|Born||December 8, 1960|
Corsicana, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 27, 2014 (aged 53)|
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
|Resting place||Oakwood Cemetery (Corsicana, Texas)|
|Occupation||Writer, game designer|
|Genre||Tabletop role-playing games, fantasy, science fiction|
Aaron Dale Allston (December 8, 1960 – February 27, 2014) was an American game designer and author of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. His works as a game designer include game supplements for role-playing games, several of which served to establish the basis for products and subsequent development of TSR's Dungeons & Dragons game setting Mystara. His later works as a novelist include those of the X-Wing series: Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, Solo Command, Starfighters of Adumar, and Mercy Kill. He wrote two entries in the New Jedi Order series: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream and Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand. Allston wrote three of the nine Legacy of the Force novels: Betrayal, Exile, and Fury, and three of the nine Fate of the Jedi novels: Outcast, Backlash, and Conviction.
Early life and education
Allston was born December 8, 1960, in Corsicana, Texas, to Tom Dale Allston and Rose Binford Boehm. Allston moved all over Texas in his youth and graduated from high school in Denton. An avid fan of science fiction from an early age, by high school he was the secretary and reporter for his high school science fiction club. Allston moved to Austin in 1979 and attended the University of Texas.
Allston was a circulation manager, assistant editor, and editor of Space Gamer magazine, and by 1983 was a full-time freelance game designer. He served as editor of Space Gamer from issues 52 (June 1982) to 65 (September/October 1983), and as editor of Fantasy Gamer for the first issue (August/September 1983) and co-editor of the second issue (December/January 1984). During Allston's tenure as editor, Space Gamer won the H.G. Wells Award for Best Professional Role-Playing Magazine in 1982. Allston authored the book Autoduel Champions in 1983, which crossed over Champions by Hero Games and Car Wars by Steve Jackson Games. Allston helped launch the Fantasy Gamer spinoff magazine. He co-wrote the computer game Savage Empire, which Game Player magazine named the Best PC Fantasy RPG in 1990. He authored the Rules Cyclopedia (1991), a revision and compilation for the Dungeons & Dragons game. He branched into fiction, and in the mid-1990s wrote five novels.
He began writing for the Star Wars X-Wing series in 1997, when the primary sequence writer Michael Stackpole could not handle the entire workload. Allston produced a new edition of Champions for Hero Games in 2002. In 2006, he launched The Legacy of the Force series with a hardcover entitled Betrayal.
Health issues and death
On February 27, 2014, Allston collapsed during an appearance at VisionCon in Branson, Missouri, apparently from heart failure. He died later that day in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 53.
- Web of Danger (1988)
- Galatea In 2-D (1993)
- Double Jeopardy (1994)
- Thunder of the Captains (with H. Lisle) (1996)
- Wrath of the Princes (with H. Lisle) (1997)
- Wraith Squadron (1998)
- Iron Fist (1998)
- Solo Command (1999)
- Starfighters of Adumar (1999)
- Mercy Kill (2012)
The New Jedi Order
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi
- The Circle and M.E.T.E. (1983)
- Autoduel Champions (1983)
- Lands of Mystery (1985)
- Treasure Hunt (1986)
- GAZ1: The Grand Duchy of Karameikos (1987)
- Mythic Greece (Rolemaster) (1988)
- Strike Force (1988)
- GURPS Supers School of Hard Knocks (1989)
- Dungeon Master's Design Kit (1988)
- The Complete Fighter's Handbook (1989)
- Dawn of the Emperors: Thyatis and Alphatia (1989)
- Ninja Hero (1990)
- Hollow World Campaign Set (1990)
- Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991)
- Poor Wizard's Almanac & Book of Facts (1992)
- Wrath of the Immortals (1992)
- The Complete Ninja's Handbook (1995)
- I, Tyrant (1996)
- Champions, Fifth Edition (2002)
Short story anthologies
- 2013 A Hero by Any Other Name (Short story anthology edited by Jean Rabe)
- Edward Nawotka (April 24, 2008). "Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009.
- Roqoo Depot: "Happy Birthday, Aaron Allston"
- "Aaron Dale Allston - View Obituary & Service Information".
- Jeff Salamon (May 19, 2005). "So a guy walks into the Mos Eisley cantina...". Austin American-Statesman. p. E1.
- Denton High School Annual "Bronco 1977", 133
- Peter F. Panzeri Jr. (July 1, 2006). "32nd Hall of Fame Inductees Announced" (PDF). Talsorian. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 12, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
- "Allston, Aaron". Writers Directory 2005. 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2013 – via HighBeam Research.
- Appelcline 2011, p. 146.
- "Daily Illuminator: Aaron Allston".
- Appelcline 2011, p. 27.
- Appelcline 2011, p. 152.
- "Novelist and game designer Aaron Allston has died in Branson, Missouri, age 53". Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
- Mike Shea (December 2007). "Aaron Allston". Texas Monthly. p. 74.
- "Aaron Allston in the Hospital". Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- Allston, Aaron (2010). Backlash. New York: Del Rey/Ballantine/Lucas Books. pp. Acknowledgments. ISBN 978-0-345-50908-6. OCLC 326529036.
- TheForce.Net story on Allston's death
- "Aaron Allston (1960-2014)". February 28, 2014.
- Richard Gawel (September 19, 2012). "A short time from now in a library not too far away...". Suburban Trends. p. D1.
- Swan, Rick (February 1996). Anthony J. Bryant (ed.). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. TSR, Inc. (226): 94.