Baseball pitching legend Curt Schilling is a hardcore gamer both on and off the field. When off the field, he loves Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing games almost as much as baseball. In 2006, he started Green Monster Games, a game development company, now known as 38 Studios. (“38” is his Red Sox jersey number).
His love affair with MMORGs began with Sony Online Entertainment’s popular online game, EverQuest, at its beginning nearly ten years ago. He got hooked on the genre and became (at his own admission) a “gaming geek.”
According to Schilling, “I enjoy the anonymity and the ability to interact on a personal level with people I wouldn’t normally meet or know.”
He even wound up helping the EverQuest and EverQuest II development teams in fundraising events, primarily for ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”). In a three-day EverQuest II fundraising event, Schilling’s digital image appeared in-game as an NPC (non-participating character) bad guy. Each time a player would defeat Schilling’s bad guy Sony would donate $5 to the ALS Association (up to $10,000).
Schilling has been such a devoted EQ and EQ II fan he even reviewed two of the game expansion packs for the gaming publication, “PC Gamer.”
His deep interest in role-playing games, in general, began with a war strategy tabletop “paper and pen” game called Advanced Squad Leader (now owned by Hasbro). He loved (and still loves) this strategy game so much that he financed a game convention, The ASL Open, in Houston, Texas. In the early nineties, he even started his own “paper and pen” game company, Multi-Man Publishing. His first interest in computer games started in the eighties with “Wizardry”, an Apple II sword and sorcery game.
As of 2007, Curt Schilling’s Maynard, Massachusetts game company has about 30 employees; some are Sony Online Entertainment expatriates. He describes himself as a hands-on employer, personally interviewing and hiring each member of his team. Two of the higher profile members include best-selling science fiction and fantasy author (“Forgotten Realms”) R.A. Salvatore, and comics publisher/creator Todd McFarlane, best known as creator of superhero “The Spawn.” According to Schilling, Salvatore will create the game’s storyline and will serve in a creative director capacity; and McFarlane will create the “artistic vision” of the game, illustrating Salvatore’s story.
While Schilling will fully participate in his game company, he will also remain an integral part of the Boston Red Sox team.
“Curt Schilling Looks to Green Monster for his Future”, Candace Lombardi, CNET, URL: (http://news.com.com/2100-1043_3-6129077.html)
“Curt Schilling: The Escapist Interview”, Joe Blancato, The Escapist, URL: (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/78/9)