Richard was born in Missouri and moved around frequently as a child, living in Missouri, Washington, Colorado, and Oklahoma with his parents, identical twin brother, and some of his 5 other siblings. He graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class at 16 and went on to achieve his Bachelor of Arts in Gaming Systems & Applications through Western Washington University. Richard has worked in the hobby and computer game industries for 15 years, including physical card and board games as well as computer games. Past employers include Wizards of the Coast (a division of Hasbro, Inc.) and ten years with Microsoft Corporation. He has been practicing agile methodologies for about 7 years (almost 2 with formal scrum training). He currently resides in Redmond, Washington near Seattle with Jenny Kolln and their two young daughters.