Will Meadows is our Chief Fun-Haver, El Presidente, and all-around creative guy. After sticking him in a dark room, and shining a bright light in his face, this is what we were able to get out of him:
TH: Will, tell us all about yourself.. In 10 words or less. Go!:
Will: Creative out the wazoo. Aspiring "Father-of-the-year". Karate maste...
TH: I said 10 words. What role do you play at Tantrum House?
Will: I'm kinda responsible for moving the needle, keeping everyone on point, and making sure we look good while doing it. Right now I'm just trying to get the packaging and component design for our game, Steam Court, wrapped up.
TH: How long have you been making games?
Will: I think I made my first game when I was 11? It was a variant of Mancala. As a kid I used to love drawing really complex mazes too. And a friend of mine helped me program my first computer game, in Qbasic, when I was probably 14?
TH: What got you into graphic design?
Will: Veggie Tales. I loved drawing as a kid. I didn't realize you could make a living doing design work until I watched the credits on a Veggie Tales movie and first read the title "Graphic Designer". That pretty much settled it for me.
TH: I know it's hard to name just one, so tell us about a few of your favorite games.
Will: Monopoly all the way. Also Candyland (whoever edited this <-- I hate you).
TH: What's your kryptonite then... what game are you just the worst at?
Will: My brain freezes up when I try to play Race for the Galaxy. Why are there so many random shapes?! Why don't they make any sense!?.. If you love this game, more power to you.. It's not for me.
TH: Tell us about this Sara person?
Will: She's pretty much the most amazing person I know. Her list of talents and accomplishments is too long to include here. She likes me and our children, AND board games, so she's basically perfect. Our 10 year awesomversary is coming up this year year :)
TH: We've heard that you are from The Ohio State. How is it possible that your favorite Marvel character is Wolverine?
Will: You know how when Wolverine shoots his claws out he says "it still hurts every time"?.. Yeah, it's like that.
TH: Other hobbies?
Will: Riding roller coasters, studying martial arts, playing the piano, playing soccer, building steampunk junk, hanging out with our Youth Group, building stuff with my kids, trying out cool little Mom & Pop restaurants, designing websites, reading a book and then watching the movie version, playing with my iphone, there's probably other stuff too.
TH: Favorite gaming snack and beverage?
Will: Jalepeno popper dip and Cherry Coke.
TH: If you were a tool in Photoshop, what would you be?
Will: One of my super powers is sarcasm, so I guess I'd have to go with the burn tool. Yeeeah!
TH: What's up with you always choosing the blue game piece?
Will: An aged sage once lent me his mystical scepter and granted me the ability to change anything I wanted to the color blue.
Plus, its my favorite color.
TH: What are the next steps for Tantrum House? Anything big on the horizon?
Will: I hope so. We've been having a blast play-testing our game Steam Court and meeting lots of cool people at all of our events. Our hope is to launch the game in May on Kickstarter and just see where it goes. Everyone in the company has been having a lot of fun (one of our primary goals) and we hope to have lots more fun putting out more games in the future. If you haven't already subscribed to our YouTube channel do that now in order to keep up with us and everything we have going on.
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