggestions that might help the game catch the athmosphere of Commander keen:

    I think it’d help if you showed less of the map on screen I noticed while playing Keen 4 that part of the magic was not being able to look very far. The levels seemed so vast and mysterious because of it.

    Somehow I don’t like the main character. He doesn’t seem nerdy and authentic like Keen does. His smile seems a bit fake.

    Good luck with your new job. Looking forward to more games from you. 🙂

    • ThatTomHall

      October 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Will try somehow… and will have updated characters for sure. I asked for too smarmy a look, heh.

  2. Mark Sowden

    August 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

    What happens with World of Wander then?

  3. Eder Rosner de Macedo

    October 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Tom! Can you try and do anything with this ? Maybe pitch a return to Anachronox? I would wholeheartedly support it and spread word of it to the 4 winds!!! 🙂

    • ThatTomHall

      October 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      I will try it out! Thanks!

    • DLQ

      October 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Yes! Great comment, I had the same thought after seeing the news 🙂 Please give it a pitch Mr Hall!

      And what about Anox for iOS? I could see the controls working quite good in a touch environment.

      • ThatTomHall

        October 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Would love to…since that’s my dev environment now… We shall see.

  4. Eder Rosner de Macedo

    November 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  5. Don

    January 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Hello, just checking in because I saw what Eder saw. All is quiet; I’m hoping it’s because there’s this awesome bank heist-like plan to get Anachronox back now that the IP is up again.

  6. Jorpho

    March 30, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    There was actually news of Square doing … something with Anachronox (and Gex, and Fear Effect) in Februrary:

    (…On that note, is anyone still reading this? The Comments feed is still tucked away in a corner of my RSS reader.)

  7. Jorpho

    August 24, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Gee, it’s been a while since the last post here. Any news on Worlds of Wander or anything else?


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