• Vicki

    • Name: Victoria (Vicki) Almond
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2003
    • Vicki started at Cyan late summer 2003, just before Karl was hired on. She was hired on in a short-term position as a tester on URU: Ages Beyond Myst and she hasn’t left the building since. Not only does she like to write, analyze stuff, break stuff, and boss people around (only while at work, of course!), she loves to make art of all kinds in her free time. She also loves the outdoors, cooking, and having a good time with friends and family.

  • Eric

    • Name: Eric A. Anderson
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2000
    • Eric has welded a lot of vertices. Like, a LOT. When not building make-believe places inside of a computer, Eric builds make-believe places in his living room, and then stomps around in them with his wife and son. Those two aren’t make believe tho, just so we’re clear. I think. Crap… now everything seems so confusing. What were we talking about?

  • Russel

    • Name: Russel Beauregard
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2016
    • I enjoy video games more than really going out and doing anything, and I always feel I don’t have enough time to play them despite being on my computer every chance I get. Other than that I drink about a gallon of tea every two days or so and enjoy being around my friends and girlfriend. I am always open to learning and am ecstatic that I get the chance to be in the same room as so many people that have experience and knowledge in my favorite subject.

  • Blake

    • Name: Blake Bjerke
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2015
    • Blake is an Arizona native who graduated in 2011 with a degree in 3D Game Art. Since that time, he has worked on a variety of independent and freelance projects. He became interested in MYST at a young age, and credits Cyan with being his inspiration to begin a career in 3D art. Being a part of the Obduction team is now a dream come true.

  • Blake

    • Name: Blake Lewin
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2014
    • Industry experience: Blake has been doing business development in the interactive industry for almost 30 years. He created several game distribution networks (GameTap / GameTreeTV) and is published as far away as Mars (yes, the planet). Blake started working with Cyan back in 1999, while he was at Turner Broadcasting with a crazy idea for a Myst TV show (that linked to a game). Through a very long series of events, which included releasing URU on GameTap, Blake is now doing business development for Cyan and working very hard to make sure that Myst finally becomes a TV show (and maybe link to a game).
    • Favorite Games: Donkey Kong Country, Riven, Halo 3, Portal 2, BioShock Infinite
  • Jason

    • Name: Jason Calvert
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2003
    • Jason has been programming and working with video game technologies for 15+ years. He received his degree in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University. He started at Cyan in 2003, and has worked on Uru, Myst V, realMyst: Masterpiece Edition, and Obduction. He has also worked on games for Nickelodeon, and MTV. He also plays Electric Bass, spends time in the gym regularly, plays the occasional game of Tennis, has a Red Belt in Taekwondo, and loves Shawarma and Pho.

  • Jeremiah

    • Name: Jeremiah Castro
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2007
    • Jeremiah is a Montana native who moved to the Spokane area to attend college (one of his instructors was a former Cyan employee even!). He originally started working at Cyan shortly after his graduation in 2007. Since then he’s been involved with Cyan’s more recent projects, as well as working with other local software companies. When he’s not working you might catch him floating the river, taking and editing photos (he’s a proud mobile-phone photographer!), watching/playing things with zombies or outer-space, and occasionally writing short stories.

  • Brandon

    • Name: Brandon Collins
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2016
    • I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.S. in C.S. I have been a playing games all my life so I wanted to be a part of making them. I have an amazing wife and two amazing kids. Life doesn’t get much better than spending time with them and acting silly.

    • Favorite games: Suikoden 1 & 2, Disgaea series, Civ 5, Mass Effect Series, D&D, Mario Kart.
  • Gabriel

    • Name: Gabriel Cudmore
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2016
    • Fresh blood for the game creating world Gabriel (as he would like to go as but no one calls him) has recently joined the QA team. He loves to practice the guitar, play video games and learning code and all things video game, he’s still quite the spring chicken though. He comes to work everyday excited and ready for anything, the world is full of adventure and he is the pioneer!

  • Anna

    • Name: Anna Czoski
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2017
    • Anna attended the University of Washington and earned a couple long-winded, hard-to-explain degrees that revolve around art, science, and tech, in 2009. Stoked for the VR and Mixed Reality industry to take off, she explores experience design and new media art after hours. She has shown artwork in downtown Spokane, Seattle’s Pioneer Square, among other venues. She founded a graphics club in Spokane that encourages diverse disciplines and collaborations, as a forum for more hard-to-explain interactive art to thrive.

    • Twitter: @midnightartist
  • Mark

    • Name: Mark DeForest (aka Chogon)
    • Year Started at Cyan: Jan, 1995
    • Industry Experience: Manhole Masterpiece, Riven, Myst, realMyst, Uru (and all expansion packs), Myst V, MystOnline:UruLive, Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle, MagiQuest Online, Mars Live, Storybricks, Lilly Looking Through. And a bunch of unreleased games: *o*o* *o**** o**o, ****, *******, o******o*, o******, **** (Sorry, that got redacted. Oh, wait. One of them might get released!)
    • Favorite Food: Pho (Thanks Chanh!)
    • Games playing: “Badland”(I like moody games) and “An Alien with a Magnet” (and I like goofy games)
  • Mike

    • Name: Michael Dogherra
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2006
    • The Michael Dogherra is a revolutionary video game machine. With the Michael Dogherra, you too can become part of the action. With eye catching graphics*, mind blowing sound, and a large library of games*, the Michael Dogherra will become your world! Installing the Michael Dogherra into your living room will open you to a vast array of new and exciting media features such as music playback! With the Michael Dogherra interactive video system, the fun will never stop!*

      *Eye catching graphics based on 1953 report

      *Games expected to release within retail life of machine, TBD

      *Extended usage may cause the fun to stop, please use caution when operating the Michael Dogherra for long periods.

