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Animus Interactive

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About Studio

The word Animus in Latin meant Soul, spirit, mind, pride and courage. We couldn’t think of a better name to represent all the qualities this company would need in order to succeed.
by Frank Cefalu / CEO

Animus Interactive is an independent gaming studio and self-publisher with its offices based on the East Coast. Animus Interactive was created with the goal of trying to create next generation Real Time Strategy games.

In 2016, Animus Interactive released their first title Avalon Lords into Early Access on Steam. It was their first game to represent the companies direction. Avalon Lords is expected to have a full release first quarter for 2017.

Our Games

Avalon Lords: Dawn Rises

A Medieval Real-Time Strategy game combining classic RTS elements with modern fast-paced, epic scale single and multiplayer battles across beautifully rendered 3D maps.

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Ascendancy is our newest project in the RTS World. More to come soon about this project.

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Our Team

Frank Cefalu

Founder / CEO

Chris SchoolCraft

Game Director

The wise, old man of the team, Chris spends far less time with the former and seems to concentrate on the later. Gaming since Pong was all the rage, he has been working on home computers since the glory days of Commodore. A true geek at heart, Chris is also a long time tabletop RPG and strategy war gamer. Once he's had his fill of long walks on the beach, smelling the flowers and licking the windows, he enjoys crushing in some orc skulls while he relaxes with good friends, soggy pizza and a cold beer.

Justin Rettberg

Art Director

Justin is a visual developer from Kent, Ohio, and is currently an art director for Animus Interactive. He is interested in the incorporation of painterly and loose brushwork in his designs. He can often be found painting landscapes or playing his favorite video games in his freetime.

He likes puppies, old women, and pants that have fruit on them.

Damon Blais

Lead Game Engineer

Nick Thieme

Lead Writer

Nick's mother was a wizard and his father was a Muggle, making both him and his brother half-blood wizards. Tom, his brother, would go on to be the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time, while Nick never even learned to ride a broomstick. Instead, he became a writer and has thought worlds into existence, brought the dead back to life and will live forever without selling his soul. He considers himself by far the more magical sibling

Dan Long

PR & Animation Manager

John St. John

Audio & Musical Lead

John was born in 1983 to loving human parents amid the height of the designer dog craze. He began playing video games in 1986. It was during this time that he decided he wanted to be involved with dog grooming, breeding and showing. After several failed attempts at having puppies, and no dogs to show for it, in 1989 John began the arduous task of learning to master the ways of dog grooming. In 1994 John's parents left him to meet their creator. On an unrelated note, they arrived with fabulous hair. At the tender age of 13, John was already an accomplished soap and shampoo mixer, and could wash and wax a dog in under 13 seconds. His dream was the perfect wash, the infamous "Wanton Furball." Such a wash was elusive to him until 1999 when he learned about it on the internet. At the age of 18, deterred from the pursuit of advanced grooming secrets he set out to find aztec gold in Tijuana, Mexico and has not been heard from since. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact The Swedish Police Authority as he is wanted for questioning in relation to a series of wash-and-run hijackings. He can best be described as having fantastic hair.

Ken Grimm

Senior Game Engineer

Ken's obsession with computer gaming began at a very young age. He wanted more than anything to play Dungeons and Dragons but had no friends to play with. That was until his father introduced him to his first computer and the TSR series of Dungeons and Dragons computer games. It was love at first sight. His love of gaming and his computer blossomed over the years and he eventually went into software development so that he could better relate with his friend.

In his free time, Ken likes to develop software. He is looking forward to the day when he can finally shave all the hair off his body, plug into the matrix, and lie down to an eternal sleep in a bath of oxygenated protein and nutrient infused goo.

Christian Stoll

Senior Game Engineer

Christian Stoll is a retired llama herder from the hamlet of Coca Chacra, Peru. Sadly, his herd suddenly drowned last summer in a massive puddle caused by a melting snow cap (climate change, sigh). Since the tragedy, he has moved to Brooklyn, NY, and has shifted his interests to the technological arena, Unity, 3D modeling, and game development. He spends his days staring intently at a laptop screen, wearing fluffy, alpaca-wool slippers while fantasizing about someday buying a hairless dog.

Moneeb Mohammed

3D Modeler

This is my thing (born out of his homeland blooming like a flower in the desert comes this guy looking like a presoner working hard studying and sacerficing his sleep to help creating the new miracle of gaming never giving up failing more than he succeded armed with exp and passion our 3D modeler bringing those paper works and 2D drawing into breath taking models fighting his way up while secretly trying to take over the world usnig games he'll keep annoying justin and take his place then taking over animus inteactive proceding to take over the world this summer the new 3D artist will start his plan will you help him ) he's still nice so don't worry the world under his command will be a nice place to live

Sharath Kumar

Animator And Rigger

In 1643 Isaac Newton was born, in the same month, after 349 years and 2 weeks a Creature was born. Destined to be a philospher. At the age of 3 he disected a Grasshopper. His early endeavours yielded only pain, ripped his tougue in half, broke his head a dozen times. By the time he turned 6, he was classifying flora and pursuing advanced clay-sculping. But soon was forced to use low-end Computers and pump out Assignments every week. The next 2 decades No One remembers what happened. But everything cameback when he started drawing, The intense desire to imagine and create after 2 decades was envoked. Now he Dreams, Creates and Words Worlds

Ryan Collins

SFX Engineer

A deity worshiped by the feline-people ('feople') deep within a mountain in the Amazonian rain forests, Ryan sought to briefly escape and live the humble life of a mortal for the span of a single man-generation. He quickly became enthralled by the customs of the hairless man-beasts, engaging in the more enigmatic aspects of their culture such as art and entertainment. He speaks to his people still today by placing hidden messages within the video games that the man-beasts consume, using frequencies so high that only the beasts' household feline messengers are able to hear.

Vlada Monakhova

Concept Artist

Vlada Monakhova is a versatile artist with a passion for creating stories, characters, and worlds. Stranded in the frozen Alberta prairies, she works as a freelance illustrator and chips away at a variety of personal projects when the local wildlife allows for a break.

Diego Roldan




Animus Interactive is looking for a lead developer to help rally the game development on its new project. The requirements of the position is as follows.

  • At least 5 years experience with C#
  • At least 2-3 years experience with Unity
  • Able to work and communicate effectively with an on-line, distributed team
  • Ability to manage team members, and delegate work.
  • Ability to work in an Agile Environment
  • Minimum 15 Hours A Week Availability
  • Experience With Jira
  • Experience With GIT

This position is indeed rev-share, but may be able to offer a small base if it helps your involvement.


Animus Interactive is looking for a project manager to help rally the game development on its new project. The requirements of the position is as follows.

  • At least 3 years experience managing projects.
  • At least 2 years experience with Jira
  • Able to work and communicate effectively with an on-line, distributed team
  • Ability to manage team members, and delegate work.
  • Ability to work in an Agile Environment
  • Ability to run Scrum
  • Minimum 15 Hours A Week Availability
  • Experience With Jira
  • Having Any Sort of PMP Certification Nice To Have

This position is indeed rev-share, but may be able to offer a small base if it helps your involvement.