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Kirk Black's Blog


20yr Veteran MMO Developer

Connecting People through Inspiring Interactive Entertainment


Current Project
To Be Announced - VP of Engineering, TURBO Studios


Past Projects
League of Legends - Technical Director, Riot
Enspira Online - Entrepreneur
TOME - Technical Director, KIXEYE
Lord of the Rings Online - Technical Director, Turbine
Dungeons & Dragons Online - Technical Director, Turbine
Star Wars Galaxies - Sr. Engineer, Lead Designer, SOE
Tabula Rasa - Sr. Technical Designer, NCSoft
Ultima Online - Lead Engineer, Producer, Origin
Family Time! Adventures - Entrepreneur
Tiny Toons Buster and the Beanstalk - Sr. Engineer, Terraglyph Interactive Studios
Kidsongs Musical Mystery - Sr. Engineer, Terraglyph Interactive Studios


Kirk Black's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/07/2014 - 09:21]

Good read, very informative ...

Good read, very informative

Comment In: [News - 03/11/2014 - 09:27]

Good luck, guys r n ...

Good luck, guys r n r nAs one of the original post-launch engineers on Ultima Online during 1998-2001, there will always be a special place in my heart both as a player and a developer for the wonderful world of Britania. It would be awesome or as they say today...totes ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/21/2013 - 03:49]

Wonderful insight Thanks for sharing, ...

Wonderful insight Thanks for sharing, Matt, and congrats again on a successful KS.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/06/2013 - 12:39]

Great article. IMO, League of ...

Great article. IMO, League of Legends represents the monetization mindset by which all games should strive: focus on building a community and giving them an awesome game they love to play. Once you have that, you won 't need to artificially engage in cash-grab features like paying to cross a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/21/2013 - 07:02]

The current crop of cash-grab ...

The current crop of cash-grab game features such as lives, social checkpoints and gambling currently being championed in games like PAD and Candy Crush hopefully will get retired to the history of shameful game development once players get tired of being manipulated for no other purpose than to pay some ...

Comment In: [News - 07/19/2013 - 04:44]

Mr. Sawyer has always been ...

Mr. Sawyer has always been one of the top game developers I 've most admired over the years. Transport Tycoon Deluxe was amazing I played it in 1996 and can still feel the sensation in my brain as if I just played it a moment ago.