Mike Selinker

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Mike Selinker
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Nationality American
Occupation Game designer

Mike Selinker is a game designer, puzzle maker, and president of Lone Shark Games, a company which he founded.


Selinker's design credits include Pirates of the Spanish Main and Fightball with James Ernest, Axis & Allies Revised Edition with Larry Harris, the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game, Risk Godstorm,[1][2] Gloria Mundi, Key Largo, Stonehenge,[3] and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.[4] He was a creative director for the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons and the Harry Potter Trading Card Game. As a puzzle maker, he created the fictional police officer Lt. Nodumbo for GAMES World of Puzzles. Selinker founded LIVE/WIRE with Tim Beach and the Maze of Games with Teeuwynn Woodruff. He also has written poker books such as Dealer's Choice: The Complete Handbook of Saturday Night Poker, with James Ernest and Phil Foglio.[5] He writes puzzles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Games magazine.[3] He has also authored "The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design".

In 2005, Selinker and James Ernest created Titanic Games with Paizo Publishing to add a board game arm to Paizo's RPG house.[6]

Lone Shark Games[edit]

Selinker founded the Lone Shark Games design studio with James Ernest,[7] and is the company's president.[8] In March 2010, in conjunction with Wired magazine and Universal Pictures, the company announced plans to release a group of "Runners" to go "on the lam".[9] The Runners were to be hunted by anyone in the United States who desired to find them. Anyone that caught a Runner would receive a US$7,500 "bounty".[9] Of the contest, Selinker said, "Our Runners are out there hiding among 300 million people. Of course, that's 300 million people who might turn them in ..."[9]


Selinker won three 2004 Origins Awards for Pirates, Axis & Allies: D-Day, and Betrayal at House on the Hill. His game Alpha Blitz was Games Magazine's 1998 Word Game of the Year.

Personal life[edit]

Selinker is a member of the National Puzzlers League under the nickname "Slik".[10]


  1. ^ "Pirates of the Spanish Main with Mike Selinker". Ninja Vs. Pirates Podcast. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Games by James". Cheapass Games. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b Selinker, Mike (2007). "Bohnanza". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 31–33. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0. 
  4. ^ "'Pathfinder' Deck-building Game". November 19, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  5. ^ Earnest, James; Selinker, Mike; Foglio, Phil (2005). Dealer's Choice: The Complete Handbook of Saturday Night Poker. Overlook TP. p. 156. ISBN 1-58567-654-3. 
  6. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 415. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  7. ^ "The Sharks". Lone Shark Games. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (August 28, 2009). "Catch him if you can -- win $5,000". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  9. ^ a b c "Universal Pictures, Wired Magazine and Lone Shark Games Launch Nationwide Repo Men Hunt, Sending Runners On the Lam In America". Blood Weekly. March 11, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  10. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (July 6, 2010). "Puzzlers fun, also a bit baffling". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)

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