Jim Ward (game designer)

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James M. Ward
Born (1951-05-23) May 23, 1951 (age 62)
Occupation Writer
Nationality United States

James M. Ward (born May 23, 1951), is an American game designer and fantasy author. He is most well-known for his game development and writing work for TSR, Inc., where he worked for more than 20 years. In 1989 he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame. From 2000 - 2005, he was President of Fast Forward Entertainment, an independent game development company.

The Dungeons & Dragons character Drawmij was named after him; "Drawmij" is simply "Jim Ward" spelled backwards. Ward can be glimpsed early in the Dragon Strike tutorial video playing the man who is slapped in the face at the king's party.[1]

Ward, with David Cook, Steve Winter, and Mike Breault, co-wrote the adventure scenario that was adapted into the game Pool of Radiance.[2]

In 2010, Ward was diagnosed with a serious neurological disorder that required treatment at the Mayo Clinic. His friend, Tim Kask, has helped to establish a fund to help Ward offset some of the medical bills.[3]

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  1. ^ Moore, Roger E. (October 1993). "Editorial". Dragon (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR, Inc.) (#198): 14. 
  2. ^ The Dragon editors. "The Envelope, Please!". Dragon (149 September 1989): 20–21. 
  3. ^ Friends of Starship Warden: the James M. Ward Relief Fund
  4. ^ Ward, James M. (August 2008). Towers of Adventure. ISBN 978-1-929474-19-6. 
  5. ^ Ward, James M.; Tom Wham (2008). Dragon Lairds. ISBN 978-1-931567-60-2. 
  6. ^ Troll Lord Games (March 2008). The Crusader 4 (8). 

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