David Allen (game designer)

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David Allen
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Born (1972-07-30) July 30, 1972 (age 42)
Denver, Colorado
Occupation video game designer, entrepreneur, consultant

David Allen (born July 30, 1972) is a video game designer and entrepreneur[1] who is most recently known as the creator of Alganon, a fantasy based MMORPG developed by Quest Online, a company he co-founded in 2006.

Game Designer, developer and entrepreneur[edit]

Born in Denver, Colorado, David grew up in Bellevue, Washington where he actively played on the PLATO network, beginning of his interest in online gaming and programming. With a background of programming and development on the Windows platform, his first retail creation was Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol (released 1994) a dungeon-romp built for Windows 3.x. The sequel was a more evolved version of Mordor called Demise (released 2000). While finishing Demise: Rise of the Ku'tan Allen created the concept for the MMORPG called Horizons: Empire of Istaria and founded Artifact Entertainment in 1999 where he proceeded to raise capital and build the game, relocating to Mesa, Arizona in the process. Allen departed Artifact in July 2001. He founded Pharaoh Productions later in 2001 where he designed a game called Dominion which was a mix of MMORPG and Diablo (series) play style, but featuring dynamic content. Allen was unable to secure funding for Pharaoh and closed the company in 2004. He returned to the industry in 2006 relocating to Chandler, Arizona and co-founding a new company called Quest Online where he created a MMOG called Crusade which was later renamed to Alganon. Alganon launched in December 2009 with a Social Network called MyAlganon[2] and an online Library system where players could browse game data including items, quests, and characters. Allen founded Mercois[3] in April 2010, a company focused on Business Virtualization and Technology consulting services. Allen has written one book, Visual Basic 4 Network Gaming Adventure Set,[4] published in 1995, which showed readers how to create games in Visual Basic 4. Allen has also written a large number of yet unpublished short stories hosted on his Storybag[5] website.

Companies created[edit]

  • VB Designs (1996)[1][6]
  • Artifact Entertainment (1999)[1]
  • Pharaoh Productions (2001)[1][7]
  • Quest Online (2006)[1][8]
  • Mercois (2010)[1][9]

Games created[edit]


David writes short stories as a hobby and created the http://www.storybag.com website where anyone can read the stories he has written.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Allen, David. "Resume". requnix.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Alganon: QOL President David Allen". MMORPG.com. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Our Team". Mercois.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Visual Basic 4 Network Gaming Adventure Set. amazon.com. ISBN 1883577322. 
  5. ^ a b "Storybag". storybag.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "VB Designs LLC". www.sos.wa.gov. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  7. ^ "Pharaoh Productions LLC". http://www.sos.state.co.us. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  8. ^ "Quest Online Close Corporation". http://starpas.azcc.gov. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Mercois LLC". https://wyobiz.wy.gov.  | accessdate = 2010-09-03
  10. ^ "Mordor: Depths of Dejenol". answers.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  11. ^ Harris, Tricia. "Not ready for an early Demise". gamespy.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  12. ^ "Dominion Interview". rpgvault.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Alganon Creator, David Allen". tentonhammer.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)


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