Sunday, August 31, 2014


In about a week, I will have moved from Provo, UT to Ellensburg, WA. There're a few reasons prompting this move; After doing my undergrad, my wife's undergrad, and my wife's Masters at BYU it's definitely time for a change of scenery. It's a good chance to break out of old college ways and build some new, better habits in a new location. However, the biggest reason, (and the one that answers the question of "why Ellensburg instead of somewhere else?") is that Seattle WA, which is about 2 hours out of Ellensburg, is the world capital for my line of work. Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, a slew of indie companies, and even more video game makers all call the area home, making it the greatest concentration of my peers outside of the yearly Gen Con.  

Every motivational speech you'll ever hear usually talks about taking risks; big risks bring big rewards, you can't know unless you try, etc, etc. What these speeches don't spend time reminding you about is that risks also carry the chance of failure, and often the bigger the risk, the greater the chance of it blowing up in your face. 

Moving to the Northwest without a definite job and only a few contacts in the industry? Big risk. 

Biiiiiiiiig risk.

But it's one I think we have to take. We have a few years break before my wife goes back for her PhD, our kids are still young, and as a small 3rd party developer, there's no where else that will afford me as many opportunities as the Northwest. 

There was a time I took a similar risk. Back when I first graduated from college with my little Music Dance Theater degree, we decided to try our hand at New York. I went out early to try and get established and look for jobs, housing, and everything else my family would need. I even video blogged the experience while I was out there, but in the end it didn't work out and we ended up moving back to Provo.

And now, years later, we're doing it again. I think I'll have to video blog it as well, just for old time's sake.

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