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Hello world.

My name is Lance Thornblad and I am a game development addict. Now that I have admitted I have a problem, I can get on with blogging about it! I’ll start with a little background information.

I’ve always been a bit geeky and proud of it. I bought my first computer, an Amiga 500, when I was in high school. It was the only computer available at the time that was within reach of my modest budget and could display decent animation. I spent many hours playing games and mocking up little graphics demos and enjoyed myself immensely. Back then, I thought I wanted to be an astrophysicist (uh huh) and this computer stuff was just a fun pastime, but an ad in the newspaper changed my mind and the course of my life.

The advertisement was for graphic artists and it led to my first job in the computer game industry making graphics for Nintendo and SNES and Amiga and PC games. It was a great learning experience and I discovered that I have a natural talent for technical work. I’ve since spent most of the last twenty years improving and adding to my skill set. My game art gigs have given me a chance to do a little of everything. From concept to 3d modeling and animation to scripting and art pipeline development, I’ve worn many hats! Along the way, I’ve always maintained an interest in programming and have managed to tinker a bit in my spare time.

About a year and a half ago, I left my excellent job of almost ten years (at Sony) to pursue an old dream of mine. The purpose of this blog is to talk about that dream and what I’m doing about it!

Disclaimer: This blog is just me thinking out loud. It is not necessarily news for any products that this site offers, unless specified otherwise. The official forum for learning about Mana can be found here.

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