Mike Carr (game designer)
|Born||September 4, 1951|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
|Occupation||Writer, editor, game designer|
|Genre||Role-playing games, fantasy, wargames|
Mike Carr (born September 4, 1951) is a writer and game designer.
While still a teenager living in Minneapolis in 1968, Carr created a game called Fight in the Skies (also known as Dawn Patrol). He was invited to present and referee the game at the very first Gen Con convention in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, but had to convince his parents to drive him to Lake Geneva for the weekend.:72 While at Gen Con, he met the convention's organizer, Gary Gygax, and quickly became an acquaintance.:72 Three years later, he co-authored Don't Give Up The Ship! with Gygax and Dave Arneson. Carr began wargaming with the International Federation of Wargamers as a teenager. After high school, Carr completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Macalester College before going on to work as a restaurant manager with Ground Round in the mid-1970s.
TSR and Dungeons & Dragons
In 1976, at the invitation of Gygax, he joined TSR, Inc., and wrote an introductory Dungeons & Dragons module called In Search of the Unknown in 1979. Since it was included with the Dungeons & Dragons introductory box set, the module enjoyed a sizeable print run. Carr also served as the editor of the three central rulebooks for the more complex Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual, Dungeon Masters Guide and Players Handbook, and he also wrote the foreword that appeared in the early editions of each of them. He also edited Vault of the Drow (1978), White Plume Mountain (1979), The Village of Hommlet (1979), The World of Greyhawk (1980), The Keep on the Borderlands (1981), Descent into the Depths of the Earth (1981), Against the Giants (1981), and Deep Dwarven Delve (not printed until 1999). In the early 1980s Carr also authored three children's books which were published by TSR, including one in the Endless Quest series entitled "Robbers & Robots".
Carr left TSR in 1983. That year, he was recruited by the noted Chicago commodities trader Richard Dennis for training as one of the original "Turtle Traders," gaining expertise in technical trend trading before being let go with the rest of the class of recruits as the firm retrenched after losses in 1988. Later, Carr spent time as a futures trader, an investment manager, manager of a marketing firm, a marketing consultant and most recently as a freelance writer, authoring snowmobile travel articles for several magazines. He is also involved in the production of Aerodrome, a fanzine founded by Carr in 1969 for devotees of the Dawn Patrol game.
Carr was honored in 2007 as the only person who had attended every Gen Con convention since 1968. His Fight in the Skies game was also the only one that had been played at every Gen Con.
- Witwer, Michael (2015). Empire of the Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63286-279-2.
- Into the Borderlands. Goodman Games. 2018. p. 13. ISBN 9781946231352.
- "Pen & Paper listing for Mike Carr". Pen-paper.net. Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
- Hafeez, Zahida (September 10, 1998). "Hoop dreams: Broker gives back by helping league", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, p. 3.
- Covel, Michael (2007). The Complete TurtleTrader (e-pub ed.). New York: Harper-Collins. ISBN 978-0-06-124171-0.