Paizo Job Opportunity: Pathfinder Developer


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Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

Might be interesting to match the number of spelling and grammar errors in written copy to those degrees in the department.

Certain facts are growing more and more clear by the moment. ;)

I still think Paizo should spell words like 'harbour' and 'armour' with the 'u' like we do here in the UK... ;)

The only one of the "ou" words where I prefer the UK spelling is "glamour" because it preserves the old meaning of "fey enchantment and illusion" whereas the American "glamor" solely means "fashionable allure."

I also prefer the British spelling of "grey" because it avoids visual annoyances like this: Mrs. Gray lived with her pet greyhound, Grisgris, in a gray house on Gray Street where she fed him a gray stew of Major Grey's chutney and Earl Grey tea.

O Noah Webster, see the ugliness thou hast wrought!

I'd also like to get his ghost to explain why Americans need to drop the silent e in "judgement" to get "judgment." Was he going for a special Scrabble score and needed a "dgm" together? Ditto abridgement/abridgment.

Sovereign Court

Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Wintergreen wrote:
Lincoln Player wrote:
Can't you have a office i Lincoln UK?
How about an office in London, UK? Or is my relocation an option?

Darn it, I keep telling them they should have a European office. Maybe we should just go ahead and set one up anyway. As far as I can see the principle problem would be a computer able to handle Paizo's layout software, and a secure computer link, which could get pricy. Do you think Rob would know anything about the sort of stuff that might be involved?

Nope! 'Cause I relocated from Europe back to the US for this job! :)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Oh, to be young and carefree again...

I was always advised to never quit your day-job when writing for a game company. But what happens when it actually is your day-job? :-)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Establish Paizo Europe HQ, dammit !


Rob McCreary wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Wintergreen wrote:
Lincoln Player wrote:
Can't you have a office i Lincoln UK?
How about an office in London, UK? Or is my relocation an option?

Darn it, I keep telling them they should have a European office. Maybe we should just go ahead and set one up anyway. As far as I can see the principle problem would be a computer able to handle Paizo's layout software, and a secure computer link, which could get pricy. Do you think Rob would know anything about the sort of stuff that might be involved?

Nope! 'Cause I relocated from Europe back to the US for this job! :)

Hah! Actually the Rob I was referring to was Rob Silk, not Rob-o'-the-Cerulean-Sisterhood.

Thanks for popping up though, and since Europe got Nic Logue, I'd like to think it could be said to have been a fair sort of trade. Just you wait till Logue trained drama students start taking over the world of arts.... :D

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Technically we have Pett and Logue, but both live on that strange island that doesn't really like us, so we can cross them off.

That leaves us with Tito, Eva and Wayne ...

Paizo Employee CEO

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:

I have a degree in chemistry.

Bruce Cordell has degree in biochemistry.
Jason's degree is in architecture.

My degree is in Biology. I turned down a fully paid tuition plus expenses for marine biology to start my first game company.

-Lisa


I am very interested in this. (and RIGHT as I about to graduate!)


Gorbacz wrote:

Technically we have Pett and Logue, but both live on that strange island that doesn't really like us, so we can cross them off.

That leaves us with Tito, Eva and Wayne ...

I was referring to the swap of talent between the US and Europe, although if your position is that the strange island doesn't really count as part of Europe, then I suppose there wasn't really a swap that took place. Europe was minus one RPGSuperstar finalist, and the strange island got a crazed genius dramatist...

However I would remind you that Europe does have Christine too, though.


Lisa Stevens wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

I have a degree in chemistry.

Bruce Cordell has degree in biochemistry.
Jason's degree is in architecture.

My degree is in Biology. I turned down a fully paid tuition plus expenses for marine biology to start my first game company.

-Lisa

But just think of the limitless power you would have had and the crazy plans for world domination you could have launched if you had cloned trilobites from fossil DNA...

'The governments of the world have seventy two hours to comply with my demands, or no ship will be safe in international waters; no marine shoreline will it be possible to sunbathe on or to play beach volleyball. My trilobite legions in their countless millions will force everyone to use air-travel to ship goods between continents, and to take spring-break in destinations in the continental interiors.'
-Lisa Stevens of alternate universe number 452, alternate universe so identified because paper burns at a slightly higher temperature there.

