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Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Thanks for removing the unreliable sources. No new sources have been added since last review so the issues the previous reviewer had have not been addressed. I did some searches and did not find anything that would help meet notability requirements. Subject may not be notable. ~KvnG 01:40, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: See previous editor - the bulk of the sources here are original: listings in guides, Amazon, and blogs. The game reviews do not mention the subject, they are about the games. The subject's notability sentence; "He is known for his series of Japanese language role-playing games" is supported by a ref that I could not confirm. This article needs substantive citations that the subject himself is notable. (on a copy note, should be referred to by family name.) EBY (talk) 21:48, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: For a living person we have a high standard of referencing. Every substantive fact you assert, especially one that is susceptible to potential challenge, requires a citation with a reference that is about them, and is independent of them, and is in WP:RS Fiddle Faddle 10:45, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Troy Christensen
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Born Grand Rapids, Michigan
Occupation Writer, Game Designer, IT Support
Nationality United States
Period 1984 - present
Genre Speculative fiction, Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Notable works Amish Johnson and the Pegasus Chamber, Phantasm Adventures

Troy Christensen (born July 16, 1964) is an American author and game designer. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is an established figure in the role-playing game community[1].


Troy Christensen created Advanced Phantasm Adventures, a rich and complicated fantasy role-playing game system.[2] The rules was first printed as an independent publication, just as Dungeons & Dragons was reaching the height in American popularity in the late 1980s [3]. In 1987, he attended the International Christian University in Mitaka Japan, with the aspiration of learning Japanese for cartoon translation. Although Troy Christensen was living in Japan and going to a Japanese university, he could not speak the language. The cultural shock put great pressure on his ability to maintain grades. He found his escape when he sought out Japanese gamers. There he made contact with a Dai Nippon Kaiga, a company willing to publish his new game ideas. Working through their Artbox brand division, he released numerous books and manuals that exemplified Japanese language radical role-playing games. With the release of Advanced Phantasm Adventures and Multiverse, he introduced a number of new concepts to the role-playing game genre. He is known among other things for his series of Japanese language role-playing games.[4]

Notably the Phantasm Adventure rules allowed for a large scope of playable races, unseen before this game, numbering more than fifty. With a combination of racial and personal statistics, ranging from a score of 1 to 10, each player character could be given a comparative score that classified the individual among all other NPCs and player characters in the game. Thus the game made it possible for a pixie barbarian as well as an ogre necromancer. By multiplying their racial and personal scores, they could be played in the same campaign with varying and startling mix of possibilities. It was a new game concept to divorce race and class restrictions on a character design and it was unheard of at the time to have more than a dozen playable races to pick. The rules also created a whole new methodology of creating spellcasters. Instead of simply selecting spells from a list, in Phantasm Adventures each wizard is unique in the way they harnessed, memorized, and cast each spell. The rules alluded that no two spell casters would ever be the same.[5]

As early as 1984 Troy Christensen was writing books for Villains & Vigilantes. He would eventually write three modules: Devil's Domain, Most Wanted III, and Dawn of the Devil. All three books expanded upon the universe of Villains & Vigilantes, with the Devil's Domain being reviewed in the Space Gamer magazine.[6]

By the mid 1990s he had worked for a number of prestigious game publishers. He reached the height of his game writing with Thief's Challenge[7],The Castle Guide[8], Arms and Equipment Guide[9] [10], and RoleMaster Heroes and Rogues.[11] In 1992 he released two short role-playing books called Bloodbath and Bloodchant. Both of the books described gruesome and sometimes powerful visuals of decapitation and mutilation. A review warned parents away from the gratutious violence of the game rules.[12]. Distinctively ahead of his time, Troy Christensen produced a wide range of games and sold them not just in the United States, but also in Japan. Making that leap across geographic and cultural boundaries, he found an audience for many new game designs.

Christensen continues to write paper and pencil role-playing games. In recent years he has released a new version of Phantasm Adventures on numerous digital storefronts. In the new edition, the game has been published in five books, two of which are presently available. The other books have yet been released but are projected to be published in 2015.


Amish Johnson and the Pegasus Chamber, the first book of the Amish Johnson Trilogy, was published on July 2014. With special arrangement, in October of 2014 Amazon published Christensen's next novella called The Tome.

Rules & Novels[edit]

Name Year ISBN Notes Publisher Language
Devil's Domain 1984 ISBN ~ Paperback FGU English
Most Wanted III 1985 ISBN ~ Paperback FGU English
Dawn of the Devils 1986 ISBN ~ Paperback FGU English
Phantasm Adventures 1987 ISBN 978-4-499-20523-8 Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Phantasm Adventures GM Screen 1988 ISBN 978-4-499-20521-4 Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Black Keep of Serpent's Lake 1988 ISBN ~ Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Bloodbath 1988 ISBN ~ Paperback TC International English
Bloodchant 1989 ISBN ~ Paperback TC International English
Misty Island Campaign 1989 ISBN 978-4-499-20542-9 Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Phantasm Adventures World Guide 1989 ISBN ~ Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Advanced Phantasm Adventures 1990 ISBN 4-499-20556-5 Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga Japanese
Heroes and Rouges 1990 ISBN 1-55806-141-X Paperback ICE English
The Castle Guide 1990 ISBN 978-0-88038-837-5 Paperback TSR English
Arms And Equipment Guide 1991 ISBN 1-56076-109-1 Paperback TSR English
Multiverse 1991 ISBN 4-499-20577-8 Paperback DaiNippon Kaiga English
Thief's Challenge 1993 ISBN 1-56076-562-3 Paperback TSR English
Amish Johnson and the Pegasus Chamber 2014 ISBN 1-311-46674-6 Digital TC International English
Phantasm Adventures IV: Character Guide 2014 ISBN 1-310-41398-3 Digital TC International English
Phantasm Adventures IV: GameMaster Guide 2014 ISBN 1-311-52985-3 Digital TC International English
The Tome 2014 ISBN [ASIN] B00OX15778 Digital TC International English


  1. ^ Brown, Timothy; Lee, Tony (1998). Official Price Guide To Role-Playing Games (1 ed.). New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group. pp. 61, 457–458. ISBN 0-676-60144-8. 
  2. ^ Smith, Lester (1996). "Review: Advanced Phantasm Adventures". Dragon Magazine 17 (193): 27. 
  3. ^ Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-653-5.
  4. ^ Becker, Kathy (September, 1988). "Fantasy game grabs Japanese Imagination", Grand Rapids Press, p. C3.
  5. ^ Smith, Lester (1996). "Review: Advanced Phantasm Adventures". Dragon Magazine 17 (193): 27. 
  6. ^ Barton, William A (1985-09-15). "Capsule Review: Devil's Domain". Space Gamer 10 (76): 34. 
  7. ^ http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/17309/HHQ3-Thiefs-Challenge-2e?it=1&filters=0_0_0_0_40050&manufacturers_id=44
  8. ^ *Review: White Wolf #27 (1991)
  9. ^ Moore, Roger (1991). "New Products for July". Dragon Magazine 16 (171): 24. 
  10. ^ Swan, Rick (April 1993). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR) (#192): 86.
  11. ^ http://ironcrown.com/catalog-page/?s_p_c_t=1342&product_id=28&view=showproduct&page_num=1&back=1
  12. ^ Smith, Lester (1996). "Review: Bloodchant". Dragon Magazine 17 (193): 26. 

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