BRIAN REYNOLDS, C'90
Brian Reynolds is a video-game designer who now designs online social games (e.g. on Facebook). Reynolds has designed at SecretNewCo, Zynga, Big Huge Games, Firaxis Games, and MicroProse and has been chairman of the International Game Developers Association. He has played a major part in designing a number of multimillion-selling games including Civilization II, Rise of Nations, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, and FrontierVille. He has also founded or co-founded three game companies, SecretNewCo, Big Huge Games, and Firaxis Games.
Big Huge Games has had two incarnations and has moved into mobile gaming with the consistent chart topper DomiNations.
A leader in the gaming industry, Reynolds has served as chairman for the International Game Developers Association; board member for Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences; and board member and president for TIARA, an environmental advocacy group in Ontario.
Reynolds has received recognition for his work in the industry and was named one of 25 “Game Gods” by PC Gamer magazine, one of the “Top 100 Game Creators of All Time” by IGN, and one of the “49 Greatest Game Developers” by PC Gamer. The Zynga studio he founded won a “Best Places To Work” award in Baltimore Magazine.
At Sewanee, Reynolds was a history and philosophy major. He was Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Society of Wilkins Scholars. As an alum, Brian has served as a Sewanee Career Center advisor and as a featured speaker for the Babson Center for Global Commerce.