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)
Note: I intentionally blacked out my home address and phone number in the PDF posted above.
What do you think of my gaming resume?