Digital Eel is a self/community-funded game development group based in the Seattle Washington area.|
Phosphorous, Iikka Keranen & Rich Carlson
Iikka Keränen (game design, art, coding) works for Valve Software as level designer. Early on, Iikka programmed several freeware games for the Commodore Amiga and he released the popular Airquake mod as well as over a hundred free add-on levels for Doom and Quake. In recent years he has created 3D architecture and textures for many well known computer games: Thief 2, Alice, Day of Defeat, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, the Left4Dead series and Portal 2.
Rich Carlson (music & sfx, game design, art) was a musician in Minnesota before becoming involved with the game industry. Primarily a keyboardist, he did studio work and performed in bands for over twenty years. Always an avid gamer, Rich was gradually lured away from music during the golden age of gaming in the 80's when he began to tinker with boardgames and rpg's with his friends. Later, he created 35+ Heretic, Doom and Quake levels for free internet distribution, a hobby that eventually led to designing 3D game level architecture for Ion Storm, Looking Glass Studios and other doomed game companies.
Curiously, Phosphorous (illustrative art, game design, sound design) prefers to be anomalous, claiming to be a transubstantial psychic force. When asked about his role as a Digital Eel collaborator, he refused to comment stating that it was the wrong question. It is speculated that Phosphorous is a versatile game industry artist who lives a mysterious double life, and while appearing to reside at Toad Hall, he likely exists within a pocket universe of his own devising.
After over ten years of providing mirth, fellowship, great ideas, out-of-this-world music and sure real surreal art as only he could make it, Digital Eel co-conspirator and close friend Bill "Phosphorous" Sears passed away in January, 2012, of heart-related troubles. He is greatly missed by all. Please visit Bill's memorial site here and Digital Eel's tribute to Bill on Facebook.
Ed Zavada is Digital Eel's resident Mac weenie. He is currently working for Tenderfoot Games on a top secret project, and was a founder of Pixel Dust Games which developed Settlers of Catan for Microsoft. Previously, Ed worked on cool games like Air Warrior and The Sims Online. He continues to develop Galactica: Anno Dominari as a shareware project. If we go back a bit too far we find that Ed once worked as a jackalope rancher in Upper Volta. These days he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was recently nominated Hub of the Universe by some guy who likes to nominate things.
Anyone else you need to know about? Absolutely. The Fearless Testers, among them James Cook, Greg Costikyan, Chris Cummings, Bob Dalgliesh, James Ernest, Thomas & Zoe Flint, Bruce Ladewig, Chris Laskowski, Kevin Matheny, Duncan McPherson, Deanna Molinaro, Joe Pallai, Jim Price, Richard Rouse III, Amy Schrader, Colton Sears, Corbin Sears, Chris Siegel, John Slade, James Sterrett, Brian Uhrig and Thom Wetzel, who keep us on our toes and help to make every Digital Eel game as squeaky clean and mediocrity-free as it can be!