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Sep 14th 2016 by v12a12 • 42 Questions • 192 Points

EDIT: Thank you all for the support and all the questions! It was awesome. I'm headed off to bed, as it's 5:11 AM here in Finland. I had a great time!

If you would like to continue to support Dreamloop, please, reach out to your favorite journalists and streamers and tell them about our game! :)

Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax is out now in the following locations:

Xbox One

PlayStation 4 US , PlayStation 4 EU

and Steam! (-15%)

My short bio: Hey, Reddit! I'm Steve. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran who packed everything I could fit in my seabag ~10 days after finishing my service, and moved to a country I had never even visited (spoke maybe 5 words of the language) to be with the woman I love. I'm back again for another AMA. :)

Over a year ago, I founded a game studio (Dreamloop Games) with my awesome friends. We started working on Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax, a 1-4 player local co-op arcade shooter with badass giant mechs!

Today, our game is live!

How I got here: When I was in high school, I fell in love with a Finnish foreign exchange student. We started as friends, but in the year she was at my school, we grew closer and closer. On the night she was scheduled to leave, I took a chance and kissed her. That started a long and sometimes painful road of long-distance love. Shortly after we had begun dating, I joined the Navy. She flew to see me at every opportunity, but the distance was hard on us both. In spite of that distance, we fell deeper and deeper in love.

As my time with the Navy drew to a close, I had no idea what to do with my life. So I asked my best friend and lover... And she told me we should get married. So I flew to Finland, popped the question, and never came back.

I went to work in the game industry with my writing skills, business knowledge, and a profound love of games. 4 years later, I have founded my own studio, and have brought my first game to consoles!

So... AMA about being an expat, my experiences in the Navy (though I was just an Air Traffic Controller at a shore duty station), having a game studio, or being the producer/release manager for a console game!

A while back, I also wrote this little dealio about my first night in Finland, if you have any interest!

My Proof: Some pictures, and my studio's site (site got hugged to death...)

More proof, as per mod request: https://twitter.com/DreamloopGames/status/775426810951659520

Q:

Hey guys - I know Josiah had to step away for personal reasons but do you think his absence changed the finished product? Did he write/help write any of the songs on the album? Finally, is he doing alright / have a plan to return?

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Hey Luke! Did you realize how close of a near miss it was as you were approaching the net?


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By any chance did you and your wife do a student exchange to a town in the centre of Ireland last year?

EDIT: Seeing as this is the top comment, you crazy people, make sure you buy this game. Also thank you to whoever gilded me.

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Josiah was there for the creation, the writing and added his voice to the record. Not sure if his situation changed the direction of the album but it definitely gave us more stuff to write about. He's doing great! Thanks


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Yes, i saw it just prior. But knew I was in the safe zone.

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This is odd... We certainly did.


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Call me crazy but at first I thought that was Josiah in the beginning of Signs Of Light

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I am most curious about the landing. What did that feel like? Impact? Your stomach? Etc.


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I'm the Electrician who fixed something in your apartment. I forget what exactly. We talked about MMA. You were really cool.

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It is!


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The landing was remarkably soft, whether it was adrenaline or really that soft... I won't know. But it didn't knock the wind out of me.

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Holy shit, dude! You were cool as fuck, too. Thanks for that, by the way. That dryer was a pain in the ass at first! :D


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Would you mind sharing the influence behind the song "Honey Come Home"?

The reason I ask is because, 4 years ago I was a pretty shoddy husband. I treated my life poorly, and one day while I was at work she told me she was going to get a hotel and spend the night away from our house. I knew that if she left, she would never come back. So I sent her the link to the video for Honey Come Home, and that night we went to the hotel together and started to rebuild our relationship. A few years later we both got tattoos that say "I want to die with the one I love". Whatever the reasoning behind that song, I just want to thank you guys for your music. We attended your show at Red Rocks in August and you were awesome!

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Did.. Did they... Did they pay you in gum?


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How's the language learning going? Is Finland like Norway where everybody knows English, so you can attempt to speak their language, but they'd rather you not for risk of butchering it further? :)

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Amazing story! Josiah wrote that one. Not sure of the story...


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I was so fortunate to come across a sponsor like Stride Gum that helped me accomplish something that seemed impossible to everyone else. I'm staring at 5 cases of Stride Gum in my office.

