Although most gamers know Ken Levine as the head of Irrational Games, the company was co-founded by also Jon Chey. Chey decided to go solo though and built his own company that is called Blue Manchu and its first game is a free-to-play PC strategy called Card Hunter.
During an interview with GamaSutra, Chey described his game as a board/card hybrid that features RPG elements.
“The best way to describe it is, imagine I take an MMO, and every time you
fight a monster, instead of playing a timer game with pull downs and buttons
that you click, you’re playing a turn-based strategy game.
You have little pieces on a board, and you play cards to move those pieces
around, and that’s the battle you fight. And at the end of the battle you win
some treasure, which you then use to trick your characters like you do in an
MMO, but those characters are actually pieces in the board game.”
At the time or writing, Chey is the only full-time staff member at Blue Manchu. There are however a number of Irrational veterans that are contributing to his project, like Dorian Hart, Ben Lee and Richard Garfield.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”