Mark Grossnickle

Mark Grossnickle

Tucson, AZ, United States
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Mark Grossnickle

Mark Grossnickle

Tucson, AZ, United States
Member since September 13, 2015
Mark has ten years of experience in tech with the most recent five being as CEO/Co-Founder of a remote mobile gaming startup called Kihon. A majority of his time at Kihon was spent on the engineering side and ensuring that we delivered highly polished entertainment experiences.
Mark is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • Game Development, 6 years
  • Xcode, 5 years
  • C#, 3 years
  • Objective-C, 3 years
  • Unity3D, 3 years
Tucson, AZ, United States
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
Mac/PC, Unity3D, XCode, SVN, Git
The most amazing...
...app I've architected was a social drawing game that could save drawings in the size of a few KB and be shown crystal clear on a high-end retina display.
Employment
  • CEO/Engineer
    Kihon, Inc.
    2011 - 2015
    • Developed the gameplay logic, implemented custom user interfaces, and integrated to our server via RESTful APIs.
    • Managed the 15-person studio’s Scrum pipeline, financial runway, business development deals, marketing plans, human resources, community outreach, and more.
    • Raised over $2 million in funding, led by Rick Thompson of Signia Ventures.
    • Launched Dojo Danger, a physics arcade game. Awarded Apple’s Top Feature. [Cocos2D/ObjC].
    • Launched SketchPhrase, a social drawing game. Hit the Top 10 Free Chart. [Cocos2D/ObjC].
    • Launched Baby Monkey (going backwards on a pig), an endless runner. Reached #1 Kids Game on iOS. [Cocos2D/ObjC].
    • Launched Conquest, a hardcore PvP card strategy game for Steam, iOS, & WP8. [Unity3D/C#].
    • Completed contract work for Microsoft to port a popular iOS video editing app to WP8.
    Technologies: Unity3D, Cocos2D, C#, ObjC, Xcode, JSON, SVN, Git
  • Client Engineer
    Sony Online Entertainment
    2010 - 2011
    • Published Wildlife Refuge, a Top Ten Facebook Game of 2010 rated by Adweek.
    • Part of a 15-person Agile team following a two-week Scrum.
    • Helped create a social city builder complete with time gates, social sharing, collectibles, exploration, and viral mechanics involving mating monkeys.
    • Built tools to help improve the development cycle and process.
    • Implemented a Rails tutorial to guide players through the on-boarding process.
    Technologies: Flash, ActionScript, RESTful APIs, JSON
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Butler University
    2010 - 2010
    • Wrote custom curriculum to help students prepare for post-college transition.
    • Taught semester long course for Sophomores - Seniors.
    • Required all students to build an online portfolio as their final project.
    • Required all students to build an online presence through LinkedIn, Twitter, and a blog.
    • Encouraged students to network with local and national professionals in their field for guidance and career opportunities.
    Technologies: Teaching, HTML, CSS, Networking
  • Lead Flash Developer
    The Basement Design + Motion
    2008 - 2010
    • Led and coordinated a team of junior developers and multiple international freelancers.
    • Oversaw the technical aspects of all interactive projects by meeting with clients, recommending solutions, estimating production time, and ensuring deadlines were met.
    • Mentored team members on technical architecture, coding practices, and debugging skills.
    • Technical Lead on National Silver ADDY award-winning KFC advert game, Surf the Crowd.
    • Led all technical aspects of the studio that focused on producing 2D/3D interactive content for the web and TV. Clients included KFC, Verizon, and Transitions. [http://www.thebasement.tv].
    Technologies: Flash, ActionScript 3, ActionScript 2
  • System Engineer - User Interface Team
    Simulex, Inc.
    2006 - 2008
    • Developed Flash data visualizations and simulations to fulfill multi-million dollar Department of Defense contracts used in live war zones such as Afghanistan.
    • Received the CEO’s Team Player Award for consistently going beyond expectations [2007].
    • Created highly customizable user interface components to be re-used in throughout all of our interfaces.
    • Created an automated solution to our map creation pipeline. Using this solution shortened our map production time from days to hours.
    Technologies: Flash, ActionScript 3, ActionScript 2, Java
Experience
  • Dojo Danger (Development)

    Physics arcade game. Awarded Apple’s Top Feature. [Cocos2D/ObjC]

    Dojo Danger is a top-down action strategy game reminiscent of old-school marbles infused with super powers, deadly traps, and kinetic power-ups! Choose from over 30 characters to create your team of Ninjas or Zombies and destroy all those who stand in your way in this unique physics game for all ages.