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Dude... You hit the nail on the head. It is EXACTLY that. :)

I try to speak Finnish, and take courses and such, but everyone who wants anything beyond a "Can you direct me to the deli counter?" conversation gives up and gets to the nittygritty in English. :D


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Jon, will "My Days Are Heavy" ever make it onto an album or "Ever Since"? Those two are a couple of my favorites and I would love to hear them on an album. Also, y'all are my favorite band and I'm stoked to see y'all play in Austin at stubb's!

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1) How sure were you that you were going to hit the net and land safely? How sure were you that the net was going to provide the safety you needed?

2) Was there, and if so, what what the emergency back up plan?

3) What were the things you, or the other skydivers, were looking out for to make sure the dive was going according to plan?

4) Did you say goodbye to any loved ones? What did they say about the jump in general? What was their reaction when you told them you were going to do this?

5) Did you write a will and/or letters saying goodbye in case the jump failed.


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Maybe a future release! Who knows... could be a b-sides release or something?


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1-100% sure I ws going to land into the net. 100% sure the net would work based on all the testing. 2-There was no backup plan. 3-The other jumpers wore smoke that provided the ground crew visual reference to our position. The other jumpers also took my O2 system during the fall. 4-No, I didn't say goodbye... I said see you in a minute. Most were nervous about the jump, my mom refused to talk about it. 5-I wrote 1 letter my son that he will never see.

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We did, yeah.

EDIT: I've been asked to elaborate, so I will... We got the request and immediately felt like it was only fair that if it was within our power, we'd do it. We want everyone to be able to play and have fun, so we put in a little bit more work.


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Hi guys, huge fans of your music. I've been listening to the new album, and I'm really loving the new blend you guys are putting together. I know you'll probably get this question a million times, but do you guys have any interest in acoustic sets in the future? While I love your new album, "Lets be Still" and "10,000 Weight In Gold" are some of my favorite songs of all time, and truely taught me a lot about music. I learned to harmonize by listening to Charity in "Winter Song" and such. What I'm getting at, is I just wanna let you guy know how much I appreciate your music, but I would love to hear some more Acousitic sounds from you guys in the future. Keep making great music guys!

Edit: Jon I'm growing my mustache for you. Please rock the stache forever

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Was your wife supportive of this project the whole way or did she try to dissuade you from doing it?


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Oh, that was you guys? Respect.

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Thanks, I don't think we have any plans to not do anything acoustic in the future!


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Not in the beginning, but after we talked through it and we came up with a safety and testing plan, she came around.

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Thanks. :)


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Salutations my friends,

The lyrics in your first two albums helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life and have propelled me further as a singer/songwriter. Johnathan and Josiah's voices contributed enormously to finding my own. Everyone's instrumentation, as well as harmony, is phenomenal and carries everything like a somber symphony movement.

How did the sadness and feel you captured in those first two shape your present mindset/s on Signs of Light; do you still feel the same emotion when you play those songs? My lyrics are very sad and dark, but I hope that I will soon find resolution in my personal life by forming emotion into a first album; leading to sharing a message that will help others through their dark times...as you all did for me.

Thank you for everything

A:

what was the most nerve-wrecking part? the flight up or the actual jump?


Q:

Dude you just brushed that off like it was something anybody would do. I remember seeing that on the front page but I had no idea it was you. That is fucking legendary and only a truly dedicated dev team that really cares about their fan base would do that. Good on you

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We alway found hope and optimism through the sadness, it was our way of relieving the anxiety we felt at those moments in our lives. With Signs of Light, we weren't anxious and we were in a happier spot. We got the bummer stuff out of the way, if you will.

The songs still resonate with us because we know the experiences that helped create them.


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The flight up was the most nerve wrecking part because I had 30 min to think about it.The jump was 2 minutes of concentration.

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He asked me a super basic question, though. :D Didn't want to over-politicize it.


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Hey do any of you guys have other music recorded outside of THATH? I love your guys' music so much I just want to listen to everything that's recorded by any of you!

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Hi there! A-licensed skydiver here...Almost to my B!

First off: Really inspiring jump! It's always exciting to see the boundaries pushed in our sport. I'm sorry you had to go through the whole "you must wear a rig" ... "Oh wait nevermind feel free to take it off on the plane" debacle.

