James Jacobs (game designer)

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James Jacobs is an American designer and author of role-playing games and texts in the fantasy, horror and the occult genres.

Career[edit]

Jacobs has been involved in the roleplaying industry since the age of sixteen, when his adventure "Scepter of the Underworld" was published in Dungeon in 1988.[citation needed] This adventure was his first published RPG work, and appeared in Dungeon #12.[1] Jacobs grew up in Point Arena, California, and went to college at the University of California, Davis.[citation needed]

He moved to Seattle after graduating from college and worked his way into Wizards of the Coast's sales department.[citation needed] Jacobs has been the developer, lead designer, and sometimes cartographer on projects for Bastion Press, Green Ronin Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, and Paizo.[1] Jacobs has authored and co-authored several other products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, including Dungeon Master's Guide II, Lords of Madness, Frostburn, and Red Hand of Doom.[2][3] He also wrote Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss with fellow Paizo editor Erik Mona.[citation needed] Jacobs and Erik Mona co-wrote Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk (2007), a 3rd edition D&D remake of Greyhawk Ruins (1990).[4]

Jacobs has worked as the associate editor, and later the managing editor of Dungeon magazine.[1] In the 2000s, Jacobs served as the editor-in-chief of Dungeon magazine, published by Paizo Publishing.[citation needed] Jacobs described himself as "one of the chief architects" of the Dungeon Adventure Paths, in addition to working on all the other adventures published in the magazine.[1] Jacobs became the Editor in Chief for Dungeon magazine in June 2006.[5] Jacobs is the Creative Director for the Pathfinder Adventure Paths-focused monthly publication from Paizo.[1] He also wrote "Burnt Offerings", the adventure featured in Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords #1.

Among Jacobs' other writings is the "Demonomicon of Iggwilv" feature in Dragon magazine, and he has contributed a number of adventure stories for Dungeon. Jacobs has also created many notable Dungeons & Dragons creatures, with the ulitharid, draknor, and the kaorti among the most prominent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Interview with James Jacobs in Kobold Quarterly #12
  2. ^ Berlant, Joseph (September 2004). "Buyers guide", Chronicle 26 (9): 25–29.
  3. ^ Pen & Paper listing for James Jacobs
  4. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  5. ^ Paizo press release about James Jacobs becoming Editor-in-Chief of Dungeon

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