Robert C. Clardy
1952 - 1957 A native Texan, I lived in Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso during my early years. I thoroughly enjoyed my Texas years and still believe it is a great place to be from.
1957 - 1974 In schools. Lots of them. We moved a lot. At the end of it all, I came away with a double major degree from Rice University. I had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math Sciences and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Electrical Engineering. That got me a job with Boeing.
1974 - 1979 I worked as an Electrical Engineer for Boeing Aerospace. I did Sneak Circuit Analysis on a variety of complex systems including jets, satellites, nuclear power plants, and the space shuttle. After Boeing got me to Seattle, I worked as a senior radar engineer on the AWACS radar plane. In the evenings, I worked on my MBA degree. My senior thesis (a case study of a small business startup) led me to the next big change in my career.
1979 - 1996 Programmer, entrepreneur, manager, marketer, contract administrator, CEO, and occasional janitor. I started Synergistic Software in June of '79 and built it into a small but thriving software development company. The early programs were all my work, but I eventually got others involved as the work grew. My wife, Ann, quit her CPA job and also became a full-time Synergistican in 1980 and we eventually built a staff of programmers, artists, gamers, testers, and computer geeks that numbered from 20 to 30 over the years. We developed over 150 products for a wide variety of software publishers. Products included business applications, utilities, games, and educational software programs. In '96, we merged into Sierra On-Line, along with a number of other software developers, and focuses just on computer games for a few years. But, as Siera, too, merged into a series of larger and larger corporate monoliths, the Clardys eventually left to seek new experiences.
1996 - 2001 Between "real" jobs, I did many things. Played the stock market during the heady end of the millenium (before the market turned on us). I started several pet welfare organizations including The PetHelpers Network. I personally provided foster homes for dozens of dogs and helped find homes for hundreds. I tried to start up a new software game development company (Eclectic Games), but just could not get enthused enough about doing it all again. Finally, in mid-2000, I joined with Annette Schofield and Livingsoft to make sewing pattern generating software.
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- Betrayal in Antara (1997), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Front Page Sports: Football Pro '98 (1997), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Hellfire (1997), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance (1996), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Total Meltdown (1996), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Air Cavalry (1995), Cybersoft, Inc.
- Carrier Aces (1995), Cybersoft, Inc.
- Thexder (1995), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Spectre (1994), GameTek UK Ltd.
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Capstone Software
- Homey D. Clown (1993), Capstone Software
- Warriors of Legend (1993), Virgin Games, Inc.
- LA Law: The Computer Game (1992), Capstone Software
- Conan: The Cimmerian (1991), Virgin Games, Ltd.
- Vengeance of Excalibur (1991), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Low Blow (1990), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- NY Warriors (1990), Virgin Mastertronic Ltd.
- Spirit of Excalibur (1990), Virgin Mastertronic Ltd.
- The Third Courier (1989), Accolade, Inc.
- AAARGH! (1988), Arcadia Systems, Inc.
- SideWinder (1988), Arcadia Systems, Inc.
- Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission (1987), Activision, Inc.
- Thexder (1987), Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Dungeon Campaign (1978), Synergistic Software, Inc.