My Question: What kinds of braces were you wearing for the jump? It almost looked like you were wearing a belly-mounted reserve to some, but to dispel rumors, I'm assuming it was a brace of some kind?

P.S: I laughed pretty hard at the handles check you did on the way down. Classic!


Q:

What was it like moving all of a sudden to Finland and what sparked the desire or idea of making games?

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Avers -T

Silent Film Star- T and J


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On my chest there was a camera and all the hardware to transmit the signal for Live air to ground. On my back I wore a MTN bike Spine protector and I wore a neck brace. Thats it. The handle check in air was an inside joke to the skydiving comminutiy. They're the only ones that noticed.

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It was absolutely insane. I remember the first thing that hit me was stepping off the plane. I arrived in mid-January, and as I moved out onto the causeway between the plane and the airport my nose hair froze in my nose... Like... Solid. I immediately thought "Oh, shit... What did I do?" :D

The desire to make games has always hung around. I grew up playing, and always thought about games we would make if we could. So when I started over, I thought... That's it. I'm doing the stuff I always wanted to.


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What's the craziest thing you've seen a fan do?

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How long did planning take and what kind of planning goes into this to be sure you hit the net?


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Cold rocks, good choice.

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Someone tried to hop on the bus in Madison WI. Just like opened the door and walked on as we were leaving, weird times.

Jon says "Where are the naked stage dancers?" a la the Eagles.


Q:

Worked on this project for 2 years and 6 months of hard preparation and practice jumps.

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Right now, I'm sweating. :D


Q:

First of all, I'm a huge fan. I discovered you guys after hearing Rivers and Roads during the series finale of Chuck. Your first album was a huge comfort to me during a difficult time in my life, and it remains one of my favorites to this day. I've seen you guys multiple times in Salt Lake City, including a small show Josiah did in Provo, and they have been some of the best shows I've seen. Because of you, I've been introduced to other favorites like Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Bryan John Appleby, and Hey Marseilles. So needless to say, you've been a huge influence in my life, and I appreciate the comforting sounds of your music in my family's home.

Okay, now down to the question(s). As a screenwriter, I know how random the artistic process can be. The genesis of an idea can come from just about anything, but how it forms into a full and complete idea does have a process. I know for me, this process is different when I'm by myself, than when I'm presenting the idea to my writer's group. So I'm interested to hear more about how this works for you guys musically both from the genesis of the song when one of you first forms an idea, and how it transforms once it is brought to the band. Is there a particular song that had an interesting process from start to finish? One that maybe underwent quite a few changes and is almost unrecognizable from when it got introduced to the band (whether that's a good or bad thing)? I guess in my rambly roundabout way, I'm not looking for anything specific here, just a little insight into the songwriting process both individually and as a band.

Also, hope Josiah is doing well. Thoughts/prayers/good vibes are sent his way. You guys are the best, and hope you have a killer time on your tour!

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What was your routine that morning before the jump?


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I remember how over-heated the buildings in Finland were. I actually loved it. I pretty much hung out in my underwear all day, looking at the thick snow tumble onto the trees and the pre-existing snow to produce the fluffiest snow image you can imagine...!

You made a good move. I really miss Finland, even with its reticent people. I mean all it takes is one beer, and they become sobbing blobs of emotions... :-)

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There's a major difference especially the longer you sit with a song, the way you play them without a band gets engrained in my brain and it becomes tougher to let the songs get harassed by other members haha. Turn It Around is a good example of the different stages it went through- so many phases. It changed so much. Finding a good balance between what the songwriter wants and what the full band wants is hard but its good when it feels balanced. -J


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Tired to keep everything as normal as possible. Went for a walk on the beach with my wife and had breakfast with my family.

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Oh, man... Way too warm indoors in winter. I have to go outside all the time to cool off.


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Hello THATH! I am concerned about Josiah. Is he doing okay? And what do you think is different about the music that you made with him away? Has he maybe participated in writing lyrics? Thank you and I wish you well. You are making great music, keep it up!

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Would you ever do something like this again?


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Hmm, guess if I moved to Finland I'd have to get a job where I could wear shorts, or have my own business just so I can control the temperature.

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Josiah's doing great. He had his hands all over this album!


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I have no plans to do another No Parachute Jump.

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Fans help. :D


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Wow! Congrats on the new album. Loving it!

What's it feel like to write a song, and then hear someone else's take on it? What it's like to have someone ascribe their own meaning to something that you built?

