Ken St. Andre

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Ken St. Andre
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OccupationGame designer

Kenneth Eugene St. Andre (born on April 28, 1947[citation needed] in Ogden, Utah) is an American fantasy author and game designer, best known for his work with Tunnels & Trolls and Wasteland. He has been an active member of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1989.

Game design[edit]

Ken St. Andre first saw the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game in April 1975, and after deciding that the rules did not make sense, he designed a simpler game of his own.[1]:35 St. Andre eventually called his game Tunnels & Trolls, and printed 100 copies of the first edition in 1975.[1]:35[2] He asked Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo to take 40 copies to Origins that July to sell; when every copy sold, Flying Buffalo picked up the rights to T&T later that year and published a second edition under their own brand in December 1975.[1]:35–36 In addition to writing the game rules, Ken was one of the creators of solitaire adventures which allowed players to experience the game without a game master or judge. St. Andre has written many modules and stand alone adventures for Tunnels and Trolls.

St. Andre designed Starfaring, published by Flying Buffalo in 1976 as the first-ever science fiction roleplaying game.[1]:36 His third game, Monsters! Monsters!, was published by Metagaming Concepts in 1976, although Flying Buffalo got the rights to print a second edition in 1979.[1]:36 He also wrote the gamebooks Deathtrap Equalizer Dungeon and Naked Doom in 1977 after Loomis's own Buffalo Castle.[1]:36 He designed Chaosium's first licensed role-playing game, Stormbringer, in 1981.[1]:85

With Liz Danforth and Michael Stackpole, St. Andre designed the computer roleplaying game Wasteland, published by Interplay in 1988.[1]:39 Tunnels & Trolls was published in a new 5.5 edition in 2005 by Flying Buffalo, with new rules, background and variants by St. Andre.[1]:41 Fiery Dragon Productions published a heavily revised seventh edition in 2005, with revisions by St. Andre.[1]:41 St. Andre produced T&T adventures such as Hot Pursuit (2007).[1]:41 St. Andre continued to design T&T adventures for Flying Buffalo, including Khara Kang's Random Rainbow Maze (2010), Deep Delving (2011) and A Traveler's Tale (2011).[1]:41In 2008, he modified the 7th edition Tunnels and Trolls to bring the game world into modern times and turned it into a superhero RPG called Power Trip.

In 1986, Ken was also the first editor for a fan club newsletter based around the Adventure Construction Set video game, one of the rare cases of a professional designer leading gamer activities for another designer's game.

St. Andre was chosen by vote as a "famous game designer" to be featured as the king of spades in Flying Buffalo's 2014 Famous Game Designers Playing Card Deck.[3][4]

In June 2018, The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design inducted St. Andre into its Hall of Fame.[5]


St. Andre has written various short stories and novels.

  • "Old Soldiers Never" (1989), in Shrapnel: Fragments from the Inner Sphere, a Battletech anthology.
  • "Turtle in the Tower" (1990), in Shadowrun: Into the Shadows edited by Jordan K. Weisman. An anthology of stories based on the Shadowrun role-playing game. (ISBN 1-55560-118-9).
  • "The Two Worst Thieves in Khazan" (1992) in "Mages Blood and Old Bones".
  • "The Triple Death" (1995), in Enchanted Forests edited by Katharine Kerr and Martin H. Greenberg. An anthology of stories about magical woods. (ISBN 0-88677-672-4).
  • "Moral Invaders" (2005) in Flash Fantastic. A very short story in issue 16 of the online magazine.
  • "A Thief's Day in Khazan" (2005) in Golden Heroes.
  • Dragon Child (2006), by Ken St. Andre and James L. Shipman. A fantasy novel based on the Tunnels & Trolls role-playing game.
  • Griffin Feathers (2008), by Ken St. Andre. A collection of linked short stories based on the Tunnels & Trolls role-playing game.
  • "Introduction: Trollgod's Treasure Hunt" (2008) in Troll Tunnels, edited by Christina Lea. A collection of short sword and sorcery tales.
  • "The Awakening" (2008) in Troll Tunnels, by Ken St. Andre and James L. Shipman.
  • Rose of Stormgaard: A Trollworld Novel (2012), by Ken St. Andre, cover art by Steve Crompton. (ISBN 1-4801-7576-5).

Personal life[edit]

Ken St. Andre lives in Phoenix, Arizona.[6] He and his wife Catherine initiated divorce proceedings in 2012. They have two grown children, a daughter named Jillian and son named James. On August 27, 2010, he retired after 36 years of service to the city of Phoenix as a public librarian.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  2. ^ Tresca, Michael J. (2010), The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, p. 63, ISBN 078645895X
  3. ^ "Poker Deck". Flying Buffalo. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Poker Deck". Flying Buffalo. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "KEN ST ANDRE INDUCTED IN THE ORGINS AWARDS HALL OF FAME". Dungeon Master Magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ St. Andre, Ken (2007). "Shadowfist". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 269–272. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0.
  7. ^ Andre, Ken St. "The die is cast. I am retiring from Phoenix Public Library as fast as the law allows. This may be a mixed blessing. It's not a good thing". Twitter. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  8. ^ Andre, Ken St (27 August 2010). "20 min. left in my last day at work. I'm breaking the rules one last time to say Adios, Phoenix Public Library. You are on the road to ruin". Twitter. Retrieved 10 January 2018.

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