Gaming Resume

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on March 4, 2014

It’s fair to say I was a decent athlete in my teenage years, but I was never the best player on the team. Growing up, I knew that there was no way I’d ever play sports professionally. However, as a gaming nerd, I’ve always thought it might be possible to get a job in the RPG industry, or specifically to get the chance to work for Wizards of the Coast.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to write some articles for Wizards as a freelancer, and that certainly got me a bit closer to living the dream. Last week I applied for a contract position with Wizards of the Coast as one of three D&D Organized Play Administrators. It’s not a full time job, but it’s a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the game I love and the public play program that I participate in every week.

The job description was unlike any I’d ever seen before. Requirements for this position included deep knowledge of the Dungeons & Dragons game and its community, five year minimum experience playing and Dungeon Mastering one or more editions of Dungeons & Dragons, thorough knowledge and passion for Dungeons & Dragons, and be able to attend one major D&D convention annually. As a serious gamer and champion for D&D public play, it was as if this posting was practically written for me personally.

To apply for this position each applicant was asked to submit these three things:

  • Professional resume
  • Gaming resume
  • Cover letter explaining what position you’re applying for and why we should select you.

A gaming resume? What’s that? I guess they wanted to know how deeply I was in to gaming. Since this was a job related to D&D public play I also figured they wanted me to indicate how much experience I have with the existing D&D public play program. Seems like a reasonable request to me. Now all I had to do was come up with a gaming resume.

I realized that a strong gaming resume might give me an edge over other qualified applicants so I decided to get creative. I decided to make my resume look like an old school, hand drawn, D&D dungeon. It took me more hours than I care to admit to put this together, but in the end I feel that I nailed it. I should know by next week if I got the position or not. Wish me luck.

Ameron’s Gaming Resume (PDF)

gaming-resume

Note: I intentionally blacked out my home address and phone number in the PDF posted above.

What do you think of my gaming resume?


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joe March 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

That’s adorable. And awesome.

2 Mat March 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

That’s really cool !

3 Timothy Brannan March 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

That’s pretty cool. I like that!

4 TheSheDM March 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I’m jealous! Your gaming resume is very cool.

5 Edward Wilson March 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

They probably threw out all the other resumes as soon as they saw that one: “this guy is so hired!”

6 Ameron (Derek Myers) March 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

@Everyone
Thanks for the compliments and encouragement. Let’s hope the people at Wizards of the Coast like it as much as my fellow gamers.

7 Vobekhan March 6, 2014 at 4:07 am

Very cool, will keep my fingers crossed for you. Sounds like the post was literally made with you in mind.

8 Ameron (Derek Myers) March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

@Everyone
I received word back from Wizards and regrettably I did not get the job. :(

9 Liack March 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

That’s a bummer :( Well, the pdf was fairly entertaining…best wishes for your other endeavours!

10 Spykes March 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

Sorry to hear you didn’t get the job. Awesome job on the application. That would have been a dream gig for me too.

11 Tubular Belle March 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Aw man, that sucks. You were perfect. Did they even give you any feedback? Like, “you should have done your map on an isometric grid” or something.

Bloody Ha$-Bro. They probably hired some squares in suits and a token “gamer-babe”.

12 Alex Wilson March 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

Good Luck with future applications!! Keep going there are people who believe in you. But makes me wonder exactly how much experience is needed of D&D to fill the position. Very harsh if they didn’t give you a response after all your devoted hard work towards helping the table top community. You’ve often given me help on running my adventures when wizards was nowhere to be found :-)

13 Gormal May 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Had they given you a resume I would have chosen you, Youy have always promted the game so well wondering if it was a clearing house that looked at the resumes?

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