Similarly, what's it like to play a venue like Red Rocks and hear 9,500 people singing your music back to you?

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Was the controversial last minute decision to make you wear a parachute really last minute or was it just to stir up drama? Seems like that kind of detail would have been hammered out in the early planning.


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Did you have any prior experience to game development?

How's the citizenship game coming along?

Do the huge taxes there live up to the hype that the world gives them?

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Over the years, I've gotten better at not taking things personally. Once you release a song into the world, it's no longer just about you. It could mean so much more to someone else so you can't view it as something you created but more of a thing that just now exists out there for everyone.- J


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Yes it was really last minute. The night before all that came down. The morning of the jump my wife and I made the decision to not wear the parachute no matter what SAG had told me. We knew that the safest way to land in the net was without it.

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The highest tax bracket is only 10% more than in the U.S., so... not really. :D

Citizenship is coming along nicely. In a few years, I will likely be a dual citizen. :D


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I've been a long time fan of you guys, definitely my favorite band for the past four years. I've appreciated every album so far and signs of light has some really great work in it. I look forward to digging deeper into the album. That said, you have evolved tremendously as a band and I've read about you all wanting to change your sound. How would you describe the direction your sound is going and would you ever consider revisiting significant elements of the first album?

Thank you so much, I can't wait to see you on tour this fall!!!

A:

When you say you had trained and prepared for this event, did that include a full test of the jump accomplished? Had you completed any jumps without a parachute off camera prior to the event?


Q:

Steve, the Steam page for Stardust Galaxy Warriors says the following:

FIVE MECHS FOR DELIVERING GALACTIC JUSTICE Choose from four unique, badass mechs, each coming with its own special abilities.

Which mech is not a badass and why?

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The first album exists the way it does because of the time and situations. We never consciously said, "We need to change." It's a product of evolution and growth as people. No I don't think we could ever go back to trying to make a record like the first, doesn't make sense to our lives.


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No, I did many jumps opening the parachute just above and many test drops of a 220lb dummy into the net system. What you saw on tv was the first time it was ever done.

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Typo, but I blame Silver Wolf.


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Really enjoying the new record guy! Love the new sound and growth on the record. "Take a Walk" is the early favorite but they're all growing on me more and more. What did you guys pull inspiration from and what music are you currently listening to? Looking for some new or old school tunes to check out. Trying to make it to the Ryman on Oct. 15th for the birthday but its looking sold out. Hope to see y'all then. Keep up the amazing work, always a pleasure to listen to.

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Hey Luke! What did your family members say when you told them about this jump? Did you have any doubts prior to the jump? How did you get to this point in your career?


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What is it like dealing with Sony, MS and Steam? How is the process done, and did you have any problems during that process?

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Locations played a large role in this record. Influenced by nature and the beauty of California, lots of time spent drinking wine and having conversations overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We were hugely influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Bruce, Paul Simon. Classics. Right now, we were listening to old Saves The Day. So just getting nostalgic up in here.


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Everyone was supportive except for my mom. She refused to hear about it. But she did show up for the jump and stayed in the trailer until I was on the ground safe.

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It isn't easy. There are a lot of names to remember, and each concern may be handled by an entirely different person within a certain company. It's my job to know who to talk to, when, and why, and so on. When you're dealing with 3 giant companies, it can be hard. They helped and made the process as easy as they could though!

The problems we had are my fault. I had a lot to learn in a short period of time, and sometimes I wasn't quick enough.


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Dudes! First off congrats on your album release it is absolutely fantastic. Do you (Jon) write most of the songs or does everyone else help out? Have you always wanted to be a musician or is that just how things panned out after you guys started to grow? You're guys' music has inspired me greatly and has got me through a lot so I must say, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Last question.... When you come to The Ritz in Raleigh can you play Gone? :D Thank you so much for doing this AMA for us fans and send my love to the rest of the band! #signsoflight

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How did you prep for potential wind variations? What were the roles of other guys in black? (guessing they'd steer you if things got off course, and be your last ditch safety if things got really nuts?)


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I imagine its a bit of a mine-field. Good work my man, wishing you the best.

