Our next Trading Card Spotlight features David Crane who is displayed on card number 337, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He has been named number 12 of the top 100 game creators of all time. David has created some of the most memorable Atari 2600 games in the library. As the Co-Founder of Activision, some of his creations are Pitfall, Dragster, Freeway and Grand Prix. David has received numerous awards for his work of the past 35 years. Some of his awards include the AIAS Pioneer award, Video Game Designer of the year twice and a Parent’s Choice Award for “positive human values” in a video game. You can see more of David’s biography at www.dcrane.com.
What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?
I can never single out one of nearly 100 games that I created. Every game has something unique and interesting that I, as a game creator, found special. In many cases, the game player might not even know about the cool technological thing I did to make the game they enjoyed, but as long as they enjoyed the game that doesn’t matter. That said, Grand Prix was one of the most technically challenging 2600 games ever made, and it often comes up as a favorite of mine for the internal technology.
Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Tammy Coxen, who is displayed on card number 199 from the Science Fiction Collection. Tammy is what they call a SMOF (Secret Master of Fandom). She started working on fan-run conventions in 1997, eventually becoming chair of her local convention, ConFusion. After attending her first Worldcon in 2000, she became active in Worldcon fandom and has held a variety of area and division head roles. In 2014 she was the chair of Detcon1, the 11th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). She continues to work on conventions near and far, large and small.
Are you still involved with science fiction today, and what role do you play?
I am still an active convention runner. I’m currently the Division Head for Member and Staff Services for Dublin 2019, An Irish Worldcon. I’m also active with Worldcon 76 coming up this year in San Jose, California, where I’m helping with the Retro Hugo presentation. On a more local level, I’m head of programming for Capricon, a regional convention in Chicago, IL.