Design1Online.com, LLC | Games For Girls
My name is Greta “Jade” Krafsig and I’m the CEO of a small game company I started in September 2001 when I was only thirteen years old. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 with a B.S. in computer science with a focus in computer graphics and game development.
Design1Online,com, LLC (D1O) runs several database-driven websites which total over 330k members. White Oak Stables, our oldest and most active website has as many as 80 – 120 members online at peak hours. D1O games receive 3 million+ page views a month and average a little over 14k unique visitors a month. Our typical player is a 13-14 year old girl who spends nearly 4 hours a day on our games in 20 minute intervals. Unlike many casual games marketed to girls where visitors jump from game to game after short periods of time, D1O games have members whom have been playing consistently for almost 9 years.
D1O strives to create games for girls and women that inspire dreams and ambitions, are fun and entertaining, provide a safe social environment, teach essential life skills, and promote member-driven content. We hope our games will provide unique insight into female gamers as well as further the interest of girls and women in a traditionally male dominated industry.
But what about me?
I’m an animal crazy computer geek! I have a small farm in Warrenton, VA where I am greatly entertained by my three horses and two dogs and a cat. When I’m not tending to the farm or the animals I’m usually sitting in front of my computer programming or playing video games (market research, lol). The first video games I remember playing were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mario and Donkey Kong on the original Nintendo with my best friend Tyler when I was about 6 or 7. I’ve been playing video games ever since 🙂
I really liked web development and I loved gaming so it only seemed logical to mix the two. In creating my first game I installed my own LAMP environment on an old laptop then used a dns2go service to broadcast it online for a few hours a day. When I started getting emails from Australia and China from girls who wanted to play my game ( it wasn’t online at those times) I decided what I’d created was more than game — it was a living, breathing community. That’s when I rented my first server. Since then I’ve grown from a kid with a hobby on an old laptop into the CEO of an LLC with multiple game servers.
I love what I do. It’s really rewarding knowing something you put time and effort into can affect people’s daily lives for the good. Many of the players on my games send me thanks, emails, letters, photos, share their stories, and enjoy having a place to call home with other kids who share their passions for animals, games, school, music and… life.
This blog is a mash of pretty much anything and everything game related. You’ll find a free php/mysql game tutorial for a little fighting game called Pits of Doom as well as a multiplayer computer game called Plex. All of the code and graphics are available under a GNU public license (unless otherwise noted). In fact I hope there’s a girl or a woman reading this right now. If there’s one thing I could tell you it would be to keep on dreaming. Nothing is impossible, you just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.