Also... whats the Nintendo NX look like? You got a dev kit yet? ha ha ha

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It depends on the stage of the song, they usually originate from any given songwriter in the band and some songs take longer than others to develop but it is eventually a full band process. Definitely not a songwriter with a backing band sort of thing. -J


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For the WV, I practiced jumping in winds up to 22 knots and was able to hold position. The guys in black, were there to wear smoke for the ground spotter and to collect my O2 system. The could not have helped.

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Haven't seen it! :D Don't have the NX devkit, no.


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If you had to pick one song from Signs of Light that would be your favorite to perform, which would it be?

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Skydiver / BASE jumper here. You're pretty much my hero.

With only having about 1400 skydives and around 200 BASE jumps, I guess my question is, at what point in your skydiving career (average jump number) did you realize you have absolutely no idea what you're doing, at what point did that go away, and what did you do to train to overcome that? (The average I've heard is about 5k and 10 - 15k jumps respectively.)

BONUS: What was the ground rush like before turning onto your back, if you experienced any?

Thanks for promoting skydiving like you're doing, and thanks for the AMA!


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Is Finland the country where you go to saunas co-ed, completely naked, and no one thinks anything of it?

Edit: Thinks, not things.

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Right now, it's City of Angels for me! I dig the uptempo vibe and the middle break is so cooooool to feel live. -T

Rhythm & Blues, duh. That song is a party onstage, esp when the bridge hits. Feels like I' in Elvis' band. - J


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I believe that even now at 18,000 jumps I am still learning from my mistakes but mostly form others mistakes. But I think around 5,000 jumps I felt very confident in my ability.

The ground rush was INSANE at bout 1,000 feet down. But once I flipped onto my back I missed the final ground rush.

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Yep!


Q:

Hey guys. Big fan here :) When are you coming to Portugal? :)

PS: love the new album! But I have to say, "Let's be still", holds a special place in my heart!

A:

Was it scary?


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How did you find developers and where did you get the money and knowledge to start your own game studio?

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Can't wait to make it to Portugal! A record that has been out for only hours cannot replace an album that you've had for 3 years, we're just excited to give you new music so that in 3 more years, Signs of Light will have all new meanings and emotions attached to it.


Q:

During the actual jump it was not scary at all. I had no choice but to focus. BUT, A week later when I watched it- That was Scary!

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I worked in the industry for like a year and a half before forming my own studio. I took my knowledge of leadership and management from my time in the Navy, business acumen from being a lifelong student of business (entrepreneur, enthusiast, and university studies), and a deep knowledge of gaming from a lifetime of playing to start it up.

In terms of funding, we put up the initial funding ourselves, then a bank helped us get a bit more through a small business loan. After that, the Finnish government saw viability in our project, and threw us a little more funding.


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First of all, the new album is GOLD. Secondly, would you ever be willing to do a concert in Tallahassee, FL? There's a small (but fantastic) amphitheater that has your name all over it!!

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question. how much is does your life insurance cost, it's gotta be outrageous???


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After that, the Finnish government saw viability in our project, and threw us a little more funding.

This is what I don't understand. In the USA, I can go over $100K in debt with student loans. But I can't get a loan for a small business in the same manner. It's not even remotely easy unless you already have funding and collateral. Forget about grants, they're pretty much non-existent.

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My entire family are Seminoles fans(F those gators...) -J


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You can't get life insurance for jumping out of a plane without a parachute.

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Finland has dedicated themselves to investing in their own people. The same, sadly, cannot be said of the US, in my opinion.


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Which current artists do you look to for inspiration the most / which current artists are you enjoying these days? Really wondering what's on your guys' playlists. Love the new album!

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As an old skydiver I was wondering why you chose 25,000 feet? I do realize that the hieght would give you a slightly wider "cone of possibility," but why not the usual 15K jumps that most do?


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You would think that access to financing to create businesses would be something the USA would foster. With it's pledge to "create jobs". But from my experience in starting my own business here, that's not the case. The only easy financing I have is equipment leasing though a commercial bank. Getting a bank loan would have required 35-50% down and/or collateral. Neither of which I have. So essentially my only options are angel investments and/or venture capital. SBA suggests asking friends or family, but I grew up poor so none of my friends and family have money to invest.

I'm a Veteran too, aside from education I haven't found any benefits in the small business sector aside from free advice/workshops.

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Angel Olsen, Tame Impala, Whitney, Kendrick, Lucius, MMJ


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It was choice by the creative agency that helped secure the sponsorship. It was safe to jump fro that alt. so I went with it.

