|Born||Donald J. Bingle
|Occupation||Writer, game designer|
Bingle graduated from the University of Chicago. In the late 1980s, he was the top-ranked player in the Role-Playing Network, while his wife, Linda, was ranked number two. Bingle is most well known for being the top-ranked player in the RPGA for the majority of the 1990s. 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. As of the end of 2004, Bingle had played in 500 tournaments using 50 different game systems.
He has also produced a large body of writing, including contributions to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2nd Edition), and his novel Forced Conversion, 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.
- McRoberts, Flynn (August 28, 1988). "Fantasies come true: Game fair leads players through a labyrinth of fun", Chicago Tribune.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- Klingensmith, Dawn (December 9, 2004). "Local Artisan: Donald J. Bingle, St. Charles". The Sun (Naperville). Retrieved October 5, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
- Baruch Yackley, Rachel (November 5, 2004). "Lawyer-writer-gamer: St. Charles man leads triple life", Daily Herald.
- Steinberg, Bruce (November 7, 2007). "Adding another dimension to the written word", Daily Herald, p. 6.
- D'Ammassa, Don (January 2005). "Forced Conversion", Chronicle 27 (1): 19.
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