|Vic Wertz Chief Technical Officer|
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...it's not surprising I am fascinated that I see how far back some of the movers and shakers here at Paizo go and how experienced they are. I'm reading a chapter on Wizards of the Coast and their acquisition of TSR in 1997 and seeing familiar names like Lisa Stevens and Erik Mona. I know the 90s isn't that far back but in RPG terms its forever, like three D&Ds ago forever. (I'm coining the use of D&D editions as a measurement of RPG time if that hasn't happened already.) I have to say, these guys have a LOT of experience under their belts.
Paizo has an anniversary party for the employees and their families each summer, and for the last few years, we've been recognizing employees who have reached their 10-year anniversary with us. So far, that's Lisa Stevens, Vic Wertz, Erik Mona, James Jacobs, Jeff Alvarez, Wes Schneider, Gary Teter, Sarah Robinson, Jason Bulmahn, and James Sutter.
Pierce Watters was also with us at the very beginning, though he left and came back, and hasn't quite hit 10 years at Paizo yet... but he was Editor-in-Chief of Dragon and Dungeon before Wizards purchased TSR. Of Paizo employees, he's been in the gaming industry longer than anyone but Lisa and myself, and he's been in the publishing industry longer than Lisa.
Just that group right there is collectively approaching 150 years in the gaming industry.