Hello and welcome to my Portfolio Page.
My name is Rawand Ahmad. I´m passionate about games and all the nerd culture since my childhood. I loved playing every kind of game and discovering new aspects of each of them. I had fun thinking about my own games and therefore I wanted to be a Game Designer. After a long journey through several jobs and schools I was finally able to study and become a game developer. I am happy that I have the opportunity to do what I love. During my study I worked on some projects where learnt a lot about Project Management, Game Design, Game Development and Game Art and how they affect each other. I even got the chance to lead those projects and was lucky to work with awesome talented and creative people. I discovered how important Game Design, Gameplay and a good concept is and how frustrating programming can be. I know how important communication is in a team of different departments to avoid misunderstandings and so possible mistakes. I´m thankful for the opportunities I was given and I hope to come to the joy of seeing other people play games that I worked on.
Mar 2015 - Okt 2020
Bachelor of Science (B. SC.), Media Computer Science
I changed from my last university to the “Hochschule der Medien” as it is way more practice oriented. I focused my study solemnly on game development, be it programming, game design, art or project management. Unfortunately, I had a major fallback in my life and thus I had to but back my study and focus more on my physical and mental health. And at the end, I finally finished my study.
Okt 2014 - Mar 2015
Media Computer Science
After I got my A-Level degree I immediately started my study in Media Computer Science as I always wanted to be a game developer. I started firstly at the University of Stuttgart but changed after one semester to another University.
Sep 2010 - Jul 2014
(Evening) High school - A-Level degree
After several jobs I found out about the evening school where I did my A-Level degree to be able to study computer science to develop games.
Sep 2001 - Jul 2006
Secondary school - O-levels
As newly refugees in Germany I lacked the language and thus had to visit the lower education school. However, I was able to get good degree to continue my education level.
Oct 2020 - present
Self-employed Game Developer
After I finished my study, I started to work on my own company and my own game idea. I am still trying to get it going as good as I can. However, the first steps where very hard and exhausting and I got some major fallbacks. Nevertheless, I am keeping up to release my own game and hopefully establish my own company with my own team.
Mar 2019 - Mar 2020
Minor employment - Waiter
Due to my study and the times of my lectures I had to change my job. I still was working as a waiter, but the job helped me a lot to pay for my study. Unfortunately, I lost my job because of the covid pandemic.
Nov 2018 - Mar 2019
Minor employment - Waiter
I started again a job as a waiter at one of my old employees. I worked during my free time to finance my study.
Sep 2018 - Nov 2018
Working student - semester vacation job as line worker
During and after my last job I had some personal difficulties to deal with, so I had to quit the job. And as I needed money to pay for my study, I did a small vacation job as a line worker.
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018
Working student - Game Developer
Designing and developing a gamification app for elderly people with dementia based on the MAKS study. The app had to be easy to use and understandable and would help them to be able to do basic daily work and be more independent.
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
Mendatory Internship - Game Designer
Working as an intern on AION and Metin 2 as a Game Designer. Created loot tables and respectively loot boxes. Restructured and balanced different ingame events and items. Also suggested, planned, and designed different monthly events in the games. Also redesigned a server wide voting game mechanic in Metin 2. Besides that, I suggested, planed, created, and update weekly web shop content and sales campaigns. In addition to that, I wrote a new onboarding document for new game designers in Confluence, helped the Head of Game Design with the JIRA tasks and helped also other game designers with their given tasks as good as I could.
Sep 2016 - Sep 2017
Educational Employee - Teacher
Working as an educational Employee (Teacher) for the Kolping-Bildungswerk Württemberg e.V. Been teaching three caregiver classes in MS Office and basics of computers. Planned week by week each class and the topics I had to teach and created an exam at the end of the semester for grading the students.
Mar 2016 - Sep 2017
Working student - Educational employee for the project "ComputerSpielSchule Stuttgart"
Working student for the project "ComputerSpielSchule Stuttgart" which is a place for all people interested in games. I helped managing and developing the project and designed and held several workshops for children like programming with Scratch2, game design and storytelling. I trained teacher and educational workers on the topics of possible threads of addiction, aggression and how to deal with it and how games can be a positive and effective tool to teach children. Also managed and planned events.
Aug 2006 - Sep 2016
Full-time, part-time and minor employments
I had way to many jobs in between my secondary school degree and the start of my study to list them all. But these are some of them: Working at Burger King, McDonalds, clothing store, cleaning company, pizza delivery man, security man and some more. So I think I saw a good amount of different working environments :)