June 14, 2013

Meet the Team!

Have you ever wondered: "Who are these people?" and "Why are these people?" We have taken this opportunity to introduce Team Jolly Roger, the makers of Interplanetary! Step on in, if you care.

Niklas Saari, team lead
Favourite Game: Cave Story
Special Skills: Turning otherwise useless information and cat videos into inspiration and game ideas.

Niklas is the guy tasked with the job of keeping the TJR machine rolling as smooth as possible. Sometimes this means wrench work and pirate language, but usually lubricating the gears with coffee is enough.

Antti Tikkakoski, programmer
Favourite Game: Deus Ex
Special Skills: Cynical person

Single-player hardcore PC gamer. Never have, never will buy a game console (will accept gifts to tinker with, however.) Also likes Sci-Fi stuff.

Jussi Hyttinen, programmer
Favorite Game(s): Final Fantasy VII / Silent Hill 2
Special Skills: Vivid daydreaming and remarkable skill to forget everything that doesn't relate to gaming

Jussi is a UI programmer and really enjoys listening to game music. Usually he sits quietly in his not-so-philosophical thoughts and scans his surroundings for things that don't belong there...

Jukka Kivijärvi, game artist
Favorite Game: Changing by the month, currently, Kerbal Space Program
Special Skills: Jumping from one thing to the other, learning it as he goes.

Jukka is our artist working on whatever the situation calls for, from concepts, textures and 3D to the occasional graphic design tasks. Usually wears headphones when working, but forgets to put any music on.

Tarita Tammela, game artist
Favorite Game: Baldur's Gate
Special Skills: Overthinking, turning into a bookworm on full moon

Tarita is still waiting for her letter from the local school of witchcraft and wizardry. She also practices her ninja skills when around people she doesn't know well. Has a silly pet name. Also has made a pact with a golden dragon.

Teemu Tammela, programmer
Favorite Game(s): Dark Souls, Ace Attorney series
Special Skills: Surreal logic, catlike curiosity

Teemu has been gaming since the age of two. He loves puzzles, including code debugging and creating game wizardry with the power of math and imagination.

Olli Leinonen, programmer
Favorite Game: Avoid Writing Your Profile Info
Special Skills: Not writing his own profiles, numerous club memberships

Olli is a member of the Team Jolly Roger Code Wizards-gang, the spiritual leader of the I-Don’t-Feel-Like-Writing-About-Myself – cult and a frequent member of the quite popular in TJR “Facial Hair Appreciators” club.

Valeriya Paykacheva, marketing idler
Favorite Game: Katamari Damacy
Special Skills: Being amazing, complementing herself, pronouncing her last name correctly

Valeriya is our absolutely fantastic marketing contributor, who enjoys spending her time with boring and tiring people with continuous eager talks about movies, rocking Trivial Pursuit and not caring about Olympic Games. Has never been bitten by a shark.

Sasu Kemppainen, game designer
Favorite Game: Grim Fandango
Special skills: Great at making pizza and eating it

Sasu is our designer extraordinaire, who enjoys talking about Star Wars, playing stupid games and eating bread whenever possible. Determined to either design a genius game or to become a blitzball someday.

Riku Leinonen, code monkey
Favourite Games: Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney
Special Skills: Breaking the repository, playing Super Mario eyes closed.

Code monkey likes tea and Dr. Pepper
Code monkey likes immersion and emergent gameplay
Code monkey very simple man
With a taste for silly hats

Maybe it was a bad idea to let people write about themselves?

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