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I’m a sentient flesh bag cultivated in Croatia

The early days

Since I was a small fry I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. As someone who excelled at natural and human sciences, absolutely dominated every sport I ever picked up and had written my first program when I was only 5, on a bamboo tapestry, it was only natural I wound up in the tech industry.

Yeah... no. I pretty much sucked at everything. I was the goofy kid who liked to play a lot and had a tough time paying attention in class. STEM only piqued my interest after I finished high school. It was mostly trials and tribulations since then, but I eventually emerged as a software developer.

Never enough time

If I'm not sitting in front of a screen, you can find me playing board games, hiking, sometimes even cycling or running. It's just that I find brightly lit screens so appealing! There are countless worlds to explore in there and for me it was gaming. Still is, though not as much as it used to be.

RPGs were always my favorite, but there's a plethora of genres and titles which went through my hands. The Elder Scrolls certainly left a mark and my childhood would've been incomplete without Heroes of Might and Magic. Whereas some games have stuck around for decades. If you look closely you can see a burnt-in image of the Diablo II interface in my eyes. That's owing to being hell-bent on an exceptionally difficult self imposed goal.

Besides games, I love sci-fi and fantasy. Have you seen Dark? Occasionally I'll dip into anime or manga, like Berserk and Attack on Titan. Moreover, my life would be vapid without heavy metal. From classic heavy, over thrash and death, and all the way to folk or black.

Nonsensical accomplishments

A long time ago I set out to complete the set and unique item collection in Diablo II. The feat is not monumental only because there are 504, but because many of those are exceedingly hard to find. One item in particular, Tyrael's Might, can only be found in a few areas and from specific monsters. The odds? About 1:1068141.

Since 2016, I've become quite efficient in my hunt. Theorycrafting extensively, optimizing my sorceress, researching map generation and density distribution to figure out the best possible layout and route just to shave off a few hours from the grind. At long last, in the summer of 2019, I retrieved Tyrael's Might during an item find contest hosted annually by members of the Diablo forums. The realization of this decade old pursuit was absolute bliss.

I also got hooked on Pokémon GO. Alas, the lack of depth, rampant cheating, and the fact that the developer wanted to dictate when and where I'm supposed to play turned me away for good. Though not before I reached the maximum level...

However, the best thing about GO is that I created the Breakpoint Calculator, which became a popular tool within the global community. It's used to crunch math and data to help you save in-game resources and when it comes to games with microtransactions, it can also mean saving money.

What's next?

Who knows, Baldur's Gate III looks promising so I might go with that. In the meantime I wish you good RNG, friend!