Jeff Dee

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Jeff Dee
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Jeff Dee on The Atheist Experience TV show, January 4, 2009.
Born Jeff Dee
(1961-05-15) May 15, 1961 (age 57)[citation needed]
United States
Nationality American
Known for Fantasy art, illustration

Jeff Dee (born May 15, 1961[citation needed]) is an American artist and game designer. He was the youngest artist in the history of pioneering role-playing game company TSR when he began his work at the age of eighteen. He also designed the Villains and Vigilantes superhero game. He was a co-host on the Atheist Experience and Non-Prophets atheism advocacy podcasts.

Biography[edit]

In the late 1970s, while Dee was still a teenager, he and Jack Herman created Villains and Vigilantes, the first complete superhero role-playing game.[1] The game was published by Fantasy Games Unlimited in 1979.[2]:73 Dee and Herman convinced Scott Bizar to produce a second edition, which was published in 1982.[2]:75 Dee came up with the idea of creating a role-playing game based on cartoons when he, Greg Costikyan, and several other designers were talking about genres for which game systems had not yet been designed; although they agreed that such a game would be impossible to design, a few years later Costikyan designed Toon as a full game with the assistance of Warren Spector.[2]:104

Jeff Dee was the youngest artist in TSR history when he began his work at the age of eighteen.[3] In 1997, with his partner 'Manda, Dee founded UNIgames, a publisher of role-playing, board and computer games. Dee created a new superhero roleplaying game called Living Legends in 2005, although the project was originally titled Advanced Villains and Vigilantes.[2]:77 In 2009, he co-founded Nemesis Games, developers of an MMO named Gargantua.[4]

Advocacy of atheism[edit]

In addition to his artistic and game-related work, Dee is an outspoken atheist and transhumanist.[5] He has been the host of a bi-weekly Internet podcast called The Non-Prophets and a former host of a live, weekly, public-access television program, The Atheist Experience.[6]

Dee has signed the Pro-Truth Pledge.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jebens, Harley (September 21, 1995). "Game central", Austin American-Statesman, p. 38.
  2. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ http://www.blackgate.com/2010/09/29/art-evolution-3-jeff-dee/
  4. ^ "Nemesis Games web site". Nemesisgames.net. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  5. ^ Rahe, Emily (July 11, 2001), "Atheists blast faith-based initiative as an unconstitutional "religion tax"", The Washington Times, p. A9 – via Highbeam Research (subscription required) 
  6. ^ The Atheist Experience show list
  7. ^ "Public Figures and Organizations That Signed the Pledge". Retrieved June 9, 2018. 

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