About oprainfall

Here at oprainfall, we are a group of fans who are passionate about games. We  love Japanese and niche gaming culture, and spreading the word about good games that deserve a bit more of the spotlight. We started off as a localization campaign called Operation Rainfall, to promote localization of a few Nintendo JRPG games, from there we grew into a decent-sized fan-following on Facebook, and now we have this website. Our campaigning days are behind us, and even though we kept part of the campaign name, we are now only this website. This website was built by fans for the niche gaming community. Stick around and check out the site, or contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

oprainfall STAFF


Site Admins/Editors

oprainfall Ryan Tyner Ryan is the owner and manager of the oprainfall website, mostly managing changes to the website. He also writes articles from time-to-time. His gaming interests include mostly RPGs; both Western and Japanese. Ryan has a graduate degree in psychology.

Editorial Head

oprainfall Jeff Neuenschwander Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. He is the chief Editorial Head, and has probably had a hand in anything you see published on the website. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming with his favorite genres being Action, Platforming, RPG, and pretty much any game that is quirky. Jeff is a musician by trade, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music as well as holding a degree in Sound Recording.

Managers (Heads of Projects or Positions)

A. Hinck Angela Hinck (Campaign Hub Manager) Angela signed on with oprainfall in response to a call for mobile game reviewers in 2012, but she had been following the project long before that. Her dream localization miracle would be to see Fatal Frame 4 released stateside. Until that happy day, she’ll fill the hours playing games, consuming unhealthy amounts of anime and manga, and finding ways to write professionally about the things she loves.
oprainfall Chris Stollings (YouTube Manager) Chris is a 28 year old gamer who joined oprainfall in the Fall of 2012. When he’s not writing articles or working on video content for Rainfall, he spends his time creating Let’s Plays for his personal Youtube channel, and filling in the last few missing titles of his vast (in his mind) game collection, preferring RPG’s. But he wont turn down a title of another genre if it looks interesting!
oprainfall Crystal Baltimore (Training Manager) Crystal is a diverse and crazy gamer girl who can be found playing all types of games. Including plants VS zombies which is her current obsession. When she first got involved in the Operation Rainfall Campaign, she volunteered to help out with anything that needed to be done. This lead to her doing a little bit of everything and loving every moment of it.
David Fernandes David “Lazy_Penguin” Fernandes (Community Manager) David is an assistant admin and community manager at oprainfall. He joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning, and became one of the staff as the first wave of new volunteers were needed back in mid June.  He is an avid video game collector, and lover of most game genres. David spends much of his time going through his video game backlog.
J. Speer Josh Speer (Review Manager) Josh is passionate about gaming, as one would expect from someone who is almost 30 years old and who still finds time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He found out about Operation Rainfall when he was avidly following the pending localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs and Fighters such Street Fighter. He is also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, and has been playing the series since he was eight. He even draws his own Mega Man characters in his spare time!
oprainfall Scott MacDonald (Public Relations Manager) When a call for new writers was issued at the beginning of August 2012, Scott readily answered. The Editing Team immediately took notice of his talents and brought him on board. From there, he went on to become one of many who help oprainfall keep in contact with publishers for press assets and the like. Infamous for his Games of the Past Reviews (which he is responsible for maintaining), Scott enjoys the games he grew up with, as well as current games destined to become classics later on.
oprainfall Steve Baltimore (Reporting Manager) Steve Baltimore a 33 year old gamer joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign shortly after it moved on to Facebook from the IGN forums. He has always loved JRPGs even from way back in the day when Dragon Warrior was released for the NES. He is the Reporting Manager for the website, sifting through tons of Japanese and American press emails for the latest and greatest content. He helps to spread the word of niche games to everyone.
W Whitehurst Will Whitehurst (Translation Team Leader) Will joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign soon after news broke of that infamous French interview about Xenoblade. Subsequently, he got actively involved and became a staff member in July/August 2011. He is currently an Editor on the website, and loves to play, discuss, debate and learn more about games. Will gravitates towards unconventional action games (such as bullet hell shooters) and RPGs, but plays pretty much anything except Madden.
azario Azario Lopez  (Podcast Manager) Azario is the host of Total Control oprainfall’s Official Podcast. His likes are video games, grilled cheese, and goofing off. He’s also still eagerly awaiting The Last Guardian to get a release date.


E. Chetkaskas Eric Chetkauskas Eric has been a life-long gamer since the Atari 2600 days. He began a life-long quest toward JRPG fandom with the original Dragon Warrior and hasn’t looked back. He took great interest in the Operation Rainfall movement when it started up and is happy be part of the team.
T. Lubben Tyler Lubben (Assistant Review Manager) Tyler is a lifelong gamer, getting his start on the Intellivision when he was three years old. After receiving his English degree, he discovered all those jokes about getting a job in his field were true. As an Editor with oprainfall, Tyler is able to bridge his two passions; playing and talking about video games at any given opportunity, and being a total grammar Nazi the rest of the time.

Staff Writers

Brodie Dayton-Mills Brodie Dayton-Mills Graphic Designer Brodie is an amateur writer schlepping his way through school and towards the film and video game industries. He joined oprainfall as an author, but quickly chiseled out his niche on the graphics team. When he’s not playing Kingdom Hearts or Fire Emblem, chances are he’s watching British sci-fi.
oprainfall David ‘Rawky’ Rawlings David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we  like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped. Currently, Rawky is living in South Korea where he is teaching school children all the wrong forms of English and copious amounts of British slang
P Schipper Phil Schipper Phil joined the oprainfall Staff to review Android games, but soon fell in love with writing news articles and Games of the Past. His dream is to make a living writing sci-fi and fantasy novels, which is why he leads the Obscure Authors Alliance in his free time. Still, even in his stories, which usually involve insane people, video games are one of his strongest influences. He describes himself as “a Mr. Nice Guy with a horrible, horrible dark side.”

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