One could argue that the development for Mystic Searches began the first day my fingers touched a controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Unlike many of my friends, playing through those formative 8-bit games was not a passive experience for me. From the moment my seven year old self stomped his first goomba and slayed his first octorock, the catalog of Nintendo games compelled me to be creative; to write stories, to compose music, to make art, to craft experiences. Mystic Searches, as it has evolved and morphed and matured, has been the psychic wallpaper of my life. It has been a constant through decades; living in five states, a work history that spans fry cook at a popular fast food establishment to a full professional career, love and loss, marriage, children...every part of my life has informed it, and it has fed back to shape my identity in surprisingly potent ways.
If we are to consider that this project did, in fact, begin the first time my fingers touched a controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System, then this may provide a glimpse at some of the project's tentpoles, spanning the last 35 years.