I am currently a UX/UI producer at Hangar 13 bravely creating amazing games. In addition, I am continuously building up my game dev skills with an emphasis on Unreal Engine 5 and game design. I usually spent my free time (outside of gaming) with my son and dog or hiking/climbing in the mountains.
Knowledge and skills
My primary areas of focus are:
Recently, I have started to learn visual scripting utilizing Unreal Engine 5 blueprints to rapidly prototype, validate, and test new systems and mechanics independently.
Last but not least, I have 9 years of work experience primarily in the roles of project manager and product lead in both SW and HW domains with a focus on defense and space technologies.
Here you can see some of the articles I have written on the topics of satellite imagery analysis of armed forces capabilities and deployment:
I am well acquainted with videogames development intrigues and I do really enjoy the leadership of cross-functional teams, building relationships with subject matter experts, getting to know the technical details, and aligning them with the creative and artistic vision as much as possible, dealing with any potential issues and communicate all important aspects with key stakeholders.
The Origins I - Tabletop RPGs and collectible card games
From the age of 12 throughout my grammar school years, I have been obsessed with all things fantasy and sci-fi, mostly through reading books and playing tabletop RPGs and collectible card games. Being a multipotential enthusiast I have put my hands on a ton of games including Wastelands, Magic, LOTR from Decipher, Warhammer 40k + Fantasy Battles miniatures, original Draci Doupe (Czech version of DnD), and DnD 3E.
During university, I have become part of a large tabletop RPG community via the RPG Forum, mostly as a dungeon master, writing articles, tidbits of settings, and lore, testing my systems, and playing many games. I was crafting my worlds, putting together plots and adventures for my players, and always trying to avoid the usual stereotypes - unless directly asked for them.
I also participated in the early stages of Draci Doupe 2 development as a tester (along with a couple of card and board games).
The Origins II - Video Games
My very first experience with video games (that I can remember) was playing with my older brother the all-time classics Winter Games and Cannon Fodder. My independent gaming path began with our first family computer, on which I immediately started playing such titles as NHL 99, Tomb Raider III, and Need for Speed III. What follows is a list of the older games that stayed with me for a long time and I always like to get back to them:
I took a break from playing video games mostly due to full-time work obligations, climbing mountains, running, and last but not least starting a family. Still, whenever I ended up being sick at home I usually played more than a fair amount of turns in HoMM III.
I returned to active playing, but this time more as an aspiring game developer interested in how the most interesting titles achieved success - I usually do one or two play sessions (a couple of hours max), write down some notes and in case I am hooked up, I do continue playing long term because I want to finish the game.
Newer titles that got me (I tend to add something here from time to time):