ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING ENGINEER

During the course of development for a game, teams will receive extra help from people parachuted in to provide extra muscle to get a title to completion. Such assistance is usually much appreciated. A few weeks ago, a new front end engineer joined our team to help our overburdened front end and interface area. Let’s call the new engineer Jim.

Jim was working with us nicely but then yesterday I realized I hadn’t seen him for a few days. I didn’t have time to think anything more of that but it did strike me as odd. Then today, Jeff, who usually sat next to Jim said, “Has anyone seen Jim? He went to get lunch a few days ago and never came back.”

That was certainly interesting. I didn’t know Jim had left under some odd circumstances. No one knew anything more than that. His jacket was still on his chair so he hadn’t taken all his stuff. I quickly fired off an e-mail to my manager who might know more. In another weird circumstance, my manager didn’t answer my e-mail but I know he read it and he answered my e-mails after that one. Strange.

Where is this guy? There is one engineer that Jim worked closely with and I’m not sure he was there when we noticed Jim was gone. I’m going to ask him tomorrow morning if Jim said to him where he was going.

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