  • Marc

    • Name: Marc Ferrell
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2008
    • Marc Ferrell (°1989, Spokane, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, Ferrell tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. He also enjoys long walks on the beach and fresh coffee.

  • Tony

    • Name: Tony Fryman
    • Year Started at Cyan: 1995
    • Born in Texas. Schooled in Texas/Florida to become a pilot. Worked/Played in Alaska for eight years (oil field/aviation). Worked/Married/Children in Texas for eight years (aviation). Worked/Aged in Spokane as a Cyantist for eighteen years and counting (project manager on Riven and beyond…) Love to explore/enjoy the outdoors more than about anything indoors. Love my job working with very talented/creative folks (“Folks” – Texan for “people”)

  • Hannah

    • Name: Hannah Gamiel
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2012
    • Hannah graduated from Whitworth University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematics. After wearing several hats as an intern at Cyan all four years of attending Whitworth, she is now a full-time programmer on the Obduction team, running the show on Audio implementation and engineering. Hannah loves to write songs, eat delicious food, and code in her free time.

    • Favorite games: Her Story, Gone Home, Oblivion & Skyrim, the Mass Effect trilogy, Civilization V
    • Twitter: @hannahgamiel
  • Karl

    • Name: Karl Johnson
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2003 (pretty much right out of High-School)
    • Karl started at Cyan late summer 2003, just after Vicki was hired on. Generally, he works on gameplay, but he’s done a bit of everything programming related. Since he started in 2003, he has worked in about every department at Cyan, except for Art.

      He has been digging through Unreal 4 for the last couple months and has been using Unity for the last few years. Before that, he was scripting in Plasma for Myst Online and URU.

      Twitter: @smapty
      Email: [email protected]

  • Rand

    • Name: Rand Miller
    • Year Started at Cyan: The beginning
    • Rand Miller is a trailblazer in the video game industry – meaning he has gray hair. He co-founded Cyan about 30 years ago and has developed everything from MMO’s to mobile apps, including the blockbusters Myst and Riven. His passion is discovery, and when he’s not exploring the real world with his wife, he concocts ideas of strange places that can only be explored virtually. Even though Myst is now officially a museum-piece, he optimistically feels that the best years lie ahead.

  • Joe

    • Name: Joe Perez
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2014
    • Joe is a 3D artist who enjoys creating every part of 3D visuals from creating grass, to lighting, to visual particle effects. He graduated from art school and was hired into the game industry in San Francisco, then later he completed a life goal of being part of this dream team. To him, video games are the premiere art form, and he wants to be a part of their journey as they continue to mature, for the rest of his life. He also owns like, tons of games. Bring on VR!!!

    • Some of his favorite games: Panzer Dragoon Saga, Astal, Phantom Dust, Bayonetta, Street Fighter 4, Myst (duh), To The Moon
  • Derrick

    • Name: Derrick Robinson
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2007
    • Derrick attended Full Sail University in Orlando Florida and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Game Design and Concept Art. Now he gets to draw pictures of stuff that doesn’t exist…

      it’s pretty rad.

  • Austin

    • Name: Austin Thomas
    • Year Started at Cyan: 1999
    • Austin Thomas is a 3D artist who has been working with Cyan worlds, Inc. since 1999. He has worked on projects such as URU, realMYST and Myst V. He was previously employed at Headspin Technologies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

  • Josh

    • Name: Josh Van Veldhuizen
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2007
    • Josh began working at Cyan in 2007 and has tested a wide variety of projects over the years. Besides testing, he’s also one of the oldest members of Cyan Burger Club, the premier organization for burger and grill enthusiasts. When he’s not testing games Josh is probably reading books, playing poker or Starcraft, or using his non stick waffle maker.

  • Ryan

      • Name: Ryan Warzecha
      • Year Started at Cyan: 2003

    Ryan started with Cyan in the summer of 2003. Working directly with the community on the Uru Project, he then moved into a production / management role on Myst V and Cosmic Osmo : Hex Isle. As the Project Manager on Obduction, Ryan is very excited for Cyan to release a brand new IP to the backer community. When not working on Obduction, Ryan can be found in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho with his wife and child.

  • Rich

    • Name: Richard “RAWA” Watson
    • Year Started at Cyan: 1992
    • RAWA has been at Cyan as long as anyone here can remember. We can’t seem to get rid of him. Fortunately, he rarely bites and is (mostly) house-broken. Oh, and he brings us eggs.

  • Lloyd

    • Name: Lloyd Woodall
    • Year Started at Cyan: 2015
    • Lloyd has an awesome family, including an awesome wife and awesome daughter, an awesome dog, two awesome cats, and an awesome goldfish with the paradoxical name “Dinky.”
      Harlan Ellison’s eyes would twirl spirals at the overabundant use of awesome in this bio.
      Lloyd started at Cyan on Groundhog Day and nothing has been the same since. He now has an awesome job to match all the other awesome stuff in his life.

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