Cathie Anderson

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Late photographer Ted Sirlin’s son finally gets name recognition of his own

10/26/2013 12:00 AM

10/26/2013 8:28 AM

Growing up as the son of Ted Sirlin, the photographer who captured California governors, high school graduates and brides and grooms for posterity, David Sirlin was accustomed to people all around the state telling him that his last name sounded familiar.

So when a pharmacist in the East Bay said just those words to him, he volunteered, “Oh, yeah, my dad is the photographer.”

But the pharmacist said, “Oh, I was thinking of Sirlin, the game designer.”

The comment astonished 37-year-old David Sirlin, the game designer, who for the first time could say, “That’s me.”

The Sacramento native, who now lives in Emeryville, has worked and consulted for video game companies around the nation. He led design of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remixfor Backbone Entertainment and the online card game Kongai for Kongregate. Around 2004, he started designing card games of his own.

“A lot of the time, the creative ideas can get watered down or it becomes design-by-committee or something,” Sirlin said. “I thought, ‘What if I just designed my own thing however I wanted?’ I wanted a really small project. That’s why I originally chose a card game.”

He now has three – Flash Duel, Puzzle Strike and Yomi – and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign for his newest card game, known as Pandánte. The Pandánte goal is stated as $30,000, but Sirlin actually hopes he will raise much more.

“I’d say about $90K was the real goal,” said Sirlin, who explained that lower goals on Kickstarter often bring in more funding because people believe they’re more likely to be met. So far, the Rio Americano High School graduate has raised a little more than $27,600, so he’ll likely have to pay more out of pocket than he expected.

Sirlin, who has degrees in mathematics and business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, got his business started with a small gift from his father and money he’d saved from consulting gigs and game royalties. These days, he earns a living with consulting and earnings from his game business.

His game testers live all over the world, and he recently added a Yomi-loving pharmacist to their ranks.

Antique fair moving

The Sacramento Antique Faire really is going to move next month to 2300 Front St. from under the W-X Freeway, founder Marylon Rose told me Friday. The move had been planned for January but was delayed while Caltrans moved equipment from the Front Street location. “It will be the same-sized fair,” Rose said, “so it will be a 300-vendor market that’s moving to a space that will accommodate all of our vendors and all of our food vendors.” The first date at the new location will be Nov. 10. The fair had to move from its longtime home because of planned freeway construction. ...

Long reach

More than 600 people have attended sessions at Sacramento’s Women’s Business Center over its first full year in business, and it has helped women business owners secure $5.7 million in capital for their operations. “We’re getting women from all over the place, from Bakersfield,” said the organization’s leader, Debbie Muramoto, “and the other day, the first five attendees were from the Bay Area – Dublin, Santa Clara County, Vallejo, Fairfield, Oakland. We’ve had people fly in from L.A.” The free classes have been on such topics as social media, introductory business, loan readiness, county procurement, financing and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. The next class, business loan readiness, will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the center, 2000 O St., Suite 250, in Sacramento. Call (916) 442-1729 to learn how to register or get information.

 

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