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Just quick, unsolicited advice:

As a vet, use that GI bill. Study your ass off, and hustle to become an expert in your field, then leverage that reputation with investors. Network. Fellow veterans will likely show you love. Meet everyone you can and see how you can help them, and how they can help you.


Q:

Hello from Manila! Just wanted to say I totally LOVED the new record! Any chance of Asian tour maybe next year? Really wanted to see you guys play!!!

A:

Which song better encapsulates the sensation of gliding in a wing suit?

A. I Believe I Can Fly

or

B. A Whole New World


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Hi I just joined the navy last week. My question is how did your family feel about you joining the navy and moving to Finland right after it?

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We would love to come to Asia absolutely!


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A. I believe I can fly.

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They miss me, but I visit as often as I can and skype pretty frequently. Since I had previously been in the Navy, they were pretty used to not seeing me.

In the end, they knew I was following my heart and they all adore my wife, so they supported me. :)


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Hey guys! I am a huge fan, and have had the chance of seeing you guys three different times. I'm seeing you again in October, but I've always wondered if you guys have ever considered doing meet and greets? It would be awesome to just get a sec to hangout with you guys!

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We're you chewing gum during the jump and if not, why weren't you?


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Ah my uncle lives in Tampere, have you heard of a hockey club there? It has the lynx as it's symbol or something, my uncle runs it if I remember correctly, pretty proud of that even though I barely keep in touch with my finnish half family(it's a pretty dispersed family, last name is katainen).

Half Finnish guy here.

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We try to do as many meet and greets as possible. Maybe there is a way to open them up to more fans, we shall look into it and make a plan!


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I chewed jump all the way up to getting into the airplane.

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Wow... That's Ilves! It is a super popular hockey team here. They also denied my application for a marketing aid position back in the day. :D


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Your music kept me great company during a week-long road trip across the southern coast of Iceland. It was awesome! What's your favorite music to listen to while on the road?

Thanks for making great music! Hope you make your way to Copenhagen someday.

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Hey Luke! Did you anticipate any of the backlash or negative reaction from the skydiving community about the project? Has anyone questioned you about it or are they all just armchair quarterbacks behind keyboards?

How many jokes have you heard about the size of and/or composition of your testicles?


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Nordic people are reticent, but it's all because it's considered to be polite not to disturb other people. We value our personal space, and being as nice as we are we value your personal space as well.

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I really like Midlake for long road trips, anything that feels like trees, mountains, nature. -T

Neil Young. -J


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Backlash/Neg Before the jump I had several people reach out to me saying that they saw no upside to a stunt like this, they thought it could only hurt our sport. After the jump they saw al the prep and training that went into it, some came around but a few still think it ws a bad idea- And I'm okay with that.

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Personal space?! BOOOORING. ;)


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For most of my friends and I, Rivers and Roads is a really powerful and emotional song. It's the first song I've heard from y'all and what got my friends and I into listening. What was the inspiration and motive for y'all to write it? It is truly the most pivotal and inspirational song I know and it'd be really interesting to see what y'all made of it. Keep up the great work!

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Do you think the organizers could have done a better job at advertising the event? I did not about the event till the day before and I did not find any way to watch this live (I live in Seattle)


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Have you got your r's rolling yet?

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Josiah had that song in his pocket and we had already recorded the first album without it! The first time we ever played it(or heard it) was in a parking garage in tacoma after a small warehouse show. It was amazing.


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I was so focused in staying alive I was not involved in any of that.

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Rrrrrrr. ;)


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Which is your favorite song to play live on the new album?

Can't wait to see you all in Austin!

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How could you make this bigger and better? Or do you think you've reached the pinnacle of this stunt?


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Tappara vai Ilves? :)

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Rhythm & Blues! City of Angels!

For now...


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I feel that this particular stunt has been done now. I don't think much point in going higher.

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Tough question... I choose... Neither. Tampere Saints! (American Style Football team! ;D )


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I love the new album! It's so different than your previous 2. Were you worried about how fans since the beginning would react? What if they didn't like it? Congratulations guys, so glad to have you back. PS loved Red Rocks and so excited to see you in Austin!

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What are some other things on your bucket list?


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My first post was auto removed. There are about 4 of us Marine Vets living in Helsinki. You ever make it down here? Can you shoot me a PM?

