Chris Avellone

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Chris Avellone
Avellone in 2009
Born Christopher Frederic Avellone
(1972-09-27) September 27, 1972 (age 44)[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Game designer, comic book writer
Known for Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: 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.


Avellone is an alumnus of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.[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. It 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 downloadable content.[3] As of 2012, Avellone had been working as a narrative designer on role-playing video game Project Eternity, later released 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 Avellone will be working with them on Divinity: Original Sin 2 on the game's Kickstarter page.[9]


Video games[edit]

Comic books[edit]

Star Wars comics:

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

Fallout comics:


  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. ^ " Alma Mater — Kickstarter. Chris Avellone: «Project: Eternity is our chance to return to doing the types of titles we did at Black Isle»". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. 
  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. 
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  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. ^ Chalk, Andy (June 13, 2016). "Prey is back, and there's a trailer [Updated]". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ Tom Sykes (September 25, 2015). "Chris Avellone to work his magic on Divinity: Original Sin 2". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pathfinder: Kingmaker Kickstarter". 
  18. ^ Frank, Allegra (June 28, 2016). "System Shock reboot is getting help from Obsidian Entertainment co-founder". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 

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