I am a retired Starcraft pro-gamer, now full-time board game designer, AMA!
Edit: After nearly 12 hours, I'm calling it quits. Thanks for all the questions. G'night.
My name is Kevin 'qxc' Riley and I can answer faster than you can ask.
About me: I'm 27 years old and grew up on the north shore of Chicago and attended Harvey Mudd College where I got a degree in CS. So far, I haven't used that degree at all. While at university, I began playing Starcraft 2 pretty heavily. Not long after its release, I was competing in, and winning various online tournaments.
Upon graduation, I moved into the Complexity gaming house and played Starcraft 2 full-time. About 8 months later, I moved in with my girlfriend who's almost done with her PhD in mathematics. After that, I continued playing full-time for another few years.
While playing Starcraft, I eventually ran out of pages in my passport. I remember almost melting while playing in a non-AC convention in China, and getting caught outside during some sort of tropical storm in Korea while jogging. I played numerous events in Germany and even made it out to Dreamhack once. Sweden was like something out of a fantasy book. While in Korea, I all-killed one of the top Korean teams in a team competition. Not the best thing I ever did in Starcraft, but perhaps the most memorable.
In 2015, I took a few months off to let my mind clear. You may also know me as the keyboard smasher. I've always grappled with stress and anger issues as they relate to Starcraft. During my break, I began dabbling in board game design with my girlfriend. I returned to Starcraft later that year and performed well, for a time but eventually retired for good. Once I retired, I pursued my board game fervently. What began as a slight variation of a game we had played many times before, eventually became a coherent 1vs1 competitive game that stood on its own. After a number of cold pitches, I succeeded in finding a publisher, Action Phase, that was interested in what was then, a 1vs1 competitive game, but would eventually become the fully cooperative game, Aeon's End.
Last December, Aeon's End was finally released in retail. We were all incredibly excited to see our passion project hit shelves but had little time to celebrate as we had begun work on a new expand-alone for Aeon's End last June. I spent last summer living in Tokyo (benefits of being "unemployed") while my GF took a research position at a university there. We began designing what would eventually become War Eternal (newest expand-alone) there and hit the ground running with actual playtesting when I returned state-side in September.
About Aeon's End: It is a cooperative deck builder for 1-4 players set in a unique fantasy world. You won't find any elves, dwarves or dragons here. In each game you'll play as a different breach mage which has a different starting setup and ability. Many have likened Aeon's End to a 'boss battle' from RPG games. In each game you play, you and your allies will be working together to defeat a big bad nemesis that's threatening the last stronghold of humanity, Gravehold. War Eternal, which is the new set of content we just finished expands on the original by adding more of everything. I committed the same level of care to all of the gameplay in War Eternal as I did with the initial Aeon's End: spending ~40 hours a week working on the game for months and months. When everything was polished enough, we recruited dozens of blind playtesters and received feedback on over 400 games played externally. Last year, Aeon's End raised ~190k in our month-long KS campaign. A week into this campaign and we've already surpassed 200k.
FAQ: I played Starcraft 2, not 1. I will not likely be playing Starcraft: remastered
You can find out more about Aeon's End: War Eternal here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2012515236/aeons-end-war-eternal/description
Random other things I've been doing: Trying to figure out how to not overheat while doing sports
Trying to figure out if I'm addicted to sugar
Designing other small games
I cook ~90% of my meals
I'm really introverted. Like. a lot.
Spent a semester in Madrid. My Spanish is not terrible.
Spent a summer in Tokyo. My Japanese is terrible
Spent a month in Taiwan. My chinese is most terrible.
My Proof: Picture of me today: https://twitter.com/coL_qxc/status/846700020598521856
Proof that I am who I am: http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Qxc