An Infocom alum and 30+ year veteran of the games industry, Patricia mentored under Steve Meretzky for several years.
Own and operate consulting firm offering R&D for a variety of game projects, including creating treatment documents, reviewing/troubleshooting existing designs for clients, as well as designing and testing prototype tablet-based game systems for parrots.
Led an inspiring, nurturing, and growing development team to create innovative, interesting gameplay. Mentored designers and artists. Provided space for creators to shine. Involved in every aspect of development.
Created exhibit for UCLA’s Hammer Museum featuring Interactive Game Art. The exhibit featured five different interactive games, demonstrating different aspects of player involvement, from near complete abstraction to intimate involvement.
Taught upper level course in multiplayer online game design at the Interactive Media Department, part of USC’s prestigious Film School. Provided students insight into the world of online & multiplayer games and crafting interaction experiences.
Designed console complement to the Club Penguin online experience through cross-platform and multiplayer gameplay elements, culminating in the top-selling 2008 Club Penguin DS game. Sole designer of DGamer, Disney Interactive’s Nintendo DS-based online kids’ community initiative. Championed and coordinated the service from inception through launch. Game Designer for VR Studio’s online games, Toontown and Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Created overall gameplay design and specified all comprehensive game systems. Created cooperative social game systems designed to link players together, creating a tighter social fabric and increasing longevity of player engagement.
Lead Designer for Last Call Poker’s online site, an 8-week multifaceted online and real world alternate reality game. Developed and play-tested live events. Designed puzzles, assessed art and web assets, coordinated story and puzzle logistics. Coordinated the multiple aspects of storytelling, including text, videos, and live events.
Liaison between 3rd party developers and various Ubi.com internal departments to guide developers and help them improve game development through formal review, design of additional systems and teaching best practices. Coordinated, hired, and trained MMO Game Analyst Team. Analyzed intellectual properties and created high level designs for subscription-based massively multiplayer service implementations for Ubi.com. Provided design diligence and oversight for MMO projects already in development (Shadowbane and Uru), as well as acquisition of prospective projects.
Supervised the initial creative vision for Asheron’s Call 2 and provided leadership and direction for the product design team. Recruited, trained and managed team of system and content designers and writers. Assumed interim duties of Producer and Associate Producer. Prepared high-concept product proposals for business development and central systems design. Created specifications and content for new game systems for Turbine’s Asheron’s Call live product. Developed and prototyped an integrated content database for the next generation of Turbine products.
Led a team of nine programmers, artists and designers to develop product prototypes. Built a new QA department: recruited, staffed, trained, equipped the lab, defined processes, and managed relationships with third-party providers.
Worked with the Creative Director to author interactive screenplay for The Space Bar, developed game ideas, plots and puzzles, designed/wrote game concept papers, and developed GUI designs. Recruited and managed the testing staff, acted as lead tester, and coordinated all outside testing for Boffo’s first title, Hodj ‘n Podj. Designed and maintained QA database, coordinated publisher and external Beta testing, created test plans and schedules. Reviewed 3rd party artwork for accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness.
Lead Tester on several titles; contributed to design and wrote online hints for complex interactive fiction games. Handled customer support telephone calls, designed customer support materials, coordinated external Beta tests, and wrote end-user documentation.
Granted first generation Teaching Fellowship. Focus on writing & research applications. Taught Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication and Voice & Articulation.
Emphasis on writing, linguistics and communication theory.