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We don't really worry about anything other than how we feel about the songs. Not to be selfish, but it is our job to take you all to new places and not rehash old stuff that other bands are now doing.


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Haven't really though about it. Would love to own a helicopter someday.

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Not as often as I'd like, but I'll for sure shoot you a PM!


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Hey Tyler, I waited for so long for signs of light and I loved it! I enjoy your work since 2012, are you guys planning to come to Brazil sometime? Please say yes

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What's your favorite type of video games and what is like having your own studio?


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Looking like next year!

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My favorite type of games are usually games with a deep and involved story. The Last of Us is probably my favorite of all time.

Other than FPS/Third person shooters, I prefer strategy games, arcade shooters, and anything that tickles my fancy at a given moment, really.

Having my own studio is awesome. I've worked at other studios, and I love being able to take the things I learned should never be done, and give them a hard no. No one can make me act against my conscious, or tell me no without a reason. I love that. :) I get to make games I love.


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Do you have a favorite venue to play?

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If someone had the capital, and the skills of a writer, designer (graphic design), and a good sense of narrative (from studying literature/film etc), but had no programming knowledge, could they still run a successful studio?


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Red Rocks-T The Gorge-J

Anywhere in Australia- Both of us.

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Running a studio is about a knowledge of game development, finance, accounting, wise business decisions, leadership, and so on. It can all be learned, or the task can be delegated. If you have the capital... sure, it can be done.


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I remember back when I heard your first album, I was instantly hooked. It seems with each album, you find a new sound, and it's so refreshing to have a band like you guys out there. You guys seem to put on a great show. I'm hoping to see you in person when you're in Philly. What is your favorite song to play live?

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Congratulations! How is life in Finland compared to U.S? How much food do they pickle? That last one was a joke. :~P


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Rivers and Roads will never get old, Goonies never say die.

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Life in Finland is much better than it was for me in America. I came from a poor family that could never afford healthcare or dental care, and now I don't need to worry about that. Plus I have a game studio and my wife is awesome... :D

They pickle herring, beets, cucumbers, and not much else. I love pickled stuff.


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How long did it take you to learn Finnish?

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Still learning. :D


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What was the most difficult thing about moving suddenly to another country (other than the language barrier)?

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I did a pretty weird shift. In something like 10 days I went from military air traffic controller, to unemployed civilian, to expat in a country where I know a handful of people (only my girlfriend for any length of time).

The difficult part was for sure social isolation. In winter, people aren't just walking the streets in small towns during the day, so getting out and meeting new people was pretty hard.


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Wow, I feel a sense of idolism toward you. You did exactly what my dream is. I'm twenty and just joined the navy, and I plan to move to england when I get out to be with my best friend. So, I guess I have two questions:

1) were there any difficulties or any resistance from the U.S. government about your move?

2) did you apply for citizenship in your new country, and how hard was that to accomplish? I plan on making it to England and never looking back.

Thanks in advance, for your service, and for just reminding me that what i'm doing isn't crazy; that it could be the best decision of my life.

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Wow. Never been told I'm idolized. Feels like that moment in Fable "Hero... Your renown grows." :D

  1. There wasn't any difficulty, beyond them just moving me to my home of record (Nevada). So I ended up just taking one seabag of stuff, which was fine, because I only owned like... 2 boxes and a seabag anyway. :D

  2. I haven't applied for citizenship yet. I need to be fluent in Finnish and have lived here for 5 years. Once I meet those requirements, I will apply to be a dual-ie.


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Sorry if that was over the top. It's just that i spent a good part of last night talking to her and making plans. And you know, i kinda feel crazy at times. Im going across the atlantic on a hope. Ive never even left the states! But to hear from someone who ACTUALLY DID IT, it's just very reassuring. And on top of that, ive always wanted to design video games.

Thanks so much for answering.

Edit: didn't even see the fable reference. You rock. Not my favorite game, but it was fun and silly, and honestly it felt like Sims, with guns and murder and a plot. I enjoyed it

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Don't be afraid to take chances. Even if you fail, you'll have one hell of a story, and better perspective. Totally worth it. :D


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Can you help me with one more teeeny tiny navy question?

I have to choose between three jobs. CTR, nuke, and seals. My biggest thing is i need to know what is most viable after i get out of the navy. Any idea?

