A couple of years ago, Peter Adkison came to me. “Hey, Steve, I’m going to film school. You wanna come with me? It’ll be great.”
Yes, he’s the same Peter Adkison who started Wizards of the Coast, the company that created the entire trading card game genre, first with the game Magic: The Gathering, then followed by an additional mega-TCG, Pokémon, and then with the purchase of TSR, Inc., he brought the world Dungeons & Dragons 3rd times-a-charm, (i.e., 3rd Edition). Once revered as the janitor at Wizards of the Coast and Game Mogul (both titles he proudly displayed on his business cards), Peter was determining his second career: film.
While film school sounded like it had potential, I flatly refused. At the time, I had three children in college and a fourth in private school. I needed to get my kids through college, and I could ill-afford to go back myself.
So, Peter ventured off to film school on his own, and I decided to lend my talents to Electronic Arts for a time, a relationship which abruptly ended two years later. (All things at EA seem to end abruptly, as near as I can tell, but that’s a story I only share with people who buy me expensive Scotch.)