So, a month in, I figure I should probably introduce myself, so, enjoy!
My name is Tim Slager, I have joined Amanda and the Engine team as their newest Community Manager. I am so excited to be a part of the talented team here at Epic, and really happy to be able to interact and engage with a diverse group of developers and fans from around the world! I join Epic Games in North Carolina from the great state of Texas where I worked at Six Foot on Grey Goo, RiME, and Dreadnought. Prior to Six Foot, I developed a website for a game called Gigantic, I was lucky enough to find some super talented and passionate people to help make the website a reality. We became an integral part of the Gigantic experience and for almost 2 years we thrived as the number one site for the game. Prior to Houston, my family and I lived in Florida, but I am originally from Michigan.
My passion for community really began in the 90s around a game called Ultima Online. I was part of a fansite called Stratics, which really fueled my passion for engaging with people and trying to bridge the gap between developers and players. I joined the Navy and did my time on the U.S.S Eisenhower. Outside of that, I helped build up gaming for a rather large brick and mortar franchise. During all of those phases of my life, I was trying to push boundaries of engagement and find new and unique ways to participate in the gaming space, from radio stations (SubSpace Radio, D&D Online Radio, etc), to websites dedicated to Star Wars lore. I live by a few simple rules as a Community Manager, and those are that positive feedback is good for moral, critical feedback is good for the product. I love to hear what people like about something, but it is what is broken that really helps move the needle. Another of my simple rules is that mistakes will happen, but if a mistake is made, I will be honest about it, I will fix it, and we’ll move forward, I ask for understanding in these situations. We’re in this together, this is a Community and, while we each fill a slightly different role in it, we should always try to remain civil.
So, that is me in a nutshell. I look forward to getting to know more of you better, and I am excited for the long journey ahead.
~Tim “Kalvothe” Slager.
@Kalvothe on Twitter