Robert Winkler, CEOFelendis Scrapper
Rob co-founded 5th Planet Games with Steve as the beginning of Phases 3 and 4 in his plans of world domination. Phase 3 consists of teaching to populous survival and diplomacy training through Halo: Reach and Magic: The Gathering, both of which are mandatory to learn at the company. Phase 4 is leadership, negotiation and etiquette training through required viewings of educational films such as “Office Space”, “Tommy Boy”, “Spaceballs”, etc. Phase 5 is still ‘Coming Soon!’.
He hopes to be more like Grune when he grows up.
David Lease, CTOLeviticus Master Blaster
He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear some tell it, anybody could have worked for him. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick Levi ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. He’s gone.
Also, he went to Cal State Monterey Bay and spent a near decade in software and web development … which was also his power… or something.
Braden Moulton, COORungup Interstellar Hero
Braden is 5th Planet Games’ aspiring wizard, teleporting around the universe. He is constantly looking for targets to cast “Greater Market Expansion” or “Increased Product Velocity” on. When not casting spells, he can be seen walking around the office mumbling strange, ancient, and possibly make-believe words like analysis, growth, and differentiation.
He was mentored in a secret order at Washington State University and Pepperdine
Brian David-MarshallBDM Master of Mayhem
Brian has the super power to make drafts happen which makes sense since he has been working in comics and games for his entire “adult” life. He is currently applying for a patent for tweed card sleeves with leather patches for the older married gamer
Jeff YoonJeffy Gladiator
After roaming the streets of LA for a few years with a sign on his neck that said, “I will draw and paint for food”, Jeff was picked up by the 5th Planet Games team. For some reason, they made him a lead artist/art director, and he is very thankful that he can now have warm meals and a cozy bed to sleep in.
Ibrahim S. AminCleomedes Veteran of a Myriad Massacres
Ibrahim Amin studied Classics & Ancient History at the University of Newcastle and the University of Manchester, earning a PhD for his thesis on the history of grappling in the western world (spoiler: everyone did it).
Alas, his lecturing career was forestalled when a cabal of vampires, werewolves, and other malefactors used their shadowy influence to have him blacklisted – outraged that he advocated their destruction in his “Monster Hunter’s Handbook”. Thus he now bides his time working at 5th Planet Games, until the day when he may bring about a brutal and terrible vengeance.
Lena GkikaQueen Lena Master Gladiator
After completing her Computer Science studies, Lena used to spend her time just being awesome, until one day a strange Ogre offered to make her the Queen of 5th Planet. Ever since, she rules the community and divides her free time between plotting to get her hands on the precious List of Priorities and acquiring minions to do her bidding.
Aaron DoyleBattle Brak Gladiator
Raised on 80s toons, toys, and Atari, a young Aaron longed to become powerful in the visual arts. He wandered the wastelands of geekdom for years doing odd jobs and occassionally resurrecting prehistoric creatures before chancing upon the 5th Planet. There he was sent on a myriad of quests, each more involved then the last.
After acquiring an assortment of mystical gemstones, finding a few keys, and slaying the obligatory dragon, he was granted the arcane powers of Senior Artist.
Michael BarnettAsh Dead Shot
This space for rent.
Brian BullardBullardo Master Blaster
After his brief stint at a bowling alley in the early 80′s Bullardo would not suffer the same fate as the dude, so he ventured into computer engineering and gaming where he thrived as he tried to dig deeper into the singularity as not to be destroyed by the same machines in which he helps create.
Jace StarkThe Mind Sculptor Master Blaster
After spending many years as an artist, Jace’s drawings slowely started coming out as code and eventually the conversion to a programmer was complete. Now Jace by day stares at thousands of lines of code, and by night pwns n00bz.
George PerkinsDahrizon Gladiator
A specialist of armed conflict in multiple dimensions, George operated as mercenary and freelance statistician in countless worlds. Best known for his deciphering of the cryptic ‘Koster Kronicles’ into a ‘Complete Art of’ compendium, he then used his popularity to gain complete control of an intergalactic commerce and technology group before being swept away by a time storm and thrown into yet another dimension.
