September 22, 1966 |
Lake Wales, FL
|Other names||Brody, Canticle|
|Education||1992 graduate of University of South Florida|
|Known for||OtherSpace, Fallen Earth|
Wes Platt (born 1966) is a professional journalist, game writer/designer, creator of the online games OtherSpace, Chiaroscuro and Necromundus, and one-time Director of Content Development for Fallen Earth.
Born in Lake Wales, Florida, he grew up in Orlando, where he attended Winter Park High School and Valencia Community College before moving to Tampa to enroll in the University of South Florida in 1989. At the University of South Florida, he joined the staff of the Oracle newspaper. While he was editor-in-chief, the Oracle achieved recognition as the Best Student Daily in the Nation by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1991, he started as an intern at the St. Petersburg Times. Within a year, he was a full-time reporter. In 1994, he became editor of a fledgling regional edition of the Times in central Pasco County, which grew to a full-blown daily paper by 1998. His work as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times spanned 1991 to 2003.
Platt's first experience with text-based MUDs came in 1994, with games like Infinity, TOS TrekMUSE (a Star Trek-themed MU*), and Hemlock III. On June 28, 1998, he opened OtherSpace, an original space opera themed MUSH that was innovative in employing an evolving series of story arcs. In 2003, he released fantasy-themed Chiaroscuro. In 2005, he began working on the afterlife-themed game Necromundus, which was released in 2006.
Platt left journalism in 2003 to pursue a career in online game development, becoming CEO of Mongoose Online Entertainment, and eventually joined the Icarus Studios team in 2006 as a writer/content developer for the MMORPG Fallen Earth, where he was known as "Canticle". Platt was promoted to Director of Content Development in 2010, but was laid off later that year.
In February 2012, after a brief stint working on an undisclosed project for a startup video game company in Huntsville, Alabama, he returned to journalism as news editor/senior reporter at the Daily Dispatch in Henderson, North Carolina. In June 2012, he joined the staff of the Durham Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina as the K-12 education reporter.
- OtherSpace: Revolutions: Arcs I-III
- OtherSpace: The 2001 Yearbook
- OtherSpace: End of the World: Arcs IV-V
- OtherSpace: Storm Warning: An Official OtherSpace Chronicle
- "Mass Communications Alumni 1990s". University of South Florida. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Reahard, Jef (2010-04-23). "Fallen Earth promotes new leads to fill Hammock's shoes". Massively. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Voecks, Krystalle (2010-11-08). "More jobs cut from Fallen Earth". Massively. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
- Caoili, Eric (2010-05-03). "Icarus Studios Restructures, Sees Layoffs". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- Caoili, Eric (2010-11-08). "Fallen Earth Restructures Management, Lays Off Three Key Members". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "About The Oracle". The Oracle - University of South Florida. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "USF newspaper wins top honor". St. Petersburg Times (City ed.). 1991-04-13. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Newspaper Archives | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times". ProQuest Archiver. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Olivetti, Justin (2011-04-26). "The Game Archaeologist plays with MUDs: Your journeys, part 1". Massively. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- Fox, Geoff (2004-05-12). "More Than A Game". ProQuest Archiver. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Bye, Cody (2007-05-07). "Wes Platt - Fallen Earth Interview". TenTonHammer.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Articles Section". Top MUD Sites. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "TMC Articles". The Mud Connector. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- James, Nate (2009-03-06). "Interview: Fallen Earth Writer / Designer Wes Platt Talks Factions, Advancement, and Pacifism". The MMO Gamer. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Platt, Wes (2001-11-30). OtherSpace: Revolutions: Arcs I-III. iUniverse. ISBN 0-595-20970-X.
- Platt, Wes (2002-03-24). OtherSpace: The 2001 Yearbook. iUniverse. ISBN 0-595-22157-2.
- Platt, Wes (2002-05-30). OtherSpace: End of the World: Arcs IV-V. iUniverse. ISBN 0-595-23046-6.
- Platt, Wes (2003-02-10). OtherSpace: Storm Warning: An Official OtherSpace Chronicle. iUniverse. ISBN 0-595-26553-7.