I used to play my fair share of cRPGs when I was younger, and the Infinity Engine-powered Dungeons & Dragons ones were certainly some of my favorites. I loved going back to the giant tree/town of Kuldahar in Icewind Dale as warm respite from wintery spelunking and slaying of undead hordes, and if you ever ask me about my all-time top video games Planescape: Torment is sure to come up on the short-shortlist.
There’s no way to get around making lots of mistakes in life and I am certainly no exception to that. While not quite a graduation speech, I am still going to attempt to recycle said mistakes for more than they’re worth and provide some advice to my younger self. Maybe you’ll just learn something useful too! Or better yet, you can leave a comment and give me some more advice I’m missing.
The most harrowing months of my work career were no doubt in the first half of 2018 in the run up to the legally required implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. The product requirements changed if you sneezed at the wrong time, there was no room for error, and the launch date was immovable. There was a lot of work to do with too little time in which to accomplish it and many of our product testers were located in India, meaning that one of us frequently needed to be available at odd hours to help unblock them.