Recently, the ultimate event horizon propelled him to 5th Planet Games where he now works on the master plan for both your success and demise.
Michelle KhuuBlades Intergalactic Assassin
Using glue and a slab of cardboard, Blades is known to craft the mightiest of weapons and armor for only the greatest of warriors. She’s been known to take on apprentices, but only one at a time and only once every millennia. This is what she had to say about her most recent apprentice: “He has some potential but something has to be done about the name. MacGyver doesn’t roll off the tongue, ya know?”
“Hidden Blade” – Ensures the silent demise of an unsuspecting bearded foe.
“Superior Crafting” – The ability to craft weapons and armor in an instant.
“The Krav” – The ability to remove a victims spleen with a single kick.
Sean DiamondDouble-D Dead Shot
Skills: Quick Thinking +5
Sean came from a web development background and brought new talent to the 5th planet team.
Much of his time is spent taking it easy on Felendis in Halo, as to not offend him.
Special Ability: “Hotpocket Rally”
Sean is able to consume a hotpocket while continuously coding. This is due to growing up with 9 brothers and sisters scrounging for food which developed his ability to eat extremely fast. Hotpocket Rally increases code output by 10%.
Arash TirgariPixel Wrangler Gladiator
Arash got his start as an artist in the world of 2D animation and over the years he has come to realize that pushing pixels on a screen is highly addictive. He is a full time concept artist and illustrator and a part time geek who loves movies and electronica music. His weapons of choice are his pencils, paint brushes and his cintiq
Brittany LeaseMech Leg Scrapper
Many years ago prince darkness “Levi” stole one of the “objects” with power. Princess “Mech Leg” had one of the “objects” with wisdom. She divided it into 8 units to hide it from “Levi” before she was captured. … and forced to work at 5th Planet Games.
Colby SchneiderZork Dangerous
Long ago, darkness ruled the land. And then, behold! For a hero was born, squirted from the loins of a firey wench somewhere in the bowels of southern California. That hero’s name was Colby. Not long after, Colby was spirited away to Roseville, in the Northern Lands, where he grew taller than a mighty oak, and wiser than that giant turtle in THE NEVERENDING STORY.
Roseville is known to have more trees per capita than any other city in the world but for Paris, France. While Colby will neither confirm nor deny that he had anything whatsoever to do with the vast quantity of Roseville’s trees, when he is in his cups he can spin a yarn of blood-spilling, gold-finding, and game debugging that will turn white the hair of even the most hardened adventurer. His favorite game of all time is ZORK, has been the lead singer of a punk band, read more than 1000 novels, earned degrees in Cinema Production and Culinary Arts, flown airplanes, crashed motorcycles, and hosted radio shows (and been very nearly fired after playing four straight hours of Devo).
Colby has loaned his talents to fly-by-night outfits such as Electronic Arts, Sony Entertainment America, and LucasArts. When not taming Kobolds and investigating paranormal activity, Colby relaxes by doing QA work for the fine folk at 5th Planet Games, where everybody is, like, SUPER nice. He suffers from recurring nightmares in which he is being chased through a brewery by the robotic woman with the silver eyes from SUPERMAN III (the greatest movie of all time BTW). He also likes EZ Cheese and Ritz Crackers.
Mohammed Al-SahafBooma Dangerous
6 years of University. 1 year in a video game design course. 1.5 years as a sandwich artist. 4 years in improv comedy. A dash of nerd. A hint of immaturity. And a lifetime of being a gamer.
Bernard J DeCraneMouse Master of the Bloody Sand
Dwelling high within the mountains overlooking the 5th Planet Games Office lived a Dwarven clan with a lowly population, one such Dwarf resident was Bernard, who defended his clan from foes such as “Retail” and “Cable Customer Support Representative”, after defeating these opponents in deadly combat, (and wrangling some goats along the way) he descended from the mountains to make his new home within the dark recesses of the 5th Planet Games Office’ cave system, where he now digs for gems, answers the occasional community question and fends off the worshipers of Nurgle.