Dark Archive

If Paizo ever requires the services of a nightlife empresario or model wrangler with an MBA, I'm in.

Spoiler:

One who's an old shcool diehard grognard from the red box days and written for Interview, Rolling Stone and Esquire magazine.

: )

Dark Archive

baron arem heshvaun wrote:

If Paizo ever requires the services of a nightlife empresario or model wrangler with an MBA, I'm in.

** spoiler omitted **

: )

Naturally M'lord Baron would be a superior candidate, and I have no doubt that You, Sir, would be chosen for the job. In fact, I'd bet my life on it -- after all, who could be more qualified than a Chelaxian nobleman?

(Uh, er, by the way... did Your Eloquent Eminence speak to our Glorious Majestrix about the pardon we discussed? As you well know, those outrageous lies were fabricated by that blackhearted turncoat, KaeYoss!)

The Exchange

Lisa Stevens wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

I have a degree in chemistry.

Bruce Cordell has degree in biochemistry.
Jason's degree is in architecture.

My degree is in Biology. I turned down a fully paid tuition plus expenses for marine biology to start my first game company.

See? You really need an Astrophysicist to fill out the hard sciences. I can also cover computer science and maths. ;)

Must have been hell of a decision at the time, but looks like it worked out well.


Would you like the cover letter to be formal or informal?

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

On the one hand, there are already lots of experienced gaming professionals competing for this job. So the odds of getting it are slim.

On the other hand, applying involves submitting a writing sample many times longer than an entry in Round 1 of RPG Superstar. And I rarely need an excuse to submit a writing sample.

Looks like it's time to whip up some new rules content to accompany my resume. Hooray! :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Scott_UAT wrote:
Would you like the cover letter to be formal or informal?

We're not sticklers for formality around here.

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Contributor

Vic Wertz wrote:

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Is this a reference to the infamous "bats = giant bugs" report?


Vic Wertz wrote:
Scott_UAT wrote:
Would you like the cover letter to be formal or informal?

We're not sticklers for formality around here.

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Alright. Thank you :D


(starts to dig the tunnel through the Earth)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Drejk wrote:
(starts to dig the tunnel through the Earth)

Drejk, aren't we both digging a tunnel in the same direction ? :)


I don't know, I cant see a damn thing here, underground. Its like quest for the sky, except the dwarves hadn't to dig to the other side of the Golarion, had they?

Sorry, I have to keep focus on digging or I miss that 40 degree turn in the core and end in the middle of Pacific...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

James Sutter wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Is this a reference to the infamous "bats = giant bugs" report?

It is! I wish I could say it was a reference to "The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes," though.

Contributor

Vic Wertz wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Is this a reference to the infamous "bats = giant bugs" report?
It is! I wish I could say it was a reference to "The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes," though.

Baby Sally named her kitten "Little Puff."

Baby Sally makes Freudian analysis too easy.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

I was seriously debating whether I wanted to put my resume in NPC Stat Block Format.

Feats: Weapon Focus (Nerf Gun).

Paizo Employee Creative Director

It's worth considering:

The more serious you treat yourself in your cover letter and your resume, the more serious we'll treat your interest in working for Paizo.

Humor has its place, but this is a for-real job and too much goofy will not work in your favor. A little bit is probably okay, but since it's hard to know what our particular senses of humor might be on any given day... might be best to not bank on the laughs.


Dale McCoy Jr wrote:

I was seriously debating whether I wanted to put my resume in NPC Stat Block Format.

Feats: Weapon Focus (Nerf Gun).

When I was working for Upper Deck and we were looking for marketing associate someone submitted his resume as a Yu-Gi-Oh card with his picture as the card image and a brief intro in the text box with a link to his online resume.

He got the job.

