Wilf K. Backhaus
Wilf K Backhaus
Backhaus at CalCon 2009
|Born||7 November 1946|
|Died||14 October 2009 (aged 62)|
|Occupation||Writer, game designer, lawyer, business professor|
|Genre||Role-playing games, fantasy, wargames|
Wilfried Karl Backhaus (7 November 1946 – 14 October 2009) was a role-playing game designer, business professor, and lawyer.
Wilf K. Backhaus and Edward E. Simbalist designed a role-playing game called Chevalier, which they brought to Gen Con IX in 1976 with hopes to sell it to TSR; after witnessing Gary Gygax berate a staff member, Simbalist decided not to approach Gygax about the game. At the convention, they met Scott Bizar of Fantasy Games Unlimited, who was interested in the game and helped guide it to print over the next year as Chivalry & Sorcery, the first RPG from FGU. Published in 1977, Chivalry & Sorcery (C&S) was an early competitor to Dungeons & Dragons. Backhaus and Simbalist also authored The Chivalry & Sorcery Sourcebook (1978),:126 and Chivalry & Sorcery, 2nd edition (1984).:125
Backhaus founded the "Loyal Order of Chivalry & Sorcery" (Locs) and was a baron in the SCA. He was also a published philosopher. Most recently he moderated a panel during a conference at University of Maryland, College Park and was a special guest at the Calgary Games Convention (CalCon).
On 14 October 2009 Backhaus died following a two-year battle with cancer.
- 1996 "Hume's Touchstone and the Politics of Meaningful Discourse" Dialogue, XXXV (1996), pages 651-676. Reprinted in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 LC 157 page 223
- 1994 "Shaking the Pillars: Quality and Unspoken Bioethical Values in a Pluralistic Society" Quality Culture: Quality for Turbulent Times. Camrose: J. Ross Enterprises Ltd. pages 100-105.
- 1994 "Hume's Fork and Analytic/Trifling Propositions" Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 2 (1994), pages 79–96.
- 1993 "Advantageous Falsehood: The Person Moved By Faith Strikes Back" Philosophy & Theology, Volume 7, Number 3. (Spring, 1993) ages, pages 289-310.
- 1992 "La teoria humeana de las propiedades no sensoriales" Cuadernos de Filosofia, (Translated by Professor M. Costa) Volume 23, Number 38 (November 1992) pages 3–18
- 1992 "Hume and the Politics of Reason" Dialogue, XXXI (1992) pages 65–69.
- 1991 "Is Hume a Neutral Monist?" South West Philosophy Review, Volume 7, Number 2, July, 1991, pages 1–15.
- 1976 Co-Author (Self-Published) Chevalier - an alternate D&D
- 1977 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 1st edition, Fantasy Games Unlimited
- 1979 Author Rapier & Dagger, Fantasy Games Unlimited
- 1979 Co-Designer Middle Sea (a strategic board game), Fantasy Games Unlimited
- 1980 Author Mage, Archaeron Games Ltd
- 1981 Author Warrior, Archaeron Games Ltd
- 1983 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 2nd edition, Fantasy Games Unlimited
- 1996 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 3rd edition, Highlander Designs
- 1999 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery Light, Britannia Game Designs Ltd
- 2000 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery Red Book, GameStuff Inc. (free download pdf)
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- Tresca, Michael J. (2010), The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, p. 63, ISBN 078645895X
- Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-653-5.
- Calgary Games Convention
- "Calgary Herald Obituary". Calgary Herald. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- A Review of Chivalry and Sorcery
- Wilf Backhaus Game Company
- C&S Light review
- BGD website
- Gamestuff Inc. company