This little biography is trivial. It’s for fun. For professional material, see my work.
My full name is Christopher Steven Sims.
I came into the world in 1971 on the day before Halloween, because being born on Samhain might have been too cool. My fraternal twin brother, Neil, preceded me by eight minutes. I chalk that fact up to my being a little wiser and more patient. I’ve been called the good twin.
Just south of Richmond, Virginia, I grew up poorer than many but still wanting for little. I fell in love with dinosaurs when I was five, and I started to draw them. Art became a passion. Then, at ten, I stumbled across the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Dragons are a lot like dinosaurs, you know? I started drawing dragons and dungeons, as well as places where dragons and dungeons might be found, and I thought my ticket to working on games was going to be my art.
Although I was geeky in high school, I mixed a little jock in there. National Art Honors Society plus varsity football, that sort of thing. Games and art remained top priority, though. My mind’s eye never fixed on the idea that all the reading and writing I was doing might amount to something. Therefore, when I went to college to pursue my dreams, I eventually graduated with a dual degree in illustration and graphic design. I minored in writing. I now know I should have taken more math.
I’ve rambled. Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, Arizona, Washington, and New York have all been home at one time or another. My jobs ranged from pizza dude to ad designer to assistant art director.
Some gory details of how I came to work on games and how they affected my life can be found in this post. The short version is that my romance with roleplaying games began thirty-five years ago. I’ve had a fifteen-year career so far. For more reasons than the work, it has been great. I am grateful.
Until recently, I lived in Seebenstein, Austria. Now I’m back in Renton, Washington. I’m married. Two little girls have graced me with their presence. I consider choosing me as a father to be risky, but probably worth it.
My sincere wish is that, in the end, I helped a lot of people find joy and fun. I aim to cause very little unhappiness.
Feel free to let me know how I’m doing.
(1) Photo by Georg Mir, August 2016