Eric's love affair with video games goes back to playing his first game of Pong as a wee tyke. A lifelong voracious gamer, he has sought to create new game experiences even as a child sharing mazes he drew, later writing and running original D&D campaigns, and even writing new game mechanics at 12 years old, creating "Skate Duel", a combat skateboarding add-on to Steve Jackson's Car Wars tabletop game.
Eric's professional game development career began in the early 2000's, as Art Director on PC racing simulations GTR, GTR 2, and GT Legends, helping launch SimBin Studios, and the core team that went on to form Slightly Mad Studios, developing Need for Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unleashed. Along the way he has done game design and art in many styles and genres, including Facebook TCG Warstorm, physics puzzler Tiki Towers on the Wii, and, of course, Dark Tonic's own Attack of the Wall Street Titan, Treasure Tombs: Ra Deal, and the upcoming Legends of the Brawl co-op action game.
Brian Hunsaker, Technical Director
Brian started coding his own video games at home at the age of 10, eventually detouring into Web Development in 1999, where he specialized in Microsoft technologies. He has architected enterprise-scale projects for clients such as Microsoft, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In 2003 he became certified as a MCSD in C#.NET, and has since helped develop Best Practice Coding Guidelines on more than one occasion.
With the recent explosion of casual gaming, Brian has returned to his favorite thing - game programming, with Unity 3D as his weapon of choice.
Ben Marcus, Lead Programmer
A well rounded game developer, Ben graduated from the Art Institute of Tampa in 2009 with a BA in Game Art and Design, and is primarily a self taught programmer. He takes pride in quickly learning whatever skills are necessary to get the job done.
After graduating, Ben worked for Artix Entertainment filling many roles from Level Design, Game Design, and Client Side Scripting in AS2 and AS3.
In 2015 he joined Dark Tonic and has since worked on every aspect of the Legends of the Brawl's functionality. Gaming is “in his blood.” As a child he always dabbled in game design with the Warcraft 2 and Starcraft editors. “I had a folder I brought to school with me that was a print out of the Starcraft Editor documentation,” just so he could study it when he wasn't at a computer. When he isn't making games, he's playing games, studying game mechanics and design, or watching others play games.
Michael Camara, Programmer
Originally trained as a veterinary technician, Michael quit saving helpless animals to pursue a much nobler goal: making video games! He contributes to Dark Tonic as a junior programmer while finishing his CS degree at Allegheny College.
He may be a young programmer, but has had a big impact on Legends of the Brawl with his tenacity and an internal drive to make things work. He's bright, fast, and has a great can-do attitude.
When he isn't sleep deprived or sleeping, you might find him playing the flute, juggling, or trying to explain to his husband what the heck a "ragdoll" is.
Jerrod Kerwin-Sweeney, Designer
The youngest in a line of proud, hardworking Irishmen, Jerrod's addiction to caffeine and competitive online gaming fuel his enthusiasm towards the gaming industry. After graduating high school he joined Dark Tonic doing testing and QA as he worked through Full Sail University's Online Game Design program. He graduated in 2015, and now is doing AI development and game design on Legends of the Brawl.
Among some of Jerrod’s favorite activities are rock climbing, traditional archery, hunting, sculpting, and wood crafting with his father. When they aren’t lazing around in front of a screen, the Sweeney’s can be found partaking in numerous outdoor activities and debauchery.
Dave Farisi, Lead Environment Artist
Having graduated with a BA in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida in 2007, Dave started his first job in the industry at Plainview Software, working on iOS games. To expand his technical knowledge he attended graduate school at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and shortly after went to work at Artix as a 3D environment artist on a yet to be released title. Dave started with Dark Tonic in 2014 as an Environment Artist, and quickly rose to the Lead Artist position thanks to his deep technical skills and great eye for style and quality. An avid gamer since the NES days, Dave is a big fan of hand painted stylized games and believes aesthetics beat graphical realism any day of the week. When he's not knee deep in art, Dave likes to watch movies, having seen many more than he cares to admit, and likes to experiment with cooking (homemade jerky counts as cooking right?)
Darko Spahić, 2D Artist
Gaming has always been a big part of Darko's life, so dedicating his diverse talents to the Game Industry was an easy choice. He’s done freelance game journalism, testing / QA, and worked on several indie game projects prior to bringing his passion for video games to Dark Tonic.
Darko lives to create new worlds, characters and stories, and has contributed to many visual aspects of Legends of the Brawl, from UI, character design, prop & environment concept art, to promo art and motion graphics development.
Hailey Anuscavage, 2D Artist
Hailey graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2015 with a focus in illustration. A career in gaming, or even art, wasn’t originally her plan when choosing a college, but her talent shows it was the right decision. While working on art for her internship at Dark Tonic Hailey works a multitude of odd jobs to pay the bills. When not working Hailey can be found sleeping, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or watching funny cat videos online.
Dan Muir / PR Hound, Marketing & PR
Dan comes to Dark Tonic courtesy of PR Hound, a great, indie-friendly PR agency. His past life includes editing and contributing to multiple games journalism sites including Geekoid, ClockerZ, and MMOZine, been a freelance editing at GamesPress, and has done PR on many great games including DC Universe: Online, Jeremy McGrath Offroad, Rocketbirds, Ragnarok Online, and more.
Well connected, extremely personable, and all around fine chap.