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Full Name:

Abel Bascuñana Pons

Address:

Barcelona (Spain)

Nationality:

Spanish

Tel.:

+34 657324808

E-mail:

abel.bascu@gmail.com

Profile

http://es.linkedin.com/in/stalyan http://stalyangames.wordpress.com/


Briefing

I’ve been working in the games industry for more than 6 years now. My roles are/have been QA Manager, Game Designer, Community Manager and also Games Translator. I’ve never missed a single deadline, what I’m most proud though is feeling the same passion for the games industry as when I started as a gamer more than 20 years ago!



Professional Experience 

  • Social Point, Barcelona (Spain)

QA Manager & Game Design Support (July 2011 – Currently)

Reference: Xavi Fradera (Producer), Jordi Miró (Lead Programmer)



Main Duties

      1. Game Testing & Bug Management (Redmine, Assembla, Jira, GreenHooper, BaseCamp, Spreadsheets, Google Docs). Organizing & mentoring a team of 4 testers.

Testing of new features to ensure proper functionality of hit social games (Social Empires, Social Wars, Dragon City plus undisclosed project). Bug management, checklists and Test Case definitions.

  • Management & mentoring of the Mobile Department (iPhone & Ipad) for upcoming games.

      1. Game Systems Design and maintenance for Social Empires & Social Wars:

Providing daily guidance to GFX artists to define characters and systems. Meeting with programmers and producers to assess and ensure viability of features implementation.

Goals design for SE & SW (400 missions), Survival Mode Maps, Quest Maps, New Civilizations, Character behaviours, Especial Offers, Game Balancing, Monetization, Engagement and Virality features, Spreadsheet game data management, Marketing offers, etc.



  • Bigfish Games, Cork, (Ireland)

International Spanish Translator (Mar 2010 – June 2011)

Reference: Ben Dale (Operations Lead), Lisa Daly (PM)

Main Duties



  • Funcom Sales Gmbh, Zurich, (Switzerland)

Spanish Community Coordinator, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Set – Oct 2009)

(Sep – Nov 2008)



Reference: Oliver Kunz (CM Lead), Xavier Marcè (Spanish CM)

Main Duties

  • Coordination & Moderation of the Spanish forums. Supervision of a team of 3 Game Masters.

  • Weekly reports to CM Lead, Customer Service Support, Marketing.

  • Customer Service Support assistance. In-game events.

  • Website Editing and Content Creation (HTML and Internal Tools).



  • Gammick Entertainment, Barcelona, (Spain)

QA Lead Tester for Nintendo DS, Wii, XBOX 360 and PS3 games (Jun – Aug 08)

Reference: Nacho Fernandez (Producer), Sergi Rincón (Managing Director)

Main Duties

  • Management and supervision of a group of five QA testers.

  • Establishment of testing plans for all the games (5) of the company. Bug Management with Mozilla software.

  • Compliance testing: Supervision of TCRs and Lotcheck processes.

  • Weekly reports to the Producers and liason with Dev external teams.

  • Functionality Testing based on both black box and white box testing.

  • Translation and Localisation testing.

  • Bugs Database management.




  • GOA Games Services Ltd, Dublin, (IRELAND)

Spanish Community Manager for Warhammer Online (Oct 2007 – May 2008)

Spanish Customer Support Representative for Warhammer Online (Jul – Set 2007)

Reference: Lionel Fumado (CS Lead), David Petit (Community Lead)
Main Duties

  • Coordination & Moderation of the Spanish official forums.

  • Assisting Community fansites through events and daily participation.

  • Translation of texts from English to Spanish, mainly for the website.

  • Weekly reports to the CM Lead and QA department.

  • Content Creation for the website.

  • QA Stress Tests sessions with EA Mythic Devs, Bug Reports.

  • Live Events organization. Ex: Warhammer’s International Press Release in Paris, Official Games Worshop’s Warhammer Meeting in Barcelona.



  • Gameloft Montréal, Montréal (Québec, CANADA)

International Spanish Translator, (Mar – Dec 2006)

Reference: Alexis Green-Painchaud (Localization Manager)
Main duties

  • Full translation from English to Spanish of almost all the games of the company.

  • Supervision of games translated by external translation companies or by mates.

  • Website content translations.

  • Creation of Game mottos for the Marketing department.

  • Localisation testing of the translated material.



  • Gameloft Barcelona, Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona, SPAIN)

Internation Spanish Translator, (Dec 2005 - Mar 2006)

QA Tester and Spanish Translator simultaneously, (Jun - Dec 2005)

QA Tester (Jan - Jun 2005)

Reference: Antonio Rabanera, Marie-Therese Cordón (Director Ubisoft BCN)

Main duties

  • Fucntional & Compliance testing, bugs reporting, classification and tracking. Working with Gameloft’s propietary DB.

  • Exhaustive Localisation testing.

  • Compliance testing for Nokia mobiles.

  • Translation from English to Spanish of in-game texts.


Compulsory / Secondary education

  • Col.legi Públic Comtes de Torregrossa” (Alcarràs, EGB: 1982-1991)

  • Institut Manuel de Pedrolo”, (Tàrrega, BUP: 1991-1994, COU: 1997-1998)

  • Universitat de Lleida”, University Access Exam (Lleida, PAAU certificate: 1998,

grade: 6.20/10) (One-year diploma and at least 13 years of full-time study)

 Languages



  • Spanish, Catalan: Native languages. Excellent writing and speaking skills.

  • English: Certificate of Proficiency in English by the University of Cambridge.

  • French: Intermediate Level.

Computer Skills

  • Programming: C, C++ (Beg.), C# (Beg.), ActionScript 3 (Beg.), Assembly (8086).

  • Graphic Tools: Photoshop, Maya 2009, 3D Studio Max 2010, Unity, Hammer editor

  • General: Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, OneNote 2010, etc.

  • Audio Software: Cubase Sx, Reason, SoundForge, Vst plug-ins, Midi, Cakewalk.

  • Web Design: Html, CSS, XML, Dreamweaver, Freehand, Macromedia.

Flash CS4, video edtion tools ...

  • Social tools: Forums & Blogs management, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Tumblr, widgets...

  • Management & BugtrackingTools: Assembla, TRAC, MSProject, Redmine, Mantis, Jira, Basecamp, Greenhooper, etc

Videogames hands-on experience 

  • Spanish Sega Champion in 1992 with Sonic the Hedgehog.

  • 5th rank (of 9 players) in the European Sega Championship held at London in 1992.  

  • Avid RPG and MMORPG gamer (WoW, AoC, Guild Wars, LOTRO, POTBS, Warhammer Online, DaoC, Mythos beta, DDO beta, Oblivion, The Witcher...).

  • Good grasp of Games Design Theory (Overarching Stories, Interface, Progressive Difficulty, Engagement, etc).

  • 5 indie casual games designed for Browser and Android.

  • Member of the CMG (Community Managers Group), IGDA, Casual Connect, etc.

Interesting links
Interview in a popular MMORPG Spanish website (2008). Language: Spanish.

TV Interview when working at Gameloft (2005). Language: Catalan.



  • A couple of game design articles I wrote featured at Gamasutra.com:

Batman Arkham Assylum Game Design Review

Some thoughts about Casual Games Design

Portal 2 Game Design review

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