Name: Tom Chilton
Call sign (alias): Evocare
How did you get that call sign? Any particular meaning? "Evocare" was a word one had to shout in the later stages of Ultima 3 in order to cross beyond the silver serpent and reach the castle of Exodus. I thought the name sounded wicked cool, and would be a great idea for an Ultima Online character name. ;]
Position at Origin (job title): Lead Designer
What do you do (i.e. what's that job title really mean)? I direct/manage the design team, whose purpose it is to ensure that Ultima Online is as fun as possible, for as many people as possible, for as long as possible. To achieve this we decide what to add to UO, what to change in UO, and provide the script-side coding implementation.
Can you describe your "big break" into the gaming industry? I worked with Kirk "Runesabre" Black and various other dev team members as a tester for UO:R. This opportunity gave me the chance to demonstrate my understanding of game design, and combined with the coding skills required of a UO designer and some openings on the dev team, I managed to get a job as a UO designer.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A game developer of course!
Where were you on this day 10 years ago? At the University of Arizona.
What is your favorite thing about UO? I've always loved the interaction with other players, in various forms.
What is your fondest memory in UO? There are too many to call any one my "fondest", but there was a day in late 1997 that I lurked under a tree outside the Trinsic south gate waiting for "Magic Arrow Dude", so I could repay him for the goodies he'd gotten from my corpse the previous day. It worked, and the score was settled. ;]
Most embarrassing moment (in-game or out)? Following a friend through a moongate that led to Trinsic, when I was red. Of course, I was decked out in some of my best stuff. The "oops! wrong rune." comment my friend managed didn't appease the guards.
So tell us what was your worst subject in school? Chemistry. I'm sure a mole is an animal, not a unit of measurement.
Favorite way to spend a Friday evening? I'm not sure, I don't think I've ever had enough money to do it! =]
What's your favorite game of all time? Wow, that's a toughie. It could be UO, Civilization, Command and Conquer (the first one), Master of Orion II, Diablo II, X-Com:UFO Defense, or VGA Planets (pretty obscure). I've invested an enormous amount of time in all of them.
Your favorite comic (comic books or online comics)? PvP Online
What is your favorite food? Steak.
Do you have pets (in real life)? What are they? Not anymore. =[
What's your dream car? BMW M5.
What's your favorite holiday, and why? X-mas. I get to relax, see family and friends, and the vacation lasts the longest.
Your favorite color? Blue.
And last but not least If you had to be stranded in the Britannian desert for the rest of your life, what one person would you want with you? The one with the source code.