Who's this Klanger? An interview with Ragnar Lárusson

For the sixth instalment of our Who's this Klanger? Series, I sat down with Klang's Level Designer and resident Snapchat King, Raggi, to find out more about his graphic design background, his pro-gaming days, and what his favourite level in ReRunners is...

Raggi, tell the readers about your gaming and art background.

“Around the age of thirteen, I started playing Unreal Tournament competitively; I was attending a bunch of local LAN parties and was part of a few clans in Iceland. During my time in these clans, I started designing websites for them; this was way before my interest in graphic design. Actually, I even competed with the National team of Iceland, but we lost all of our games because our ping (in-game latency) was way higher than the ping for the other teams, since we were competing in Iceland...it was almost impossible to play.

After that, I almost stopped playing games completely when I was in Menntaskóli, Iceland's equivalent to sixth form college. At that time, I started working on designs for the student council; then I dropped out of school to join an Art Foundation course to prepare for art university. But, I soon realised that making my portfolio was more important, so I focused on that. This payed off as I qualified for a Graphic Design degree based on my portfolio alone – I then studied that for four years.

Meanwhile, Mundi (Klang Co-Founder and Art General) and I were working as part of the art collective, MoMS, with Friðrik Svanur Sigurðsson, and one other guy from the US. When he returned to the States, I replaced him in the group. We had a bunch of exhibitions in and outside of Iceland – most notably in London, and Kling og Bang in Reykjavík.”

So, how did you get hooked up working with Klang?

“I have known Mundi since I was fourteen, and Ívar (Co-Founder and gaming overlord) since I was twenty; we are old friends and have been playing games a lot together. Then, six months into the inception of Klang, they returned to Iceland for Christmas; we were talking about this game that they were working on, which is now ReRunners, and we decided that I should move over to Berlin and start working for Klang – this whole process, from them asking me, to me moving over, took about three weeks. At the time, I was working as a freelance Graphic Designer, so the move was a no-brainer for me.”

What would you say is your favourite level in ReRunners?

“That's a tough question to answer, but one level that holds a special place in my heart is Outskirt number four, Level three. I can't remember its name right now, haha, but it was the first level I made in the game...but we have changed it a lot since then.”

What's your favourite game or favourite games ever?

“Well, the games that I've spent a lot of time playing, those are my favourites. I'd have to say probably Unreal Tournament, DotA, and an Arma 2 mod called Wasteland – you'd always be experiencing a new adventure every time you played.

Stay tuned, readers, for the next part of Who's this Klanger?