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Bill Roper

Game Credits

Business

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012)   (VP/GM, Production Development)
 

Production

Hellgate: London (2007)   (Managing Producers)
Diablo II (2000)   (Senior Producer)
Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000)   (Senior Producer)
StarCraft 64 (2000)   (Executive Producers)
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (2000)   (Producers)
StarCraft (1998)   (Producer)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998)   (Executive Producers)
StarCraft (Demo Version) (1998)   (Producers)
Diablo (1996)   (Producer)
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996)   (Executive Producer)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)   (Producer)
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans (1994)   (Producer)
 

Design

Hellgate: London (2007)   (The Originators of Hellgate London)
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (2000)   (PUD Strike Team)
Diablo (1996)   (Diablo Strike Team)
 

Writers

Hellgate: London (2007)   (Story & Text Editing)
Diablo (1996)   (Story)
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996)   (Storyline Consultant)
 

Video/Cinematics

Hellgate: London (2007)   (Additional Direction)
 

Audio

Hellgate: London (2007)   (American Players)
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003)   (Voice Acting)
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002)   (Voice Acting)
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Collector's Edi... (2002)   (Voice Acting)
Diablo II (2000)   (Voice Acting)
Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000)   (Voice Acting)
StarCraft (1998)   (Voices)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998)   (Voices)
StarCraft (Demo Version) (1998)   (Voices)
Diablo (1996)   (Voce Production, Directing & Casting)
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996)   (Narration)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Demo Version) (1996)   (Narration)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)   (Voices)
Blackthorne (1994)   (Sound)
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans (1994)   (Voices)
 

Quality Assurance

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Collector's Edi... (2002)   (Additional Game Review)
 

Creative Services

Hellgate: London (2007)   (Manual Development & Editing)
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001)   (Global Launch Team)
Diablo II (2000)   (Voice Casting)
StarCraft (1998)   (Manual Design & Layout)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998)   (Manual Layout & Design)
StarCraft (Demo Version) (1998)   (Manual Design & Layout)
Diablo (1996)   (Manual Design & Layout)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Demo Version) (1996)   (Manual Design and Layout)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)   (Manual Design and Layout)
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans (1994)   (Manual Design & Layout)
 

Thanks

Diablo III (2012)   (The Diablo III Team would like to give special thanks to those who worked on the game in its early years at Blizzard North)
Psychonauts (2005)   (Special Thanks (Double Fine Productions))
Kingdom Under Fire (2001)   (KyuHwan Lee Thanks)
Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000)   (Thanks)
Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (1997)   (Thanks to the gang at Blizzard)
Diablo (1996)   (Thanks to the gang at Blizzard)
 

Other

Star Trek Online (2010)   (Team)
Champions Online (2009)  
Hellgate: London (2007)   (Ancillary Team)
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002)   (Additional Game Review)
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001)   (Strike Team)
Diablo II (2000)   (President's Special Strike Team)
Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000)   (Strike Team)
StarCraft 64 (2000)   (Starcraft 64 Strike Team)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998)   (Campaign Commandos)
Diablo (1996)   (Diablo Strike Team)
Justice League Task Force (1995)   (Dunsel)
 


Developer Biography

Bill Roper has been a well-known figure in the worldwide gaming industry for over a decade. He served as a Vice President of Blizzard North and was a Director of Blizzard Entertainment. Bill oversaw and managed all external projects, coordinated internal development teams, and headed Blizzard's project oversight teams where he was instrumental in shaping the direction of the games.

From 1994 to 2003, Bill worked directly on numerous million-selling games in varied producer positions and played a key role in the success of the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series. Roper also served as a producer on several Macintosh versions of these games and worked as a member of the project oversight teams for the console versions of Warcraft II: The Dark Saga, Diablo, and StarCraft 64.

Bill applied his education in Commercial Music with vocal emphasis from California State University, Long Beach, by both acting in and assisting with the direction of the voice recording for the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft franchises. He also personally representing the games to the global gaming community.

He left the company in 2003 to co-found Flagship Studios where they created Hellgate: London where he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Following the game's rocky release in October 2007 Flagship got into trouble and was eventually closed down less than a year later.

In November 2008 it was announced Bill Roper had joined Cryptic Studios as a Design Director.

When Bill isn’t busy gaming or working on the next Flagship title, he attends too many sporting events, performs with a strangely compelling renaissance singing group and spends time relaxing with his wife, one cat, three dogs and four cars.

Last updated: Nov 04, 2008