One of the biggest board game companies out there is a company called Fantasy Flight Games. They are a Minnesota based company and are known for making great games with high production values. Jeremy Stomberg, an Operations Associate, was kind enough to answer my questions. This is the first part of a four part series. We will start by getting to know Jeremy a little bit:
How long have you been working with Fantasy Flight games?
I’ve been here for just over five years. I actually started at FFG’s sister company, Fantasy Flight Studios, building sets and making props for the “Midnight Chronicles” pilot.
What does your job entail?
I’m a bit of an odd duck here; I both do a lot of the mundane “keep the building running” jobs, but also fun and interesting jobs like searching for rights owner for IPs we wish to make games about. The coolest day I ever had at work was when my boss John called me down to his office and told me to “go find the rights to Battlestar Galactica”. On top of that, I investigate trademark violations and work with our legal team to shut down infringers.
Is Fantasy Flight the first board game company you have worked for?
It is! There are only a few other people here who have worked for other game companies before coming to FFG.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing people at a game store or convention playing a game that you and your friends have been working on for a year or longer.
What is the worst part of your job?
Not being able to talk about cool things that we’re working on until they’re officially announced to the public.
What got you into board gaming?
I saw a copy of “Car Wars” at University Hobbies in Spring Lake Park, my hometown. I took it home, showed it to friends, and we didn’t stop playing it for about six years (although we took some breaks playing “Axis & Allies” and “Fortress America”). Then I got into some miniatures wargames, and met people playing those that were also interested in Eurogames (or “German Games”, as we called them at the time).
Do you play board games in your free time?
My wife and I are really interested in board games, and have a whole wall in our extra bedroom that is filled with shelving stuffed with games. We have friends outside of the company that we play with, too, as well as go to conventions.
What is your favorite game?
“Mag-Blast”, a card game os over-the-top space combat with great art by John Kovalic.