North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ross Przybylski '05

Ross Przybylski, an entrepreneur and video game developer, hosted a presentation on North Central’s campus called “How To Become Your Own Game Developer With Adobe Flash.” He told the audience of students and community members how he used Adobe Flash to develop the game Hero Mages, a cross-platform, multiplayer Web and mobile game. He demonstrated how his game works on any platform, including a desktop personal computer, Apple iPad and Android smart phone. Hero Mages has won multiple competitive awards and has amassed a community of more than 8,000 registered players. It’s been featured in the Apple App Store, where Przbylski has sold more than 1,000 units since the game’s launch.

As a student, Przybylski learned to work with Adobe Flash software and says the experience forever changed his life. “Success is the result of endless trying, and passion is the greatest motivator,” he said. He is a 10-year veteran of the software industry who has worked as an artist, designer, developer, team leader and solutions analyst. He is founder and manager of D20Studios, LLC, a company that builds simple and engaging games for Web and mobile devices. He also is director of Flash development for eLearning provider Reflection Software, where he leads a production team and engineers tools for creating interactive learning content.