Ryan HarbertMr.Fantastic Scrapper
In his teen years, Ryan resided in the Kingdom of Potatoes. A specialist in security of the land, he fended off wanderers and thieves. He was given a chance in demolitions, where he endured unending blasting from the enemy. He quickly grew to an expert in the field, surpassing all competition, but found his true passions pointed towards the mythical 5th Planet. After a long journey, he arrived and began an epic apprenticeship, learning tricks of the trade that residents of 5th Planet have mastered.
Matt WangThe Wangetaur Veteran of a Myriad Massacres
Wang has worn many hats and smashed many things. Wang enjoys defending towers, magical cards, books of the comical nature and traveling to places to smash things.
Wang’s superpower is networking.
Matt Ferrando Scrapper
Ferrando likes games. Ferrando likes TV of the comedy, drama and formulaic crimes show variety. Ferrando not good at writing bios .Ferrando writes in third person to make Wangetaur mad.
Zeilend PowellZ Pit-Fighter
After a lifetime of dabbling in sports, games, overly-expensive schooling, and questionable television, Zeilend is overjoyed to be employed in an industry that values the creative expertise and underwater basket-weaving skills that she has acquired throughout the years.
Other hobbies include long bike rides, getting lost in the woods, and last minute emergency conference calls with her compatriots on the west coast.
Steve SadinSadin Brawler
As a former professional Magic: the Gathering player, Steve Sadin is well versed in the art of wizardry. And while Steve still spends a bit of his time testing his mettle against other sorcerers, and conjurers – much of his spellbook is now being put to use producing mysterious, and unthinkable things in 5PG’s Eastern towers.
Bryan WheelerKalevra Champion of the Baying Crowd
Bryan grew up on games and puzzles. Wandering the earth trying to find the past ( renaissance Faires) and the future (many strange conventions) until he decided to open a Haven for games himself. Eventually he was recuited by 5PG first as a Council member, and eventually as a Translator between the Populace and The Benevolent(Evil) Overlords.
Lenzy SchneiderSchnzy Veteran Gladiator
Out of the shadows emerges an unlikely hero. Once trained in the arts of stealth and careful observation by a top secret military organization (aka U.S. Army). Lenzy has traded in his daggers and scopes for mouse and monitor and now dedicates his talents to the world of graphic design. He now applies his tactical and technical knowledge to creatSHINY OBJECT!… and he’s gone.
Brad Bowen! Strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! More handsome than the Brawny Guy, he can change the info on a spreadsheet with a keystroke and is able to split his attention between motorcross and family time!
Disguised as the mild-mannered head of finance for a great social game developer, Bowen fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and a balanced ledger!
Zeus MendozaAtreyu Master of the Colosseum
With a name like Zeus, no team would ever miss an opportunity to have a deity amongst their ranks! Having a degree in creative writing on one hand, and a totally righteous lightning fist on the other, Zeus spends his days thundering through the 5th Planet Games office on a gargantuan floating cloud, while radiating a constant, brilliant aura of magnificence.
Marc TaylorDarque Flux Intergalactic Assassin
Crashing from the sky one day, Marc had a cozy landing on a demon who was going to try to take over the world. He went to school for Game and Simulation Programming, with a motive to never be said. After the arduous journey though the pre-apocolyptic wasteland that was college, he stumbled around aimlessly until he found 5th Planet. Now, this is where he exacts his master plan.
Devin Becker Killing-Machine
“Devin doesn’t remember much about his time spent being assembled in the robot factory but between neuro download sessions of game design and programming he realized his 4th directive was to help assemble great games for 5th planet so he was sent back 23 years and here he remains, hacking away.
Jeff GnidaThe Rider Peon
Whisked away from ethereal realms by those who would not chance him siding against the light, he joined the battleground of 5th Planet Games. He is a quiet being, specializing in stealth and trickery, but never far away from the magical substance that fuels his summoning; cereal.
