Before you are two doors
One leads to a large plain room, so long and featureless that it seems to stretch on into forever. It is filled with drone after drone repeating the same routines over and over to produce a single monotonous buzz that goes on and on without any end in sight.
The second door is a mystery
At first it seems to lead you out to a sun drenched beach, gently waving palms hanging over crystal blue waters. The next moment it shifts to suddenly reveal a bustling outdoor market, a temple deep in a bamboo forest, a sunken warship, a humongous glittering cavern, an ancient pyramid deep in the jungle.
Constantly changing, you know that if you step through this door you can't be sure what you might discover out there.
Which path will you choose?
Not so long ago, this was the same choice I was facing.
Once upon a time I was a video game artist, working with billion dollar brands to make award winning games enjoyed by millions of players. But despite working in such an amazing job my reality was long hours trapped in a grey walled cubicle farm, slogging through a never-ending cycle of soul-sucking meetings.
Overworked, underpaid; my day-to-day experience wasn't exactly “livin’ the dream”.
Time for a daring adventure
I made the choice to unpause my life, to stop waiting through the loading screen for the action to start, to teach my kids that they can make everyday an adventure.
Now together we wander ruined civilizations, swim sacred pools, walk the halls of princes and samurai, sing to mermaids, track vikings, ring the bell of the gods, explore ancient caves, even travel through the underworld and emerge on the other side…
...all in real life.
Do you hear the same call? Somewhere your own story is waiting to be discovered, your adventure is ready to start.
...or maybe you're already a crowned hero who's ready for their New Game+?
Believe it or not, I’m looking for someone just like you to join my party of adventurers. No matter what your spec or background, no matter what gear and baggage you bring along- there's a place for you in the GEEKBOLD Adventure Party!
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About the Adventure Party
Howdy, I’m Jess - an artist & fellow adventurer talking travel, tech, & tots from a geek’s perspective here on GEEKBOLD.
Oklahoma born, Texas raised, Japanese trained, and Scandinavian based; I’m determined to explore, eat, and geek my way as best I can through this big wonderful world. I believe that you choose to let life happen to you or do your best to make the everyday an adventure- big or small, wherever and whoever you are.
Currently I’m living in Stockholm with two mini-geeks and a fellow gamedev partner in tow.
Bee is my little co-adventurer. Six years old and obsessed with castles and dinosaurs, Bee is also growing into a serious threat at the gaming table. When not out exploring, she’s usually helping me cook, reading, or playing video games with our family.
Buddy’s bright red hair and huge smile wins him new friends wherever he goes. Our little nature boy - if it's outside, he wants in (bonus points if it involves animals). Traveling with a baby can often feel like adventure on hard mode, but the kids have opened so many doors to new discoveries and connections that I would never have experienced on my own.
Hunter is my partner-in-geek, and a senior technical level designer currently acting as lead designer for a AAA studio. Born & raised in Nashville, TN; he won my heart at a punk rock concert in Japan nearly 15 years, 2 kids, and 3 trans-oceanic moves ago.
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GEEKBOLD's obsession is to explore, create, and connect; to make everyday an adventure. Through the lenses of thoughtful travel, tots, & tech you'll find our (mis)adventures as a family of geeks both at home, abroad, and 'at home abroad' too.
Officially relaunched in 2018 as a family adventure blog for geeks, GEEKBOLD.com 2.0 has leveled-up from its start in 2015 solely covering industry and career matters for professional game developers and students.
Today it’s hailed as “a blog on the internet” (Google Search Results) and “the most awesome website ever” (my daughter, age 6). The site’s even been featured as “GEEKBOLD's Super Unbiased Best Website Ever of 2018”! I’m quite proud - that was a very narrow win.
Look, this site is not here to win awards or accolades or score me free swag. (Feel free to make offers though - I’m not a monk.) My highest hopes are that GEEKBOLD.com helps to foster global citizenry and curiosity by spotlighting potential cultural, historic, and scientific connections found all over our big beautiful world. But sometimes it's simply about being a global geek who wants to share both triumphs and trials with far flung family, friends, and friends-to-be and maybe (just maybe) inspire another fellow adventurer.
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