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Carl L. Sargent was schooled in South Wales and the West of England. He then attended Churchill College, Cambirdge, majoring in the natural sciences, and graduated with honors in psychology in 1974. He received a PhD in 1979 for a work which bore on parapsychology, and went on to undertake post-doctoral research in parapsychology at the Psychological Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He then taught psychology at the same university.
He started playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1978 through friends. TSR UK were based in Cambridge, and they met with Sargent after he had submitted an article to Imagine magazine. The TSR UK crew later left to work for Games Workshop.
Sargent authored various Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and novels for Games Workshop from 1988-1995, some under the pseudonym Keith Martin.:46 In 1989 Games Workshop spun off its sole remaining RPG line, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, into a new subsidiary called Flame Publications; Sargent was one of the freelancers that aided this new company.:50 Sargent's From the Ashes (1992) supplement pushed the Greyhawk world into a more conflictive period.:25
He later worked as a freelance designer, and was brought in by TSR to work on Greyhawk. Most of his role-playing works were published between 1987 and 1996. He has authored many products for the Dungeons & Dragons (particularly for the World of Greyhawk setting), Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Shadowrun roleplaying games.
Sargent holds a PhD in psychology (or experimental parapsychology), which he earned in 1979. He is known to have performed numerous ganzfeld experiments at the University of Cambridge (a photograph of Sargent performing such an experiment appears in the Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience, page 129). His published works in this field include Explaining the Unexplained: Mysteries of the Paranormal, co-authored with Hans Eysenck.
TSR published books
- Sargent, Carl (1993). The Marklands. WGR4. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 95. ISBN 1-56076-559-3. 9398XXX1501.
- Sargent, Carl (1993). Iuz the Evil. WGR5. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. 9399.
- Sargent, Carl (1993). The City of Skulls. WGR6. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 63. ISBN 1-56076-608-5. 9405XXX1501.
- Sargent, Carl (1991). Five Shall Be One. WGS1. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 63. ISBN 1-56076-070-2. 9317xxx1501.
- Sargent, Carl (1995). Ivid the Undying. World of Greyhawk: TSR, Inc.
- Sargent, Carl; Thomas, Gary (1990). GAZ 13: The Shadow Elves. Mystara: TSR, Inc. ISBN 0-88038-846-3. 9287XXX1401.
- Sargent, Carl (1992). Monster Mythology. DMGR4. TSR, Inc. ISBN 1-56076-362-0.
- Sargent, Carl (1995). Night Below: An Underdark Campaign. Box Set. TSR, Inc. ISBN 978-0786901791.
- [Anonymous], "Biographical Note", in Carl L. Sargent, Exploring Psi in the Ganzfeld, New York: Parapsychology Foundation, 1980, p. iii.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- "Is There Life Beyond Death?" An article by Carl Sargent and Hans J Eysenck
- "Psi, Science and the Future." An article by Carl Sargent and Hans J Eysenck
- Pen & Paper listing for Carl Sargent
- A Report of a Visit to Carl Sargent's Laboratory
- Wizards of the Coast messageboard thread about Sargent, including an old interview
- A photo of Sargent at an old Society for Psychical Research meeting
- Carl Sargent at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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