John Snead

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John Snead is a freelance role-playing writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has been gaming since 1980 and became a full-time designer and writer of role-playing games in 1998.

Early life and education[edit]

His education includes majors in Mathematics and History and minors in Classics and Physics from Washington University in St. Louis as well as a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]


John Snead did some of the early work on Chaosium's Nephilim game line.[2]:93 He has also done work for White Wolf and Last Unicorn Games.[2]:372 Snead came to Green Ronin Publishing with an idea for a romantic fantasy RPG, Steve Kenson teamed up with him to produce it as Green Ronin's second OGL-based game, Blue Rose (2005).[2]:372 He came up with the initial idea and setting for and wrote a significant portion of Blue Rose,[3] and has written large amounts of Exalted, Trinity and Mage: The Awakening, as well as work on many other games.[4] John Snead is the developer for Onyx Path Publishing's upcoming science fiction game Trinity Continuum: Æon.[5] Æon is a revised version of the Trinity role-playing game.


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