Who I Am
As a professional, I possess a range of specialties that make me uniquely qualified to take on various projects. Some of my key strengths include:
- Video Game Development: I have extensive experience developing multiplayer role-playing games, and have been recognized for my ability to create immersive and engaging gaming experiences that keep players coming back for more.
- Self-Employment: I have a successful track record of working for myself on my own projects, managing my time and resources effectively to consistently produce high-quality work.
Well, first off, my name is Ryan Spegal. As a committed gamer and dedicated father of four, I have honed my programming skills for over 25 years, with a particular emphasis on web development. Despite my busy home life, I successfully balance my love for gaming with my household responsibilities, while also utilizing my technical knowledge to craft outstanding digital solutions. Whether it's designing engaging websites or developing innovative apps, my passion for programming and creativity enables me to create unparalleled digital experiences. With a strong work ethic and a focus on delivering top-quality results, I am excited to share my diverse skill set and extensive experience through my website.Learn More
I am passionate about developing web games and designing websites that revolve around gaming.
When I was just 12 years old, I taught myself the fundamentals of web development. My motivation was to create a fansite for my favorite game, RuneScape.
- Throughout my career, I have designed and developed numerous websites. While only a select few remain active, I am proud of the work I have accomplished.
- My passion lies in creating powerful web applications that utilize the latest advancements in AI. I am excited to develop simple yet innovative solutions.
- As a game enthusiast, I have spent a significant amount of time creating and managing browser-based multiplayer RPGs. These projects have provided me with invaluable experience in designing interactive and engaging user experiences.
Employing the capabilities of NodeJS, I have developed a diverse range of bots and applications.
To gain proficiency in NodeJS, I ventured into creating Discord bots. This was my initial foray into this programming language.
- I designed and implemented the back-end infrastructure for a browser-based multiplayer role-playing game (RPG), using advanced NodeJS programming techniques to optimize the game's performance and scalability.
- I have experience developing NodeJS Discord bots and have plans to create new ones that will complement my future projects.
- I have also developed a personalized URL redirection service that I utilize for my personal websites. Additionally, I have designed a user-friendly email obfuscation tool that effectively reduces spam.
I've always known that I could make a living through gaming in some way.
Over two decades ago, I developed my first multiplayer RPG at the young age of 14. This accomplishment marked the beginning of my career in game development and inspired me to pursue my passion for creating engaging and immersive gaming experiences.
- I have a strong aptitude for conceptualizing complex systems and comprehending their interactions, especially in the realm of game balancing.
- My specialization involves creating inventive game features, with an emphasis on improving and building upon successful concepts from established games.
- My top priority is to ensure gamers have a fun and engaging experience that makes the most of their time. I am dedicated to prioritizing the gaming experience above all else, and no pay-to-win!
I design and develop games that cater to my personal interests and preferences, even though I may not personally play them. My focus is on creating engaging and enjoyable experiences for players who share similar passions.
I used to be a professional streamer for many years, which gave me valuable insights into the industry.
Streaming can be a challenging and demanding pursuit, and despite my efforts, I found that it wasn't financially viable for me. Although I had to let go of my dream of becoming a highly successful streamer, I gained valuable insights and skills that have helped me in my current role as a web developer. While I am no longer a full-time streamer, I am still partnered with Twitch and continue to build on the experiences I gained during my time in that profession.
Spending 14 to 20 hours a day in front of a camera, for 350+ days per year, can take a significant toll on your physical health and well-being.
- I am a partnered Twitch streamer with extensive knowledge of streaming software and the streaming process.
- I possess the expertise to create professional-looking streams, complete with overlays, notifications, and other widgets.
- I have developed multiple websites related to streaming, with one particular project generating the highest earnings for me.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the standard language used for creating web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is used to style and layout web pages created with HTML, allowing for greater control over the appearance and presentation of content.
Bootstrap is a free and open-source CSS framework used for creating responsive and mobile-first websites, providing pre-built design components and utilities.
PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a popular server-side scripting language used for creating dynamic and interactive web pages and web applications.
MySQL is an open-source relational database management system that is widely used for web-based applications, providing a scalable and secure way to store and manage data.
Unity is a cross-platform game engine widely used for developing video games, simulations, and other interactive experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
What inspired you to pursue a career in programming / web development?
As an avid gamer, I harbored a deep passion for the world of gaming. From a young age, I aspired to create my own game that emulated the immersive experience of RuneScape. Although I recognized that this was a lofty goal for a mere 12-year-old, I was undeterred in my pursuit of realizing my dream. To that end, I began honing my skills by designing and developing websites dedicated to RuneScape, as well as other games that captivated my attention.
What sets you apart from others in your industry?
As a self-employed individual, I have the luxury of managing my time without the constraints of a traditional 9-5 job. This flexibility allows me to allocate as much or as little time as I desire to a project on any given day. This freedom from time constraints is a significant advantage that enables me to accomplish tasks more efficiently and effectively.
What do you consider to be your biggest professional accomplishment?
I once had a website that generated an annual income of more than six figures. Though it was not an extraordinary amount, it was still a gratifying experience while it lasted. However, as with all good things, it had to come to an end eventually.
Can you describe a challenging project you worked on and how you overcame any obstacles?
Reviving RsBattle a couple of years ago was a major undertaking. I sought to utilize my newly acquired NodeJS skills to create the ultimate version of the game I had always envisioned. While on this journey, I encountered numerous complex and demanding obstacles, but I managed to overcome most of them independently (albeit with the assistance of StackOverflow, to be honest).
What do you hope to achieve in your career in the next 5-10 years?
I am aiming to embark on another highly successful endeavor that will grant me the financial freedom to pursue the fun projects that I have been longing to undertake. However, presently, my focus lies on working on projects that will generate income in the near or immediate future.
What are some of your favorite video games?
If you've been paying attention elsewhere on the site, you'd know that RuneScape is undoubtedly my favorite. From childhood to this day, I've been playing the game and have been among the earliest players when it first released. Fun fact, I was even a famous celebrity in the game once! But that's not all, I've always had a soft spot for the Diablo and Warcraft series, as I'm a sucker for a good MMORPG.
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