Three Rings Design
|Subsidiary of Sega|
|Industry||computer and video game industry|
|Founded||March 30, 2001|
|Headquarters||612 Howard Street, San Francisco, California|
|Daniel James, Ian McConville, Michael Bayne|
Number of employees
|Parent||Sega Sammy Holdings|
Three Rings Design, Inc. was an online game developer that was founded on March 30, 2001 by Daniel James and Michael Bayne. The company is named after the Three Rings of the Elves in Tolkien mythology, and the names of the Three Rings show up in various places throughout Puzzle Pirates such as in the name of the developer flag, Narya. As of November 17, 2011[update], the company is part of SEGA Holdings U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings. The company's first and primary product is Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates, an MMOG in which the player plays a pirate on one of multiple oceans.
The company's second product, released December 1, 2006, is a western-themed Tactical Multi Player game named Bang! Howdy.
It would be after 3 more projects that in 2011, Three Rings and BBC would team up to make the company's most popular game yet: "Doctor Who: Worlds in Time". However, on the 15 January 2014, it was announced through a member email distribution stating "We are sorry to report that Doctor Who: Worlds in Time will discontinue service on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at noon PST". No reason was given
- Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
- Bang! Howdy
- Whirled (open beta as of March 25, 2008)
- Corpse Craft: Incident at Weardd Academy
- Spiral Knights
- Doctor Who: Worlds in Time
Three Rings Design has also created a site called Game Gardens, which hosts free tools for creating and playing Java games. Using the toolset requires knowledge of Java, but the toolset automates many basic game-related functions. Some Puzzle Pirates players use it to create demonstrations of new puzzle ideas for the game; because the tools are the same as those the designers use, importing a Game Gardens puzzle into Puzzle Pirates would not be difficult.
- Three Rings Design site (Broken website)