Don Bingle

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Don Bingle
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Born Donald J. Bingle
c. 1954
Occupation Writer, game designer
Nationality United States
Genre Role-playing games

Donald J. Bingle (born c. 1954) is a Chicago-area attorney and author originally from Naperville, Illinois.[1]

Role-playing games[edit]

Bingle graduated from the University of Chicago.[1] In the late 1980s, he was the top-ranked player in the Role-Playing Network, while his wife, Linda, was ranked number two.[1] Bingle is most well known for being the top-ranked player in the RPGA for the majority of the 1990s.[citation needed] The Bingles began the company 54°40' Orphyte to publish role-playing books, including two Timemaster adventures, and supported the line with RPGA tournaments for a while.[2] As of the end of 2004, Bingle had played in 500 tournaments using 50 different game systems.[3]

He has also produced a large body of writing, including contributions to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2nd Edition), and his novel Forced Conversion,[4][5][6] which was released in November 2004 and centers around a futuristic society that has the ability to upload the entire contents of people's minds into virtual worlds.[3]

Don also authored a number of character-provided events for the RPGA, including "Don't Go There" with Saul Resiknoff, and "The Modern Pirate Game" with Tim White.


  1. ^ a b c McRoberts, Flynn (August 28, 1988). "Fantasies come true: Game fair leads players through a labyrinth of fun", Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ a b Klingensmith, Dawn (December 9, 2004). "Local Artisan: Donald J. Bingle, St. Charles". The Sun (Naperville). Retrieved October 5, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  4. ^ Baruch Yackley, Rachel (November 5, 2004). "Lawyer-writer-gamer: St. Charles man leads triple life", Daily Herald.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Bruce (November 7, 2007). "Adding another dimension to the written word", Daily Herald, p. 6.
  6. ^ D'Ammassa, Don (January 2005). "Forced Conversion", Chronicle 27 (1): 19.

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