Lester W. Smith

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Lester W. Smith
United States
ResidenceLoma, Nebraska
OccupationGame designer, educational writer
Years active1984–present
Home townBloomington-Normal, Illinois

Lester W. Smith is a game designer who has worked primarily on role-playing games.


Early work and GDW[edit]

Lester Smith began his game-design career in 1984 with Mind Duel, a science-fiction board game submission to Space Gamer magazine.[1] In 1985, he joined the staff at Game Designers' Workshop.[1] Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, Lester Smith, and Timothy Brown of GDW designed the new game Traveller: 2300 (1986) as an expansion of the original Traveller role-playing game.[2]:58 He designed the Temple of the Beastmen board game.[1] Smith's game Dark conspiracy (1991) for GDW used the new "house system" created for the second edition of Twilight: 2000.[2]:60 Smith designed the Minion Hunter board game.[1]

TSR and Dragon Dice[edit]

Smith later left GDW to work for TSR.[2]:63 He was hired by TSR in 1991, and contributed to the AD&D and Amazing Engine role-playing game lines.[1] Smith and Wolfgang Baur co-designed the Planes of Chaos boxed set.[3] He designed the Origins Award-winning Dragon Dice.[1] Smith designed Chaos Progenitus (1996), also marketed as Demon Dice.[4] Smith then worked for Imperium Games.[2]:63 Smith later worked for Ken Whitman's Archangel Entertainment, and then joined Don Perrin in the design of the Sovereign Stone roleplaying game.[2]:351 He has also done work for FASA, Flying Buffalo, West End Games, and others, acquiring two other Origins Awards in the process.[1] Timothy Brown, James Ward, Smith, John Danovich, and Sean Everette founded the d20 company Fast Forward Entertainment.[2]:351

Later work[edit]

Smith worked as an educational writer and technologist for a Houghton Mifflin design house and for a time served as the president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.[1] As of today, Smith is officially retired.[5] Since 2011, Smith has launched 13 successful funded campaigns on the crowdfunding platform kickstarter.[5] These projects include books, role-playing games and card games that Smith has designed himself.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lester Smith is an alumnus of Illinois State University.[5] He married his wife Jennifer and had four daughters together.[5] In 2015, Smith and his wife moved to Loma, Nebraska to live closer to family.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Smith, Lester (2007). "Kremlin". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 168–171. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7.
  3. ^ Swan, Rick (February 1995). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#214): 39.
  4. ^ https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4058/chaos-progenitus
  5. ^ a b c d e f Banner-Press, ERIC SCHUCHT The. "Loma resident thinks outside the box to design game masterpieces". Columbus Telegram. Retrieved 2018-10-27.

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