As a kid I loved playing board games. Since we could not afford to buy as many as I wanted I started hand-copying games and then creating my own ideas. It then became my greatest wish to become a game developer when I grew up.
A Project too Large
After studying mathematics and computer science at university I started working as a freelance programmer. At the same time (1996) I also started a project called “Mysticora”, a fantasy strategy/RPG PBEM computer game. I spent many years developing it together with a group of friends. The game was so complex and enormous though that people struggled to play it. So I stopped development in 2003.
My lesson from that was, that I need to develop something I could finish more quickly and easily. This would allow me to learn more quickly from the feedback. So I decided to pick up developing board games again.
My Spiritual Awakening
In early 2006, I then had a great shift in my worldview. I changed my mind on many subjects, including: paranormal phenomena, UFOs, spirituality, and the nature of consciousness.
For a long time afterwards, I continued researching these topics, sometimes for hours each day. I published some of my results and conclusions regarding spirituality in my now former blog www.spiritualcosmos.com.
Note: I accept and respect that everyone can have their own perspective and beliefs.
Politically Active Years
This also led to several years of me joining the esoteric community and becoming somewhat active politically. I participated in various protests and events, for example a presentation at the European parliament in Brussels in 2008 showing evidence to support a new investigation into a certain event.
One of the most fascinating events I participated in was a UFO watching seminar by Steven Greer where I went to Mount Shasta, California and watched UFOs in the night sky as well as seeing a bright orb of light in the trees and experiencing many unusual synchronicities. It was very nice to actually experience these unusual phenomena firsthand.
Alternative Living at the Farm
To get out of the rat race and live true to my ideals, I finally decided to join an alternative, organic community farm called Vlierhof in 2009, where I live to this day. The intention was to help build an example of a better way of living for the world. I like living here because it is a beautiful place with like-minded people and I enjoy more freedom than with a normal job. Still, it is not a perfect place and we also have our problems, they are just different.
Politically, I started doing less traveling now, but I still was active online, supporting presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
Becoming a Game Author
After several years of developing board games (I now have about 15 prototypes), I am also now getting more involved in that space by participating in game author seminars and fairs. For a while, I also took up a part-time online job doing marketing for a game parts company.
In some of my prototypes, I have used what I have researched for an unusual theme or backstory, which is not necessary to know in order to play or enjoy the game though.
Creating great and enjoyable games is still my primary intention in any case.
My first published game is Babylon Tower Builders. It is a 3-dimensional building game.
In 2019, I started a games company “Seajay Games” to self-publish my boardgame “Galactic Era“. The first crowdfunding attempt via Kickstarter in November 2019 was unsuccessful though.
The second crowdfunding attempt in September 2020 was successful with a 212% funding rate.
Production of the game was completed in October 2021.