Not saying it would work here, but standing out helps a lot. :)

Hyrum.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
That being said, we keenly watch Kobold Quarterly, Wayfinder, Pathfinder Society Open Calls, those few third-party Pathfinder products we get copies of, and - especially - RPG Superstar for new talent. If you want to get your foot in the door here now, cutting your teeth in any of the aforementioned places would be a wise first step to landing a paying freelance gig.

Nobody watches the Pathfinder Database? (sniff)

Former VP of Finance

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:

I have a degree in chemistry.

Bruce Cordell has degree in biochemistry.
Jason's degree is in architecture.

The job description doesn't require you to have a degree in *English.*

Having a degree means you are able to commit to a course of study (no matter how meandering your interests were before you got there).

Other than Judy, there may not be any English majors at Paizo. History, journalism, literature, sure, but English... nah. :)

...I have a degree in English. But I don't work in the editorial department.

Go fig.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Crap! He leaked the name of the super-secret messageboards! Fixed.

Now you're just cheating with kewl tools, Vic!

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Chris Self wrote:

...I have a degree in English. But I don't work in the editorial department.

Go fig.

Get back to your numbers, math man.


Mark Moreland wrote:
Chris Self wrote:

...I have a degree in English. But I don't work in the editorial department.

Go fig.

Get back to your numbers, math man.

Hmm, I suppose you probably need a degree in English to understand the specifics of what all those tax regulations say... 'Specifics', since the general idea that unless you personally bankroll a politician they say that the government wants you to hand over as much of your money as possible is fairly easily understood.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Gorbacz wrote:
I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Some would say that Chaos is a better choice.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Gorbacz wrote:
I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Eew.

I've read legal documents written by lawyers, and I've read RPG books written by writers. I'll take the RPG book written by a writer any day of any week.


James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Eew.

I've read legal documents written by lawyers, and I've read RPG books written by writers. I'll take the RPG book written by a writer any day of any week.

But what about a RULES lawyer? :P Bu bumb chhhhhh

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Eew.

I've read legal documents written by lawyers, and I've read RPG books written by writers. I'll take the RPG book written by a writer any day of any week.

But you've read RPG books written by lawyers (Clark Peterson) and you like them ! /zing


(edited, attempted to clarify, hah!)
Request for clarification:
The job description regarding the prefered 'rules content' that can be submitted as the writing sample doesn't specifically state PFRPG, so it could consist of house rules for Kill Doctor Lucky, a weird artifact or monster for 2nd edition AD&D, a game in the style of the old give-aways which used to come with Dragon/Dungeon/Polyhedron, or something else altogether?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Gorbacz wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I still hold to that the most useful degree in RPGs is Law. Theory of Law, in particular, and preferably at a PhD level. ;-)

Eew.

I've read legal documents written by lawyers, and I've read RPG books written by writers. I'll take the RPG book written by a writer any day of any week.

But you've read RPG books written by lawyers (Clark Peterson) and you like them ! /zing

Clark is multiclassed, though. When he wrote his books, he was using his writer class abilities.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Charles Evans 25 wrote:

(edited, attempted to clarify, hah!)

Request for clarification:
The job description regarding the prefered 'rules content' that can be submitted as the writing sample doesn't specifically state PFRPG, so it could consist of house rules for Kill Doctor Lucky, a weird artifact or monster for 2nd edition AD&D, a game in the style of the old give-aways which used to come with Dragon/Dungeon/Polyhedron, or something else altogether?

The prefered "rules content" should be obvious. That said, we're also very interested in rules knowledge an applicant might have for other systems.

I would hope that someone applying for a developer job at Paizo would do their homework and realize that Paizo publishes Pathfinder, in any event. A writing sample that doesn't use the PFRPG will be stacking the deck heavily against being accepted, but won't autoreject if the sample is brilliant. Of course, the job is FOR developing PFRPG content, so if you give us no way to know you're capable of working with the PFRPG rules at all... you won't get the job.

That said, developers are the HARDEST jobs to fill, and the toughest jobs in the editorial pit overall because they require the widest range of skills.


James Jacobs wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:

(edited, attempted to clarify, hah!)

