It’s all about “playing with ideas!”

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On the one hand, I’m pretty much your typical gamer.

I’ve been playing tabletop games and their mutant offspring – role playing games, war games, etc. – for as long as I can remember. I still remember the thrill I had playing Risk for the first time.

I got the “blue box” 1st Edition Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set for Christmas when I was 12 and knew right away that I wanted to be a Dungeon Master. Ever since then I’ve been designing games, even when I didn’t realize that was what I was doing.

I’m not a big video game player (computer-based strategy games are dangerous for me – I used to start playing Civilization at 6:30pm on a work night and find myself still playing, bleary-eyed at 2:30am) but one thing I appreciate about the explosion of the video game market is that it has underlined the benefits of gaming in a way that no other gaming industry has been able to do. Research is now showing the benefits of gaming as a tool for teaching problem-solving, increasing mental acuity, spawning creativity and making people happier.

On the other hand, I’m maybe not such a typical gamer. At 44 I left a very successful  career in non-profit management to start my own game design studio, Steve Bean Games. I traded something I believe in – non-profit work – for something I LOVE – games.

Games have always been about three things for me:  creativity/imagination, a good story and a mental challenge. So Steve Bean Games is about those three things rolled up into one concept:  playing with ideas.

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