    Features:
    - 100 hand-crafted levels spread across two single-player campaigns
    - 5 unique areas, with more to come.
    - Play as Ninjas or Zombies.
    - Retina graphics.
    - Universal with iPhone5 support!
    - Over 30 unique characters, each with their own attributes and special abilities.
    - Attack your friends' Dojos!
    - Global ranking system. Play ranked games to climb the leaderboard.
    - Play Pass-and-Play locally in five distinct multiplayer maps.
    - 20 unique Boosters to power up your units such as Sharpshooter, Earthquake, and even Nuke the Fridge.
    - Earn coins in the game to unlock new units ,and purchase additional boosters.
    - Earn daily rewards for challenging your friends and defeating their team.
    - Upgrade your Dojo.
    - Facebook and Twitter integration.
    - Game Center integration and achievements.

  • Conquest (Development)
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/266450/

    Hardcore PvP card strategy game for Steam, iOS, & WP8. [Unity3D/C#]

    “I finagled my way into the beta, and was rewarded. It’s what I like: a CCG where played cards become units on a tactical board.”
    Tycho - Penny Arcade

    Conquest of Champions is the perfect blend of Collectible Card Games and deep turn-based tactical strategy that only the creators of PoxNora could deliver. Think Magic the Gathering meets Warhammer or Chess.

    Features
    * 3 game modes: Single Player Campaign, Asynchronous PVP, or Real Time PVP.
    * Customize unique decks with over 200 cards
    * Global ranking system - play ranked games to climb the leaderboard.
    * Make cards more powerful by fusing them together.
    * Craft exotic rare cards by completing sets of components earned through gameplay.
    * Daily Quests and Achievements
    * Regular Tournaments scheduled seasonally
    * Exchange strategies with your friends via the lobby chat.
    * Cross-Platform play! Mac/PC and coming soon for iOS and Android tablets and mobile devices!

  • Baby Monkey (Development)

    Endless runner. Reached #1 Kids Game on iOS in 2011. [Cocos2D/ObjC]

    "A pretty reasonable price to pay for pure happiness." - Joystiq Review

    "A ridiculously cute time waster with a stupidly catchy soundtrack, Baby Monkey knows what it's doing." - Touch Arcade Review

    Features
    - Original Music by Parry Gripp!
    - Challenge your friends with Game Center Leaderboard
    - Earn Achievements for collecting bananas, points, and reaching new areas
    - Dynamically created areas ensure each game is unique
    - Tons of unique obstacles (including: Sand Castles, Toxic Waste, and even T-Rex)
    - Invincibility PowerUp for breakneck fun!
    - Combos awarded for streaks add extra challenge to beating top scores
    - Speed and difficulty increases with time to take this fast-paced survival game to a thrilling new level
    - In-game tutorial makes it easy and entertaining for all ages
    - Themed after Parry Gripp’s popular YouTube Music Video

  • SketchPhrase (Development)
    https://www.facebook.com/SketchPhraseByKihonGames/

    Social drawing game. Hit the Top 10 Free Chart. [Cocos2D/ObjC]

    This is a mobile rendition of the classic pencil and paper drawing telephone game which is known to some as Chinese Whispers and others endearingly as Eat Poop You Cat. The game mashes the drawing interpretation elements of Pictionary with the miscommunication elements of Telephone.

    Features
    - Turn-based Multiplayer
    - Unlimited Gameplay
    - Save your Favorites
    - Vote on the Top Games
    - Custom IAP for Brushes and Colors
    - Facebook/Twitter/Contacts social integrations for friends, sharing, and open graph

  • SloPro Port for Microsoft (Development)
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/slopro/9nblggh2nm1j

    Myself and one other engineer re-created SloPro (a popular iOS app) for Windows Phone 8. We were paid by Microsoft and had consent from the original creators of SloPro.

Skills
  • Languages
    XML, C#, ActionScript 3, Objective-C, C++, Swift
  • Frameworks
    Unity3D, Cocos2d, Box2D
  • Paradigms
    Agile Software Development, REST
  • Misc
    Game Development, RESTful APIs
  • Tools
    SVN, Xcode, Flash, JIRA, Git
  • Storage
    JSON
  • Libraries/APIs
    Game Center, Facebook API
  • Platforms
    Parse
Education
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts (Minors: Computer Science and Business)
    Butler University - Indianapolis Indiana
    2000 - 2005
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