We talk with Jim Ward about his early life involving games, his past vocations, time at TSR, and current and future projects.
Jim Ward is a published author of multiple role playing games e.g. Metamorphosis Alpha and Gamma World, CCG's e.g. Spellfire and Dragon Ball Z and author of multiple novels and gaming books including the popular Storytellers Thesaurus.
James M. Ward went to college to gain an education degree with majors in English and History. In 1974 he met Gary Gygax and began to turn out fantasy and science fiction product. Highlights of that work include:
- METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA the first science fiction RPG
- The Lost 77 Worlds science fiction apocalyptic RPG
- GAMMA WORLD the first apocalypse RPG
- DEITIES & DEMIGODS
- GREYHAWK ADVENTURES
- Hundreds of articles in STRATIGIC REVIEW, DRAGON MAGAZINE, POLYHEDRON, SCRYE, and CRUSADER journal.
He has had success with several game companies: the GREAT SHAKES CHARLIE BROWN game, TAINTED LANDS the horror rpg, OF GODS AND MONSTERS, DARK OUTPOST, DARK VISITOR, and DARK COLONY.
With his love of games and gaming he also took time to write a few novels along the way. His POOLS OF RADIANCE trilogy was on several best sellers lists and translated into 6 different languages. His HALCYON BLYTHE MIDSHIP WIZARD pair of novels hit the locus best seller list and was translated into Spanish and German. He did a series of game books in the Pick-a-Path style: TIME CURE, LOST PRINCE, G. I. JOE OPERATION WEAPONS DISASTER, LIGHT ON QUEST MOUNTAIN, and THE RING, THE SWORD, AND THE UNICORN.
He has worked with several Hollywood production houses doing things like the animated cartoon G.I. JOE THE MOUNTAIN, Cap Com TOWER OF DOOM Video game, DC comics and several lines of fantasy licenses, and the HE-MAN series of Golden Books from Western Publishing.
Part of his list of honors include: Canadian Young Readers Choice Award for Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe, Dragon Ball Z best CCG of the year, voted into the Game Designer Hall of Fame, and the TSR $2 million plaque for personally making TSR $2 million in one year.
He’s been pleasantly married for a little over 43 years, has three grown sons, and six amazing grandchildren. He still tries to play games every week and can be talked into going to a convention or two every year.