Chris Avellone

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Chris Avellone
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Chris Avellone in Manila in 2009.
Born Christopher Frederic Avellone
(1972-09-27) September 27, 1972 (age 43)[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Game designer, comic book writer
Known for Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, The Sith Lords, Neverwinter Nights 2[2]

Chris Avellone (born September 27, 1972) is an American video game designer and comic book writer who previously worked for Interplay and Obsidian Entertainment.

Biography[edit]

He is an alumnus of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA.[3] He went on to study at The College of William & Mary, graduating with a major in English and a minor in fine arts, focused on architecture.[4]

Working initially as a freelancer in the two years after college, Avellone wrote campaigns for Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy role-playing games.[4] After entering the video game industry through the company Interplay in 1995, he briefly worked on the development of the 1997 title Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. In 1997 he took over the development of Descent to Undermountain, which he later called a disappointment. Avellone contributed to the 1998 game Fallout 2 and continued to work on its franchise.[5]

Interplay acquired the rights to produce a role-playing video game set in the Planescape campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons with the development led by Avellone. The 1999 game Planescape: Torment removed character death as a motive and also won acclaim for its narrative.[5]

Avellone worked on all the titles of the Icewind Dale fantasy role-playing game series, which were released from 2000 to 2002. As a designer Avellone contributed to the fantasy titles Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (2001), Champions of Norrath (2004) and led the design of the cancelled Fallout title Van Buren, after which he resigned from Interplay and co-founded Obsidian Entertainment. For the company Avellone worked on the role-playing games Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II (2004) and Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006) and on the action role-playing game Alpha Protocol.[5] He also worked as a senior designer on Fallout: New Vegas.

He worked as the project director and lead creative designer on Dead Money, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road Fallout: New Vegas DLC.[3] As of 2012, Avellone has been working as a narrative designer on role-playing video game Project Eternity, later known as Pillars of Eternity.[6][7] On June 9, 2015, he revealed that he had departed from Obsidian Entertainment.[8] On September 25, 2015, Larian Studios announced that Chris will be working with them on Divinity: Original Sin 2 on games Kickstarter page.[9]

Notable game credits[edit]

Comic book credits[edit]

Star Wars comics:

  • Unseen, Unheard (2005)
  • Heroes on Both Sides (2006)
  • Impregnable (2007)
  • Old Scores (2007)
  • Graduation Day (2007)

Fallout comics:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Avellone". Giant Bomb. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Top 100 Game Creators of All Time - 80. Chris Avellone". IGN. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Chris Avellone's LinkedIn profile". 
  4. ^ a b Chmielewski, Dawn C. (August 15, 2000). "The writer Chris Avellone, senior designer, Black Isle Studios". The Orange County Register. p. K7. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chris Avellone: Dark Knight". Edge. April 20, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ GameStar.ru Alma Mater — Kickstarter. Chris Avellone: «Project: Eternity is our chance to return to doing the types of titles we did at Black Isle»
  7. ^ Sawyer, Josh. "Pillars of Eternity". Obsidian Forums. Obsidian. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Purchese, Robert (June 9, 2015). "Chris Avellone leaves Obsidian Entertainment". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/larianstudios/divinity-original-sin-2/posts/1363117
  10. ^ Tsao, Jennifer (March 2005). "Afterthoughts: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords; Behind the scenes with the real Jedi masters", Electronic Gaming Monthly (189): 52–54.
  11. ^ Jenna Pitcher (August 19, 2014). "Wasteland 2 nails a release date". IGN. j2 Global. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "FTL: Advanced Edition Review". 
  13. ^ "Project Eternity Kickstarter". 
  14. ^ "Torment: Tides of numenera Kickstarter". 
  15. ^ Tom Sykes (September 25, 2015). "Chris Avellone to work his magic on Divinity: Original Sin 2". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 

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