About Me

I am a business professional in the games industry. I combine my background in finance and business with my passion for games and design to provide creative solutions for game productions. I have founded an independent games studio, Walkin Games, to develop social games for mobile devices.

If you want to get a hold of me I can be contacted by:

LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/carywalkin
Twitter: @CaryWalkin


Arena.Xlsm is a turn-based RPG made entirely using Microsoft Excel. I made Arena.xlsm over a 5 month period, between October 2012 and February 2013, while working on my Masters of Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business. Arena.Xlsm was released in March of 2013.

Key Features

  • Random enemies: Around 2000 possible enemies.
  • Random items: 37 item modifiers result in over 1000 possible item combinations and attributes.
  • An interesting story with 4 different endings depending on how the player has played the game.
  • 8 boss encounters, each with their own tactics.
  • 12 pre-programmed arenas followed by procedurally generated arenas. Each play-through has its own challenges.
  • 31 Spells. There are many different strategies for success.
  • 20 Unique items. Unique items have special properties and can only drop from specific enemies.
  • 100 Achievements.
  • This is all in a Microsoft Excel workbook.

You can also access the official Arena.Xlsm wiki here: http://arenaxlsm.wikia.com/

    • Paul Strickland.
    • March 26th, 2013

    Good game – but my crowbar of draining exhausts the opponent each tunr when I am nowhere near it, which is too powerful!

    • Thanks for the feedback Paul.

      I agree. I will have a close look at “of draining” to ensure it will be balanced in the next patch.

        • Camus
        • June 28th, 2013

        Hi Walking, I’m a player from China. I want to translated Arena to Chinese only for my own intresting. Could you please tell me your Email or write to me? I can’t find your Email address on internet. Thanks, hope for your reply.

      • Hi Camus,

        Unfortunately I do not have the ability to code using a non-latin alphabet and as such I will not be able to work on a Chinese version of the game.

        • Camus
        • June 29th, 2013

        Oh I feel so bad to hear this news. I really hope Arena could have a Chinese version, now many of us like this game which was made by Excel. Hope that the future we could enjoy Arena on Chinese Version. Thanks for your selfless dedication for all of us.
        Best regards!

      • Cary, t sem tempo aqui e t corrido compromissos meus, mais vou traduzir a verso portugus Brasileiro que prometi.Notas:1- Terei que desproteger seu cdigo VBA, e isso fao com suplemento Excel em .xlsm ou .xla que tenho aqui desenvolvido por mim a fazer tal feito com um clique de mouse no arquivo ainda fechado. Isso feito assim desde o Excel 97.2-O arquivo nessas condies somente ser enviado para voc que autor e origem do mesmo e ningum mais.3- Na verdade j fiz esse procedimento acima como tambm j fiz a traduo que estou sem tempo para a revisar, mais aguarde que at amanha vou ver se tenho tempo para te enviar o projeto que como falei somente voc o receber para avaliar o conceito traduzido que pode ser adicionado novas tradues a parti de “If’s” ou “Cases” na sequncia… 4- Gastei por volta de 32 horas na traduo total pois a escrita muito grande e complexa o que valeu muito a pena e uma honra de muito prazer poder colaborar com tamanho desprendimento. Parabns e aguarde.Samuel R. Santos Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 05:36:48 +0000 To: samuelrsxp@hotmail.com

    • Zhora
    • March 27th, 2013

    Good day, Mr. Walkin!
    I still didnt play your game (cause I have no Excel at my job-place), but all IT-community in Russia admire you. There is even an article about you and your game on main IT russian site.
    Good luck and thanks for this inspiring project!

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    • Arhines
    • March 28th, 2013

    Really liked your game. Tell me, can be translated into Russian? Or if you send me the text of your quests and characterization of weapons, I could translate your game into Russian. Then have your game has become popular among Russian-speaking people.

    • Thanks for the offer! I’d love to do a Russian localized version but it will need to wait until things settle down a bit just because there is too much on my plate at the moment.

  2. Hi there, kindly add me to the tester list too! I am using Excel 2007.

    • please send me an e-mail. I don’t have your e-mail address for some reason…


  3. Hi! Any chance I could help you translate it to Portuguese from Portugal?

    • Unfortunately a lot of the code is dependent on strings so translation would require rewriting a lot of code. The only localization that would be feasible would be translating the story letters, which is an idea that I’m open to if a lot of people want it. 🙂

    • Johnathan Reinbrecht
    • April 2nd, 2013

    Hey, awesome game, would love to translate it to Brazilian-Portuguese for my fellow friends… Good job!!

    • Thanks! Unfortunately a lot of the code is English dependent. So the only localization that I could do without rewriting large chunks of the game is translating the story letters.

    • Harish S
    • April 10th, 2013

    Hey Cary,
    Words cannot describe how impressed and intrigued I am , by the way you have transformed the capabilities of excel into something much much more !!!

    Been using it so far , for making some VBA form driven tools for work related items only , but this is truly something else !

    Do let me know , if I can help out it anyway 🙂

    Cheers !

    • Thanks! As for helping out, I can always use feedback and volunteer testers. Let me know if you want to be added to the mailing list to receive test builds of the game before they are released to the public!

    • Plinitch
    • May 6th, 2013

    Good Morning.

    I want to volunteer as a tester of the Arena.XLSM

    My Office is 2007 Version.
    Windows Vista.

    Thanks. ;D
    Pablo Linitch

  4. Olá Cary, parabéns pelo ótimo jogo rpg e como já disse posso traduzir em português brasileiro que sei ficará ótimo a interação. trabalho com VBA e idealizo que isso pode ficar ótimo com chamada em “IF” de tempo real Inglês/Português é/Ou…

    • the one who doesn’t public his name
    • September 5th, 2013

    My Excel is dead so I cannot play Arena.xlsm anymore. >_<

    • Lochet
    • February 21st, 2016

    I am a French man, I live in France.
    I just saw your program (games) and I like to have a French translation, and why not you help to make the translation.
    I hope it is possible.

    very good day

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