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Jeff Grubb On the Life of a Game Designer

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the thanks-for-all-the-pretend-time dept.

Role Playing (Games) 23

First time accepted submitter Synchis writes "Fantasy Author Thomas A. Knight continues his 29-day blogfest today by posting a special interview with Author and Game Designer Jeff Grubb. Jeff has been involved in projects ranging from the original D&D Unearthed Arcana and Monster Manual II, to more recent games such as Guild Wars Nightfall, and is also the author of various novels set in DragonLance, Forgotten Realms, Magic: The Gathering, Warcraft, StarCraft and the Guild Wars shared universes."

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23 comments

pooop (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39050777)

pooop

Life of a game designer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39050827)

Kill me now.

I should see what he's written recently (2)

Tawnos (1030370) | more than 2 years ago | (#39051003)

Jeff Grub was one of my favorite "dabbling" fantasy authors. He wrote some of the first canonical M:TG books, e.g. The Brothers' War. Totally OT, but it reminded me to check out what he's written since then, since I haven't read anything by him in a long time.

Re:I should see what he's written recently (1)

Tawnos (1030370) | more than 2 years ago | (#39051025)

Also, he's the entire reason my username is Tawnos.

Re:I should see what he's written recently (1)

myrdos2 (989497) | more than 2 years ago | (#39053187)

I strongly recommend Lord Toede.

Re:I should see what he's written recently (1)

c1t1z3nk41n3 (1112059) | more than 2 years ago | (#39053799)

I read that book when I was in high school. A quick peek on Amazon seems to suggest it's out of print. Maybe I'll pick up a used copy. I remember enjoying it immensely. I never knew at the time what an impressive resume he has. I can't begin to recount how many forgotten realms books I've read to say nothing of our own adventures in the setting. On the upside it looks like he's got a star wars book coming out in a couple months so I'll be able to give that a go.

Re:I should see what he's written recently (1)

Asmor (775910) | more than 2 years ago | (#39054621)

I loved The Brothers' War. Great novelization of some poorly-codified mythology.

He's also quite the artist... (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 2 years ago | (#39051271)

If I'm not mistaken, way back in the day (80s), he drew almost every character in the Marvel Universe for the Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game character books. He has a very clean style that's good for that type of work.

Re:He's also quite the artist... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39052953)

Alas - You're thinking of Jeff Butler as the artist. I and Steve Winter were the co-designers of the game.

Jeff Grubb

Missing Option (-1)

dcollins (135727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39051369)

MSH FASERIP or GTFO

Quick recap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39051429)

Take a life full of hot women, worldwide acclaim and sunny days!

The put it out of your head cuz you're getting none of that.

Re:Quick recap (2)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39054209)

Please. Bitches love polyhedral dice.

Oh man! (1)

DC2088 (2343764) | more than 2 years ago | (#39051819)

I loved Liberty's Crusade.

It's a shame... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39051825)

It's a shame that such a beautiful mind is lost to wasting away our nations most precious resource (children).

Maybe he should encourage math and sciences in academia?

Re:It's a shame... (1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 2 years ago | (#39052489)

That kind of games is not primarily targeted at children.

Re:It's a shame... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39052651)

Who gives a fuck? Video games are brain-rotting garbage either way.

Daily life of a game designer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39052203)

Seeing as all game designers (and game players) are fags, I expect the daily life of a game designer involves having lots of anal sex and rubbing cream into AIDS lesions.

Re:Daily life of a game designer (1)

RatherBeAnonymous (1812866) | more than 2 years ago | (#39052461)

When you put it like that, it sounds WAY better than the life of a Slashdot troll.

Rare instance of someone who likes what they do... (3, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39053757)

I read the interview and every answer seemed peppered with excitement about the industry he's in. Jeff doesn't just design the games, he plays D&D and enjoys it. When he writes his novels in an already established world, he looks at the existing lore and tries to see how it all fits together to re-imagine it, instead of the re-imagining version of so many other authors, which is essentially to do their own thing and slap the name of the characters and locations in there.

It's refreshing and it makes me want to check out his stuff. It feels like one of us, albeit with a lot more talent than most, is out there writing these stories and designing the games. It looks like he has a blast doing it, and cares about the end result, not just the paycheck.

Re:Rare instance of someone who likes what they do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39058465)

It's refreshing and it makes me want to check out his stuff.

First, a shout-out to Jeff Grubb - I'm an ENWorld regular who loves your work.

Second, to LateArthurDent, you could do far worse than check out Jeff's work. I've followed him since the TSR days.

Finder's Stone Trilogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39055925)

I thought the Finder's Stone Trilogy was excellent (especially Azure Bonds), as well as the follow up books. Without a doubt they are my favorites of all the D&D novels I've ever read (and I've read quite a few). All I can say is Thank You Jeff for the memories!

Jeff Grub (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39058053)

Jeff Grub was a fantastic author. He was brilliant in stories and designing the games.

pvc fönster [fonsterfonster.se]

Jeff Grub (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39064305)

His first Girl friend was friends with my folks. She went to school with him and said something to the effect of his Senior year he switched his degree from engineering to english. Probably one of the best actions he could have made.

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