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Team Introduction: Roman Hodek, Game Designer

This week we are introducing our game and level designer Roman Hodek! Make some noise!

Roman Outside

What do you do in Mingle Games?

Game and level design. I do work on games, but I do also work on myself – making it all better. I also do clean dishes, but only those I have used.

You look like a neat person!

Do you like working here and why?

I certainly do! It is not only that I enjoy making games. It is also the fact that I enjoy effective work flow, competent coworkers and open-minded and creative atmosphere. These things are not granted, and I do prize them highly in Mingle Games.

It is great that you appreciate these things.

Why did you choose to work in gaming company?

Mingle Games is not my first gaming company. Originally, when I finished High school, I was looking up some job offers and I found an offer to become Level Designer in mobile gaming company.

It actually didn’t occur to me beforehand that I might be able to get such an awesome job. It can be said that it was something beyond my dreams. I was enthusiastic for computer games since my earliest age, and the affection never left me. It might have been helped by the fact that I haven’t had direct access to up-to-date computers for most of my childhood, so the magic never had chance to become something ordinary to me.

In the early 2000’s, the Czech gaming industry was quite thin, so the offer was a surprise. I dared to apply and made it in – Stayed in the industry ever since. I worked for companies as Disney Mobile, Pixalon, Lonely Sock, Lipa Learning and Geewa.

So you having your dream job huh? Great for you!

How does your typical day look like?

I wake up in the morning and race for the intercity bus, where I fall asleep again.

I try to read during the subway ride, but boy, are the trains sometime overcrowded – I can hardly even hold the book in front of me. Except Fridays, where there is hardly anybody around, which I don’t get as it’s still a working day. Is there some sacred Friday cult I should know about?

Anyway, I get to the work and the first thing I do is read the notes from previous day – a list of things to do today. If they still make sense in my fresh eyes I commence the work. Generally, it’s:

– coordinating the progress with others

– finding design solutions for our game projects

– properly describing design solutions in the various document, management, table and flowchart editors at our disposal

– making game levels in our level editor

At the end of working day, I assess the progress and make list of things to do next.

Try to read in subway.

Try not to sleep in bus and play games or read there instead.

At home, I pat the dog. Then I’m instantly charged by the force of nature that is my son. I play with him for few hours, then try and fail to get him into bed, alas he is indefatigable.

When the kid is finally unconscious, I have a healthy chat with my lovely wife and scramble an hour or two for some of my hobbies, being it painting miniatures, game playing or some general media consumption.

When wolf howls remind me of the night, I dream…

Wow, that was impressively detailed!

Roman Table

Where do you find your motivation?

With the type of work I’m doing, it almost feels like the motivation finds me! It is the fact that I like doing what I’m doing and that I can do it well that is so gratifying.

Speaking generally, I want to enjoy the time I was given on Earth. I’m motivated by the prospect of calm and good life. Like a proper hobbit.

Bilbo is that you?

What is your favorite game?

This prize needs to go to the original Fallout. No other game had enchanted me so completely. It’s a bit funny, because technically speaking, the game is broken on many levels. But it’s the hearth that counts at the end.

Fallout is indeed awesome game!

Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from, what are your activities outside work, etc.?

Originally I’m from Prague, but currently live in small Bohemian city of Mělník. I enjoy walks in nature and industrial areas like a river ports and old factories. I might be a bit of a romantic, but was never properly diagnosed. I enjoy literature and gaming of all types, model making, ice hockey, good movies… and sometimes bad movies. Music! You know how it goes.

But really, my heart and soul belong to my wife Petra and son Richard. Ain’t it sweet?

It is sweet! And you have very rich life.

Anything else you want to add?

Yeah… Don’t drink glowing water.

We will certainly not drink it! Thank you for sharing your things with us! Next week we will introduce another member of our team!