Chris Perkins (game designer)

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Christopher Perkins (born February 29, 1968)[1] is a Canadian American[2] game designer and editor who has worked for Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.


Under the pen name "Christopher Zarathustra", Christopher Perkins got his start in 1988 as a teenager, writing the adventure "Wards of Witching Ways" for Dungeon magazine #11.[3] Perkins joined Wizards of the Coast in 1997 as the editor of Dungeon magazine.[4] He became the editor in chief of Wizards periodicals.[5] He later became the senior producer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, leading the team of designers, developers, and editors who produce D&D RPG products.[4] Perkins was the story manager for D&D in 2007 before the release of the game's 4th edition.[6] Perkins was working on the Star Wars Saga Edition while D&D fourth edition was being developed, and ideas flowed freely back and forth between Perkins and the 4e team.[7] Perkins was on the SCRAMJET team, led by Richard Baker, and including James Wyatt, Matthew Sernett, Ed Stark, Michele Carter, and Stacy Longstreet; this team updated the setting and cosmology of D&D as the fourth edition was being developed.[7] He runs a D&D campaign set in his homegrown world of Iomandra.[4]

He is also a Dungeon Master for the Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeons & Dragons games at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX).[8]

He wrote a blog, "The Dungeon Master Experience" on the Wizards of the Coast website, for over two years, where he shared tricks and advice about the challenge of 'Dungeon Mastering' a campaign; specifically through the lens of his homebrew world, 'Iomandra'.[9] However, in the penultimate posting of March 2013 Chris announced the following posting would be the last "at least for a while",[10] whereupon the blog became inert.

Perkins guest starred on Geek and Sundry's Dungeons & Dragons-based show, Critical Role.[11] Perkins was the Lead Designer of the Ravenloft 5E reboot Curse of Strahd, released in 2016.[12] Since 2016, he has been the Dungeon Master in the Twitch livestream Dice, Camera, Action which is a live play-through of D&D's latest storylines.[13]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to Dungeon Master Chris Perkins - Dungeons & Dragons". 
  2. ^ "Christopher Perkins on Twitter". 
  3. ^ Baichtal, John (2008-03-05). "Chris Perkins Answers D&D 4E Questions | GeekDad |". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b c "Christopher Perkins D&D Creative Manager". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Magic Touch". Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Villoria, Gerald (September 10, 2007). "Dungeons & Dragons: The 4th Edition Interview". Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 298. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  8. ^ "News - Acquisitions Inc". Penny Arcade. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page - Archive". Archived from the original on 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  10. ^ Perkins, Chris (2013-03-14). "Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page - Article (Until the Next Encounter)". Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Vox Machina heads up Gatshadow Mountain for their final confrontation with the Dragon Umbrasyl. With special guest star Chris Perkins!". Geek & Sundry. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  12. ^ "Chris Perkins and Tracy Hickman on Curse of Strahd | Dungeons & Dragons". Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  13. ^ "Dice, Camera, Action | Dungeons & Dragons". Retrieved 2017-09-22. 

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