François Marcela-Froideval

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François Marcela-Froideval
Born December 10, 1958
Nationality French
Area(s) Writer/scenarist for comics, role-playing games, and video games
Notable works
Chroniques de la Lune Noire

François Marcela-Froideval (born December 10, 1958) is a French role-playing game, videogame and comic scenarist.

Froideval had a major influence on the introduction of role-playing games in France, mainly as editor in chief of the now-defunct Casus Belli role-playing magazine. During this time, he was one of the three authors who established the French term for a "munchkin", Gros Bill, from the nickname of an overly powergaming player once in Froideval's group.

He left for the United States in 1982 to join TSR, Inc., where he worked for four years. His writing contributions include several Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules and monster manuals in collaboration with Gary Gygax, like Oriental Adventures. Back in France, he focused on translating and publishing TSR games until 1989.

He wrote the scenario of several French videogames, working for Infogrames (Drakkhen) and Cryo Interactive (Dragon Lore series).

In 1989, he wrote the scenario of the first Black Moon Chronicles comic album with drawer Olivier Ledroit. He kept on writing the scenario until the end of the series in 2008.

Froideval dedicated the Black Moon Chronicles series to Gary Gygax in the last album End of Times through these words:

Cette série est dédiée à E. Gary Gygax, le premier grand rêveur, l'inventeur du jeu de rôle, celui sans qui l'heroïc-fantasy et la science-fiction ne seraient a l'heure actuelle qu'un genre mineur presque oublié. À ce géant discret qui a fait rêver des millions de joueurs.
A mon maître, a mon ami. Puisse-t-il éternellement vivre dans les univers qu'il a patiemment tissés.
In loving memory.


This series is dedicated to E. Gary Gygax, the first dreamer, inventor of the role-playing game, without whom the heroic-fantasy and science-fiction genre would only be today a minor, almost forgotten genre. To this quiet giant who made millions of players dream.
To my master and friend. May he live forever in the universe he so patiently built.
In loving memory.

He currently still writes scenarios for Black Moon spin-off series, and other French comic series.[1]


  1. ^ Comic biography at Bedetheque (French)

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