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 Great Awakening
In early 2006, I then had a great shift in my worldview. After watching “Loose Change” and two weeks of intensive researching following that, I changed my mind on many subjects, including: free energy, paranormal phenomena, UFOs, spirituality, and the nature of consciousness. To me, it all made more sense then.
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 very active politically. I participated in various protests and events for a better world and to inform people. For example, a “9/11 Truth” presentation at the European parliament in Brussels in 2008.
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. I didn’t actually need to experience this to confirm by new found beliefs but it was nevertheless 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 the Ron Paul presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012.
In 2011 I discovered Bitcoin and immediately realizing the possibilities I became very fascinated with it. I spent a lot of time in Bitcoin forums and even invested a little into it.
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 my self-published games, I also incorporate some of my knowledge and understanding of the world using these as a vehicle for people, who might be interested in such information. The reading of such is not required to play the games 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.
The second crowdfunding attempt in September 2020 was successful with a 212% funding rate.