Miles DepontyTails Veteran of a Myriad Massacres
Having grown up with a controller in hand, Tails followed his passion for games, creating, helping, and bringing joy to others. After a few years stay at an Art Institute he was finally accepted as a trained scholar. There were plenty of orcs and goblins slayed in the process and using his knowledge and +15 charisma, he was able to persuade Felendis to let him join the 5PG ranks.
Jea Hwang ShimJay Ripper
He is a descendant of the wanderers of the far east empire of ancient times past. After he received his BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in California, he began the life of a wanderer like his ancestors.
He has experienced the world in the form of soldier, trader, art instructor and so on. Due to the change of the era, after his wanderlust, he finally joined the 5PG team. His ability is directing his force to the right arm, to draw and paint a picture quickly and powerfully.
Brandon ScheelThe Real Deal Battle Mage
The first words out of his mouth were “Good Game”. He learned how to read from a game manual. After traveling the world competing for souls, he decided to put his skills to use forging powerful decks and cards for other mages. He is… the real deal.
Brett ButlerZeros Dangerous
Not many are sure on how Zeros started working for 5th Planet Games. Most of the employees at 5PG have heard of him on the forums and some even conversed with him on occasion. One ominous day however he just appeared at the office telling people what they did wrong or what they broke, sending them back to fix it. People just assumed it was intended and considered the matter resolved.
Jeramey JonesPhlaw dead shot
Phlaw planned on being an adventurer, but after he took an arrow to the knee, he decided that a less adventerous
work life would be prefferred. After scouring the lands for his ideal mission, a scout delivered what would be an
important message that Phlaw had been looking for, 5th Planet Games was in need of an AS3/Flash Developer!
Keith WellsFlynn Dangerous
Keith spent his formative years designing the palaces of emperors and intergalactic house scions before spending nearly a decade designing the soundscapes of holodecks across the galaxy. Later, perceiving the move of humanity’s data into the magellanic clouds of open space, another avenue was embarked upon to become a wrangler of this data and the transition to 5th Planet was made.
Now with 5th Planet, his dreams of “All your data are belong to me” are beginning to crystalize, and soon the truth of that plight will be realized by others… Soon.
Brittany Wright Ripper
After traveling through many lands and experiencing many new and interesting things with her sidekick Missy, her Chocolate Lab, Brittany heard rumors of the great mysterious land of 5th Planet Games. Determined to be a part of it, she battled the questioning doubts from others with her Nodachi, which she did not know existed until now, and proved her strength. Once in the land of 5th Planet Games she found herself feeding the masses and organizing many mysterious games. Confused by all the “proc”ing and fantasy weapons she decided that the front desk was the place for her.
Ray FarrarLogann Survivor of the bloody sands
Forged in the belly of a mighty water beast, first known to his people as “Submariner”, Ray has traveled the world in search of the mythical island of Avalon. After almost a decade of questing as “Submariner” he went on to learn how to craft magic Intel chip relics for all the land. Mastering his craft, Ray continued his quest for knowledge. learning how to put these relics to good use, Ray opened portals to magical virtual realms for all to explore. One of these realms opened his eyes to the possibilities for further adventure upon the 5th Planet and so his adventure continues…
Joseph Burchettretrogamer4ever Assassin
Growing up on the Nintendo Joe then graduated to the Super Nintendo (best console ever made), the N64, Playstation, etc… As a kid he would always go on crazy adventures out in the wilderness with his friends, all of them dreaming to one day make their own games. Wanting to be the first he began to use RPG Maker 2000. After getting a taste of game
development he then moved on to Flash where he got his first true taste of power! Realizing that by jotting down a few random letters, numbers and symbols he could make anything happen. Becoming consumed with these god like powers for many moons he trained alone in the darkness till finally rising out of his cave to bless the world with his mighty ninja like skills. With these powers he has worked on many games and enterpise apps… The rest is now history.
