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Website: http://www.mindcandydesign.com/

Companion Website: http://www.mindcandypuzzles.com/


Contents

General

  • When the game began, there were many references to "MC", which proved very confusing to players


Staff

See: http://www.mindcandydesign.com/people/index.html

Michael Smith

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  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Co-founder of online retailer Firebox
  • Launched Mind Candy in 2003
  • He really, really likes the game Set


Jey Biddulph

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  • Was ARG Developer
  • Unfiction Alumni: Wishi-San
  • Known to enjoy the odd dalliance in ladies garments

Jack Dixon

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  • Graphic Designer
  • Formerly operated a record label, Alaska Design & Recordings, with Olli Leivers


Hannah Boraster

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  • Puzzle Designer
  • Attended University in the West Country.
  • Appeared on Reality TV


Olli Leivers

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  • Graphic Designer
  • Briefly Attended Westminster University
  • Partnered with Jack Dixon for a time at Alaska Design
  • Previous Project: ILiketoDraw


Jo Carter

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  • Developer and Protector of Purpleness
  • Has the following degrees from the University of Nottingham:
    • A BA In Law with French
    • An MSc In Computer Science
  • Perplex City Profile: Angelsk


Guy Parsons

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  • Customer Service And Community Support
  • Perplex City Profile: GuyP
  • Possesses perhaps the floppiest hair known to mankind


Divinia Knowles

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  • Studio Manager, replacing Fiona Silk
  • Has an Archaeology degree from the University of Wales at Lampeter
  • Answers phones, balances books, and so much more.


Dr.Chris Thorpe

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  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Prior career as a research scientist
  • Has a deep and abiding love for William Gibson, particularly Pattern Recognition
  • Has "bleepy" musical tastes


Steff Davies

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  • Network Sysadmin
  • Enjoys the simple pleasures to be found in taking things to bits, and then attempting to re-assemble them
  • Spent time in his youth playing MUDs online


Toby Moore

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  • Java Developer
  • A keen traveller, recently returned from an overland trip between Russia and Bali
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering
  • Enjoys surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving and playing "Go"


Eric Harshbarger

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  • US Based Puzzle Designer
  • Has previously been an expert Scrabble player
  • Also has amazing skills with Lego


Ben Burry

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  • Java Developer by day
  • Kilt-wearing dark avenger by night
  • A highly regarded member of the Perplex City playing community, until snaffled to work for Mind Candy
  • Creator of the Perplex City Card Manager, instrumental in the maintaining of the Trades Site, and one of the founders and chief techies of Perplexorum.
  • Perplex City Profile: buzman
  • Unfiction Alumni: buzman


Marty Batten

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  • Web & UI Designer

Lisa Long

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  • Head of Business Development
  • Is consumed by the search for sugary comestibles


Mark Walker

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  • Java Developer
  • Programming ninja
  • Previously did work with more commonplace games. Boy do we hope he knows what he's gotten himself into!


Ryan Conway

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  • Network Administrator
  • GADGETS!
  • GIZMOS!
  • MAC USER!
  • Originally from way up north
  • Graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Computing Networks

Former Staff

Dave Blake

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  • Developer
  • MA in Computer Science from Cambridge
  • Spent almost two years working for Jagex, developers of RuneScape


Adam Martin

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  • Chief Technical Officer
  • MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University


Justin Berkovi

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  • Art director
  • Set up and ran cult dance labels Predicaments and Nightrax
  • Has produced five solo albums and performed at clubs, raves and festivals worldwide
  • Also started his own design agency, and produced a wide range of work for Firebox
  • Website: [1]


Fiona Silk

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  • Marketing
  • BSc. Hons. in Computer Science from Liverpool University
  • Unfiction Alumni: Fi


Mike Whitaker

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  • System Architect
  • MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University
  • Plays Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetfoot Mike, a tribute band whose name everyone gets wrong
  • Now working for the BBC iPlayer team, having left MindCandy to work for Yahoo! UK.

Dr. Paul McCormick

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  • Fearsome Emperor Of Card Production
  • PhD in Biostatistics at Cambridge University
  • The mole from the Clapham Common meet
  • Puzzle architect of the P01 Promotional Card, which was given out at ComicCon


Dan Hon

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  • COO
  • Cloudmakers moderator
  • Pioneered The Trail, used by all subsequent ARG player groups
  • Holds an MA in Law from Cambridge University
  • Holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool
  • Worked with Microsoft HIVE as Lead Online Community Developer
  • Blog: http://danhon.com/


Adrian Hon

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  • Director of Play/Executive Producer
  • ARG player since 2001, with The Beast
  • Graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 with a degree in Natural Sciences
  • Left neuroscience DPHil at Oxford University in 2004 to join Mind Candy
  • Blog: http://www.mssv.net/
  • Sentinel Interview: Adrian's Sentinel Interview
  • In-Game Info:
    • Was introduced to Perplex City by Michael Smith, just after Hon started a PhD at Oxford
    • Has stated: "I don't think that we're in this for the money. We're helping because we have a genuine interest in helping Perplex City. Just as you're fascinated by our world, we're fascinated by yours."


Naomi Alderman

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  • Lead Writer
  • Orange Award winning author of Disobedience
  • Has published academic papers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • An avid fan of Lucasarts' Monkey Island II


Andrea Phillips

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David Varela

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  • Writer
  • "Given enough coffee, David Varela can write anything. "
  • Has worked with Richard Attenborough and Sandra Bullock.


Des

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References

  • The Perplex City Sentinel
    • article, 07-JUL-05 "Mind Candy Flounders" link
    • feature, 23-DEC-05 "Year in Review: Newsmakers of 268" link
    • article, 23-DEC-05 "Leaderboard End of Year Round-Up" link
    • article, 03-MAR-06, "Earth Interviews: Mind Candy's Andrea Phillips" link
    • article, 23-MAR-06, "Tally Climbs to Top Place on Leaderboard" link
    • article, 22-JUN-06 "Mind Candy Launches New Puzzle Site" link
    • article, 10-JUL-06 "Wave 4 Release Rumoured As Academy Leaks Like Sieve" link
    • article, 13-JUL-06 "Iona Interviews... Adrian Hon" link
    • article, 17-JUL-06 "Wave 4 Rumours Confirmed by MC" link
    • article, 02-OCT-06 "Mind Candy Releases Stones Game on Earth" link
    • article, 25-JAN-06 "No Reason For Second Season, Say Commentators" link
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