My life's been interesting for a while; finally things have settled down a bit.
I left my position at Big Huge Games and recently joined Firaxis to work on an unannounced title. I wish Big Huge Games the best; I'm extremely proud that I was invited to work with them on Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends. (Rise of Legends has been getting some excellent previews, btw.) They are an exceptionally talented development team. I wish them the best of luck and I hope Rise of Legends tops the charts for a long time and my friends make a lot of money.
That said, I'm thrilled to be working on this project at Firaxis and will share details as soon as I have a chance.
In other news, my brother, Todd, got a job designing cellphone games at GameLoft in Manhattan. We both want to be game designers and I'm a bit jealous that he gets his shot first. It's his dream job, but he's not much of a big city guy. Seeing some hilarious stories on the horizon, I harassed him into making a blog about his experiences moving up to NYC and starting his job. I'm sure his stay in Gotham will be challenging, but he'll leave with a number of great games that he designed and enough stories to keep everyone entertained for a while. Good luck Todd!