Oxide’s team is comprised of industry game changers with over 100 years combined experience, numerous patents and technical know-how to support their vision

Andrew Baker, Chief of Operations

Andrew has over ten years of experience running engineering operations and release management, and was part of the Sourcefire leadership team that helped grow the company from 5 people in 2002 to over 600, prior to acquisition by Cisco in 2013.  He also has over 20 years of experience as a Linux and networking developer, and an additional 13 years experience in leadership and management roles.  Andrew holds an MBA from the  R.H. Smith School of Business.

Dan Baker, Chief Graphics Architect

Dan has over a decade of experience in the game industry. He started his career at Microsoft, where he helped design the D3D9 standard while working as a key member of the original High Level Shading Language Team. Dan led the technical development of HLSL for D3D10, which is now an industry standard. While at Firaxis, Dan developed technology to bring Civilization V to market with the world’s first threaded D3D11 engine. Dan is an active member of the GAB (Graphics Advisory Board), has multiple industry-known publications, and has spoken and lectured at conferences such as SIGGRAPH, AFDS, GDC, and I3D.

Michael Curran, Audio Director

Bio incoming.

Nathan Heazlett, Technical Art Director

Nathan has more than twenty years of software and game development experience as a lead artist and technical artist. He has developed art pipelines and processes for several AAA console and PC titles. Nathan’s experience developing shaders and tools for artists has led him to be an ideal bridge between the sometimes competing goals of engineering and art.

Matt Heuston, Concept Artist

Matt is cool.

Tim Kipp, Chief Systems Architect

Tim has been a technology leader at game companies for more than 16 years, and has shipped over 15 titles. With his comprehensive understanding of the production process, Tim has now built 4 custom 3D procedural engines, advancing product lines and providing unique technology for customers such as Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, and Firaxis Games. His architecture and design has been key for maximizing performance and pushing the boundaries of multi-core capability, which allow for a truly componentized technology base.

Steve Langmead, Art Manager

Steve is a 23 year veteran of the game industry, having shipped over 20 titles from publishers including Take Two Interactive, Lucas Arts, Warner Bros and Zenimax. Stephen has lead, art directed and managed art teams as large as 70+ people on AAA projects like Fracture, F.E.A.R. 3 and Elder Scrolls Online. He has years of experience organizing, motivating and mentoring large teams of creative individuals to deliver quality products.

Michelle Menard, Lead Designer

Michelle is an award-winning game designer and published author (Game Development with Unity) with 10 years experience in the game industry. She has previously worked in both the mobile and AAA market, and as a consultant under Artemic Games. Once she was invited to the White House to blabber about game design and crowd-sourcing for big data. She is also a co-founder of Fishwizard Games, a small board game company exploring strategy games set in the Gateway universe, and an adjunct professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Marc Meyer, Director of Production

A 10-year veteran of the game industry with expertise in user interface design, game core implementation, and systems architecture. He built the Civilization V user-interface system from the ground up, bringing the series to a new level of usability while also opening up professional-level customization to the modding community. His attention to detail and focus on code clarity provides clean interfaces both for players and API users.  Just don’t be surprised if he needs to take a second to check his Warframe extractors.

Paul Murphy, Senior Game Designer

Paul Murphy is a writer and game designer. He started in the paper game business in the 80s, working on roleplaying games like “Paranoia” and “Star Wars” and boardgames including “Space Hulk.” After he made the transition to computer games, Paul worked at MicroProse, where he assisted with various iterations of “Pirates! Gold” and other products too awful to mention. Since then Paul has worked at America Online, Firaxis (“Civilization III, IV and V”), Zynga (“FrontierVille”), and various ex-companies around the country. He’s extremely happy to be at Oxide, employed as a narrative designer on a super-secret project coming out sometime in the next epoch (or two).

Greg Osefo, Senior Software Engineer

Greg is a talented engineer with 10 years of game development experience. His notable shipped titles are Civilization V & VI as a Systems Programmer and Lead Systems Programmer, respectively. Greg brings a positive can-do attitude to every programming challenge.

Mike Phillips, Art Director

Mike is a 17 year veteran of the games industry with a background in traditional animation and concept design and has helped develop art for numerous titles including most notably: Elder Scrolls Online, ESO Morrowind, Command and Conquer: Kane’s Wrath, Battle for Middle Earth: Rise of the Witch King, Civilizations III: Conquests and Emperor- Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Mike has years of experiencing concepting, directing and motivating large, multi discipline teams of creative individuals to deliver quality products.

Brian Wade, Creative Director

Brian has been a leader in software development for nearly three decades. He won a prestigious BAFTA for his work as the lead programmer of Civilization V, and served as lead programmer for Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, and A Force More Powerful as well. In addition to his time in the games industry, Brian has nearly 20 years of experience developing both mission-critical and simulation software for the military. Beyond demonstrating leadership capabilities in bringing many successful software projects to release, Brian is a skilled gameplay programmer with specializations in artificial intelligence, physics and game systems design.


Mat Weathers, Lead Concept Artist

Mat is an art director and artist with over a decade of experience on various projects including 9 shipped titles. He has years of experience in the application of rapid development techniques, practical concept work, and employee mentor-ship. An accomplished texture artist, modeler, and concept artist, Mat also likes to draw boats.  Beautiful boats. The best boats.  Have you asked him about his boats?

Stuart Zissu, Senior Producer

Stuart has been a Producer in the games industry for over 15 years.  His released titles run the gamut from sports games, to MMOs, to strategy titles, with his most notable shipped products being Dungeons and Dragons Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Sid Meier’s Starships, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide, and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.  He has years of experience heading teams both big and small and focuses on teamwork, communication, and making his team into rockstars!  Stuart is an avid fan of both video games and boardgames, and has been known to fall victim to “Just one more turn” a few too many times.