Rick Dyer (video game designer)

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Rick Dyer
United States
ResidenceJulian, California
OccupationVideo game designer, writer, realtor
Years active1982–present
Known forDragon's Lair

Rick Dyer is an American video game designer and writer best known for creating Dragon's Lair.[1][2][3] He founded RDI Video Systems, the developer of Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, and also Thayer's Quest, which was a conversion kit for Dragon's Lair.[4]

Dyer next designed the video games Kingdom: The Far Reaches and Kingdom II: Shadoan,[5] the prior being a remake of 'Thayer's Quest and the later a new game based on it.

Dyer is also known for being the person responsible for RDI Video System's Halcyon gaming console, named after the 2001: A Space Odyssey AI 'HAL 9000'.[6] He also appeared on multiple news networks for the technological advances the LaserDisc system offered between 1983 and 1985 as the figurehead for RDI systems.[7] Despite the TV appearances and being branded as 'David' among videogame companies in a David and Goliath comparison, Rick Dyer Industries (RDI) Systems went out of business in 1985 and the console was never to achieve commercial success.[8]

Rick Dyer became a realtor for Apple Tree Realty based in Julian, California.[9][10]


Year Name
Director Writer Producer
1983 Dragon's Lair No Concept Yes
1984 Space Ace No No Yes
Thayer's Quest a.k.a. Kingdom: The Far Reaches Yes Creator Yes
1991 Time Traveler No Creator No
1996 Kingdom II: Shadoan Yes Creator Yes


  1. ^ CNN
  2. ^ Google Books
  3. ^ Awn.com Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Thayer's Quest". Dragon's Lair Project.
  5. ^ "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  6. ^ "RDI Halcyon on TV from March 1985".
  7. ^ "Rick Dyer and Halcyon - from 1983 1984 - RDI from TV".
  8. ^ "Rick Dyer's Polygon Article".
  9. ^ Apple Tree Realty
  10. ^ Rick Dyer , Agent • Julian, CA

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