Sean “Jinx” Gailey is the Chief Creative Overlord here at J!NX. He has been entranced by technology and gaming since he was a wee lad, age 7, getting his feet wet on the Radio Shack Trash-80 Model III. The following 11 years consisted mainly of gaming, learning, coding and starting businesses (not necessarily in that order). He attended Miami University where he obtained a degree in Systems Analysis with a focus on games development.
In the days following the birth of the J!NX brand, Sean handled all the T-shirt design and programming. Nowadays, he commands other people to do those things from atop a 15’ podium in the center of the office.
Sean still maintains an insatiable urge to code and create games, and always has at least one game in development. Find out more about the games he finished, and the games he merely talks about but will never finish, at www.Talesworth.com.
Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts
Talesworth Kingdom has been overrun by Boneyard’s evil minions. You have been tasked to guide Questy, our brave (and dim-witted) hero, through 40 challenging levels in this unique puzzle adventure. Find all three ancient artifacts and discover the secret entrance to Boneyard’s lair! Illustrations by Chris Hope.
Talesworth Adventure: Quest for the Dragon's Hoard
A unique puzzle game that challenges you to help Questy slay the Dragon of Talesworth and snatch his hoard of loot. He's an evil dragon, so don't feel bad. Navigate through 30 increasingly difficult levels (and 3 bonus levels). This game was inspired by my love of the old D&D graph paper maps and classic 8-bit games.
Talesworth Arena:Death Watch
Talesworth is a fast-paced RPG influenced by years of RPG'ing and MMO's. I did all the coding and game design, and Miguel "Borador" Rojas handled all the beautiful art. It ended up being a too difficult for the casual gaming audience. However, I didn't change it. Those people need to suck it up.
Castles of Talesworth
This game is a remake (with some bells/whistles) of the classic game Rampart. I'm not going to lie, this one was not well-received. I think I made the interface was a bit clunky, and since the game really shined in multi-player, the lack of people playing hampered it a bit. The awesome, in-game art was done by Jorge "three11" Tirado. This was a lot of fun to write, and is my first foray into the multiplayer arena.
- I've spent an absurd amount of time in my life writing games (although only five have ever been finished). I vividly remember MANY all-nighters, working on a coding dilemma until 6am and loving every second of it.
- I've gone through many phases of music: 80s punk, The Police, heavy metal, alternative, etc. I like music a lot. I always gravitate back to 80s punk.
- I really enjoy reading technical manuals, preferably on new emerging technology.
- Years ago, I wrote a song called “Always the First to Die”, and recorded it one day messing around in my cousin’s basement to test his equipment. I sent it to no one, but he must have. 7 years later it appeared all over the Internet in various forms. It remains the single weirdest thing to ever happen to me.
- My daughter River's full name is River Paige Gailey, initials RPG. This is mostly an auspicious coincidence, and one that I'm so happy about.
- My dog Guenyvere was named after Drizzt Do'Urdan's transdimensional panther, although if asked if I got the name from King Arthur, I always say "Yes" because it's much easier.
- I tend towards being a jack of all trades instead of mastering a few things. I admire people that master things. However, I do think that I’m a fairly good coder.
- The two things I have identified as pivotal to my happiness are sunshine and NOT waking up early. I moved to California and co-founded J!NX to secure those two things in my life.
- My friends were the skater kids in High School, but I freestyled on a GT Pro Performer bike. I can still do some nifty ground tricks.
- When I was in college, I rarely went to class. I am too impatient to learn from a lecture. I much prefer to learn on my own from a book and learning will always be a big part of my life.
- I went through a MUD phase (text based multi-user dungeon) for about a year, pre-MMOs. Meridian 59 was the next MUD-like addiction, an MMO that used the Doom engine like 35 years after Doom was released.
- I read all instruction manuals for new devices cover to cover.
- Some of my best childhood memories were spent playing D&D and computer games. The original Bard's Tale is my favorite game of all time.
- I’ve played World of Warcraft on and off since launch and have three level 90 toons: Heavy the Shaman (my main), Happlo the Druid and Dalomar, the worst Mage in Azeroth.
- I am an extremely nostalgic person, particularly for old pen and paper role-playing games and vintage computer games. This is evident on my Tumblr.
- I blew up a lot of mailboxes in my youth.
- Saying or hearing the word "Zork" makes me feel elated.
- I never tried smoking or got intoxicated until college. Then I tried it more than once.
- I love everything about live theatre. The atmosphere, performance, music, and really the entire production, is near the top of my list of ways to spend an evening. I should go more. My favorite shows are Spamalot, The Producers, Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof.
- Putting things together makes me happy. I got that from my dad, among other things.
- I play piano a few times a week for enjoyment. I got that from my mom, she's much better than I will ever be. I don't have the dedication necessary to be a true musician. I also like to sing, but I am not a singer.
- In 1998, I traveled around Great Britain by myself for 2 weeks. I'm really glad to have done that when I had the chance. I regularly jammed myself into situations where I was clueless and challenged. Once I was comfortable and familiar, I got bored and moved to the next city.
- I love complicated board games although I rarely win at them.
- My favorite junk food is Cheetohs Natural. Sadly, I can eat a whole bag in one night.
- I always put off going to sleep at night. Sleep feels like a waste of time.
- Lord British was my childhood hero and is still someone I really admire and am inspired by.
- I love a good game of ping-pong. I briefly belonged to the San Diego Ping Pong Assoc but I am not nearly good enough to play there but stopped going after being crushed by both a 10 year old girl and an 80 year old man.
- I try to surround myself with people that are better at my interests than I am. That is not hard to do.
- I prefer documentaries in the movie genre, particularly movies about eccentric people that are incredibly passionate about one specific thing (Spellbound, Trekkies, Darkon, Starwoids, etc).