Meet the Gentlesaurs: Nick Turinetti

Hey there Saurian Fans! One of the things we want to do with our blog along with providing updates on progress is give the public a window into Saurian's development and those of us working on bringing the game from concept to reality. "Meet the Gentlesaurs" will be a series of posts where the dev team gives you a little window into who we are and what we do behind the scenes, and it's only fair that I as the project lead embarrass myself first.

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Nick Turinetti, and I am the Project Lead for Saurian. Basically, my job consists of making sure all aspects of Saurian's development are firing on all cylinders, as well as a lot of the business side of development. I also do a lot of the PR via the Facebook page and Twitter. Additionally, I also do a LOT of research on Hell Creek and the animals that lived there to make sure our game is as up to date as possible.

How did you become involved with Saurian?

I became involved with Saurian by being a 27-year old kid who never outgrew his love of dinosaurs. I'm probably a little unusual among the current crop of game developers working on dinosaur games in that Jurassic Park didn't trigger my interest; My interest in dinosaurs was generated by documentaries like "The Dinosaurs":


(yes, I actually remember watching this on TV way back in 1992. I'm old.)

I was so into dinosaurs my parents literally read me dinosaur books to get me to fall asleep at night long before the movie ever came out (I used to correct their pronunciations of dinosaur names too!). So being the kid who never really stopped being into dinosaurs, when I was finishing college I started exploring what sort of video games were out there that featured dinosaurs, because I could finally afford to buy something to play them on. Long story short, there were none that didn't involve shooting dinosaurs or using dinosaurs as a gimmick in place of zombies/aliens/terrorists/etc, and rather than wait for someone else to do it, I figured 'what the heck, maybe I'll do it'.  It took me a couple years to connect with the right group of people with the necessary skills to make this happen, but I was persistent and patient, and now we're finally making Saurian a reality.

What do you do outside of Saurian?

When I'm not working on Saurian, I actually work full time for a railroad museum. Besides dinosaurs, my other big love growing up was trains, so I count myself exceedingly lucky to be making a living doing something I love, and in my spare time, making something I've dreamed of for years.

Blog pic 2blog pic 3(I have a lot of fun at my job. Obligatory PSA: Don't give up on the things you love as a kid, you can definitely find a way to make a living doing it)

What's your favorite dinosaur?

This is probably the hardest question I've ever had to answer.  Lately I've found sauropods particularly interesting. They're the largest animals to ever walk on land, and yet they share a lot of features in common with birds, like hollow bones and an avian style respiratory system. I used to use Jobaria a lot as my username online. Now everybody calls me 'Jo'...

And there you have it, you've met your first Saurian Developer!