James Desborough (game designer)

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James Desborough
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James Desborough
Other namesGrim
OccupationGame designer, author, blogger

James "Grim" Desborough is a British game designer, author and blogger who has worked primarily on role-playing games, as well as card games, board games and social computer games.


James Desborough wrote The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming in 2000/2001,[1] winning an Origins Award for that work along with his co-author Steve Mortimer.[2] Desborough was the co-author of CS1: Cannibal Sector One and for a short time he was the SLA Industries line editor.[3] Desborough is also the owner of Postmortem Studios.[3] Due to Desborough's connections with Angus Abranson, Postmortem Studios was one of Cubicle 7's early partnerships.[3] He later became creative director at Chronicle City, Abranson's new venture.[4]

In 2014 he secured the license for John Norman's Gor series and in 2017 released a role-playing game based on those works, notable for its art by noted fetish artist Michael Manning.[5]

Desborough's work was included in Red Phone Box,[6] and in The Mammoth Book of Erotic Romance and Domination.[7] He also self-publishes.

His D&D design work includes Monster Manual V (2007) and City of Stormreach (2008).


Desborough has been quoted or used as a pundit on men's issues in various places, including The Stream on Al Jazeera.[8] Some of Desborough's work has been criticised for being "hateful, violent and misogynistic", leading critics to petition game companies to drop his work.[9][10]


  1. ^ The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming: ISBN 1-55634-347-7
  2. ^ "Origins Awards 2000". Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  3. ^ a b c Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 430. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7.
  4. ^ "Chronicle City appoints "Grim" James Desborough". 13 February 2013.
  5. ^ grimachu (2017-04-23). "#RPG – The Gor RPG is RELEASED!". Postmortem Studios. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  6. ^ "Ghostwoods Books".
  7. ^ ISBN 0762452250
  8. ^ raisa (2 June 2014). "Through men's eyes".
  9. ^ "Interview with RPG designer James Desborough". 24 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Chronicle City appoints "Grim" James Desborough". 13 February 2013.

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