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James wrote his first text adventure in the 80's, aged ten. It was awful, but popular around the house. Building on this success he wrote am ANSI BBS door game called Mania in the mid 90's. Mania was a text adventure comedy dungeon hack and slash where you could have up to 255 gory wounds at any given time (a spoof on the industry standard hitpoints - you could have 17 broken arms and festering gashes on your neck - any unhealed wound could become graphically infected) and your daily turns were limited by sanity which ticked down while in the dungeon.
Building on this game's complete lack of commercial success, he turned his hand to business IT, working as a "make things work" consultant for the rest of the 90's before founding an ISP in 1999. Building on this ISP's lack of success he continued with several more businesses based on software projects - sharing internet in hotels, document management and expert systems, before moving to corporate and government Systems Administration, Database Administration, Security and Disaster Recovery before finally moving into team leadership and eventually IT Management.
In Febuary 2013, fed up with being well paid, supported and appreciated in the corporate world, he quit his management role, said goodbye to eighteen staff and began working on the ineptly titled Ascent: The Space Game. He has described this move as "by far the stupidest thing I've ever done, but it's way too much fun not to do it"
A-TSG is quite possibly the first MMO to be released to the public within a year of full time development commencing, the first MMO to be developed (both client and server) by a single developer, and based on virtual space alone by far the largest computer game ever built. Despite these idiotic goals, players are surprisingly enjoying themselves in the game and it has gathered a cult following as a web game, before finally being released for PC on desura.com.
You can check out James' latest moronic bugs and annoy him on the forums at http://www.thespacegame.com/
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