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From what I gather Nuke Techs make a lot of money while in, AND when they leave. I imagine SEALs go career most often, so civilian viability normally isn't a concern. CTRs... Man... I don't even know what they do. :D


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Hi, Awesoem game, might grab a copy off steam! How long did it take you to develop this game? How many members on the team, what did each member bring to the team, and finally, how were you qualified to develop games, coding skills, designer perhaps. And another finally, how high were studio expenses when developing this game?

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Hey there! From concept to release, we sunk about 2 years in. We didn't decide to become a company until it started to materialize a little more firmly.

Our team is now 10 members. I'm qualified in terms of writing, business development, and in terms of producing and release management. A lot of people forget you need someone to help coordinate between teams, communicate to outside parties (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.), and so forth.

We didn't take any pay during production, so our expenses were rent, and utilities.


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Didn't you just do an AMA not that long ago?

Regardless, what's up shipmate?

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I did like 4 months ago, yeah. :D

Not much! Just... launched a game. ;)


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Actually I have a question.

Does your game have trophies/ achievements?

I've always wondered the process behind that. Who chose them? Did you have to submit for certain trophy requirements (with or without a platinum) or were you given full control in that situation?

Normally games with platinums sell like hotcakes.

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We do have achievements, yeah. Our lead game designer chose them. :)

They have some rules, but we were given pretty free reign.


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When Finns hibernate during the winter, what do they stock up on?

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Jaloviina, and salmon...


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How did the idea of a Game Studio begin? I mean Even if your writing skills are on point there would be Many other opportunities? Why exactly video Gaming ?

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I went to work for other studios first. I decided to apply at game studios because they work in English usually, and I love games. There was an open position helping a local studio communicate with the English players, and I snagged it for a few extra bucks per month. Then I fell in love as they gave me cooler assignments (like world building, dialogue editing, etc.) and decided I wanted to stay in gaming. :D


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How did you know that sehe was the Love of your life... I mean if you met in Highschool i cant believe that you knew back then that you are going to see here a second time. Didnt you have any Trust issues? Or didnt she have any? I know these questions are personal but its ama, Right.

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We made the relationship work for YEARS before I decided she was the one. We were friends for two, then dated for 2. Sure, there are little hiccups, but we both decided to make it work, and (most importantly) acted accordingly. This means prioritizing the relationship, honesty, communication, etc. above all things.

I would stay in on Friday nights skyping her for 8-10 hours, talking about life, the universe, and everything. I would wake up at 4 AM before PT to Skype her. I'd come home after a 10 hour day, and Skype her. I'd send her viber messages about my day, etc. Communicating a lot, and prioritizing a relationship really does a lot for trust issues.


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Thanks for putting yourself in the public like this. It takes true courage to put your personal life up for scrutiny.

That said I want to ask a complicated question. I'm sure there is no short and easy answer.

I have been developing a new RPG. I have all the combat math tuned and everything is on paper (I'm old). How do I go about turning it into a digital game? I can code HTML, CSS scripts and have a solid understanding of the object oriented Bethesda language. What language(s) do you suggest I learn? Is there a suite of software considered to be universal (like Maya is to animation)?

I have spent 3 years getting my game to function. For what it's worth (nothing) my friends enjoy the game. I will learn any language and/or software. Where do I start?

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Find a mentor, I would say. Someone you can trust that knows design. Put your game up to their peer review (use an NDA if you want to be 100% sure they don't take anything). Perhaps learn C#, and start working with Unity.


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Have you heard of the theory that Finland is not real? It's a big conspiracy that people believe. Can you give us your input on that?

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I vaguely recall something like this, but don't know the specifics. It sounds like some debate team stuff people do "prove Finland exists or does not exist based on argumentative reasoning". Hahaha.

Verdict: Goofy. If it ain't real, some people are trying REAL hard to convince me. ;)


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Best and worst places you were stationed at?

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I loved all the places, honestly. Can't say bootcamp was much fun though.


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How does one just up and move to another country? I know you need a passport and all. But how are you able to get a house and be a legal resident. Or are you just considered an illegal until you apply for residency? I've always thought of moving to another country but am confused about the process.

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For me it was super easy. My (now) wife and I had been talking about getting married. When I went, and saw her again after all that time, I knew I couldn't take my return trip. So we sped up the process, got married, and I applied for residency on those grounds.