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I was born in 1972 in Englewood, Colorado. When I was 3, my parents moved to Parker where I lived until I was 7. Due to a change in work, my father relocated the family to Bellevue Washington where I lived for nearly 15 years. Since then, I have lived in Mt. Vernon Washington, Kennesaw Georgia, Kailua-Kona Hawaii, Tokyo Japan, Sedona Arizona, Mesa Arizona, Boulder Colorado, Irvine California, Chandler Arizona and San Diego. My primary background is in software engineering & development, and executive business management with recent focus on business and technology virtualization. My hobbies include writing short stories and scripts, which I have been doing since I was 11 years old.

My father worked for Control Data Corporation (CDC) which gave me the unique opportunity to access the PLATO network, the birthplace of online gaming. Throughout the 80’s I was fortunate enough to play historic PLATO titles such as Avatar, Empire, Journey, Wilderness, Drygulch, Labyrinth, Angband, and other online games that defined an upcoming industry (covered in an article I wrote called The Origins of Modern Online Gaming).

My software creations include titles such as Mordor, Demise, Horizons, and Alganon. I also became a published author in 1995 when I wrote my first book “The Visual Basic 4 Network Gaming Adventure Set”, published by the Coriolis Group.

After founding Artifact Entertainment in 1999 and creating Horizons, I started a new company in 2001 called “Pharaoh Productions” but was unable to secure funding for my hybrid MMOG game known as Dominion. In 2004 I decided to take a position with a software company in Irvine, CA as CTO.

In mid-2005 I relocated to Arizona, and in January of 2006, co-founded a new company (QOL) which was the first virtual company in the industry to produce a commercial-grade MMOG. Alganon initially released in December of 2009.

I left QOL in March of 2010 and began private consulting services with a focus on helping companies utilize the latest in software technology, acquire top notch talent, and streamline both productivity and efficiency.

I am an avid supporter of 2nd Amendment Rights and recommend Frontsight Firearms Training Institute to anyone who wishes to receive the best firearms training available in the country. I believe in accountability, responsibility, honor, integrity, and standing against those who inflict harm upon or steal from others. I have a passion for creating worlds, products, companies and teams, and express that passion through programming and development, product design, management, leadership, and productivity.

  1. Thank you for the awesome guides, im still quite new to grim dawn and rely on your guides to help me better understand the game. its a shame that the grim dawn forums are such a toxic environment you had to relocate.

    I would like to point out that typing with yellow text with a white background is very hard to see, so far this only occurs in the below fields of entry.

  2. Thanks, Shane; I appreciate the support! BTW where are you seeing yellow text on a white background? I changed the theme of this site to have a global dark background – is there a page where that’s not happening?

  3. When i leave a reply the comment section is black text on white background, but when i enter my name and email. its yellow text with white background, but only when you are entering text.

    http://prntscr.com/nymxnl – this is a link to a print screen using lightshot program.

  4. Interesting; I just tested this (leaving a reply on the About Me page) and while the background turns white, the text is dark – not yellow. My system looks very different from yours. What browser are you using, and do you have the same problem with another browser?

  5. Hi, I just tried it with both Opera (Main Browser) and Google Chrome, and the text boxes appear with yellow text with white background.

    http://prntscr.com/o05jqv (this is a new print screen of when im using it on Google chrome. I am sorry to cause trouble for you.

  6. OK looking into this. It’s a bit weird; the comments field has a dark text color, but the Name/EMail does not. I’ll get this fixed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  7. Dear David Allen,

    I spent thousands of hours playing Mordor 1.1 and I enjoyed it very much. Huge fan! I still tell my friends and students about it many years later haha. Played Demise, it was alright but just didn’t feel as good as Mordor. I’m just wondering, is there any chance you’ll create a third installment?

    -Andre

  8. Probably not. With the indie dungeon crawler games like Darkest Dungeon (and there’s another that’s similar to Mordor/Demise that actually cited them that’s very popular), I’m not sure there’s much of a market for an old-school game like that. Admittedly, if I were to do a new game, it would be a hybrid ARPG. Who knows what the future holds! 🙂

  9. We have a little bit in common David. I was born in 1972, same age almost. My kids and ex wife live in Irvine ca. I was there for quit a while, bouncing from Irvine to San Diego. Yet I was also deployed a ton to Iraq and South America. I was on a LEDET which was a special operations team that conducted counter narcotics and anti terrorism operations. We made large drug seizures (2.5 – 15 metric tons) of cocaine, heroine, and meth. In the Middle East we seized weapons and Insurgents being smuggled into Iraq. Mentioned this because seems like you are into shooting. I attended Special forces CQC training with a ton of other like schools. I was injured in 2005 during a fast roping operation and fell 40-50 feet to a tarmac. I ended up finishing my 22 years as being an instructor in CQC, Law, Use of Force and Tactics. That injury lead to 20 surgeries and a lot of time on my hands that got me back into gaming. Had not played much since the Commodore 64, Atari, and some Nintendo days. Now I am a retired disabled vet with all the time in the world to play poker at the card houses and video games on my 5,000 dollar rig, lol. I do consult with the local Sheriff Dept. a little as my gf is a deputy and they enjoy some training outside the box. Ill stop blabbing on now. Thought I would share a bit with a like minded person (it seems anyway) of the same age.

  10. Nice to meet you Brian, and thanks for sharing! I am very much into self defense and fully supportive of teaching others the same. Think you’ll ever become a private firearms instructor? We definitely need more schools and instructors spread throughout the country. Where are you currently located?

  11. Yah I heard the latest update is a bit brutal; I assume you’re in Veteran mode? Might want to hop back to Normal – I think a lot of people are doing that. I haven’t played since the latest patch, so I can’t comment on how tough the changes are just yet 🙂

  12. I love the NMS guide, thank you!! I think it’d be really great to split out the tips from the walkthrough, as some of us get nervous of specific spoilers!!

    That said, there’s a spoiler that I wondered why you didn’t include? Under ‘secure facility farming’ https://www.requnix.com/the-complete-no-mans-sky-beyond-guide#Language_Secure_Facility_Blueprint_Farming, you include a link to a video, why not instead (or as well) just include the text:

    ‘In order to find secure facilities, purchase maps from the explorer’s guild representative on a space station until you get one that says ‘Directions to a Secure Facility’. Then, if that’s the only type of blueprint you have in your inventory, purchasing more maps will ALWAYS give you maps of the same type.’

    🙂 Thanks again!

  13. Oops! I could have sworn I wrote the details on how to prepare for the process – thanks a ton for the information! I’ve updated the guide. Let me know if the added content addresses the missing details. Thanks!

  14. Hey David, just dropping here to say hello!
    I was cleaning old stuff and found my binder with the Mordor 1.1 help printed on sheets.

    Can’t even describe what Mordor has been for my young gamer career!
    Thanks for everything 🙂

    Tiziano

  15. I was cleaning out a dusty closet and came across my old Demise CD, which then led me here. Wow, reading this page is a real blast from the past. I spent hundreds of hours in my teenage and college years playing Mordor/Demise and obsessively following your website forums. Mordor 2, Infinite Worlds, all the Horizons stuff like maps, concept art, design materials… I remember it all very fondly. You should write a book some day about all the chaos that happened in the early 2000’s. No soap opera can compare to how gripping the events of your professional life were in those times. I sincerely hope you can look back and laugh at it all now. As I always tell myself, the best revenge is living well. Take care, buddy.

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