Get to know the Developer: Emily Hammond

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My name is Emily, and I am a geek.

I have been surrounded by nerds and geeks alike my entire life. Of course, the gateway drug for me was indeed Harry Potter. My older sister and I are both obsessed, have been for as long as I can remember. I’m a proud Hufflepuff, by the way.

I’m a country kid, so being out on the farm in nature is something very well known to me. I believe this has fueled my interest in fantasy and creative writing, as the forests and fields never fail to provide endless ideas of what could go on in them.

Books are my love. Everything, from Harry Potter to Percy Jackson, to the Bartimaeus trilogy, the worlds I found myself engrossed in varied so much. However, the one thing they shared in common was the fantasy genre. The worlds they created always manage to draw me headfirst into a crazy land of ideas, which inspired me to start writing stories of my own. I love to write; creating new worlds, characters, enemies, ideas - all of it. Hence why as soon as Jay, a long-time friend of mine, approached me about helping to write for his latest project, I jumped on the bandwagon.

I’ve been working on this project since it was a mere JRPG game idea. Believe it or not, I scrambled together some songs (they were terrible, lord knows why Jay asked me to try that). The JRPG then turned into these books, where, naturally, music was not needed. After that, I stuck with writing; my ‘talents’ better used there.

I’ve always liked gaming, starting with the classic PS2 when I was younger, playing the good old racing games with my older brother (of which I 'totally' won). My two older brothers fueled the gaming side of me, all of us being somewhat competitive made for some exciting games on the PlayStation. A fond memory of mine is playing Fifa and managing to get enough of my team red-carded to cause the game to be forfeit within the first 10 minutes (I like slide tackling, ok?). As I grew older, I got more and more into gaming, venturing into the likes of Jak and Daxter, the Elder Scrolls series and Bastion, eventually moving from the consoles and onto my PC.

Dungeons and Dragons came into my life a few years back, when Jay told me to watch the internet sensation of a show called Critical Role on Twitch/Youtube. I started to view their first campaign, and I was hooked! We eventually managed to get a group of us together to try a game for ourselves, and thus, Drax the gnome was born! A drunk, money loving, pirate gnome bard was brought into the world and started causing havoc, until of course, Jay, our GM, cut off her arm (No, I’m not salty, I dunno what you're talking about). As of right now, I am a mere player, but I do someday hope to try my hand at GM’ing for some poor, unfortunate souls.

Lord knows what the future holds for me; I can only hope it’ll be as exciting as the books and games I immerse myself with.

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