Request for clarification:
The job description regarding the prefered 'rules content' that can be submitted as the writing sample doesn't specifically state PFRPG, so it could consist of house rules for Kill Doctor Lucky, a weird artifact or monster for 2nd edition AD&D, a game in the style of the old give-aways which used to come with Dragon/Dungeon/Polyhedron, or something else altogether?

The prefered "rules content" should be obvious. That said, we're also very interested in rules knowledge an applicant might have for other systems.

I would hope that someone applying for a developer job at Paizo would do their homework and realize that Paizo publishes Pathfinder, in any event. A writing sample that doesn't use the PFRPG will be stacking the deck heavily against being accepted, but won't autoreject if the sample is brilliant. Of course, the job is FOR developing PFRPG content, so if you give us no way to know you're capable of working with the PFRPG rules at all... you won't get the job.

That said, developers are the HARDEST jobs to fill, and the toughest jobs in the editorial pit overall because they require the widest range of skills.

Thanks James.

<Bins idea of applying with a Pathfinder card game or board game outline>

Liberty's Edge

I'd be interested... but would the position meet Green Card requirements?

Family is willing to relocate. Anyone know what the weather is like in Seattle?

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Megan Robertson wrote:
Anyone know what the weather is like in Seattle?

Ask yourself the following question: Do I like rain? I mean, do I really like rain? If the answer is yes, then you too might be able to work in the Seattle metro area. (Average 150 days per year with some form of measurable precipitation, though most of that is in the form of light drizzle, not full-blown rainstorms.) Average highs in the summer around 75 F/25 C.

Liberty's Edge

Actually, I do like rain... hmmm... you've just given me an idea for a writing sample :)

But that's the way I work: everything, and I mean everything is assessed for its role-playing potential.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Lisa Stevens wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

I have a degree in chemistry.

Bruce Cordell has degree in biochemistry.
Jason's degree is in architecture.

My degree is in Biology. I turned down a fully paid tuition plus expenses for marine biology to start my first game company.

-Lisa

But if the fish go, that's it. We're doomed!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Vic Wertz wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

But I'm told that no one can resist a clear plastic report binder. Pretty professional looking!

Is this a reference to the infamous "bats = giant bugs" report?
It is! I wish I could say it was a reference to "The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes," though.

You didn't just make that up. That sounds too close to real academic writing. ... *google* ... Ahh, Calvin and Hobbes.


James Jacobs wrote:
That said, developers are the HARDEST jobs to fill, and the toughest jobs in the editorial pit overall because they require the widest range of skills.

In the sense that it requires writing ability + rules/numbers crunchiness? Or something else?

I'm just curious. It's interesting to see a slice of life in a game company as revealed in this thread.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dire Mongoose wrote:

In the sense that it requires writing ability + rules/numbers crunchiness? Or something else?

I'm just curious. It's interesting to see a slice of life in a game company as revealed in this thread.

In a sense that it requires writing ability, editing ability, rules sense, map drawing skills, diplomacy (when interacting with freelancers about a terrible manuscript), and long hours when on deadline.

A developer doesn't have to be super awesome at all of those, but the more he/she is, the better. The writing/editing ability and the rules sense are probably the most important.

Rules sense, by the way, is not the same as rules design; we have designers for that. What I mean by "rules sense" is that developers need to know their way around the game, so that when someone does something in a manuscript, they know of the right rules to use if something's done wrong or needs to be changed (and, of course, know WHEN something's done wrong or needs to be changed).

The MAIN difference between a designer and a developer is that the designer's skills are most useful in creating new rules, while the developer's new skills are most useful in writing adventures or world supplements.

Liberty's Edge

Interesting distinction - and suggests that I'm a developer at heart, rather than a designer... useful to know :)

Jon Brazer Enterprises

I thought RoleMaster was the game developed by lawyers.

Paizo Employee CEO

Megan Robertson wrote:

I'd be interested... but would the position meet Green Card requirements?

Family is willing to relocate. Anyone know what the weather is like in Seattle?

Unfortunately, we have no experience with things like Green Cards. And I don't have anybody with any expertise with them. Are you familiar with any of the rules and regulations for Green Cards?

-Lisa

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