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Jean-Michel Vilain's Blog


A few words on my experience: studied computer sciences at the Université de Liège (Belgium), entered the profesionnal life at 23 as a software engineer in Brussels, got bored of that job after 1 year, got back to studies in order to learn all I could about video game business and creation, earned a 6 months internship as a game designer in Paris at Eugen Systems, got hired and stayed there for 4 years. During my time spent there the studio was busy the whole time making RUSE, a AAA real time strategy game for UbiSoft (PC, Mac, X360, PS3). At that point I was extremely happy with such a creative position but the story repeats itself for I seem to always need more creative challenges.

In 2009, I reboot an old project with a friend, spending several hours a week on it. Some years later, two other fellows join us and Abrakam is born, yet we had to wait until June 2013 to found the company legally. In October 2013, we raise $94.000 on Kickstarter and launch an alpha version of Faeria to let backers enjoy the games instantly (I was doing all of the code, client/server, at the time, and most of that code still runs today). The story goes on as we raise 1M€ one year later. To be continued.


Jean-Michel Vilain's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/20/2015 - 01:22]

Wow this is such a ...

Wow this is such a great idea and the result is gorgeous.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/07/2015 - 01:07]

That was a good read, ...

That was a good read, thanks for this article Dan r nIterating on simple but succesful games is a great design exercise but also an effective design technique. That way of working can lead to good titles. King of Tokyo is one of them, it 's basically an experiment on ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/03/2015 - 01:37]

I think NAVE is also ...

I think NAVE is also part of what happened to arcades, it 's a little underground but has to be mentioned. There 's only one copy of this game. r n v gOoIyhrcHaY

Comment In: [News - 07/03/2013 - 08:26]

OMG. r nWhat 's the ...

OMG. r nWhat 's the point r nThis is how you motivate someone Boosting 1 person is really the way to go It must suck hard to work under someone who gets paid that much.

Comment In: [Feature - 06/25/2013 - 01:00]

Final Fantasy VI lt 3 ...

Final Fantasy VI lt 3

Comment In: [News - 06/17/2013 - 05:18]

Seriously, let 's just make ...

Seriously, let 's just make games.