Community Rep and Smack Talker Max Rampage checked in this week, four months into a nine-month overseas deployment.
“It is hot here and getting hotter each day, which is not the best news for a fair-skinned, half-ginger day walker like myself,” he joked.
Max is an Artillery Officer and SME in the area of fire support for the Canadian Armed Forces, where he has served for the last 12 years. He joined Cold Furnace a little over 2 years ago as one of the company’s original members.
“My experience lends me a very extensive understanding of the entire process of fire support and equipment being used, the munitions being fired or dropped, the ballistic paths to a given target and the effects that would be delivered at the other end, not to mention the tactical process of making it all happen. I think this benefits Cold Furnace, which is well on its way to making an ultra-realistic military game, given the huge capital in military experience under its belt.”
Max found an outlet for an abundance of pre-adolescent energy at the age of 12 in Taekwon-do. He went on to win several Canadian championships, representing Team Canada in both the Junior and 18+ World Championships in Malaysia 2004 and Slovenia 2007, respectively.
After that, he shifted his focus to a military career, graduating from the Royal Military College in 2009 with a BA in political science. Max is currently working towards his Master’s in International Relations. He calls himself a “political junkie” but has promised not to talk too much politics around the “office.”
“I was drawn to Cold Furnace because I knew and worked with the CEO (in the military), and you could tell that his vision is important and that he is deeply passionate about it. I love video games and I love the military, so it’s a great fit. I’m personally invested in this project and company, and I know it’s going to be successful.”
“They are also a real fun bunch of people, and I’m sure we’ll be the toughest guys on the block at future conventions,” he says with a wink.
Max will continue to stay connected with Cold Furnace throughout his deployment, and we look forward to having him back full time. What’s this Ottawa-native most looking forward to after getting home? Eggs, runny and sunny side up, and a rare steak.