David Gaider

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David Gaider
OccupationVideo game writer
Comic book writer
Notable worksBaldur's Gate 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age II
The Stolen Throne
The Calling

David Gaider is a Canadian writer and game designer, who worked for Edmonton, Alberta-located game developer BioWare from 1999[1] to 2016.[2]


Gaider began his professional life providing services at restaurants and hotels, while game designing was a side hobby to him.[3] A friend of Gaider, Kalvin, happened to be working at BioWare and suggested to Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk that Gaider be given a recently opened position in the design department. Gaider got the job and, as his first assignment, was given the task of providing designs for Baldur's Gate 2. He wrote the characters HK-47, Jolee Bindo and Carth Onasi for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and was the lead writer for Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, on which he wrote both Deekin and Valen Shadowbreath. Gaider was set as lead writer on Baldur's Gate's spiritual successor, Dragon Age: Origins, creating the world of Thedas in which the game is set. He wrote the characters of Zevran, Alistair, Cailan, Morrigan, Shale and Duncan along with the quests "Nature of the Beast" and "Redcliffe".[4][5] After the success of Origins, Gaider also wrote its book prequels, The Stolen Throne and The Calling. Afterwards, Gaider wrote for Dragon Age II, where he had a major contribution to the plot, creating the characters Cassandra Pentaghast, Fenris, and Meredith, and wrote the follow-up novel, Asunder, which was released on 20 December 2011. In 2012, Gaider released Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, a comic series published by Dark Horse Comics.[6] Aside from design and writing, Gaider often posts messages at BioWare's community folder.

On 22 January 2016 Gaider left Bioware after 17 years in the company.[7] In February 2016, he joined Beamdog as a creative director,[8] and later left the company in February 2018.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gaider is openly gay, and in February 2014 he wrote a post on his Tumblr blog, detailing his experiences as a "[video game] developer who happens to be gay."[10]


Video games[edit]


Comic books[edit]

  • Dragon Age: The Silent Grove (2012)
  • Dragon Age: Those Who Speak (2013)
  • Dragon Age: Until We Sleep (2013)


  1. ^ Profile at Spectrum Literary Agency.
  2. ^ Chalk, Andy (22 January 2016). "David Gaider, the lead writer of Dragon Age, leaves BioWare". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ IGN's archive interview with David Gaider.
  4. ^ Developer post on Bioware Community.
  5. ^ Post № 2.
  6. ^ REVIEW : David Gaider – Dragon Age : The Silent Grove
  7. ^ David Gaider's Twitter Account
  8. ^ Purchese, Robert (9 February 2016). "Veteran BioWare writer David Gaider seems to have a new job". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ Guille, Lee (February 9, 2018). "Farewell to Dave!". Beamdog. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ David Gaider's Blog: ON “THE GAY THING”

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