Mike MelendezTakahiro Intergalactic Assasin
Takahiro…. not much is to be said about this silent killer. Years upon years of slicing through lines of code in college has hardened his reflexes and drove some sanity from his mind. After the battle of college was over, he needed time to recuperate his energy and gain back the sanity that was lost. During the rejuvenation process, he got a call from a close friend of his, the Intergalactic Assassin known as Darque Flux, who tells him about another battleground to hone his skills. Darque called this place “5th Planet Games” and it peeked his interests. Now 5th Planet is where he resides… Sharpening his skills, and his blade… for the biggest battle of his life. “Have a hero, leave a hero…need a hero? Takahiro”
Taylor BalbiBalbi Dangerous
Hailing from the bowels of an evil empire, Balbi brings almost a decade of experience in the art of Community-Fu. History says his power derrives from his tri-colored beard and commanding mustache, but no one has dared to steal a sample for testing. He is easily suaded with sushi, bourbon or scotch, but any liquid offerings younger than 10 years will be seen as a declaration of war! With an army of Community Masters behind him, he sets out to conquer and prosper in the name of gamers everywhere.
Peter HansellPeteloaf Dangerous
After breaking the Elf threat the Orc King has moved on to greener pastures to defile and destroy leaving a trail of tiny tears in his wake. The stink lets you know he is coming and the broken china lets you know he has arrived. Tact and poise are not his forte but if you need crushing just sound the mighty orc horn and destruction will soon follow.
Rob is battle tested gaming veteran, having traveled through the gaming universe for a number of years. In those years he’s been part of a number of Wars from Orc to Star to Mafia to Dragon. It seems where he goes, war and conflict soon follows. Most recently these conflicts have been miniaturized and moved to the palm of your hand, that’s where the new battles begins!
Rob joins 5th Planet to help bring their incredible social games to the iPhone and Android.
Mike ThompsonVansau Veteran of a Myriad Massacres
Don’t believe anything this guy tells you. It’s impossible to seperate fact from fiction. Was he actually a canoe guide at Disneyland? Did he really spend five seasons working as a ski patroller? Wait, he said that he ran away and joined the circus? Seriously?
One thing’s for certain, though: Nobody should love bow ties as much as Mike does. It’s just not right.
James MillerStranger Veteran of a Myriad Massacres
The Stranger tumbled from a fissure crowded with stars, falling out of a starlit someplace and into this world. He is a traveler; his footprints have traced the endless fractal elsewhere and crossed the void beyond, where worlds have birthed or burned at the tip of his pen. He may well have wandered on to planes unknown, but when 5th Planet Games offered him a purpose he gladly closed his 11-dimensional Book of All Places and settled in to stalk their halls instead.
Craig CookSilj Ripper
Spawned from the ancient primordial sweater beast, vestiges of the infinite hairy madness still linger on his hide. He then became detached from the yarny mass and began to form thoughts, grow limbs, and desire shrimp. Then for an eon he slept, feeding on nothing until called from the abyss by the need of puppies, wives, and programming. Today the being lives a normal life, calling itself Craig, strives like all artificial creatures to create games – and one day…become truly “human”.
Gabriel spent the better part of a decade searching for his calling, when he quite by accident, rather stumbled into it. Several years, many companies, and an extended stint in university later, he began his quest to fix all the broken things. Having plied his skills from one end of the earth to the other Gabriel has found a home where the dragons roam free.
Alex PflugerAmp Intergalactic Assassin
As an adventurer of the outdoor and underwater worlds, Alex realized there was one region he had yet to explore – the sky and beyond. So, he went to Virginia Tech, where he slaved over math problems that spanned the entire length of walls and studied books into the early hours of each morning, all to master the art of flight. Now, as his plans for traveling into the above world draw nearer, he has sought out 5th Planet Games to fund his endeavor.
He also does not drink coffee (gasp!), tries speaking in Spanish, and is an aspiring champion at shooting fish in a barrel.
Alecia ThompsonAlyss Intergalactic Assassin
Armed with a deck of cards and a tea cup, Alyss wandered about studying the strange rules and regulations of the land, eventually she was bestowed the title of “Professional in Human Resources”. One day she leapt into a rabbit hole and found 5th Planet Games, where she learned that sometimes its ok to do what your food tells you to do.