David J. Ritchie

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David J. Ritchie
Born(1950-10-06)October 6, 1950
DiedSeptember 6, 2009(2009-09-06) (aged 58)
OccupationGame designer

David James Ritchie (October 6, 1950[1] - September 6, 2009[2]) was a game designer and author.

Early life and education[edit]

David Ritchie was a native of Canton, Ohio. He was a graduate of Lehman High School in Canton and attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania where he met his wife, Deborah.[2]


David Ritchie worked for SPI until it was taken over by TSR in March 1982; as more former SPI employees left TSR or were fired, Ritchie was the final SPI holdover, and left for Coleco in late 1983.[3]:14 Ritchie, along with Jon Pickens, David "Zeb" Cook, Harold Johnson, Rick Swan, and Ed Carmien, co-wrote the adventure module OA2 Night of the Seven Swords.[4] Ritchie and Dave Arneson detailed Arneson's world of Blackmoor in a series of four adventure books from TSR, DA1: Adventures in Blackmoor (1986), DA2: Temple of the Frog (1986), DA3: City of the Gods (1987) and DA4: The Duchy of Ten (1987).[3]:388

Ritchie wrote the 1991 book Connecticut: Off the Beaten Path with his wife, Deborah.[5]

Ritchie died in his Connecticut home on September 6, 2009, at the age of 58.[2]


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JGGR-2YC : accessed 07 Dec 2013), David Ritchie, 6 September 2009; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  2. ^ a b c "David Ritchie Obituary - Canton, OH | The Repository". legacy.com. Retrieved 13 Feb 2015.
  3. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  4. ^ Pickens, Jon, David "Zeb" Cook, Harold Johnson, Rick Swan, Ed Carmien, and David James Ritchie. Night of the Seven Swords (TSR, 1986)
  5. ^ Ritchie, D.; Ritchie, D. (1991). Connecticut: Off the Beaten Path. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 9780871062406. Retrieved 13 Feb 2015.

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