Applicable Skills

  • Competitive game systems design
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 and previous
  • Adobe Flash CS4 and previous
  • HTML 5, CSS 3, XML, XSLT
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 and previous
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 and previous
  • SC2 Galaxy Editor - RTS level design
  • COH2 World Builder - RTS level design
  • Unity3D
  • Visual Studio
  • Excel, Visio - game balance tracking/tweaking, unit/object interaction sheets
  • Unreal Engine

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design (Magna Cum Laude), Marymount University, May 2007

Certifications

  • COMPTIA A+ IT Technician
  • COMPTIA Network+
  • COMPTIA Security+
  • Certified Knowledge Manager

Publications

Brandon Casteel was a staff writer for RTSGuru.com while that site was active, and is the proprietor of waywardstrategist.com. His writing has appeared in MMORPG.com, GameSpace.com and explorminate.net, as well.

Career Highlights

Wayward Strategist

Writer, Proprietor, Game Design Consultant

2013-Current

  • Started a blog to discuss my favorite game genre – real time strategy games. I write game reviews and RTS theory
  • Developers have approached me to talk about the overarching design of their RTS + tower defense games
  • Game concept design consulting on unannounced Animus Interactive RTS
  • Practical game flow/usability consulting on unannounced independent tower defense game

Dream Harvest Games

Game Designer

2017-Current

  • Game designer with Dream Harvest Games on their upcoming Arena RTS Failure: NeroSlicers
  • Created and help maintain a balance and interactions sheet for unts and abilities
  • Propose and implement new features, mechanics, systems, units, and abilities
  • Assisted the art team with UIX wireframes and drafting
  • Have helped clarify the game's core design philosophy and re-form some of its core systems

  • Supported a variety of government clients, creating workflows and custom-scripted applications to meet mission critical needs for the automation of business processes
  • Created interactive, functional dashboards that combined data from multiple custom SharePoint lists in a seamless interface using Data View Web Parts and Javascript
  • Troubleshooting and management of server and Central Administration
  • User and administrator training
  • SharePoint and website branding using Boostrap 3, custom HTML and Javascript
  • Building SharePoint applications 
  • Website and custom application design logic, wireframing, comprehensive drafts, scripting

MD Tech Solutions

Creative Director

Aug 2015-Oct 2017