I Am Jordan Weisman, creator of Shadowrun, MechWarrior, and Crimson Skies, AMA
I’m CEO and Creative Director of Harebrained Schemes, a (very) small game development studio in the Seattle area. I’ve been a game designer and entrepreneur since graduating high school. I got my start in the paper game industry, founding FASA Corporation in 1980, where I created BattleTech/MechWarrior and Shadowrun. My second company, Virtual World Entertainment, pioneered virtual reality game centers around the world. I sold VWE to the Disney family in 1992. I then founded FASA Interactive to develop my games for PC and sold the company to Microsoft in 1998, becoming the Creative Director for their games division and overseeing the first two years of Xbox titles, including Halo. In 2000, I founded Wizkids and invented the collectible miniature figure games MageKnight, MechWarrior and HeroClix. Wizkids was acquired by Topps Inc. in 2003. After Wizkids, I co-founded 42 Entertainment and spawned a new genre - Alternate Reality Games. As Chief Creative Officer of 42 Entertainment, I oversaw the creation of “I Love Bees,” for the launch of Halo 2, “Why So Serious,” for The Dark Knight, and many others. My latest company, Harebrained Schemes, created Crimson Steam Pirates with Bungie last year and recently ran a successful Kickstarter.com project to bring back one of my favorite game worlds, Shadowrun.
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