Ben Townsend Game Designer Portfolio

Ben Townsend

Manchester, UK

ben@benjamintownsend.co.uk

 

 

Windows - 8.4MB

~5 Minutes Playtime

Current Status

Working freelance, primarily through Upwork.

Maguss - Maguss - Game Designer

January 2017 - Present

A mobile augmented reality game that I can best describe as Pokemon Go meets Harry Potter. You wonder the world (the real world) encountering monsters, collecting ingredients and finding chests. The majority of my work was designing the monster's stats, AI, calculating the in game currency and designing the player progression.

 

 

Thousand Realms - Fire Gate & Fire Seed - Quality Assurance and Narrative Designer

November 2016 - Present

Mobile based choose your own adventure games. Choose a Mage , a Sword Master, a Thief and go on an adventure through the Thousand Realms. I was initially taken on to do QA but after a time they asked me to write additional narrative material and design monsters and items to feature in the games.

 

 

AffirmedIT - FitConnect - Rewards Designer

January 2017 - June 2017

FitConnect is a system that gathers data from various apps that track your workouts, diet and sleep patterns. I was taken on to create formulas that would reward points based on how well you did. The main challenge was to ensure that all users were rewarded fairly, regardless of their ability.

 

 

Bit Augur LLC - Cancelled Project - Programmer

May 2017 - June 2017

A cancelled project. It was a casual fishing game on mobile that was designed for a young audience.

 

 

World Away Games - Swipe Breaker 2 - Level Designer

May 2017

A modified version of the classic game breakout for mobile. I was tasked to design some levels for the game that took advantage of its unique mechanics.

 

 

Sphynx Studios - Colorfy - Programmer

January 2017 - February 2017

A casual game for Steam that was in Greenlight when I started working on it. The game had high resolution images and the developer wanted me to create settings that would display the optimal image based on the screen resolution.

 

 

Ice Peddler Games - Riddle Hack - Programmer

November 2016 - December 2016

A question and answer game for PC that had a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2017. My work here was limited to programming but was the first professional job that I had.

 

 

More details available via Upwork.

Freelance Work

Occupational History

HMV Retail Ltd - Sales Assistant

September 2006 - October 2015

 

Alien Globetrotters Youth Club - Play Support Worker

April 2002 - March 2011

Education

PlaygroundSquad UK Nov. 2015 - Oct. 2016

Level 3 Qualification in Game Design

 

University of St. Mark and St. John 2004 - 2007

Ba(Hons), Computing and Information Technology with Education Studies, 2:1

 

Plymstock School 2002 - 2004

A-Level, Electronics

E

A-Level, Information and Communication Technology

E

AS-Level, Applied Mathematics

D

 

 

Plymstock School 1997 - 2002

 

GCSE, Information Technology

A

GCSE, Science Double Award

AA

GCSE, Mathematics

A

GCSE, English Literature

B

GCSE, German

B

GCSE, Statistics

B

GCSE, RE (Short Course)

B

GCSE, Electronics

C

GCSE, English

C

GCSE, History

C

About Me

I am a hardworking and knowledgeable game designer looking for a position in a professional video games studio. I enjoy dedicating myself to a project, making sure that every aspect is as good as it can be. I have been able to motivate myself into self publish a game for mobile called StarratS which is currently available on Android. Two of my strongest skills are my work ethic and ability to research. No matter what the game's subject matter may be, I like to thoroughly find out as much as possible and implement what I learn into the game.

 

I also have a good head for numbers and am happy to calculate appropriate character stats, enemy spawn rates, weapon power or whatever is required to achieve a balanced game. As I enjoy working with numbers, people and managing data, in the long term I aspire to work in project management within the industry. I can also be creative and like to approach existing concepts from different angles and think of alternative methods. If I come across an issue I will not spend hours banging my head against a wall and would rethink the situation to find a solution.

Personal Interests

Outside of the video game industry I am an avid boardgamer and play regularly with friends every week. I have taken part in multiple Ludum Dares as a solo entrant and was also at the inaugural Jamchester Game Jam in a team of three. I also run regularly and have pushed myself to enter multiple marathons and half-marathons. I cycle too and have done cycle tours in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic.

 

I like to do charity work when I can and have volunteered to teach English and work in orphanages in India, Ghana, Thailand and Vietnam. Whilst on these trips I wrote public blogs which have helped me to improve my writing skills and in communicating through documentation. The trips also allowed me to meet have many great experiences and to meet a variety of people from different cultures, which I look forward to being able to feed into my game designs.

 

I have also become involved with the Aidis Trust. They provide assisted technology to people with disabilities to improve their quality of life. I often help them out on special gaming days that they run for children. They run these events in groups with children who have a variety of disabilities and learning difficulties, but we take a wide range of specialist equipment along so that every child can play. You can find out further details about in an interview they held with me, at the link below.

 

Aidis Trust Interview

Software Proficiency

Unreal Engine 4, Unity, Game Maker, Maya, Photoshop, Mercurial, Github, Axosoft, Pycharm and Trello.

References

Available on request from Mikael Hellberg (supervisor at PlaygroundSquad UK) and Mats Hjertkvist.