Identify Yourself


#182

good snooping, yeah it’s Raytheon. have worked at 3 different facilities so far. Their coworker gaming groups are pretty weak, but that’s not a surprise considering I’m 27 and still part of the youngest people working there


#183

Sounds about right. Banks and defense are both places waiting for this “internet” fad to pass, so…


#184

I work for a General Dynamics company so, I feel ya, what with being not young but still amongst the young’uns. I’m 30, everyone else in my work-group is at least 50. There was a guy at least 80-something until about 6 months ago, finally made him retire. Lot’s of “this place has gone to crap; back in the 80’s…” I just tell myself that I’m sure they heard a lot of “this place has gone to crap; back in the 40’s…” in their day.


#185

Wow. I’m 36 and I’m the old guy.


#186

Hey all,

I’m Sam Erickson. I’m 36 years old, born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I’m a husband and dad of two little girls (with a third one on the way). I work as a paramedic in the Twin Cities area and before that I bartended at TGI Friday’s for a decade.

I’ve been really into board games and game design for a while. I saw Rym and Scott’s panel at PAXU and was hooked.

I’m on Twitter a bunch as @samerickson :smile:


#187

Well, I mean, I know like 3 tech writers there and 4 engineers at GD, so when you said “defense contractor in MA” I was like “well that’s only so many options.” :slight_smile:


#188

what’s tech writing like? I’ve been looking to make a career sidestep and was exploring that option


#189

Hi new people waves


#190

Depends on your inclinations. The friends I have who do it are somewhat conflicted because they don’t support strong military intervention but wind up writing manuals for implements of death, so emotionally it can be a struggle.

The work itself, from what they tell me, is satisfying in the way that efficiently organizing your home is satisfying. You try to convey complex concepts in a clear, unambiguous way - so it’s a good challenge trying to think from someone else’s perspective, and to imagine various audiences. The end product is a tight, efficient communication that showcases your skill.

Basically, if you’re into the nuanced complexity of trying to communicate simply and clearly, it can be very rewarding.

Pay’s alright from what I gather, but I don’t usually talk salary with most of my friends. Not for any particular reason - it just doesn’t come up.


#191

that sounds right up my alley, I have an almost fetishistic affinity with absorbing/designing rules systems. Thanks for the info