Lester W. Smith

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Lester W. Smith
Born United States
Nationality American
Occupation Game designer, educational writer
Years active 1984–present

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


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] 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 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

Smith works as an educational writer and technologist for a Houghton Mifflin design house and is president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.[1]

Smith now works as an educational writer for Houghton Mifflin company, and he is also the president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.[2]:63


  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 g 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. 

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