Hey, everyone! We’re back once again with our final Who’s Who for now! We’ve covered everyone in the offices here in St. Louis thus far (though we have been hiring more folks lately!) except for the one, the only, the President and Co-Founder: Paul Bender. Paul manages projects, manages the sales and customer experience team, and overall just makes sure that things run and operate smoothly for our customers and clients alike. Because of that, he’s had a hand in managing most of the projects that Greater Than Games publishes, but he wanted to make sure to note his major contributions to Sentinels of the Multiverse, Galactic Strike Force, and Spirit Island. There wouldn’t be a Greater Than Games without Paul, so let’s get to know him a little bit better.
What’s one of your favorite things about working here?
PB: The team that we’ve built here. Getting to work with this group of people every day makes everything so much easier.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
PB: Going to sing folk songs in a bar. Mostly sea shanties and Irish and Scottish folk songs. Some English and American folk songs, but mostly the others. It is a great way to unwind.
What’s one thing you wish people knew or understood about what you do?
PB: People likely expect the operations and project management side of things, but not too many people are aware just how much team and people management goes into it. There’s a lot more meetings, talking to people, checking in on people, generally communicating. It’s very necessarily a social job inherently in order to get the best performance out of people. When done correctly, it can make the team very effective. I hope I manage that.
You get to change your name for one day. What is it and why?
PB: Aldred. Two reasons. One is that I find polysyllabic names euphonic and specifically I like the aesthetics of names of Anglo Saxon extraction. It’s nice because it’s not really a modernly used Anglo Saxon name. But it sounds like a real name! You could go with other Anglo Saxon names but some of them just sound pretentious or like nonsense to the modern ear.
What’s one film that you would love to turn into a musical, whether for good or evil?
PB: The Wrath of Khan. It would be so dope. You’ve got this antagonist that is very operatic and Shakespearean. You’d have great villain songs! It’d be the best.
If you could travel to one of the planets, which planet would you go to?
PB: Jupiter. It’s a beautiful planet to start with. But once I’m in the system I can visit all 4 Galilean moons.
What’s a hobby or interest that people would be surprised you’re into?
PB: Comparative geopolitics. I really like looking at and learning about and following politics in other countries and people. Specifically, I really enjoy the differences that come up because of the institutional differences between different countries.
If you could only teach your children one thing, what would it be?
PB: A) the importance of social equity and B) that equity is not the same as fairness or equality.
And with that, Paul has wrapped us up in a nice thematic bow, ending on the moral foundation we strive to have here at Greater Than Games. Thank you all so much for going on a journey to get to know us better. You can check out Christopher’s Who’s Who here and a very interesting article on Native American storytelling in gaming here. There are great things planned for Greater Than Games and we hope to get to share it with you soon!