Bruce Nesmith

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Bruce Nesmith
Nationality American
Occupation Game designer

Bruce Nesmith is a game designer who has worked primarily on role-playing games.


After the original Dragonlance group began, the Dragonlance Series Design Team was later expanded to also include Margaret Weis, Douglas Niles, Bruce Nesmith, Mike Breault, Roger Moore, Laura Hickman, Linda Bakk, Michael Dobson and Garry Spiegle.[1] Nesmith designed Ravenloft: Realm of Terror (1990), which extended the ideas behind the Hickmans' original Ravenloft adventure and sought to make AD&D competitive with games like Call of Cthulhu and Chill.[2] Nesmith and Andria Hayday designed the DragonStrike board game, which was published by TSR, Inc.[3]

His other design work for D&D includes The War Rafts of Kron (1984), Sabre River (1984), Dragons of Desolation (1984), Master Player Screen Featuring The Spindle (1985), The Book of Lairs II (1987), Tales of the Outer Planes (1988), Monstrous Compendium, Volume 2 (1989), Monstrous Compendium, Volume 1 (1989), Hall of Heroes (1989), Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix (1990), Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990), Monstrous Compendium Dragonlance Appendix (1990), Greyhawk Ruins (1990), Touch of Death (1991), Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix II (1991), Goblins' Return (1991), Darklords (1991), Unsung Heroes (1992), From the Shadows (1992), Forbidden Lore (1992), Van Richten's Guide to Werebeasts (1993), House of Strahd (1993), The Created (1993), Ravenloft Campaign Setting, 2nd Ed. (1994), Hour of the Knife (1994), First Quest (1994), Dark Sun Monstrous Compendium Appendix II: Terrors Beyond Tyr (1995), Psionic Artifacts of Athas (1996), and Domains of Dread (1997).

Nesmith was one of the guests of honor at "Winter Fantasy 18" in 1994.[4]

The video game Fallout 3, for which Nesmith did some of the quest writing, was nominated for an award for videogame writing at the Writers Guild of America Awards 2008.


  1. ^ Hickman, Tracy; Margaret Weis (1987). Dragonlance Adventures. TSR. pp. page 2. ISBN 0-88038-452-2. 
  2. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ Swan, Rick (December 1993). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR) (#200): 117–118. 
  4. ^ Advertisement in Polyhedron Volume 15, Number 7, Issue 87, July 1993

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