My name is Bobby Ray Blackburn; I’m 25 years old and I want to Change the World Through Play. I am a game and virtual world researcher, a user interface/experience designer, game designer, and writer with a foundation as a teacher, programmer, and 2D/3D artist. I would like to harness my skills to write stories, dialog, and design mechanics for a variety of game types including analog and digital RPGs, Mobile, and Social games while developing content such as 2D/3D assets, level/puzzle design, and help lead design discussions, play-test, and iterate games that inspire and promote productive ways of playing.
As a creative person with a background in discrete math and programming, I have the ability to constrain my wild imaginings to the realm of code-able ideas, as I can break apart each mechanic into the processes it would take to develop it. I have also learned that involving programmers in the design discussions allows for large issues to be resolved as the ideas are generated, thus improving the production process. I have led multiple teams as a Producer, Product Manager, or Lead Designer and have become effective at motivating and inspiring the work ethic of others.
Now, 1 year out of college, my greatest passions lean towards the development of Educational / Learning Games and the application of modern technologies and research to promote and enhance learning and play around the world; while making it affordable to everyone.
I have a passion for small teams and the excitement that comes from business entrepreneurship and Lean Startup. I like thinking about the big picture and how all of the elements of a project add up to the overall vision, while adapting to the conditions of extreme uncertainty.
But most importantly, I love to learn.
Specialties: Great at Self-Organized Learning, Design, Research, Communicating Ideas, and Teamwork
Adept with MAYA, Flash, and Unity3D as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
If you want to know more about me, please explore this collection of personal, professional, and school projects which illustrate many of the skills I have mentioned. Also, check out the About Me section for a look at my Resume and more about who I am and the experiences that have shaped me. Feel free to contact me any time by phone or email.
Bobby Ray Blackburn
cell: (615) 504-9909