Ulrich Kiesow was the creator of the pen and paper role-playing gameThe Dark Eye and its accompanying universe. Besides contributing to many publications regarding this game, Kiesow used the pseudonymAndreas Blumenkamp to write satirical articles for the now defunct German roleplaying game magazine Wunderwelten.
Kiesow suffered a severe heart attack in August 1995. While recovering he began to write the Dark Eye novel Das zerbrochene Rad (The broken wheel, a symbol for death in the universe of The Dark Eye). The novel had just completed when Kiesow died of heart failure in his home on January 30, 1997.