Hi, my name is Dan and I am currently working as a QA tester at Dambuster Studios in Nottingham. I am a game and level designer. I have achieved a First Class Degree Honours in BSc Games Production at Nottingham Trent University. I am open to opportunities in the game industry.
I love coming up with ideas for new and interesting games. To push myself, in 2019 I tweeted a different game idea a day. This really pushed my ideation skills and now I have 365 game ideas which I can use. If you want to check them out see @Dan_Fairchild on Twitter. Few of my favourite game ideas include:
A VR Bob Ross simulator where you are given a pallet, paint brushes and a canvas. A video of Bob Ross plays to your left. Bonus points if you beat the devil out of your brush.
An over cooked style game where you and your friends play as server engineers trying to maintain the servers to a popular MMO
A game where you jump between platforms in a dreamscape. Wake from the dream and explore the real world before going back to sleep. Items from real life appear in dream to help you in your quest for good sleep
I have dyslexia and this quote by Scott Sonnon really summarises my approach to it. “I didn’t succeed despite my dyslexia, but because of it. It wasn’t my deficit, but my advantage.” It does not stop me from working hard to hit my deadlines. It does help me to come up with creative ideas and solve problems. I am thankful for it.
In my first year of university I was on the NTU Overwatch Esports team. This was really fun and taught me a lot about Esports and teamwork.
At university, I was the president of the Sci-Fi Fantasy Society where we watched Sci-Fi and Fantasy films and tv shows each week. This has taught me about event management and organization as well as improving my people and public speaking skills. For this, I also achieved a studentship leadership award. In my final year, my course was balanced with extracurricular activities at the society, being a student mentor and ambassador.
In the summer of 2020 I spent my time learning Unity using two courses on the website Udemy. These had a combined time of 55 hours and taught me the basics of C# and how to use the Unity Engine effectively.
In 2021 I picked up knitting as a hobby, this gives me a creative outlet that is not based on gaming or using a computer. It is a really fun outlet and I have created many things for family and friends such as hats and characters.
Dambuster Dragon Boat Race 2022
I took part in a charity dragon boat race in aid of Nottingham Hospitals Mental Health Department. As a company, we raised £731. This required a lot of teamwork and coordination as we had to row in unison to be effective. It was a lot of fun and hard work. Luckily it was really hot that day so did not mind getting partly soaked!