First lets start about me, then move to my foray into Minecraft. I am happily married and have one son, and we live in Wisconsin. I spent eight and a half years working in the airline industry, and that was what I was doing when I joined Viking Gaming and started to play Minecraft. In Summer 2014 I lost my job at the airline and spent a time unemployed which deeply hampered my ability to play Minecraft as our lives had to adjust to the loss of income. I knew the loss would be turned around into great things. In September 2014 I was hired at a nationally recognized Less-Than-Truckload/Logistics company. This new job has allowed my family and Viking gaming to grow in ways that I would have never imagined and ways that would never happen while I was employed at the airlines, but we will get into that a little later.
I started to play Minecraft in February 2013 after hearing and reading about it. I first started to watch videos on YouTube and I stumbled across PaulSoaresJr, Etho, BDoubleO100, and the other Mindcrackers. Seeing what they were doing and the vast sandbox of what Minecraft got me even more interested. I purchased the game on February 26, 2013 and started to mess around in the game, but not all too seriously. I continued to watch videos on YouTube and played for several months in vanilla. I was getting bored playing single player and wanted to venture out into the Survival Multiplayer realm, and that’s when Tony informed me that he had a Minecraft community running a vanilla server. I joined up and played on there for a few more months, but started to get bored and I inquired about the modded server. I joined that server totally lost and had no clue as to what to do. I turned to YouTube once again and came across DireWolf20 and his modded Lets Play and Server Play series. I learned a ton about the mods and quickly gained knowledge abilities by watching his videos. Once we moved to the 1.6.4 mod pack at Viking Gaming, that’s when I really had a chance to learn the progression of the mods, as this was my first start on a fresh world on a modded server. Although Tony and I suffered a world corruption, we took what we learned in that first world and quickly got working on the second, and had multiple villages spanning thousands of blocks.
During the summer of 2014 I lost my job as previously stated, but I rebounded with a very rewarding new career which allowed my family and I to grow. This also allowed me to help contribute to the growth of Viking Gaming. Up until this point, I had contributed nothing other than play time on the server. I invested in Viking Gaming with a dedicated rack mount server, that has 8 cores and 16GB of ram. This will allow us to move forward with our gaming community for years to come. I also invested us into a domain and hosting. Tony already had a website, but it was complicated in sharing our mod packs, as we had to use Google Drive or something similar to distribute it. I wanted to ensure that we could have a seamless experience for you, the end user. I have spent years in customer service, and I want you to be satisfied with your experience here at Viking Gaming. The gaming server is housed in my home office and I maintain it, and Tony has the ability to remote into the server to provide any support that may be needed from his home office.