–another Evolve co-founder–and I first met! Read the tale below, and make sure you stay tuned next weekend for part 2. We’ll be talking about LAN Bridger, the project that got it all started!
A Long Time Ago… In
in the United States. Neither of us had any clue the other existed. But not for long. As it turned out, dreijer and I shared a passion for adventure games–a bit of a niche genre by the time we were playing them, but still gems in our eyes. That passion led us both, in 2004, to join the forums at
, a great little fan site for the genre. And it wasn’t terribly long after joining that we first crossed paths…
A Fortuitous Meeting In
, using the handle
, I posted an oh-so-typically-naive request for advice on putting together a team on the internet to create a new adventure game. After a few helpful posts by the community, a mysterious
arrived in the thread with sage advice on managing such a project, and recruiting others to it. It turned out he was running a project of his own. If you haven’t guessed yet, Halloko was dreijer. We’d finally met, even if it was just online. Fast forward six months, to
. I was getting ready to study abroad in a small country in northern Europe–dreijer’s homeland,
. dreijer and I had fallen out of touch somewhat at this point, so I failed to mention anything about my travel plans until I was in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, for the start of term. One night, I noticed dreijer was online, and sent him a message: “Hey, you’re somewhere around here! You’re Dutch, right?” BZZT! WRONG! I’d done the stereotypical idiot-American thing and relocated my Danish friend two countries to the left from his actual home.
, scanning the people milling about the station, trying to guess who dreijer was. I eventually spotted him, standing next to a very sweet collector MG–his pop’s–and we zoomed off to his home. After a few rounds of sweet LAN games (his friend
), dreijer decided to show me a project he’d been working on over his summer. I pulled up a chair, and he unveiled
, a kick-ass little app that allowed dreijer and hel to play LAN games over the internet. You can probably guess where all this is heading…